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May 3l, 1996

P. Terry Anderlini, Commodore
St. Francis Yacht Club
On the Marina
San Francisco, CA 94123

Dear Commodore:

The challenge by the St. Francis Yacht Club for the America's Cup and the formation of AmericaOne by Paul Cayard mark exciting events for San Francisco. This competition, which could bring the America's Cup to San Francisco Bay early in the new century, will enjoy the support of citizens from throughout the entire Bay Area. As Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, I welcome the opportunity to be involved with this exciting program.

It is fitting that San Francisco be engaged in this 145-year-old friendly and prestigious international competition, a program that will bring favorable attention to the City of San Francisco as one of the leading commercial centers. It is also, of course, a city the world loves and will give AmericaOne an international audience as you design, build, test, and race America's Cup yachts on the waters of San Francisco Bay.

I greatly appreciate Paul Cayard's commitment to excellence and to utilizing the highest levels of technology in all phases of the America's Cup program. This will bring a special pride to the Bay Area, home to so many of the leading technology companies in the nation, including one of the real leaders of this industry, Jim Clark, Chairman of Netscape, for playing the vital role he has undertaken as Chair of your challenge.

I know much effort lies ahead for AmericaOne. I look forward to working together in the coming months to make your program successful.

All the best to you, Terry, as well as to Paul, his crew, and sponsors as you announce AmericaOne.


Willie L. Brown, Jr.


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