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AMERICAONE Team Members Lose Tie Breaker

Bermuda Gold Cup Day Two Scoring Leads to Heartbreaking Result

October 19, 1998, Hamilton, BERMUDA --Paul Cayard, Skipper and CEO of AmericaOne has been competing against the world's best at the 50th anniversary of the Bermuda Gold Cup match race event. The Gold Cup is the world's oldest match racing regatta in one design boats and will offer $60,000 in cash prizes to the winning team. Team AmericaOne failed to capitalize on their 3-1 record of Day One, and was surprisingly forced out of the qualification series, as Cayard reports below:

"Team AmericaOne ended the second day of the qualification series in a three way tie for third place in the 2nd round robin and losing the tie breaker, thus eliminating us from the series. After going 1-2 for the day we ended up tied with local Bermudian Glenn Astwood and British sailor Andy Green with a 4-3 record.

The tie was broken in the following way: Green beat Astwood, Astwood beat AmericaOne and AmericaOne beat Green, which forced the organizers to go back to the rule book and consider Green's victory over the round robin winner Murray Jones of New Zealand in yesterdays second race which put him through.

Then, it came down to Astwood and AmericaOne. AmericaOne lost that tie-breaker because Astwood beat AmericaOne in yesterday's second race - the only defeat on Sunday. Therefore four teams from our round robin and four more will qualify today in the second round robin. After Jones, Andy Beadsworth of Britian qualifies second, Green third and Astwood fourth.

The sailing conditions were non-typical Hamilton Harbor light winds and it was very shifty. This made the last day very difficult to secure your position in the tricky conditions.

AmericaOne's crew of John Kostecki, Josh Belsky and Curtis Blewitt stayed in Bermuda for a couple days to watch and learn from the other top teams competing. AmericaOne's next match race is the Virgin Island Match Race in J-120's December 9-13. Then, we will be traveling to Auckland, New Zealand to begin training in IACC yachts on the 2000 America's Cup Course.

Visit the Official Website of the Gold Cup for reports from event coordinator, Paul Larsen at http://www.sailing.org/goldcup.


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