AmericaOne Report


Press Release
19 May 2000

Announced at a press conference in Auckland today, was the resignation from Team New Zealand of the two-time Americašs Cup winning afterguard pair, Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth.

Their decision was a difficult one to take. It involved dealing with the innocent and well-intentioned sporting gesture made by skipper Coutts before the last race of this yearšs Americašs Cup when he handed the helm of NZL-60 to the 26-year old Dean Barker.

Coutts realises now that it would send out very frustrating signals to this younger generation of Team New Zealand, particularly after Coutts and Butterworth had made such an effort to develop new, young talent in the run up to New Zealandšs first successful defence of the sporting worldšs oldest trophy.

On top of that Coutts cited many offers made by new teams challenging for the Americašs Cup and as he still wants to sail at this level, he could end up steering a challenger in the next Louis Vuitton Cup which starts in October 2002.

This situation shows how the Americašs Cup has now become a sport, not unlike Formula One, where drivers move from team to team beyond national barriers. This is another sure sign of the health and continued world interest in the future of this great event, which will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in August 2001.

The Team New Zealand syndicate is now headed by Tom Schnackenberg, and it looks pretty sure at this stage that Team New Zealand designer Laurie Davidson will remain with the syndicate.

For more information contact the Americašs Cup Louis Vuitton Media Centre, at the following co-ordinates;
Jour J, 1432, quai Marcel Dassault, 92210 St Cloud, FRANCE.
Tel: +33 1 55 39 40 10 Fax: +33 1 55 39 40 02


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AmericaOne was the USA's leading challenger for the America's Cup 2000. The team competed in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America's Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne built two boats based on four years of technology development and innovation. Top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Network Solutions, Telcordia Technologies, SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club.

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