AmericaOne Report 10/19/99
AmericaOne REMAINS UNDEFEATED WITH A TOTAL OF FOUR POINTS ON DAY TWO OF THE LOUIS VUITTON CUP SERIES
FAST2000 Has A Not So hAPpy Day -- Nippon Warriors Combat 49ers Furiously
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, October 19, 1999 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, won both races, defeating FAST2000 and Nippon Challenge, on day two of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 2000 America's Cup season. In Race 1, AmericaOne defeated FAST2OOO's be hAPpy (SUI 59) by 14m 9s. In the second race, AmericaOne beat Asura (JPN 44) by 2m 26s. Despite the light North Easterly wind conditions that prevailed earlier during the day for Race 3, the wind and the competition heated up when AmericaOne battled Nippon during Race 4 of the challenger series. The latter of the two matches proved to be exciting at the onset until AmericaOne managed to build a lead of about 20 boat lengths in the last leg.
"We had a good day of racing today which turned fairly aggressive in Race 4 against Nippon," commented AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. "We were unfortunate in that we brokedown prior to the onset of the race. Luckily, we were able to qualify for a postponement in the rules and took the 45 minutes we were allotted, fixed the part and then went on to win the race."
After four races, AmericaOne, Prada and Young America all hold a 4 -0 record and have yet to race one another.
Day Two Starting Line-Up: Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, bow; Greg Prussia of Oroville, CA mid bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Rye, NY, pit; Phil Trinter of Lorraine, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Russ Silvestri of San Francisco, CA downwind trim; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Bruce Nelson of San Diego, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person for Race 1 was United Airlines Mileage Plus Auction winner Ted Springstead of Port Townsend, WA. In Race 2, St. Francis Yacht Club Vice Commodore Bruce Munro rode in this position.
Final Scores To Date:
AmericaOne /4 points
Prada /4 points
Young America /4 points
Abracadabra 2000 /3 points
America True /1 point
Le Defi Francais /1 point
Nippon Challenge /1 point
Spanish Challenge /1 point
Stars & Stripes /1 point
Young Australia /0 points
FAST2000 /0 points
Round Robin 1
During Round Robin 1 each of the 11 Challengers from seven nations will race each other one time - the winner receiving one point per race. AmericaOne's schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 1 is as follows:
· Wednesday, October 20 -- (Race 5) BYE; (Race 6) Le Defi Francais
· Thursday, October 21 - (Race 7) Prada Challenge; (Race 8) Abracadabra 2000 |
· Friday, October 22 - (Race 9) Stars & Stripes; (Race 10) Young Australia 2000
· Saturday, October 23 - (Race 11) Young America
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America's Cup by applying U.S. technology in aerodynamics, computer equipment, hydrodynamics, naval architecture, sail design and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. AmericaOne technology partners and top-level sponsors include Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. To learn more about AmericaOne visit: www.americaone.org.
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