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Letter from Switzerland: Top Secret Jobs and the South of France

November 5, 2001
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Hey Gang,

Now that Foot and Mouth has totally destroyed my staple diet, what am I supposed to do? This past week has brought me to a new level of coronary problems. I must learn to cook chicken 7 different ways. I feel like Bubba in FOREST GUMP–chicken stirfry, chicken fingers, baked chicken, I’m sure you get it. With all the weight training that we do, I NEED PROTEIN….

Can anyone please send me EASY cooking ideas that don’t have beef or cheese. Frozen pre-cooked meals would also suffice (Mom?).

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Again we had our renowned trainer Mr. Jean Pierre Eggar with us to deliver our new training schedule. He has made us all individual workouts to maximize our development. I must say his methods are fantastic; we have all started to see improvements. But, when it comes to the stretching program I have a strange idea that he isn’t in fact a power lifting coach but a gymnastics coach. I need to explain to him that my body doesn’t want to nor possibly can stretch inside out.

Now the most important item. I have found an ENGLISH BAR….. They serve great beer in English; speak, joke, and party in English. It has turned into our team-building facility. And as an added bonus, they serve a REAL breakfast. We’re talking eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast–this is a real find.

We have made history here in Geneva in the past month and a bit. And not just because we’re the first Cup syndicate to train in town. The rain has come down steadily and started to flood the area. They haven’t seen conditions like this for 125 years. I have got to say it isn’t nice to make history all the time.

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I was asked to start a new project in the boat building facility last week. Two top secret jobs that were extremely important to the development of our AC program. Yes you guessed it, laminating and orbital sanding. The laminating was on a piece that is actually a new wave idea that I can’t tell you about (I love this secrecy stuff). The next one was sanding–oh I’m sorry, we call it FAIRING (makes it sound better). The problem is I think I’m doing too good a job. The building team enjoys my long reach and joking demeanour. They have actually asked that I be sent up on a more frequent basis. So, now my next task is to sand–oh excuse me, FAIR–a hole in the side of the boat.

I actually will be sailing 4 days next week on the two 8-Meters we have. Do a little match racing with Russell Coutts (gold medal, two America’s Cup wins) and Jochen Schumann (4 time Olympic medallist). Now anyone that wouldn’t kill to be in this situation please raise your hand. This is the stuff I dream about.

We have decided to do our first phase of sailing in the AC boat in the south of France. Hmmm. The south of France in the summer. I guess this will be a nice place to hang and sail. Can you say “YES!?” I know my girlfriend will be psyched. I’ve heard something about good beaches. Or is it phenomenal beaches, I’m not sure.

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Also, Russell’s wife delivered a beautiful baby boy on Wednesday. As did the wife of our boss, Ernesto Bertarelli. She delivered a baby girl on Wednesday! I am guessing that the contract Russell signed might have been 9 months ago.

Kai Bjorn

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