AmericaOneFORTIFIES SAILING TEAM BY SIGNING
FOUR RESPECTED SAILORS FOR AMERICA’S CUP 2000
Belsky, Blewett, Clarkson and Hutchinson to Sail Aboard AmericaOne
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – September 17, 1998 - AmericaOne announced the signing of four new crewmembers to the Paul Cayard/John Kostecki-led America’s Cup challenge: Josh Belsky, Curtis Blewett, Sean Clarkson and Terry Hutchinson. AmericaOne has now filled six of the sixteen spaces available on board the race boats. "Building a core AmericaOne crew with experienced and qualified people only adds to our powerhouse of sailing talent," remarks AmericaOne Tactician, John Kostecki. "It’s no secret that we took a serious look at those qualified candidates who had a commitment to excellence based on their sailing records. We’ve now got four more exceptional sailors to add to our roster." AmericaOne is in varying stages of completing contractual agreements with other accomplished sailors and will continue crew selection for the remaining ten positions through December 1, 1998.
At age 32, Josh Belsky, originally from Rye, New York, brings over 12 years of sailing experience to the AmericaOne Team. Most recently, Belsky sailed on board EF Language, the winning 1998 Whitbread Round the World Race boat with AmericaOne and EF Language Skipper Paul Cayard. His involvement with the America’s Cup began in 1992 when he was a pitman on board Bill Koch’s winning America2. Belsky is best-known for being the only American to win both the 1998 Whitbread Round the World Race and the 1992 America’s Cup, sailing on board the winning boats during both races. Belsky received a BA in 1989 from St. Lawrence University; he currently calls Hood River, Oregon his home.
At 26 years old, Curtis Blewett, is the youngest of the sailing team to date; however he already has an impressive nautical portfolio. Most recently, Curtis sailed on board 1998 Whitbread Round the World Race winner, EF Language with Paul Cayard. Over the last 8 years he has sailed many inshore/offshore races totaling 30,000 miles in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Although only 28, Sean Clarkson’s sailing expertise includes the world’s top sailing events. Clarkson, a New Zealand native currently living in Newport, Rhode Island, has sailed in the last two America’s Cup’s as a grinder (‘92- New Zealand, ’95- Tag Heuer) and the last two Whitbread Round the World Races (‘93/’94- New Zealand Endeavor; ‘97/’98 Toshiba) as bowman and trimmer. In 1996, Clarkson represented New Zealand in the Olympic Games as bowman in the Soling class.
Terry Hutchinson’s sailing roster of accomplishments are equally as complete as many of the other sailors he is joining at AmericaOne. Recently referred to as "the perennial powerhouse" in Latitude 38’s – August 1998 issue, Hutchinson is the 1998 J/24 World Champion. A 30-year-old Quantum Sails representative from Annapolis, Maryland, Hutchinson’s victorious reign in national sailing championships as helmsman won him an induction into the Old Dominion University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Hutchinson and Kostecki last sailed together in the 1997 Corel 45 Worlds.
"It has always been my philosophy to have, what I call, a well-blended crew," explains Paul Cayard, AmericaOne Skipper and CEO. "I think it is important to mix people with America’s Cup sailing experience with those that have not sailed in this competition but have the talent and the desire to win. This announcement reflects that belief and continues to demonstrate that we are on a clearly focused path towards victory."
AmericaOne will actively train aboard oneAustralia on the America's Cup race course from January-February of 1999 in Auckland, New Zealand. In April, the AmericaOne team will move to Long Beach where they will mobilize the compound, reassemble oneAustralia and assist in completing the final construction of the first International America’s Cup Class (IACC) boat. The team will conduct two-boat testing with oneAustralia and the new IACC boat May-September.
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 Exponent. 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. To learn more about AmericaOne visit:
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