AmericaOneSailing Team Begins Training on America's Cup Race Course
Two Months of On-the-Water Practice Bolsters Syndicate’s Top Challenger Ranking
AUCKLAND, NZ - January 11, 1999 - AmericaOne , the San Francisco-based challenger for America's Cup XXX, began a two-month intensive training program on the Hauraki Gulf today. It is the team’s first sail together since their training boat OneAustralia arrived in New Zealand last month. Skipper Paul Cayard and tactician John Kostecki took the sailing team through their paces on the waters of the actual America’s Cup 2000 race course, where AmericaOne will continue to benchmark the computational and meteorological data they have gathered from the Gulf over the past three years. Recently rated as the top challenger for the America’s Cup in the December 1998 issue of "Seahorse", AmericaOne continues to show its strengths -- preparation and execution of a well-orchestrated program.
AmericaOne’s team currently in New Zealand, including shore crew and support staff, includes:
Sailing Team: Bil Bates, Josh Belsky, Curtis Blewett, Paul Cayard, Sean Clarkson, Justin Clougher, Kevin Hall, Robert Hook, Terry Hutchinson, Mark Keenan, John Kostecki, Paul Larkin, Morgan Larson, Pablo Marquez, Moose McClintock, Bruce Nelson, Carter Perrin, Rolfie Steitz and Morgan Trubvovich.
Shore Team: Don Anderson, Mark Cosbey, Brad Fitzgerald and Brett Healy.
Support Staff: Bob Billingham, Carol Ann Henderson, Sarah O’Kane, Kevin Reeds and Gina von Esmarch.
"With the Louis Vuitton Semi-Finals only a year away, the excitement of the America’s Cup is quickly becoming a reality. Our training boat is assembled, our first new boat is under construction, our New Zealand compound is nearly complete and the team is sailing on the future America’s Cup race course," said Paul Cayard, AmericaOneSkipper and CEO. "This is a critical learning time for us because we know it is not going to be easy to prepare for this race and every day on the water counts. To me, it is both significant and critical for AmericaOne to be in New Zealand practicing in the same conditions that will prevail from the Louis Vuitton Semi-finals through to the Cup."
"Sailing on the waters that lie between Rangitoto Island and Takapuna at the mouth of the Hauraki Gulf was an important milestone for us," reports John Kostecki, AmericaOneTactician. "I felt we were very cohesive out there today, that’s not to say that we don’t need the practice, but we are starting from a good base of talent and experience. We’ve done our homework leading up to this training period, and I feel we are well-organized and will see many benefits."
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, 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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