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And the Winner Is …

The most recent winner in the AmericaOne giveaway is Blaine M. Gahagan, who won an AmericaOne poster autographed by Paul Cayard.

You, too, can be a winner by simply completing the Visitor Survey, if you haven't already done so. If you've already completed the survey, you're still eligible. The next winner will be selected at random very soon.

And now, meet our latest winner!

Blaine M. Gahagan

Home town:
New Orleans
Occupation:
My occupation is owner of a security company.
Sailing Interests:
I race on an Evelyn 42 ("Heartbeat") (Best boat and team in the state) I enjoy racing, crusing and working with the race committee. Basicly if it has to with the water i'll enjoy it.
How you found the America One web site:
I started tracking the America's Cup many years ago and Paul has an impressive record and was looking for information on his syndicate.
Comments:
It's a great web site and I look forward to gathering information leading up to the victory in 2000.


Previous Winners

Carol Weipert

Home town:
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Occupation:
Administrative Assistant for The Guardian Life Insurance Company.
Interests:
I was an avid equestrian for twenty-five years, which I thought that no other interest could ever take over -- I was wrong. Also enjoy my part-time job picking out framing for other people, reading and sailing.
Sailing Background:
My husband and his brothers owned a Hunter 28.5 on the Chesapeake. Unfortunately, one of the brothers moved to another state and the other three decided to sell the boat. We have just recently been down to Maryland looking at used boats and have decided that not only will the year 2000 be the America's Cup Challenge, but our challenge for another boat. I also want to take a sailing course to learn the proper way of sailing, even though my husband has sailed most of his life.
How she found the AmericaOne Web site:
Yahoo!
Comments:
It's Great!!! I have been able to provide my brother-in-law with all the information he will need as he is going to be in New Zealand for the start of the Cup Races. We are all very happy with the information you provide and the web site itself is very aesthetically pleasing.

Keep up the good work and ---BRING THE CUP HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jay Munsey

Home town:
Leominster, Massachusetts
Occupation:
Sales Coordinator/Webmaster for specialty polymer manufacturer.
Interests:
Getting immersed in the America's Cup defense from the creativity and technological advances displayed in designing the boats to the on and off shore strategies used to gain any psychological and time advantage . . . and basketball.
Sailing Background:
I have no hands-on sailing background. Ironically, I get extremely sea sick. But I really like all the juxtapositioning that goes on. That's the most intriguing aspect of the sport to me.
How he found the AmericaOne Web site:
I have had the site as a link from my web page for over a year.
Comments:
I think it is a nice combination of attractiveness and functionality. What I like is that it does not take a long time for pages to come up. It is obvious that a great deal of work went into the creative & technical designing.


John Mason

Home town:
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation:
Clinical psychologist, working mostly with children and families.
Interests:
Sailing.
Sailing Background:
I'm a transplanted Virginian and am considering a move back to the Hampton Rhoads area. I own an 1977 Cape Dory '27, which is moored at Montrose Harbor during our all too short sailing season. I'm a member of the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. Lake Mich. is great, but I miss the Bay.
How he found the AmericaOne Web site:
I think a mention in Sail or Sailing magazine.
Comments:
Thanks in advance for the poster and keep up the great work on your webpage!


Jim Clark

Home town:
Port Washington, New York
Occupation:
Television director in the NYC area, and run an Internet/website development business.
Interests:
When I'm not sailing, I'm playing ice hockey, scuba diving, and play tennis whenever possible.
Sailing Background:
Started sailing as a kid up at the family's summer home in Long Beach, Ontario, on MacGregor Ventures. Continued with Lightnings down in Coconut Grove (Miami). Now own a Rhodes 22, and crew on the Crossbow, a Contessa 35 out of Harlem Yacht Club (Long Island Sound).
How he found the AmericaOne Web site:
Found the AmericaOne site through various sailing links . . . great site!
Comments:
Good luck to the AmericaOne team!


Rebecca Laforce

Home town:
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Occupation:
Registered Nurse with a certification in Acute Medical/Surgical nursing; works at a local hospital.
Interests:
I enjoy SAILING, soccer, mountain biking, just about anything outdoors. I love the quaintness of New England and it's rich history. We have it all the Mountain these, sun and snow !!
Sailing Background:
By background in sailing in limited compared to many. I raced E-scows for years, as I grew up in the Midwest. However, I must say, I am strong and fearless and could jibe a spinnaker like NO other !!! LOL. :-) I am looking for crewing opportunities in this area.
How she found the AmericaOne Web site:
Cruising (forgive the pun) the internet seas.
Comments:
I will be anxious to hear from you on any updates, etc. Thanks for the site. It is wonderful !!!


Denise Costello

Home town:
San Francisco, California
Occupation:
Software Marketing. Online Product Manger at Taligent, a Java developer tools company in Cupertino, California.
Interests:
Sailing, reading, traveling and listening to music at the various remarkable venues in San Francisco.
Sailing Background:
Grew up sailing dinghies (Lasers and things) in Connecticut. Started racing keel boats after college, about 7 years ago, in San Diego. Now, I race whatever and whenever I can on the fast and fun San Francisco Bay.
How she found the AmericaOne Web site:
I searched for it.
Comments:
The Web is a great way to keep people informed. I visit your Web site often and hope you will continue to update it with AmericaOne and other sailing/racing news.


John Petricone

Home town:
Laconia, New Hampshire
Occupation:
Director of Pharmacy Services at a multi-specialty medical clinic in New Hampshire, as well as being the Corporate Pharmacy Consultant to 50 sister clinics nationwide.
Interests:
Sailing, reading, writing, carpentry, classic German automobiles and Internet surfing.
Sailing Background:
Growing up in New England, I had the opportunity to watch small-boat sailing on the Charles River and the "big guys" racing around the North Shore of Boston, particularly Marblehead. After getting the bug, I purchased a Paceship 17 and learned my skills at a small, but wonderful, yacht club in New Hampshire. Later there were several classroom and on-the-water sailing courses. My next boat was a Catalina 22, which was for pleasure on the lakes. My racing skills were honed on a very competitive J-boat.
How he found the AmericaOne Web site:
In eager anticipation of the 2000 Cup challenge, I found the site while surfing with the key words America's Cup and sailing. I've followed each Cup defense on ESPN, experienced the ups and downs, and because of the broadcast times, many days with not enough sleep.
Comments:
It looks like you have your eye on the target. You have my support. So, as we sailors say, Let's Bring It Home Again, Boys!


Christian Drexler

Home town:
Munich, Germany.
Occupation:
Medical physicist at the radio-oncology department of a major Munich hospital. I'm responsible for treatment planning, radioprotection and quality assurance.
Interests:
Sailing, hiking, motorbiking and my first child to come soon.
Sailing Background:
I've been sailing since I was six years old. During vacation time, I worked for a local sailing school as an instructor. Ten years ago I got hooked on cruising. So far, I have explored the waters of the Mediteranean and Caribbean seas, as well as the Pacific Northwest. On average, I do about 1000 nautical miles per year. I'm member of the 'Yacht Club Utting '88'. Occasionally I crew on regatta boats — mostly for the fun of it.
How he found the AmericaOne website:
I started out on Mark Rosenstein's Sailing Page and found the link to the AmericaOne site on one of the pages of 1995's Cup site.
Comments:
I spent some time during 1995 in Washington State. I followed every race that was broadcasted on ESPN (Citizen and Louis Vitton Cup as well as the (disappointing) main event). Here in Germany sailing events don't get much media coverage, thus I was really impressed by the extraordinary job done by the U.S. media, which served well to make sailing more popular. Coverage of the America's Cup 2000 on the WWW gives me a chance to follow even the preparatory steps because I hope I'll make it to New Zealand to follow part of the races live.

Good luck to the AmericaOne Team!!


Tom Lee

Occupation:
Vice president for a construction firm, specializing in heavy highway work.
Interests:
Sailing, sk|ng and NASCAR racing
Sailing Background:
Sailing since two years old; currently the vice commodore at the Fair Haven Yacht Club in Fair Haven, New York; very active in the racing programs and the local J/24 fleet.
How he found the AmericaOne website:
My parents found your web site and gave it to me; I was also hunting for something on the AC when I found it. Thanks once again for keeping us informed about a great sport.


James O'Shea

Occupation:
Computer security for a major brokerage firm.
Interests:
Flying, photography, running, sailing, political science.
Sailing Background:
32-year-old native New Yorker. Began sailing at camp in Maine at age 11. After a number of years away from boats, resumed recreational sailing while at the University of Texas at Austin (sailing club officer 2 years). Hopes to get involved in racing in the NYC area this year. (Folks seeking crew can send e-mail to: jposhea3@panix.com)
How he found the AmericaOne website:
A link from the AC2000 site, or from a generic search on Amerca's Cup.



Jack Szilasi

Occupation:
Owner of a NAPA auto parts store in Loomis, California.
Interests:
Camping, hiking and, obviously, sailing.
Sailing Background:
Built first boat at the age of 10 and spent the summer on the Saddle River. Moved through the ranks and currently own a Tanton 43, with plans to cruise around the world in the next few years. Hopefully, will be in New Zealand for America's Cup 2000 to root for AmericaOne.
Comments on the AmericaOne Web site:
"Although I'm new to the Internet, I think the AmericaOne page is the best I've seen! Good luck in 2000!


Brett Anders

Personal Information:
Twenty-five years old and a third-year law student at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Next year, will be clerking for a superior court judge in Monmouth County, and hopefully racing J-24s or some other one-design class on Raritan Bay.
Sailing Experience:
Actively racing for about four years. Primarily race on a Benneteau 32s5 (foredeck) in a Wednesday-night series. Also have had experience on J-24s and J-27s. Participated in the Red Grant Regatta, the Northeast District J-24 Championships and the Race Around Long Island. In the future, hopes to particpate in the Newport-Bermuda race. (Anybody looking for crew, please feel free to send an e-mail: andersbr@lanmail.shu.edu.)
Comments on the AmericaOne Web site:
"Keep up the good work!"


Don Prough

Occupation:
Teacher (Business and Math), Escondido High School, Escondido, California
Interests:
Working with computers; building and racing radio-controlled model sailboats; tinkering with his 1969 Ford Ranchero (337,000 miles).
Sailing Background:
Built tow-tank models for Team Dennis Conner for the America's Cup races.
Won 27 national championships racing radio-controlled model sailboats.
Comments on the AmericaOne Web site:
"SAIC had the best home page dealing with the America's Cup and I hope it will be as good for the 2000 races."


David Haney

Occupation:
Staff Engineer, Process/Tool Engineering (catalytic converters), Delphi Automotive Systems Division, General Motors Corp., Flint, Michigan
Interests:
Sailing (obviously), reading (about sailing), Corvettes (pulling sailboats), and work (which unfortunately has nothing to do with sailing)
Sailing Background:
Discovered sailing on a little boardsailer on a small lake in Michigan (got stuck in the middle of the lake with no wind)
Learned the basics in a Minifish (tipped over every time I tried to tack)
Owned an old Sunfish for five years (until I "accidently" ran over it with my van)
Have sailed Hobie 16s and a Holder 20 for ten years (and with friends aboard larger monohulls; always looking for the "right" big boat)
How he found the AmericaOne Web site:
"I went WebCrawling for sailing info and hit last year's site. From there I found the AmericaOne site and I try to visit it once a week to stay up on the latest news." (Thanks for the opportunity for my 15 minutes of fame.)
PS: "Tell Paul I understand the need for focus and determination to win in the big leagues. He has both and I wish him luck. Now, if we could just get the Best Boat, and the Best Crew, and the Best Skipper on the water at the same time, we might have a chance to beat the Black Boat."


Bryan McDonald

Occupation:
Product design lead for the Apple Computer Image Capture Group (digital cameras and color scanners) in Cupertino, Calif.
Interests:
Sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, barefoot watersk|ng, color science, surfing and golf.
Sailing Background:
Former University of California-Berkeley Sailing Team Captain
Protest Committee Co-Chairman Stanford Team Race Intersectional 1996
World Cup protest committee member 1989
Commodore, McGregor Bay Yacht Club, 1988
How he found the AmericaOne Web site:
"I found the site by surfing around America's Cup links and just ran into it, but I'll be back for sure!"
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