AmericaOne San Pedro Chronicles:
San Pedro, CA.- August 24, 1999 - Training has started in Long Beach and will continue until the end of August. For daily reports on activities ashore and afloat, visit this site daily for news, commentary and photographs.
About The Challenge
Daily Report, August 24, 1999
Somehow that term does not accurately describe the procedures taking place here at our compound on Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA. However, winding down, or up as the case may be, is what is going on here. I am out of here this Saturday, heading down to New Zealand. The rest of our shoreteam will follow shortly after.
The break down of a camp the size of AmericaOne compares to moving a small housing estate. There is a sail loft and timber floor to be carefully taken up and then reassembled in Auckland in three weeks time. In addition we have 15 containers to ship everything including three rubber boats, a 60 ft motor yacht, sails, materials and machinery for maintaining the boat, electronics and rigging workshops, spare parts and spare parts - and of course, the two boats. The list is endless and all this has to be listed and then catalogued for customs in New Zealand. On a much more personal level we are also transporting all the "boys toys" for the sail and shore team (when they will get to use them I don't know - I think it is the eternal optimism in us all,never wanting to miss a opportunity if and when it arises). We have mountain bikes, surf boats and climbing gear to name a few, all of which must been cleaned boxed for as New Zealand agriculture are very strict on what comes into the country. Last, but by no means least, there are our AmericaOne families and all that they need to set-up home in Auckland for the next six months. I don't think I have ever seen so many strollers or play pens ("Jails" as one of our "new" Dads calls them) and all these are going into an America's Cup container. It must be a reflection on the fact that none of us are getting any younger!
Needless to say "we have a bit on" and it is imperative that this all happens in an orderly, almost regimented fashion because when those containers hit New Zealand there will be no time for hold ups. So to our daily report: today was packing, listing, phoning, more packing, picking things up, dropping things off and closing out accounts. The list is endless and getting longer by the moment while I am sitting here writing to you, so for now that's it. Counting down!
Next time we talk it will be from NZ.
Housing & Logistics Manager
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