America’s Cup Syndicate Launches Web Site
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, JUNE 1, 1996 AmericaOne, the St. Francis Yacht Club’s Challenge for the America’s Cup, today launched its official home page on the Internet’s World Wide Web. It can be found at http://www.ac2000.org
Initially, the web site will be an introduction to the AmericaOne challenge, and the key people involved. It will then be expanded toward a July 4th send-off, when the broad scope of the site will be unveiled.
Through AmericaOne’s home page, the global America’s Cup audience will follow the progress of the challenging syndicate as it prepares and competes for yacht racing’s Holy Grail. America’s Cup fans will also be treated to late-breaking news on and off the water, as the competitors sail in pre-America’s Cup regattas, and as the inevitable controversies erupt over the rules and the conduct of the event itself.
“America’s Cup and sailing fans worldwide will enjoy the detailed and up-to-date information on the web site. Moreover, the media will find it a great resource for background information not only on the syndicate, but the America’s Cup itself,” said syndicate Chairman Jim Clark.
The extensive web site will provide in-depth, behind the scenes information about the Paul Cayard-led team, and its sophisticated yacht design and technology program. Regular news updates will be an on-going feature as the team competes in international sailing regattas and prepares for the ultimate test of yacht design and sailing skill in Auckland, New Zealand.
The web site will be also contain an in-depth look at the storied traditions and history of the America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport.
Visitors to the web site will be able to show their support for and participate in the exciting AmericaOne effort through their feedback and their contributions toward funding the challenge. They will also be able to win prizes through participation in contests and games.
Official team merchandise, including posters, apparel and gift items, will be available for purchase.
Advertising opportunities will be available on the web site which is expected to receive a large volume of traffic as the competition for the America’s Cup heats up.
Web site development is being coordinated by Ron Arnold, a project manager for the syndicate’s founding technology partner, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC).
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