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AmericaOne Launches Experimental Testing Program

Wind Tunnel and Towing Tank Tests Aid Design Effort

SAN FRANCISCO, California (July 21, 1997) — AmericaOne, the St. Francis Yacht Club's challenge for the 2000 America's Cup in New Zealand, announced today the start of extensive design and technology testing programs this summer. Wind tunnel testing began this week at the University of Washington's Aeronautical Laboratory (Kirsten Wind Tunnel) in Seattle, Wash., and towing tank testing will start next month at the Naval Surface Warfare Center/Carderock in Maryland.

The design and technical team is under the direction of two-time America's Cup winner Bruce Nelson of Nelson-Marek Design and John Kuhn of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), both located in San Diego, Calif.

"The upcoming wind tunnel and towing tank tests will establish a current leading edge baseline for the AmericaOne Design Team," said Nelson, principal designer for AmericaOne. "These tests are critical to helping us gather and access competitive data, and will serve as a standard for all future testing throughout the program to ensure that design decisions are based on accurate and consistent data."

Technology Coordinator John Kuhn commented, "Our design team has been working for about a year, but the commencement of our test programs is a particularly significant milestone."

At the University of Washington facility, several keel/bulb/winglet configurations will be examined under the direction of Ken Visser and Claudio Fassardi. These same appendages will later be fitted to two 25-foot-long hull models (1/3 scale) for the towing tank tests next month in Maryland under the supervision of Frank DeBord. The combined results of these two sets of tests will provide the design team with a very complete understanding of the forces acting on the hull and appendages of modern IACC designs.

AmericaOne, in operation since June 1996, has assembled a multi-disciplined technical design team to analyze and develop the fastest International America's Cup Class (IACC) designs for its America's Cup XXX Challenge effort. The design/technology team totals 15 people at present and, in addition to Nelson and Kuhn, includes: Frank DeBord, Claudio Fassardi and Bud Hennesey from Scientific Marine Services Inc.; Winfried Feifel, Ken Visser and John Burns from The Boeing Co.; Eric Schlageter, Don Wyatt, Scott Graham and Rich Korpus from SAIC; Michael Richelsen and Robert Hook of North Sails; and Dr. Roger Badham of Marine Weather Services.

The team encompasses a broad base of talent and experience in computational hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, experimental mechanics, structural analysis, sail design and analysis, and performance simulation. Each member of the design team has been recruited to fill a particular role within the Design Program Plan, which covers all aspects of IACC design and performance.

AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America's Cup through a commitment to excellence, utilizing the power of home-grown technology. Formally launched on June 1, 1996, the AmericaOne team is comprised of 22 people actively engaged in design and technology, operations, sailing, marketing, and media and public relations.

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For further information, please contact:
Sue Maffei Plowden e-mail: smaffei@americaone.org
Gina Anderlini e-mail: ganderlini@americaone.org
Phone: 415-474-3425
Fax: 415-474-3571


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