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Paul Cayard: At the Helm
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On the Winning Path


Paul Cayard

It's been almost one year since AmericaOne was founded, and I have always said that the goals of AmericaOne are to win the America's Cup and bring it to San Francisco Bay.

In these early days of "the race" for the America's Cup, building a strong technical team is a must. With so much of the final outcome dependent on boat speed. For that reason, AmericaOne invests a large percentage of its financial resources in its design and technical team. This is a heavy burden at a time when corporate sponsors are not involved. Fortunately, with the support of our Founders' Club, we are to invest in this critical area early and keep on the winning path.

A1 logo Design Strength: In continuing to build that technical strength, AmericaOne has signed a number of new team members in the past few months, including Michael Richelsen and Guy Buchanan. These gentlemen all have an expertise that is recognized as the "top" in their respective fields, and they are important ingredients in making the AmericaOne Design Team truly capable of designing the fastest boat for America's Cup 2000.

They join principal designer Bruce Nelson (winner of two America's Cups), John Kuhn, Eric Schlageter, Scott Graham, Don Foley, Richard Korpus, Don Wyatt (all of SAIC), Frank DeBord, Robert Hook, Winfred Feifel, an aerodynamicist with The Boeing Co., and meteorologist Roger Badham. These latest additions complete the AmericaOne technical team and bring the number of scientists working on the team to 13.

I am very pleased with the talent we have assembled for such an important task. This group has already produced a detailed analysis of NZL-32 and USA-36, the two 1995 finalists. The analysis unveiled interesting insight to the substantial superiority of Black Magic. Further, our meteorological program has acquired a full three months of data from this season from our own "met boat," which goes out to the race course each day. This information is very valuable as it is some of the best data around for calibrating the design tools which we will use to evaluate thousands of candidate designs over the next few years.

The Kiwis are advancing quickly, having already completed two rounds of tank testing in England. In the meantime, they are stonewalling the U.S. challenges by refusing our request to tank test at the same facility. The Kiwis want the U.S. challengers to tank test in the "country of origin," while the New Zealanders grant themselves permission to tank test in England. Only in the America's Cup!

A1 logo On the Water: I competed in the Citibank Cup, organized by Pier 39, on the weekend of April 19-20. I was invited back as guest helmsman by St. Francis Y.C. member Peter Stoneberg. The Citibank Cup is certainly one of the best events on the Bay because it showcases exciting racing right off of Pier 39 -- the start/finish line was just 25 yards off the pier. A large, enthusiastic crowd came to the end of the Pier each day and watched the action, of which there was plenty in the 11-meter class.

On May 2-4, I will race in the Golden Gate Match Race Invitational hosted by our St. Francis Yacht Club. The regatta will feature some of the big names of match racing and will be sailed in J-24s. The format will be one round robin, with semi-finals and finals on Sunday. The regatta will also feature the new racing rules, which should make things interesting for all. I will be sailing with a different crew than at either the Congressional Cup or Steinlager Line 7 match race. I'm looking forward to this as an opportunity to sail with the latest generation of talent that the Bay Area has produced.

A1 logo Thank You: In closing, I would like to thank the Founders' Club members for all that they are doing. In addition to the great support that came out of the two events before Christmas, the March 21 dinner was a great success. Eleven new Founders joined in the week following that event, bringing the total number of Founders' Club members to 64.

It takes people who are not only enthusiasts, but who understand that the work we are doing now is critical to having a winning challenge. We have now raised over $3.5 million through private donations to go along with the in-kind support from SAIC, SGI, Netscape and Failure Analysis. I thank you all for that.

Paul Cayard


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