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Congressional Cup: AmericaOne Crew Finishes Day One with Perfect Record

Long Beach, CA, March 9, 1999--AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard reports from the first day of the Congressional Cup, one of sailing's oldest and most prestigious match racing events:

Daily Report, March 9, 1999

Day 1 of the 1999 Congressional Cup was a good one for AmericaOne as we went 3 wins 0 losses. Our wins came against Gavin Brady, ranked #2 in the world, Luc Pillot of France and Betsy Allison, top ranked woman's match racer.

Our race with Pillot was very close all the way around with AmericaOne leading at all the marks. Coming to the finish Pillot blanketed the sails of AmericaOne and closed. The boats finished overlapped.

The last race of the day was the most aggressive pre-start that I have been in a quite a while. Gavin Brady entered from starboard and initiated the first of several very late and aggressive alterations of course against AmericaOne who was on port tack and obligated to keep clear. When a right of way boat alters course to which then requires a give-way boat to alter to keep clear she must give the give-way boat room and opportunity to do so. There were four incidents in the four minute pre-start, two collisions and Brady ended up with two penalties to our none. Effectively the race was over right there but AmericaOne did beat Brady around the course as well.

After the race there was a hearing, which there always is when there is damage. The purpose of this hearing is to find out if either of the two boats involved in the incident had a "reasonable possibility" to avoid the collision. The jury decided that Brady was further disqualified for the race and responsible for the damage.

Wednesdays line up for AmericaOne features racing against Markus Wieser of German, ranked #6 in the world and then Peter Holmberg ranked #5. Holmberg recently merged with Team Dennis Conner for the upcoming America's Cup so he will likely be the helmsman for DC as I was in 1995.

The AmericaOne crew consisting of: Curtis Blewett on the bow, Josh Belsky in the pit, Morgan Turbovich trimming the headsail and spinnaker, Sean Clarkson trimming the mainsail and John Kostecki calling tactics, preformed very well on Tuesday. John picked the shifts perfectly as we led around all marks. Good start but a lot of racing to go.

Paul Cayard

For overall results and more about Congressional Cup, go to Long Beach YC web site. For more Congressional Cup report, select here.


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