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AMERICAONE WINS FIRST RACE OF THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP SEMI-FINALS

January 2, 2000

For Immediate Release

AMERICAONE WINS FIRST RACE OF THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP SEMI-FINALS USA 61 Makes Her Racing Debut

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 2, 1999 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, won its first race on opening day of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals against Le Defi Francais (FRA 46) by 22s. Cayard and the AmericaOne Team debut USA 61 in her first competition around the track.

Wind conditions today ranged from 10-16 knots, whitecaps spotted the Gulf, and seas remained short and somewhat confused. As the five-minute gun sounded, Le Defi entered from the pin end and AmericaOne from the Committee Boat end. After an initial dial-up, AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard maneuvered into the controlling position and started at the favored pin end. Halfway up the first leg, USA 61 secured a three boat length lead. Towards the second windward leg, the AmericaOne Team found a big left-hand shift, which allowed the team to sail straight up the course on port. French Skipper Bertrand Pacé and his team lost a bit of ground as they headed out to the right side of the track. It was apparent that the French boat was able to make gains downwind, providing them a slight opportunity to attack AmericaOne's lead over the duration of the race. Throughout the day, the two teams engaged in a series of drag racing duels and although they remained close at times, USA 61 gained as much as a 50 second lead after rounding the third leeward mark to eventually win the race.

"We were pleased to have USA 61 come out of the box a winner in her first race," said Paul Cayard AmericaOne Skipper & CEO. " The French did a good job keeping us on our guard and kept the match close. They showed us they are still a threat in light to moderate air."

Semi-Finals
During the Semi-Finals 6 Challengers from four nations will race each other two times. The scoreboard from the previous rounds has been cleared, the winner receiving one point per race. Only two of the six teams will remain after the next ten races. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM local time on a full-length America's Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.

Semi-Finals/Race 1 Starting Line-Up:
Greg Prussia of Oroville, CA, bow; Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, mid-bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Mike Howard of Malibu, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, strategist; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Ralf Steitz of Port Washington, NY, traveler, Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Steve Hooper of Seattle, WA.

Final Scores To Date:
AmericaOne / 1 point
Prada /1 point
Stars & Stripes / 1 point
America True / 0 points
Le Defi Francais / 0 points
Nippon Challenge / 0 points

Other Results:
Prada beat America True - Delta: 01:00
Stars & Stripes beat Nippon - Delta 00:55 A

mericaOne's schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:
ˇ Monday, January 3 - (Race 2) America True
ˇ Tuesday, January 4 - (Race 3) Prada Challenge
ˇ Wednesday, January 5 - (Race 4) Nippon Challenge
ˇ Thursday, January 6 - (Race 5) Stars & Stripes
ˇ Friday, January 7 - (Race 6) Le Defi Francais
ˇ Saturday, January 8 - (Race 7) America True
ˇ Sunday, January 9 - (Race 8) Prada Challenge
ˇ Monday, January 10 - (Race 9) Nippon Challenge
ˇ Tuesday, January 11 - (Race 10) Stars & Stripes

 

About AmericaOne
AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America's Cup 2000. The team is currently competing 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 has built two boats based on four years of technology development and innovation. The top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about the team visit: www.americaone.org.

For further information on AmericaOne, please contact:
Gina von Esmarch E-mail: gvonesmarch@americaone.org / Phone: + 64 9 359 9246 x. 112/Fax: + 64 9 359 9262 Jennifer McHugh E-mail: jmchugh@americaone.org/Phone: + 64 9 359 9246 x. 111/Fax: + 64 9 359 9262

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