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Steinlager Line 7 Cup: Paul Cayard And AmericaOne Take The Title

Short of the America's Cup, this year's Steinlager Line 7 Cup match race regatta has attracted one of the most powerful line-ups of match racers ever assembled in Auckland. The regatta has a hall of fame look about it with six of the seven skippers in the main draw either current or former America's Cup helmsmen. Two more America's Cup skippers earned their way to the main series by their performances in a preliminary series. The format is two round robins, followed by a best-of-seven semi-finals and a best-of-seven finals.

PRESS RELEASE: March 28, 1999

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 29, 1999 - Paul Cayard and his AmericaOne crew won the Steinlager Line 7 Cup, one of sailing’s premier international match race regattas, in Auckland on Sunday, March 28, 1999. Cayard and his team, comprised of John Kostecki, Sean Clarkson, Morgan Trubovich and Curtis Blewett, defeated Team New Zealand’s rising star Dean Barker 3 – 1, in the finals. Cayard, skipper of AmericaOne, also won this event in 1996.

This year, six of the ten skippers competing in the Steinlager Line 7 Cup match race series were either current or former America’s Cup helmsmen, making this one of the most powerful line-ups of match racers ever assembled in Auckland – short of the upcoming America’s Cup XXX. The crews raced in 36-foot Farr-designed MRX sloops that were purpose-built for match racing competition.

Cayard was enthusiastic about winning his second title, having taken some time off from the professional match-racing circuit to win the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race, "Racing in the Steinlager was tough but I think the training we’ve done over the past six months paid off," he said. "We’ve got a lot more work to do but I am very proud of the effort the AmericaOne team put into this competition. It wasn’t an easy win with the level of competition that was racing here." The racing, which took place along the Auckland waterfront, was close with the boats often overlapped. Strong winds and currents made for tricky lay-line calls on the starting line and at the rounding marks.

Of the ten teams participating in the event, three were U.S. based America’s Cup contenders. AmericaOne, placed first. Young America was third, while America True was ninth. Final results for the Steinlager Line 7 Cup were:

1- Paul Cayard/AmericaOne (USA); 2- Dean Barker/Team New Zealand (NZL); 3- Ed Baird/Young America (USA); 4- Chris Dickson (NZL); 5- Francesco de Angelis/Prada (ITA); 6- Chris Law (GBR); 7- Gavin Brady (NZL); 8- Magnus Holmberg (SWE); 9- John Cutler/America True (USA); 10- Dean Salthouse (NZL)

About The Challenge

AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in aerodynamics, computer equipment, hydrodynamics, naval architecture, sail design and structural engineering to America's Cup sailboat design. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club. Official and Supporting technology partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. In June, the AmericaOne team will begin its California-based training program. To learn more about AmericaOne visit: Error! Bookmark not defined..

For more about this major match race series go to the Steinlager Line Seven Cup official web site. Also visit the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron site. For more in this series of reports, look at AmericaOne's Grand Prix Sailing News page.


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