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Vincent Cook Re-Appointed as Vuitton Cup Regatta Operations Director

On-site Planning Moves Forward for the Sixty-Five Day Event



AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -- The America's Cup Challenge Association (NZ) Ltd. (ACCA) announced the appointment of Vincent E. Cooke (Lillian, Ala.) as Regatta Operations Director for the 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton Cup. Cooke was the Regatta Operations Manager of the 1992 and 1995 for the Louis Vuitton Cup events held in San Diego.

As Regatta Operations Director Cooke will be responsible for managing the day to day activity on the water for the Louis Vuitton Cup. With up to 400 races scheduled to run over 65 days, Cooke has got his work cut out for him. Among his most pressing tasks is recruiting candidates for the Race Management Team. He will also be responsible for drafting the sailing instructions for the Louis Vuitton Cup and securing assets for use during the regatta.

Cooke recently spent several days in Auckland, New Zealand surveying sites to host the race management fleet of boats and to meet various representatives from local authorities whom will assist in the management of the entire America's Cup Event. He will return to New Zealand with his wife, Patricia, mid-January.

The America's Cup Challenge Association is an independent organization formed by the Challenger of Record for the 30th America's Cup Match-New York Yacht Club-to execute the responsibilities of that appointment. ACCA's primary objectives as the organizing authority for the Louis Vuitton Cup are: to produce a successful challenger for the 30th America's Cup Match by offering the highest competition possible during the regatta; and to represent the interests of all Challenging Yacht Clubs in its dealings with Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for that Match.

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