SAN PEDRO, Calif., July 12, 1999 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St.
Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, today announced the
first-ever online broadcast of the christening of an International
America's Cup Class (IACC) boat, via the Internet, July 17 at 3:00 PM/PDT.
The special "webcast" at http://www.AmericaOne.org will be presented live
from San Pedro by sponsors Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard Company and
SAIC, and will feature a video, pre-show compound tour and christening of
AmericaOne's first IACC boat, USA 49. The webcast is powered by HP,
AmericaOne's Official IT Sponsor and AmericaOne's Official Founding
Technology Sponsor, SAIC, is the webcast systems integrator.
Virtual guests are invited to log onto the AmericaOne website to
pre-register for the event, as well as to download the viewer that will
allow them to tune in for the christening. Attendees of the pre-show will
enjoy both a pre-show video and a "virtual" tour of the AmericaOne
compound, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the different workshops the
AmericaOne team has used to operate the boat and run its business
operations including the sail loft, Tech Bay and a number of other shops
utilized for rigging, electronics and machine work.
"AmericaOne is built upon the successful application of leading-edge
technology," says Paul Cayard, skipper and CEO of AmericaOne. "It's
exciting to use some of that same technology to share what is essentially
the first public chapter in our race to recapture the America's Cup from
The webcast marks the first time such an America's Cup christening ceremony
has been shared with the public-at-large in what are usually private events
reserved for individual challengers' sponsors, members of the press, and
international VIPs. SAIC was also responsible for developing "America's Cup
On-Line" during the '95 Cup - the official website which provided news and
information about the Cup races.
"Call it the democratization of the America's Cup," says AmericaOne's
Cayard. "The broadcasting of AmericaOne's christening is a small step
toward broadening the appeal of sailing's Holy Grail to a worldwide
Official and supporting AmericaOne sponsors,
Ford Motor Company, HP,
and United Technologies continue to provide
technology solutions to further the AmericaOne design team's revolutionary
developments in sailboat design aimed at reclaiming the America's Cup for
- Log on to the AmericaOne website at http://www.americaone.org
- Pre-register for the christening of USA 49
- Check configuration by viewing AmericaOne video highlights
- Tune in for virtual pre-show compound tour
- Join the AmericaOne Team for the virtual christening ceremonies on
Saturday, July 17th at 3:00 PM/PDT
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America's Cup by applying U.S.
technology in aerodynamics, computer equipment, hydrodynamics, naval
architecture, sail design and structural engineering to America's Cup
sailboat design. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger
on behalf of San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. Official and
Supporting technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia
Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp.
To learn more about the syndicate or the AmericaOne Design Challenge
contest visit: http://www.ac2000.org.