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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
The Rules Have Changed

The compound on Halsey Street, in Auckland, opened on October 1, 1999, and final preparations are under way for the beginning of Round Robin 1 which starts on October 18. Follow the final workup with accounts of activities ashore and afloat.

Daily Report - Monday, October 11, 1999 -

AmericaOne is adding another arrow to its quiver of weapons-a sharp arrow. Today, Tom Ehman joins our team as "Rules and AC Protocol Advisor". Tom will assist John Kostecki, our tactician with rules and protest situations as well as help us address measurement interpretations and ACCA procedures. Tom is the quintessential Cup veteran. His involvement in the Cup dates back to 1980 when he was the rules advisor to the Defenders. In '83, he was the rules advisor to NYYC and battled the infamous winged keel. In 1987, he was the Executive Director of the NYYC's America II Challenge. He went on to be the Executive Director of the ACOC in 1988 and 1992 and managed the entire Cup event. Most recently, he was the rules advisor for Team Dennis Conner in 1995 (with Paul Cayard at the helm). Tom has been a long time US Sailing judge and presently sits on the Board of Trustees of US Sailing. He has been a US Sailing representative to the ISAF for a number of years. In short, he is probably one of the best qualified candidates for this position that any Cup Syndicate could want. We are very lucky that Tom could take the time from his new consulting firm which manages Formula-One sponsors from a base in Hamburg, Germany, to join us in Auckland on a full-time basis for the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series and America's Cup.

In addition to the rules and umpiring interpretations, Tom will follow the myriad of submittals and correspondence that goes on between the Challenge and the ACCA and AC2000. Proper strategic management of theses issues can greatly add to the competitiveness of a Challenge.

With Cayard on the helm, Kostecki calling the shots, Nelson designing the boat and, now, Tom Ehman advising us, AmericaOne continues to build momentum as one of the Challengers to watch.

On the water, things are looking good also. Today we had a practice race with the Spanish Challenge. A successful start led to a healthy lead at the top mark and a 50 second lead and the first leeward mark. Both boats agreed to end the race and start a second rather than complete the second lap. The second race found AmericaOne a little aggressive and just over the line early. Cayard bore away and returned to restart. Three minutes later, our boat had sailed up to the Spanish to a position where they could not tack and cross us. Going into the weather mark, A1 executed a practice penalty turn and still was able to round several boat lengths ahead. This provided for a much more competitive downwind leg which we ended up winning by a minute. Good news for the good guys.

Bob Billingham

About The Challenge

AmericaOne is 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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