AmericaOne Report 12/11/99
AMERICAONE TEAM BATTLES FRENCH IN CLASSIC MATCH RACE
For Immediate Release
A Test of Speed Ensues With Pacé
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 11, 1999 - AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, raced against Le Defi Francais (FRA 46) in a closely contested match race, losing by 25s, in a light northerly 10 knot breeze. Paul Cayard, at the helm of AmericaOne’sUSA 49, and Bertrand Pacé, at the helm of Le Defi Francais, put on spectacular show as they both raced for consecutive wins.
This race had all of the classic elements of a ‘on the edge of your seat’ type of match race. The pre-start found both boats bow-to-bow. Despite FRA 46 pointing slightly closer to the wind at the onset of the race, USA 49 maintained better speed. AmericaOne’s Tactician, John Kostecki, positioned the boat towards a good windshift, putting AmericaOne ahead by 17 seconds at the first mark rounding. Cayard kept Pacé to weather on starboard and beyond the layline, gybing to keep close for the leeward mark rounding. AmericaOne seemed to have a speed advantage on upwind legs while Le Defi Francais made gains on the downwind legs. By the fourth mark, Pacé and his team pulled even and managed to establish the inside position at the leeward mark, rounding in the lead. During the last weather leg, tension mounted as the two fought a serious tacking duel resulting in a total of 15 tacks for AmericaOne. Cayard and the AmericaOne Team attacked from the left but the French fended them off to round the mark ahead by 17 seconds. On the last run, AmericaOne chose an asymmetric spinnaker while Le Defi Francais set a symmetrical spinnaker and continued to extend their lead winning another important match – their fifth in a row.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the French are fast,” remarked John Kostecki. “We felt we had a good, strong match race and learned some important things about their boat. They obviously have made some great improvements to it.”
RR3/Race 8 Starting Line-Up: Greg Prussia of Oroville, 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; Mike Howard of Malibu, CA, grinder; Morgan Trubovich of Newport, 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; Kevin Hall of Ventura, 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 was Mrs. Teena Fox of Auckland, New Zealand.
Final Scores To Date:
Prada / 100 points
AmericaOne / 99 points
America True / 92 points
Nippon Challenge / 83.5 points
Stars & Stripes / 72.5 points
Le Defi Francais / 59 points
Young America / 51 points
Spanish Challenge / 44 points
Abracadabra 2000 / 43 points
Young Australia / 18 points
FAST2000 / 8 points*,**
* FAST2000 was scheduled for a BYE today.
**FAST 2000 has withdrawn from the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Other Finishes: Nippon Challenge beat Young Australia – Delta 00:30
Prada beat America True – Delta 00:54
Stars & Stripes beat Abracadabra – Delta 01:35
Young America beat The Spanish Challenge – Delta 02:13
AmericaOne 's schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:
· Sunday, December 12 - (Race 9) Stars & Stripes
· Monday, December 13 - BYE
Note: Gavin Brady will helm USA 49 tomorrow against 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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