Louis Vuitton Cup Report 01/07/00
AMERICAONE TAKES A 3-1 RECORD IN THE SEMI-FINALS
January 7, 2000
For Immediate Release
San Franciscos Fourth Consecutive Win Over Japan
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 7, 2000 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, won its third match of the series against Nippon Challenge (JPN 44) by 23s. After racing was cancelled yesterday due to insufficient wind, the two teams met today in ideal weather conditions setting the stage for a close showdown. Today was AmericaOnes fourth consecutive win over Nippon Challenge.
Race 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals began in flat seas with winds ranging from 10-12 knots. Paul Cayard, at the helm of AmericaOnes USA 61, crossed the starting line at full speed. As both boats exchanged tacks up the first windward leg, USA 61 continuously edged out JPN 44. The pair remained close up the second windward leg when USA 61 benefited from a windshift. By the 2nd leeward mark, USA 61 had gained a three boatlength lead and continued to protect its position throughout the remainder of the race.
Im pleased with our boat speed and crew work. Nippon sailed well and was always there to capitalize if we made any mistakes, commented AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki. It was great to have a heated competitive match.
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 Americas Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.
Semi-Finals/Race 4 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 Mr. Doug Smith of Piedmont, CA.
Final Scores To Date:
AmericaOne / 3 points
Stars & Stripes / 3 points
Nippon Challenge / 2 points
Prada Challenge/2 points
America True / 1 point
Le Defi Francais / -0.5 points
Prada Challenge beat Le Defi Delta: 00:18
Stars & Stripes vs. America True/ RACE POSTPONED UNTIL END OF SEMI-FINALS
AmericaOne 's schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:
· Saturday, January 8 - (Race 5) Stars & Stripes
· Sunday, January 9 - (Race 6) Le Defi Francais
· Monday, January 10 - (Race 7) America True
· Tuesday, January 11 - (Race 8) Prada Challenge
· Wednesday, January 12 - (Race 9) Nippon Challenge
· Thursday, January 13 - (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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