Louis Vuitton Cup Report 01/05/00
AMERICAONE COLLECTS ANOTHER VALUABLE POINT IN SEMI-FINALS
January 5, 2000
For Immediate Release
Prada Suffers From Broken Mast
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 5, 2000 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, today won its second race on day three of the Semi-Finals against Prada after the Italian Team's Luna Rossa (ITA 45) dismasted on the first leg of the race. Today's weather conditions were ideal for sailing with a 12-14 knot breeze at the start.
ITA 45 and USA 61 had an exciting start of the much anticipated race today. In an attempt to block AmericaOne, Luna Rossa followed USA 61 around the Race Committee boat at the start. AmericaOne came around on starboard and rounded the committee boat while ITA 45, on port, rounded from the opposite direction in an attempt to shut-out AmericaOne. Paul Cayard at the helm of USA 61 gybed and ducked in the gap between the transom of the race committee boat and Luna Rossa. AmericaOne crossed the start ten seconds ahead of the competition. As the drag race began up the first windward leg, AmericaOne, in the lead, continuously tacked controlling the right side of the course forcing the Italian competitor away. Halfway up the first weather leg, with AmericaOne in the lead, Luna Rossa's mast split at the third spreader disabling ITA 45 for the remainder of the race. AmericaOne continued around the course to collect its point.
Yesterday's race between AmericaOne and Prada was called after the two teams eagerly waited to start in 30-knot winds and steep seas. The four other challengers agreed early on to postpone their races and returned to the shelter of their bases. USA 61 and ITA 45 remained on the course in the high winds until the Race Committee called for a postponement just before 3:00 PM local time.
"With yesterdays racing cancelled, we were really looking forward to our match today. I felt we had a good race going when unfortunately, Prada's mast broke on the first leg," commented AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. "It seems breakdowns may still be a determinant of the outcome."
During the Semi-Finals six 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 3 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; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, 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; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler, Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Matt Tobriner of San Diego, CA.
Final Scores To Date:
Stars & Stripes / 3 points
AmericaOne / 2 points
Nippon Challenge / 2 points
Prada Challenge/1 point
America True / 1 point
Le Defi Francais / 0 points
Stars & Stripes beat Le Defi - Delta: 03:06
Nippon beat America True - Delta: 01:31
AmericaOne 's schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:
· Thursday, January 6 (Race 4) Nippon Challenge
· Friday, January 7 - (Race 5) Stars & Stripes
· Saturday, January 8 - (Race 6) Le Defi Francais
· Sunday, January 9 - (Race 7) America True
· Monday, January 10 - (Race 8) Prada Challenge
· Tuesday, January 11 - (Race 9) Nippon Challenge
· Wednesday, January 12 - (Race 10) Stars & Stripes
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.
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