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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
USA 61 Is Put to the Test

Daily Report - January 2, 2000-


Auckland, NZ

Today was the first day of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals. The AmericaOne Team was anxious to get out on the race course again after the last few weeks of testing and training. We were ready to put USA 61 to the test against the competition. USA 49 came along for a two boat warm up prior to the race, which proved very beneficial for the AmericaOne crew. Having 49 to gauge which side of the course was favorable and to test which sails would work best for today's condition was valuable. After changing mainsails three times we felt we were in the race mode that would be most affective for today's winds.

The race started in 12 knots of wind. Paul got a good start and we managed to get control of the French team early. The wind on the Hauraki Gulf was very unstable which we are finding more the norm than the odd chance of fluky conditions. 61 showed good speed upwind and John Kostecki demonstrated his experience by being patient and picking the right wind shifts, setting us up to remain ahead of the French. We led around the first weather mark and managed to hold the French off on the run. Occasionally the trailing boat brings the wind down to you which was the case today on the downwind runs. 61 managed to extend as the race continued, and we never were in jeopardy of being passed. Paul and John sailed smart keeping us between the French and the finish, AmericaOne sailed to victory.

Today's win was a great way to start off the Millennium. The Semi-Finals will be an up hill climb and we're ready for the challenge as we look forward to tomorrow's match against America True.

I'd like to thank the entire staff and team for the long hours they have spent getting here, as well as all of our sponsors, supporters and family who have put their faith in us. We wish all of you a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Michael Howard
Sailing Team




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AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America's Cup 2000. The team is currently competing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America's Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne has built two boats based on 4 years of technology development and innovation. The top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about AmericaOne visit: www.americaone.org.

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