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AmericaOne - Auckland Preparations:
A Big Day for AmericaOne - US 49 Arrives in New Zealand

Training has been under way in San Pedro, CA, since early July and has now completed. Please continue to visit this site daily for continuing updates as individual members of the team compete in events around the world, and as we begin to regroup in Auckland.

Daily Report, September 20, 1999

It was a big day for the AmericaOne Team onsite in New Zealand at America's Cup Village, Base #2, in Auckland. US 49, oneAustralia, NZ Challenge and our two rubber tenders arrived and were all delivered to the wharf opposite our front gate at the end of the new Halsey Street Wharf. Brad Fitzgerald and I have been planning this day for several months now and the hard work paid off -- the logistics went flawlessly.

Days like today make you realize and appreciate how good your team is, specifically the AmericaOne Shore Team. Brad Fitzgerald, Mark Cosby and Don Anderson have probably packed-up, loaded, off-loaded and reassembled more IACC boats than any other shore team in the world - and it shows.

Our boats were packed up in San Pedro during the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 3. They were loaded onto one of ANZDL's new ships (our shipping sponsor) on Sunday September 5th. The ship docked at Tauranga, New Zealand exactly 14 days later on Sunday, Sept. 19th. Tauranga is on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is a modern, new port. Last June, ANZDL changed their New Zealand port-of-call from Auckland to Tauranga so this year, we had to figure out how to transport the boats arriving from 200 miles away. For container cargo, it is no problem at all. The containers get loaded onto a train straight off the ship and are in Auckland the same afternoon, they are put on trucks and delivered promptly. However, 80-foot long IACC hulls attached to 25 ton lead bulbs do not do too well on the train! And you sure as hell, would never put your 115-foot long carbon fiber mast on the train either!

Bob Billingham

About The Challenge

AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in computer equipment, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, sail design, naval architecture and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Bellcore/SAIC and Ford Motor Company/Visteon. The AmericaOne team is comprised of 43 professionals, including 30 members of the design team actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club.

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