AmericaOne Sailors Will Have a Busy YearSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan. 28, 1997) The coming year promises to be a busy one for the AmericaOne sailing team, with competitions racing from match racing to the Whitbread Round the World Race.
Skipper Paul Cayard is currently in Vilamoura, Portugal, sailing and conducting crew training aboard the Team EF Whitbread 60-class boats. The training session is scheduled to continue until Feb. 3. Another session is set for sometime in August.
The 32,000-mile Whitbread Race is scheduled to start Sept. 21 and conclude in late May 1998.
Cayard has set two key goals for his participation in the nine-leg ocean marathon. He strives to make the sport of sailing more easily understood and more accessible to the general public, and to see sailing prove that it can deliver its fair share of the marketing and advertising dollars spent each year on sporting events.
“It’s a race around the planet. That should be easy to understand,” he says. “Moreover, the exposure of this Whitbread will be more than any sailing event in history and, therefore, will communicate our message better than any event in sailing history.
“The exposure I can generate for myself and AmericaOne through this event,” he adds, “is probably the highest and best use of those nine months. So, when EF Language offered a fully funded opportunity to get involved, it didn’t take me long to decide what to do.”
Also on the agenda are the Congressional Cup and St. Francis Cup match-race regattas, and the Citibank Cup. Tactician John Kostecki is also scheduled to sail in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC).
For the complete itinerary, see the 1997 Racing Schedule.
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