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ACCA Finds Operations Base for 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton Cup RC

AUCKLAND, NZ, -- Feb. 9, 1999 -- The America’s Cup Challenge Association (NZ) Ltd. (ACCA) is pleased to announce that Bucklands Beach Yacht Club has been appointed host yacht club for the 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton Cup race management team.

"We are delighted to have Bucklands Beach as our host yacht club for the race committee," said Dyer Jones, President of ACCA. "Their support will go a long way in ensuring the 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton Cup is rated among the best in history."

As host yacht club and chief operations base for the Louis Vuitton Cup race management team, Bucklands Beach Yacht Club will be providing many resources, including office and meeting space, storage space, maintenance facilities for the ACCA fleet of boats and dockage.

More important however is that the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club will provide a haven for the hundreds of individuals who will serve as volunteers on the ACCA race committee. As Regatta Operations Director Vince Cooke explains, "One of the most important things I can do to ensure the quality of the event is to establish a ‘home’ for the race management team. This crew of 200 will be logging a lot of hours together. It is vital that they have a comfortable place to set off from and return to each day there is racing."

As Louis Vuitton Cup race committee host Bucklands Beach is likely to entertain approximately 150 ACCA staff and volunteers each race day. In the mornings the regatta management team will come together for a continental breakfast and pre-race briefing. In the evenings the crew will join the membership to socialize and reflect upon that day’s action.

"We couldn’t be happier to have reached an agreement with ACCA to become the host club of the 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton Cup race committee," said Commodore of Bucklands Beach Yacht Club Merv Appleton. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Our membership sees it as a great honour to be involved."

The America’s Cup Challenge Association is an independent organisation 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 organising 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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