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AmericaOne Wins Opening Race at St. Thomas
Team Member Terry Hutchinson Injured but O.K.

ST. THOMAS, BVI, December 10, 1998-- AmericaOne Skipper and CEO Paul Cayard is competing in the Frenchman's Reef Match Race with team members John Kostecki and other AmericaOne team members. The regatta, in its second year as a grand prix Grade I match racing event is being held from Dec. 9 through Dec. 13 with a purse of $25,000 in prize money.

The following is today's report from Paul on the races and events involving the crew. For more news and photos, go to the Official Frenchman's Reef Match Race web page:

Things started out well for AmericaOne on the first day of racing here in St. Thomas with a win over Luc Pillot of France. But then a loss to Peter Holmberg of St. Thomas put us at 1:1 as we headed into our match against Chris Law, #2 in the World Match Race rankings. In the pre-start maneuvering, AmericaOne mainsheet trimmer Terry Hutchinson got tangled in the mainsheet and thrown against the leeward winch, fracturing one rib. This put a halt to our day as went motored in to the seawall to offload Terry directly into an ambulance.

Terry was x-rayed and given pain killers and is now resting at our hotel. This loss has obviously put a damper on our regatta. We had a couple of options and decided to pickup and crew member and continue on tomorrow. Terry will obviously be hard to replace but we are fortunate to have Dobbs Davis joining us.

The real mission for us at these regattas is to get back into the match racing game so we will try to get all the experience we can since we are down here. The best teams in the world are not only good at match racing but the four or five crew members are always the same at every regatta. I am hoping to build that type of core team over the next nine months heading toward the challenger races next October in Auckland.

We are racing right in the bay in front of Charlotte Amalie which is puffy and tricky but very good for spectating. The winds were 15-20 which makes the J120 a handful for 5 people. We are sailing with four crew from AmericaOne plus one local crew member.

So tomorrow we will try to get up to speed quickly with our new mainsheet trimmer. Every race will be important as only the top four go to the semi finals.

The scores from today were:

  • Chris Law 3:0
  • Peter Gilmore 2:1
  • James Spithill 2:1
  • Peter Holmberg 2:1
  • Paul Cayard 1:2
  • Gavin Brady 1:2
  • Bertrand Pace 1:2
  • Luc Pillot 0:3

About the Syndicate

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, Bellcore/SAIC, and Ford Motor Company and Visteon. Operating since June 1, 1996, the AmericaOne team is comprised of 36 professionals, including 20 members of the design team, actively working on the research and design of its sailboats. AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about AmericaOne , visit the web site at www.ac2000.org

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