For Immediate Release

AMERICAONE UNVEILS USA 61’s KEEL DURING

INTERNATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE

HUNDREDS OF VIEWERS AND MEDIA IN ATTENDANCE

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – January 21, 2000AmericaOne, St. Francis Yacht Club’s challenger for America’s Cup 2000, today unveiled the keel of its second, International America’s Cup Class (IACC) USA 61. The event was attended by 200+ guests composed of sponsors, private donors and media as well as Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup Association VIP’s.

Photo courtesy of FORD

“Today’s keel unveiling revealed three and a half years of hard work and dedication by the AmericaOne Design Team, technology consultants and sponsors. As a representative of the design team, I’m proud to show the design of boat that has been an important element in getting us into the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals,” said AmericaOne Principal Designer, Bruce Nelson.

USA 61’s keel was officially unveiled at 7:15 PM.  Prior to the unveiling, AmericaOne greeted VIP guests with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while the final preparations were made for the presentation.

Speakers included guest Emcee, Gary Jobson of ESPN; AmericaOne Chairman, Fritz Jewett; and AmericaOne Chairman and Founders’ Club Director, Larry Finch. Following the private unveiling of the keel the public was invited into the base to view the exposed keel. Earlier in the day, both Team New Zealand and the Prada Challenge hosted their respective unveilings, AmericaOne was the last to reveal its keel.

USA 61 is the second of two boats to be built by Westerly Marine Inc. of Costa Mesa, California. It was designed by two-time Cup winner and AmericaOne Principal Designer, Bruce Nelson and his 45-member design team including representatives from Ford, Hewlett-Packard, SAIC, United Technologies and Visteon. The design team completed USA 61 with Nelson providing coordination from AmericaOne’s headquarters in Auckland, NZ.

About the Challenge

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 four 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 the team visit: www.americaone.org.

For further information on AmericaOne, please contact:

 Gina von Esmarch E-mail: gvonesmarch@americaone.org / Phone: + 64 9 359 9246  x. 112/Fax: + 64 9 359 9262

  Jennifer McHugh E-mail: jmchugh@americaone.org/Phone: + 64 9 359 9246 x. 111/Fax: + 64 9 359 9262

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