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AmericaOne Report 12/03/99
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For Immediate Release

Upper Wind Limits Make for Challenging Racing

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 3, 1999 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup 2000 challenger, won its second race of Round Robin 3 against Abracadabra (USA 54) by 3m 15s, and moved into second place in the overall standings. Conditions remained at the upper wind limits today, blowing 16-23 knots, on the Harauki Gulf with small white caps visible on the water.

AmericaOne's Skipper Paul Cayard aggressively positioned USA 49 at the start with an "early hook" pushing Abracadabra above and to windward of the starboard tack layline just before the start of the race. At the first leeward mark, USA 49 had a six boat length lead. Throughout the race the AmericaOne Team increased and defended their lead, keeping close watch and a lose cover on USA 50; Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne Team always remaining between the mark and USA 50. The resulting win gave them a satisfactory nine point victory.

"The conditions were really challenging today," explains AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki. "We felt good about our racing from all aspects - boat speed, tactical maneuvering and overall strong team performance. This is when you want all of those elements to be in phase, as points in Round Robin 3 are critical."

RR3/Race 2 Starting Line-Up: Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, bow; Ralf Steitz of Port Washington, NY, mid bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist, and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Grant Lilly.


Final Scores To Date:
Prada / 64 points
AmericaOne /54 points
Nippon Challenge /47.5 points
America True /47 points
Stars & Stripes /45.5 points
Spanish Challenge /26 points
Abracadabra 2000 /25 points
Young America / 24 points
Le Defi Francais /14 points
Young Australia /9 points*
FAST2000 /8 points

* Young Australia had a BYE today

Other Delta Results:
Spanish Challenge beat FAST 2000 - Delta 01:59:55
Nippon Challenge beat Young America - Delta 04:55
Prada beat Le Defi Francais - Delta 00:37
America True beat Stars & Stripes - Delta 00:30 Round Robin 3

AmericaOne's schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:

Saturday, December 4 - (Race 3) Young Australia
Sunday, December 5 - (Race 4) America True
Monday, December 6 - (Race 5) Prada Challenge
Tuesday, December 7 - (Race 6) Nippon Challenge
Wednesday, December 8 - (Race 7) Young America
Thursday, December 9 - (Race 8) Le Defi Francais
Friday, December 10 - (Race 9) Stars & Stripes
Saturday, December 11 - (Race 10) BYE
Sunday, December 12 - (Race 11) Spanish Challenge

About AmericaOne
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/Fax: + 64 9 359 9262 # # #

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