One World Diary

Mark Chisnell the America's Cup campaign's tough training regime
OneWorld's eco-program recently involved a beach clean-up in Seattle So it's good-bye to the land of the flat-white, and hello to the land of the no-foam-latte. Another OneWorld Challenge Auckland session is finished and it's time to head up to Seattle for a break from the Southern Hemisphere weather - which has remained as bad as ever, and apparently got worse after we left with a low pressure bomb that blasted the Gulf with 100 knot winds. I think we're all glad of the holiday, a time to rest some pretty tired bodies, and get ready for what lies ahead. I'm sure you've read about an America's Cup crew's daily schedule a thousand times before, so I won't bore you with the details, but it rarely comes in much under 12 hours. And for me, the hardest part of all this is usually just getting up - I'm not to be mistaken for a morning person. And that means a real love-hate relationship with the gym. I hate the idea when the alarm goes off, but once I get there it doesn't take long to get into it. Let's face it, if kicking a ball round Viccy Park with 30 of your mates is work, life can't be that bad - even if you had to get up at 5.30 am for the privilege. Our trainer, Scott Crawford, works hard to keep it interesting, and we've invented some new games along the way. I suspect some of these won't survive the 'injury-free' training regime that we will return to after the break, and pool rugby's probably at the top of the at-risk list. There are no excess rules, just two teams, each defending an end-zone - put the ball down on the edge of the opponents end of the pool and