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Congressional Cup: AmericaOne Is Third With One Day Remaining

Long Beach, CA, March 12, 1999-- It is the granddaddy of all modern match racing events -- the place where it all started. Top America's Cup crews and match racers going head-to-head in purpose-built matched Catalina 37s supplied by the host club. Long Beach Yacht Club has a 35-year tradition of outstanding hospitality and excellent racing. With three former winners, three America's Cup skippers, the current U.S. male and female Rolex Award winners and competitors from six countries, this is perhaps the strongest field ever. Paul Cayard reports on the latest sailing action from Belmont Harbor:

Daily Report, March 12, 1999

Day Four of the Congressional Cup saw AmericaOne go 3 and 2 and remain in 3rd place overall. Up front there was a lead change as Peter Holmberg who had been leading for three days also went 3 and 2, while Marcus Weiser of Germany went 5 and 0 to take the lead. The event ends tomorrow.

In our first race we had a 25 second lead over Francesco de Angelis of Italy at the first mark but misjudged the gybe angle in the very light air and Francesco and his team passed us on the first run. We never recovered. That is the loss that we feel worse about because it was our race and we gave it away. We won the next three and then faced Gavin Brady again. The start was much less violent in the light air and we got what we wanted -- the left side. Unfortunately that was the wrong side and Gavin who got the right side, got a favorable windshift and was gone.

The top five scores are; Weiser 13, Holmberg 12, Cayard 10.5, de Angelis 10, Pillot 9.

Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be three races. Team AmericaOne will race, Peter Holmberg, Marcus Weiser and Luc Pillot. Weiser has AmericaOne, Holmberg and de Angelis, while Holmberg has AmericaOne, Weiser and Pillot. AmericaOne has to win all the races in order to win the regatta, and we need Weiser to lose all three and Holmberg to lose two. It is a tall order but possible. We just have to do our part and see where the chips fall.

Tonight we had a great dinner party at the home of Mike and Victoria Campbell here in Long Beach. The Campbells graciously hosted the Founders' Club members who have traveled down here to watch the action on the last day of the last Con Cup of the Millenium. A big thanks to Mike and Victoria for the outstanding hospitality, not only tonight but all week for the sailing team!

You can be sure that we will be giving it 110% tomorrow.

Paul Cayard

For more about the Congressional Cup, go to the Long Beach YC web site. For more about AmericaOne at Congressional Cup, visit our Grand Prix Sailing News page.


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