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Louis Vuitton Cup Finals Report 01/27/00
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AmericaOne Comes from Behind to Take Victory

For Immediate Release

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 27, 2000 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its first race of the Louis Vuitton Finals against the Prada Challenge (ITA 45) by 1m 33s. Conditions on the racecourse were fluky and lead to an intense day of racing, as AmericaOne surmounted a significant deficit and came from behind to beat Prada.

Weather conditions delayed the start of the race by an hour. Paul Cayard, at the helm of AmericaOne, chose the favored right side of the line at the start and benefited from a windshift giving USA 61 a slight lead over ITA 45. As the pair continued up the first beat, the wind suddenly shifted left, giving Luna Rossa a substantial lead as they rounded the first mark. AmericaOne fought hard to stay in the race and closed the gap coming within four

boatlengths of the Italians then falling back to 15 boatlengths as they rounded the first leeward mark. By picking the right windshifts USA 61 gradually gained on its competition. The turning point of the race came after rounding the second windward mark when USA 61’s spinnaker tore. Faced with the threat of losing valuable time, the AmericaOne Team successfully performed a difficult spinnaker change and continued down the fourth leg sailing through the chop of the spectator fleet to pass Prada. After a dramatic fight for the lead, AmericaOne led the Italians around the remainder of the course, crossing the finish line with a victory.

“It was a very emotional race with a lot of ups and downs for both teams,” commented AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki. “The winds on the race course were light and shifty and we knew we had to call our own shots. We concentrated on the wind shifts and followed our instincts to gain the lead.”


Finals
During the Finals the challengers will race one race a day in a best-of-nine series. The first team to win five races will win the Louis Vuitton Cup. 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.

Finals/Race 2 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 Bill Asselin.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 1 point
Prada Challenge/ 1 point

About the Challenge 

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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About The Challenge

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

 

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