AMERICAONE TAKES 5TH WIN OF SERIES

Team Leads in Louis Vuitton Cup

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 7, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its 5th race of the series today against The Spanish Challenge (ESP 47) by 11m 50s. Despite the extremely light and patchy winds blowing 8-10 knots from the south at the start of Race 6, AmericaOne faired well in the match and came out with the overall lead in the Louis Vuitton Cup.

After a slow start for AmericaOne trailing behind Bravo Espana by 2s, the two teams split. Mid-way up the first windward leg the Spanish tacked, crossing on starboard with a five boatlength lead over USA 49. Paul Cayard, at the helm of AmericaOne, took the favored right side, benefiting from a wind shift that brought them into the lead. At the rounding of the first weather mark, AmericaOne led by 36s and as the race progressed AmericaOne continued to increase its lead. The breeze began to drop on the second upwind leg, and by the second downwind leg both teams found themselves at a standstill in zero knots of wind, going less than one knot. After finally rounding the last leeward mark, USA 49 managed to capitalize on the fickle winds and further distanced themselves from Bravo Espana by a mile and a half, crossing the finish more than 11 minutes ahead of ESP 47.

“The conditions on the race course today were unlike any conditions we’ve had so far in the Louis Vuitton Cup,” commented AmericaOne Meteorologist, Roger ‘Clouds’ Badham. “Fortunately, our team was able to capitalize on a couple of wind shifts which gave us a strong lead combined with great boat handling by the team.”

Only three matches were sailed today on the Atlantic Course, and both races on the Pacific Course were abandoned due to extremely light wind conditions. When the two hour and 25 minute time limit expired on the Le Defi Francais vs. Young America match, the French were well in the lead. This race is rescheduled for the end of Round Robin 3, on Tuesday, December 14. The second race cancelled today was Young Australia vs. America True. With Young Australia in the lead, the match was called off and is now rescheduled for tomorrow. Young America will sail its previously postponed race tomorrow against Stars & Stripes who just completed repairs on their damaged bulkhead. Abracadabra sailed around the course alone to collect nine points since Be hAPpy has withdrawn from the Louis Vuitton Cup.

RR3/Race 6 Starting Line-Up: Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, bow; Ralf Steitz of Port Washington, NY, mid-bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; Mike Howard of Malibu, CA, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Sol Trujillo of Colorado, USA.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 81 points

Nippon Challenge / 74.5 points

Prada / 73 points

America True /65 points***

Stars & Stripes / 45.5 points*

Spanish Challenge /44 points

Young America / 42 points***

Abracadabra 2000 /34 points

Le Defi Francais /32 points***

Young Australia /18 points***

FAST2000 /8 points**

* Stars & Stripes had BYE today.

**FAST 2000 has withdrawn from the Louis Vuitton Cup.

***These races were abandoned today and are rescheduled.

Other Delta Results:

Nippon beat Prada Challenge – Delta 03:13

Abracadabra beat FAST2000/ FAST2000 WITHDREW DUE TO A BROKEN MAST

Le Defi Francais vs Young America / RACE WAS ABANDONED

Young Australia vs America True / RACE WAS ABANDONED

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:

AMERICAONE WINS IMPORTANT MID-SERIES RACE AGAINS PRADA AND REMAINS AT TOP

Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne Team Force Italians to Take Second Loss of Series

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 6, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won today’s match against top ranked contender Prada (ITA 48) by 23s. Excitement was high as two of the top ranked teams squared off for a nail biting mid-series race for the Louis Vuitton Cup. Out of 24 matches sailed by Prada, this match marked their second loss, having won 22 of the 24 races.

Weather conditions remained shifty as light air prevailed and delayed the start of Race 5 for over an hour. ITA 48 was penalized after a pre-start knock on USA 49’s stern, which damaged AmericaOne’s scoop and Prada’s bow. Once racing got underway, AmericaOne was off to a well-timed start at the pin end on starboard tack eight seconds ahead of Prada. The slight wind conditions seemed to favor Italian’s light air boat as the team approached the first windward mark. A favorable right hand shift afforded Prada a big gain. No passing lanes remained up until the second windward mark but Cayard and the AmericaOne Team remained patient. Prada’s pre-start hit meant that they would have to make a penalty turn before the race ended. USA 49 closed up the distance on the last downwind leg and reduced ITA 48’s lead, not leaving Prada’s Skipper Francesco De Angelis enough time to execute a penalty turn. As AmericaOne crossed the finish line, Prada finished its turn.

“Prada is still the best team in my book,” remarked AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. “They were able to position themselves well for the first favored right hand shift off of the starting line. We sailed a good race by hanging tough and keeping the race close. For us the match was successful not only because of the end result but because the racing was challenging and we pushed hard.”

Only three real matches were sailed today, as the race between Young America and Stars & Stripes was rescheduled for Wednesday. Young Australia sailed around the course alone to collect nine points since Be hAPpy withdrew from the Louis Vuitton Cup.

RR3/Race 4 Starting Line-Up: Greg Prussia, Oroville, CA, bow; Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, mid-bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist; and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Tom Seip of Orinda, CA, USA.

Final Scores To Date:

Prada / 73 points

AmericaOne / 72 points

Nippon Challenge / 65.5 points

America True /65 points

Stars & Stripes / 45.5 points

Spanish Challenge /44 points

Young America / 42 points

Le Defi Francais /32 points *

Abracadabra 2000 /25 points

Young Australia /18 points

FAST2000 /8 points**

* Le Defi Francais had BYE today.

**FAST 2000 has withdrawn from the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Other Delta Results:

Nippon Challenge beat The Spanish Challenge – Delta 01:19

America True beat Abracadabra – Delta 01:35

Young Australia beat FAST2000/ FAST2000 WITHDREW DUE TO A BROKEN MAST

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:

AMERICAONE REMAINS AT TOP OF LEADERBOARD AFTER ITS DEFEAT IN RACE 4

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 5, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, was narrowly defeated by 20s in Race 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup by John Cutler at the helm of America True’s USA 51. Conditions on the Hauraki Gulf remained favorable throughout the day despite the frequently changing winds.

Shifting winds on the racecourse led to two separate postponements at the start of the match as the windward mark was reset. When the final starting sequence began, AmericaOne forced America True above the starboard tack layline to the committee boat. Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne Team were off to a perfect start as USA 49 crossed the line 15 seconds ahead of USA 51. With a sizeable lead over America True, AmericaOne chose and defended the left side of the course rounding the first mark 24 seconds ahead. AmericaOne continued to gain on America True, loosely covering each tack and gaining a significant eight boatlength lead. As the wind continued to shift, the Race Committee made its 3rd change on the racecourse. The new mark was laid while the old mark remained in place. Failing to identify the proper mark, AmericaOne forfeited the lead to America True.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed with the result of today’s match,” explains AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. “We were controlling the race when we made a fatal mistake which resulted in America True’s win. But we have another tough race on our hands tomorrow, so we need to remain focused and prepare for battle.”

In other matches today, Stars & Stripes was forced to withdraw from the race against Prada when minutes before the prestart the aft deck of USA 55 separated from the hull. Prada went on to sail around the racetrack to collect its nine points. The Race Committee has granted Stars & Stripes a 48 hour delay in their next scheduled race to make repairs to their boat and as a result the overall race schedule has been modified. ( Please see below). FAST2000, unable to repair its mast that was broken in Race 2 of Round Robin 3, withdrew from the Louis Vuitton Cup and its opponent, Le Defi Francais, sailed around the course alone to collect its nine points.

RR3/Race 4 Starting Line-Up: Greg Prussia, Oroville, CA, bow; Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, mid-bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist; and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Pierre-Louis Castelli of Paris, FR.

Final Scores To Date:

Prada / 73 points**

AmericaOne / 63 points

Nippon Challenge / 56.5 points*

America True /56 points

Stars & Stripes / 45.5 points

Spanish Challenge /44 points

Young America / 42 points

Le Defi Francais /32 points

Abracadabra 2000 /25 points

Young Australia /9 points

FAST2000 /8 points

*Nippon had BYE today.

**FAST 2000 did not compete today due to a broken mast in Race 2. Prada sailed the course alone and picked up nine points for the race.

Other Delta Results:

Young America beat Abracadabra – Delta 02:10

Le Defi Francais beat FAST2000 /FAST2000 WAS NOT ABLE TO SAIL DUE TO A BROKEN MAST

The Spanish Challenge beat Young Australia 2000 – Delta 00:42

Prada beat Stars & Stripes / STARS & STRIPES WITHDREW FROM RACE

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:

AMERICAONE WINS RACE 3 AGAINST YOUNG AUSTRALIA

Gear Breakage Challenges Both Teams

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 4, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won Race 3 in the third round of the Louis Vuitton Cup against Young Australia (AUS 31) by 55s. Both teams suffered breakage, which made for challenging racing – Young Australia tore two headsails and AmericaOne momentarily lost its main halyard.

Spectacular conditions greeted competitors on the Hauraki Gulf: 16 knots of wind, sunny skies, and flat seas. After a brief delay by the Race Committee to allow Young Australia to replace broken mainsail battens, the pre-start period began. AUS 31 had the favored starboard end when entering the pre-start, an advantage they maintained to win the start. Trailing across the line, AmericaOne had better boat speed and gained steadily.

As AmericaOne moved into the lead on the first leg, the headsail tore on AUS 31. AmericaOne continued to increase the distance over the next two and a half legs. With just one-quarter of the last windward leg to sail, USA 49’s main halyard broke causing the mainsail to slip approximately 10 feet. Quick teamwork sent bowman Greg Prussia up the rig to fix the halyard and the mainsail was re-hoisted. USA 49 went on to win comfortably.

“You never know what will happen during racing,” said AmericaOne main trimmer Terry Hutchinson. “Today’s halyard problem is a good example of our team being prepared and not letting a potentially devastating development get the best of us. The crew did a great job today.”

Ross Munro and his wife Marilyn Horne, of yachting apparel retailer Line 7, rode as 17th crew aboard USA 49 and AUS 31, respectively. Line 7 is a supplier of AmericaOne and a sponsor of Young Australia.

RR3/Race 3 Starting Line-Up: Greg Prussia, Oroville, CA, bow; Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, mid-bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Ralf Steitz of Port Washington, NY, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist; and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Ross Munro of Auckland,

NZ. Final Scores To Date:

Prada / 64 points*

AmericaOne / 63 points

Nippon Challenge / 56.5 points

America True /47 points

Stars & Stripes / 45.5 points

Spanish Challenge /35 points

Young America / 33 points**

Abracadabra 2000 /25 points

Le Defi Francais /23 points

Young Australia /9 points

FAST2000 /8 points

*Prada Challenge had BYE today.

**FAST 2000 did not compete today due to a broken mast yesterday.

Young America sailed the course alone and picked up 9 points for the race.

Other Delta Results:

Nippon Challenge beat Stars & Stripes – Delta 00:45

Spanish Challenge beat America True – Delta 00:22

Le Defi Francais beat Abracadabra – Delta 00:46

Young America beat FAST2000/ FAST2000 WAS NOT ABLE TO SAIL DUE TO A BROKEN MAST

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:

AMERICAONE DEFEATS ABRACADABRA AND TAKES SECOND PLACE IN THE STANDINGS

Upper Wind Limits Make for Challenging Racing

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 3, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its second race of Round Robin 3 against Abracadabra (USA 54) by 3m 15s, and moved into second place in the overall standings. Conditions remained at the upper wind limits today, blowing 16-23 knots, on the Harauki Gulf with small white caps visible on the water.

AmericaOne’s Skipper Paul Cayard aggressively positioned USA 49 at the start with an “early hook” pushing Abracadabra above and to windward of the starboard tack layline just before the start of the race. At the first leeward mark, USA 49 had a six boat length lead. Throughout the race the AmericaOne Team increased and defended their lead, keeping close watch and a lose cover on USA 50; Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne Team always remaining between the mark and USA 50. The resulting win gave them a satisfactory nine point victory.

“The conditions were really challenging today,” explains AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki. “We felt good about our racing from all aspects – boat speed, tactical maneuvering and overall strong team performance. This is when you want all of those elements to be in phase, as points in Round Robin 3 are critical.”

RR3/Race 2 Starting Line-Up: Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, bow; Ralf Steitz of Port Washington, NY, mid bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist, and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Grant Lilly.

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Final Scores To Date:

Prada / 64 points

AmericaOne /54 points

Nippon Challenge /47.5 points

America True /47 points

Stars & Stripes /45.5 points

Spanish Challenge /26 points

Abracadabra 2000 /25 points

Young America / 24 points

Le Defi Francais /14 points

Young Australia /9 points*

FAST2000 /8 points

* Young Australia had a BYE today

Other Delta Results:

Spanish Challenge beat FAST 2000 – Delta 01:59:55

Nippon Challenge beat Young America – Delta 04:55

Prada beat Le Defi Francais – Delta 00:37

America True beat Stars & Stripes – Delta 00:30 Round Robin 3

AmericaOne’s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 3 is as follows:

Back In Race Mode

Well, back in race mode today. Round Robin 3 started off with USA 49 doing battle with the Swiss team. The first start had to be abandoned because the Swiss were rammed by the umpire boat, that is definitely a first for me. After getting settled into the next pre-start, we had a good battle on our hands. The new and improved Swiss boat did well, they added a bigger rudder and wings to their aft keel. In the flat water and 18 knots of the southwesterly breeze we won the start, held on up the beat, and rounded just in front of the Swiss. It was pretty tight all the way around the course. The major excitement came when our spinnaker exploded as it filled at the second weather mark. The bow team did a great job sorting everything out and getting our backup kite hoisted quickly. Up the last beat we were just able to get them out to the starboard layline and lead them into the mark. We executed a nice tack set and protected down the run for our win. A win in this round is worth nine points, so it is nice to see those points go up on the board.

I also have to mention the extraordinary effort put in by our sail loft last night. Our new main missed its plane, and didn’t arrive until 6:00 PM last night. Craig Phillips and his sailmaking team worked through the night to take a 3DL skin and turn it into a finished, ready to race mainsail complete with logos. We put it up right after the race to take a look at it and it looks really nice. Tomorrow we take on Abracadabra with their bowsprit boat USA 50. It should be exciting. Thanks for tuning in.

ROUND ROBIN THREE BEGINS TOMORROW

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 1, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, will continue to sail USA 49 in Round Robin 3 of the Louis Vuitton Cup. AmericaOne’s first race of the round is against FAST200, skippered by Marc Pajot. In Round Robin 3, each boat will receive nine points per win.

“We are comfortable using USA 49,” remarked AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. “By not getting 61 locked into a race schedule we are able to make changes to her during the round which will speed up her optimization process.”

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ROUND ROBIN THREE SCHEDULE

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Race 1 – 2 December

1st Match Young America (USA-58) vs Prada Challenge (ITA-48)

2nd Match FAST2000 (SUI-59) vs AmericaOne (USA-49)

3rd Match Abracadabra 2000 (USA-50) vs Spanish Challenge (ESP-47)

4th Match Stars & Stripes (USA-55) vs Young Australia 2000 (AUS-31)

5th Match Le D

AMERICAONE ENDS ROUND ROBIN 2 WITH ANOTHER WIN

AmericaOne defeats Le Defi Francais in Race 6 Re-Match

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, November 20, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its seventh race of Round Robin 2 against Le Defi Francais’s Sixieme Sens (FRA 46) by 00:48. Today’s race was a re-match from earlier in the week when Race 6 was postponed due to weather conditions.

An exciting pre-start dial-up ended with Le Defi Francais the victor, when Skipper Paul Cayard at the helm of AmericaOne was pushed underneath the starting line allowing the French to take the preferred left side of the course with a one boatlength lead. As the battle for the layline continued the boats remained close. Cayard and the AmericaOne Crew quickly minimized the loss and fought to regain the lead. The second windward leg was the turning point for USA 49 as it split from FRA 46 and gained a significant windshift. The outcome was grim for the Le Defi Francais, as the second downwind leg progressed, no passing lanes remained and AmericaOne held a healthy 100-meter lead.

“With such a competitive race, there was a lot of pressure on our crew not to make any mistakes,” remarked Gavin Brady, AmericaOne Navigator. “I think the deciding factor is that we had a slight edge in our boat speed and made some good calls to sail deep when we thought the dividends would pay.”

Immediately following the race, USA 49 met up with her sister boat USA 61 for a brief sea trial on the Hauraki Gulf. Two-boat testing for AmericaOne will officially begin on Monday, November 22, 1999.

Round Robin 3 will begin on December 2, 1999. The pairings for Round Robin 3 will be announced after the draw on Wednesday, November 30, 1999.

RR2/Race 11 Starting Line-Up: Greg Prussia of Oroville, CA, bow; Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, mid bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Carter Perrin of Houston, TX, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist, and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Ms. Suzanne McFadden. .

Final Scores To Date:

Prada /46 points

America True /38 points

Stars & Stripes /36.5 points

AmericaOne /36 points*

Nippon Challenge /29.5 points*

Young America / 25 points

Spanish Challenge /17 points*

Abracadabra 2000 /16 points*

Le Defi Francais /14 points*

Young Australia /9 points*

FAST2000 /8 points

*Today six teams sailed Race 6, which had been rescheduled due to insufficient wind earlier in the series.

Other Delta Results:

Nippon beat Young Australia – Delta 04:12

The Spanish Challenge beat Abracadabra – Delta 00:17

AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles: East Meets West

Its an exciting time to be at the AmericaOne compound these days. Exciting can be translated to mean concerned, encouraged and confident. We have had some tough breaks in Round Robin 2 losing an over-early against America True and a real heavy air gear buster against Stars & Stripes. Balance that with an exciting come-from-behind victory against Nippon (we caught and passed them BEFORE they lost the rig) and today’s win over Young America. We feel we have really gained an accurate understanding of how USA 49 stacks up against the competition. This is very important as we now enter one of the most strategic periods of our campaign.

Today’s race against New York was satisfying. Both syndicates have had a tougher-than-expected Round Robin 2 (mind you, I wouldn’t trade our Round Robin 2 for theirs for all the tea in China). Paul and John are really clicking as they have won our last two starts in a big way. Today, they had Ed Baird and the boys trapped over the line as the gun blew and led them back to the line to start one boat length ahead and on their breeze. A couple of downspeed tacks and we saw the two boats split, New York heading left and AmericaOne heading right. John had confidence in Clouds’ forecast and sailed out into a 10 degree right shift and three more knots of wind. When the boats came back together AmericaOne had a lead which ended up being more than two minutes at the first weather mark. It was a tough day to comeback for the Young Americans and AmericaOne slowly extended their lead throughout the race.

Brad Fitzgerald and shore team have been working flat-out since USA 61 arrived on a plane last week. In order to get her ready for sea trials they have assembled the keel, fin and bulb, mounted the hull on the keel, and installed the trim tab, rudder and the steering systems for each foil. Finally, they stepped the mast. Once in the water, she was put through a series of carefully administered dock tests. This involves stationing the boat builders throughout the boat at all the major structures (mast step, keel box, runners bulkhead, forestay bulkhead) and slowly loading up the runners. Both of the running backstays are wound-up one revolution at a time. After each turn of the winch handle, everyone stops and listens for sounds – sounds we do not want to hear. This is truly a case of silence being golden. They slowly load the boat up until there is 22,000 lbs of pressure on the runners. As they load it up, they watch for movement in string lines and level beams set up and calibrated at certain stations in the boat. The hull bends and moves under the huge load, but only a few millimeters. All quiet on the loaded-up 61 led to satisfied smiles on Ted Brown and Mike Eldred’s faces. These guys spent the busiest 19 weeks of their lives building 61. To know she is as solid as rock is very satisfying.

With our last race against the French tomorrow, the period between Round Robin 2 and Round Robin 3 is quickly approaching. Due to weather delays to Round Robin 2 the time off is considerably shorter than originally scheduled. It looks like we will get about ten days (Nov 22-Dec 1) to do some testing and accomplish two major goals. Optimize and reconfigure USA 49 and tune-up USA 61. Then, we have to make the decision – which one we will use in Round Robin 3?

Stay tuned.

AMERICAONE WINS ITS 5TH RACE IN ROUND ROBIN 2

Heaviest Winds of Louis Vuitton Cup Series

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, November 18, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its fifth race of Round Robin 2 against Young Australia’s oneAustralia (AUS 31) by 5m 39s. The start of the race began in 22+ knots of wind which had only slightly subsided by the end of the match. Cayard and the AmericaOne Crew showed good teamwork and speed as they gained distance on five out of the six legs.

The start of Race 10 commenced with heavy winds and large swells as the Race Committee struggled to set the marks on time for the start of the match. Once the starting gun sounded, the duel lasted only a short time as Cayard and the AmericaOne Team ran off on starboard tack 13 seconds ahead of the competition, leading James Spithill and the Young Australian Crew in a feverish chase as USA 49’s lead grew to nearly two boatlengths. The winds increased to 28 knots and white caps blanketed the course. Both boats pitched accordingly in the deep swells pushing the bows to dive under the waves as water splashed onto the boats and rushed to flow out of the respective scoops. USA 49 rounded the last weather leg and stretched a 1500 meter lead to a solid victory.

“The most important aspect of today’s race, aside from the good teamwork, was that we didn’t suffer any breakage in the heavy winds,” commented Jim Nicholas, AmericaOne Grinder. “We sailed well in some very challenging conditions and felt confident in the heavy air. Two consecutive days of hard sailing this week showed us that USA 49 is strong and durable.”

RR2/Race 10 Starting Line-Up: Greg Prussia of Oroville, CA, bow; Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, mid bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Mike Howard of Malibu, CA, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Morgan Trubovich of Newport, RI, downwind trim; Lexi Gahagan of Wilimington, DE, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist, and Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, navigator. The 17th crew person was Mr. Larry Finch.

Final Scores To Date:

Prada /42 points

America True /34 points

Stars & Stripes /32.5 points

AmericaOne /28 points*

Young America / 25 points

Nippon Challenge /21.5 points*

Spanish Challenge /17 points*

Le Defi Francais /14 points*

Abracadabra 2000 /12 points**,*

Young Australia /9 points*

FAST2000 /8 points

* Were not able to complete Race 6 due to insufficient wind

** Abracadabra had a BYE today

Other Delta Results:

America True beat Nippon Challenge – Delta 00:12

Stars & Stripes beat Young America/YOUNG AMERICA WITHDREW FROM RACE

Spanish Challenge beat FAST 2000 – Delta 02:14

Prada beat Le Defi Francais — Delta 03:49

Round Robin 2

AmericaOne’s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 2 is as follows: