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Rail Meat For The Lake Wakatipu Juniors!
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 27, 1999 - A Special Delegation of AmericaOne supporters is visiting Auckland on a weeklong tour to learn first hand what it takes to win the America's Cup. The group includes sponsors, media contacts and committed followers. Freelance adventure sports journalist Peter Henig is traveling with the group. He is also a technology and business editor for the Red Herring magazine and online service based out of San Francisco and will post daily reports from Auckland.
Kiwiland Update - February 27, 1999
Paul Cayard, CEO and Skipper of the AmericaOne America's Cup challenge syndicate, has won yet another sailboat race.
But this time, Mr. Cayard was rail meat under Skipper Matthew Glass, a 13-year old Kiwi sailor representing a local Queenstown yacht club, who with crewmen Thomas Hyde, 16-years old, and Andy Carson, 15, took both races of a four-boat Etchells 22 Class series.
In the spirit of true sportsmanship, international camaraderie, and a dash of global public relations, Mr. Cayard and three AmericaOne crew members - John Kostecki, the AmericaOne tactician, Carter Perrin and Morgan Larson - traveled to Queenstown to join several of their sponsors - Hewlett-Packard, Bellcore/SAIC and Ford - in helping to raise the profile of the America's Cup on the South Island of New Zealand.
Mr. Glass' boat, with Mr. Cayard skippering, clearly ran away from the field, winning each race by several boat lengths with Mr. Kostecki bringing up the rear, despite valiant strategic attempts at maneuvering through shifty winds.
In fact, despite their world-class sailing credentials, nearly all of the AmericaOne crew members found the racing tougher than they originally expected.
"It's tricky out there," said Mr. Perrin, whose boat finished fourth and second, respectively.
"These guys are tough," added Mr. Cayard. "They're a lot more serious than I am."
"It's a real good thing we're not racing the America's Cup on a lake," chimed in Mr. Larson.
But regardless of the challenging course and uncertain breezes, the AmericaOne team has made an obvious splash here on the South Island of New Zealand, with Mr. Cayard's team being the first America's Cup syndicate to accept Queenstown's invitation to visit and match race against its youth sailors.
"This reminds me of when I grew up . . . sailing on a lake, no technology, no computers," said Mr. Cayard after the race. "You just feel it and do it!"
-- Pete Henig
Online Investment Editor
The Red Herring Online
AmericaOneis 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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