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St. Francis Yacht Club Announces America's Cup Challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, California (May 10, 1996) -- St. Francis Yacht Club, located in San Francisco, California, today issued a challenge to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for America's Cup XXX to be raced in the year 2000, in Auckland, New Zealand. Paul Cayard, a world-class sailor and America's Cup veteran will spearhead the club's effort to bring the Cup back to the United States following New Zealand's 1995 victory in San Diego.

"There is tremendous enthusiasm for this challenge. The Bay area is home to many winners in the technology race. Our focus is to combine the world's best technology with the best America's Cup talent in the USA," said Cayard.

A native of San Francisco, Cayard is a five-time sailing world champion and his most prized victory is the Star Class World Championship. He raced his first America's Cup campaign in 1983 with fellow St. Francis member Tom Blackaller; then in '87 was tactician aboard USA, the club's challenger in Australia. Cayard skippered the Italian finalist Il Moro di Venezia in 1992 and was at the helm of Stars and Stripes in 1995.

The St. Francis Yacht Club, established in 1927, has hosted and participated in many high profile international events, including the 26th America's Cup in Fremantle, Australia.

Commodore Terry Anderlini stated, "We are proud to return to the America's Cup to help take the event into the 21st century with Paul at the helm of our challenge. We look forward to the opportunity to further our relations with all the competing clubs and especially our Pacific Rim neighbors."

The America's Cup is the pinnacle of sailing in terms of technology, organization, and strategic planning. The 145-year-old competition consists of a final, nine-race, match racing series in 2000 between the defender, New Zealand, and a foreign challenger. Before the final match, the challenger will go through a grueling three-month selection process. The entry fee for challengers is $100,000.


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