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Greetings from the inaugural 2000 Nations Cup

06/25/00

Trieste, Italy is a medium sized city located in the northeast corner of Italy. Approximately, 10 miles from the border of Slovenia, Trieste has delivered everything promised in the brochure...lots of sun, great hospitality, and fun boats to race. Competing in the Nations Cup are Russell Coutts, Kelvin Harap, Thomasso Chieffi, Vasco Vascotta, Ed Baird, and me, Terry Hutchinson. In theory each team is representing some fragment of a current or past America's Cup team. Sailing aboard the AmericaOne Team is Paul Cayard (tactician), Kimo Worthington (mainsheet), Stu Argo (upwind trim), Peter Dorian (downwind trim), Josh Belsky (pit), Jerry Kirby (mast), and Greg Prussia (bow). Included within each team will be four Italian sailors who have all agreed to be yelled at in a foreign language! The format of the event will be one round robin in which we race the other five sailors once. From there, the top four will do a semi-final and final.

Boats. The boats resemble an open class 50 footer. They have very wide transoms, about 16 feet across, huge roach mainsails, overlapping and non-overlapping jibs, and enormous asymmetrical spinnakers. So far, we have shrimped the kite twice in take downs and Prussia has almost fallen off the bow as the foredeck resembles more of an ice skating rink. However, we have not torn any spinnakers in our shrimping expeditions, given guest riders concussions, or rapped runners around turning marks pulling the runner out of the mast. These people shall remain nameless to protect the innocent...But, it is safe to say that we feel good about our practices even through some of the hick-ups.

Today the racer's were greeted with 50 knot winds and pouring down rain. As I sit and write, we are under a postponement. I am hedging a little here in that I feel confident that we will not race today. Since there are only two boats for the entire event, the organizers are and should be in boat prevention mode. Should there be a bad collision or mast breakage the regatta would be over....So, in anticipation of a cancellation Kimo, our cruise director, is out making plans to go to a volleyball game, and then the museum. Not, exactly what I was planning on, but what the heck!

On deck for the AmericaOne Team in the round robin is Vasco, Ed, Thomasso, Kelvin, and finishing the round with Russell. Should be fun! Stay tuned for updates from tomorrow's racing.

Terry Hutchinson

 

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