Louis Vuitton Cup Report 01/09/00
AMERICAONE COLLECTS FIFTH WIN
January 9, 2000
For Immediate Release
USA 61 Shows Her Pedigree
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 9, 2000 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, won its fifth match of the series against Le Defi Francais (FRA 46) by 1m 16s. The second round of pairings for the Semi-Finals commenced today. AmericaOne's victory was its second over Le Defi Francais in the Semi-Finals.
It was a perfect day on the Hauraki Gulf with sunny skies and fair weather clouds. After an initial postponement by the Race Committee, the wind direction settled and the breeze reached 7 knots. AmericaOne gained an advantage as they entered the starting box ahead of Bertrand Pacé at the helm of Sixieme Sens. USA 61 crossed in front of Sixieme Sens, circled around the French boat and took control. Several seconds before the starting gun, AmericaOne to leeward luffed, while the French team edged dangerously close to the starting line. FRA 46 was forced to split and tacked away, USA 61 accelerated and crossed the line, gaining control of the favored left side of the course. As the pair raced up the first leg, the wind shifted towards the left side of the course moving AmericaOnefurther into the lead. Sixieme Sens crossed to the opposite side of the course, six boatlengths behind USA 61 who rounded the first mark over a minute ahead. AmericaOne continued to stretch on the weather legs and despite Le Defi's good downwind speed, USA 61's position was never challenged.
AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard remarked, "It is good to see 61 perform so well against the fastest light air boat in the fleet. But this part of the series is the riskiest of the regatta and anything can happen. We've got to get the points in order to move forward, so our goal is to remain focused."
John Demourkas, AmericaOne-Lycos Auction winner rode today as 17th crew aboard USA 61. John's wife Deneen Demourkas joined bidders from around the world over an 11-day period of online bidding at Lycos.com. The winning bid was a birthday present for her husband.
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 6 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 Lycos Auction Winner, Mr. John Demourkas of Santa Barbara, CA.
Final Scores To Date:
AmericaOne / 5 points
Prada Challenge/4 points
Stars & Stripes / 3 points*
Nippon Challenge / 2 points
America True / 1 point
Le Defi Francais / 0.5 point
* Internations Jury has stripped one point from Stars & Stripes for breaching Article 19 of the Protocol.
Prada Challenge beat America True - Delta: 1:16
Stars & Stripes beat Nippon Challenge - Delta 00:10
AmericaOne 's schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:
· 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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