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AmericaOne Adds Whitbread to Racing Program

Twin Team EF boats SAN FRANCISCO, California (Dec. 16, 1996) — AmericaOne's Paul Cayard will participate in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race with Team EF, a European entry. As skipper, Cayard will head up the sailing team and select the crew, which will include members of the AmericaOne sailing team.

The Whitbread Race will start at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, England, on September 21, 1997, and in Southampton, England, in late May, 1998. The 32,000-mile ocean marathon consists of nine legs and includes stops in Cape Town, South Africa; Fremantle and Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; São Sebastião, Brazil; Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore/Annapolis in the United States; and La Rochelle, France.

"The Whitbread is a great opportunity for AmericaOne. It will allow us to begin developing AmericaOne's crew, as well as our sail and meteorological programs," Cayard says. "All of this work can be carried forward to the America's Cup in 1999-2000. In addition, this unique race around the world, with its extensive TV and Internet coverage, will reach the worldwide audience of sailors and non-sailors in the history of our sport."

Cayard has set two key goals for his participation. He strives to make the sport of sailing more easily understood and more accessible to the general public, and to see sailing prove that it can deliver its fair share of the marketing and advertising dollars spent each year on sporting events.

"It's a race around the planet," he says. "That should be easy to understand." Moreover, the exposure of this Whitbread will be more than any sailing event in history and, therefore, will communicate the AmericaOne message better than any event in sailing history.

"The exposure I can generate for myself and AmericaOne through this event." he adds, "is probably the highest and best use of those nine months. So, when EF Language offered a fully funded opportunity to get involved, it didn't take me long to decide what to do."

EF is an international language company fielding two entries: an all-men crew and an all-women crew. The team currently has two training boats based in Vilamoura, Portugal, where Cayard will spend two weeks in January sailing and conducting crew training.



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