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AmericaOne Issued USA 49 for First IACC Yacht
Number Evokes the Spirit of Blackaller 12M and the Gold Rush

AUCKLAND, NZ - January 24, 1999 - AmericaOne 's first America's Cup yacht has been issued sail number USA 49 by Ken McAlpine, Technical Director of the International America's Cup Class. USA 49 was also the number of the first 12 meter in the 1987 America's Cup Challenge on behalf of the St. Francis Yacht Club, on which both Paul Cayard and Tom Blackaller were teammates.

Regarding this historic announcement, skipper Paul Cayard issued the following statement:

I often think back to that challenge and the competitive spirit of my friend and skipper Tom Blackaller and his refusal to bow to overwhelming hurdles in his path. Further back, those who came to California to participate in the Gold Rush of 1849 faced many challenges and personal sacrifices. They were called the 49er's. The tradition of that spirit, which is at the core of the founding of the state of California, is carried into battle every year by the San Francisco football team of the same name.

Tom Blackaller and I were both born and raised in San Francisco. Our sailing talents are products of the waters of entire Bay and those against whom we sailed. We each represented San Francisco all over the world for over 30 years at the top of our sport, each at our own time. As in 1987 for Tom, AmericaOne is for me, my chance to put on my best performance for my home town. Needless to say, I am motivated.

At AmericaOne , we have faced and still do face many challenges. We have put forward considerable personal sacrifice in pursuit of our goal; To Win the America's Cup and bring it home. It is fitting that our boat be numbered USA 49.

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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