Undisclosed Adjustments to USA 49 Prove Solid

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, November 6, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its opening race on day one of Round Robin 2 for the 2000 America’s Cup season. Skipper Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne crew defeated the Spanish Challenge’s Bravo Espana (ESP 47) by 1m 15s. Adjustments were made to both boats following Round Robin 1 – AmericaOne sailed with a repaired and remeasured boat and Bravo Espana received a new mast.

The weather conditions showed great improvement from the heavy wind and rain conditions seen over the past few days. However, wind shifts remained lumpy, ranging upwards of 15+ knots. The drag race between Cayard and Spanish Skipper Pedro Campos at the start left AmericaOne slightly behind to windward of Bravo Espana. Rounding the first windward mark, AmericaOne’s Tactician John Kostecki located a significant shift in the wind direction from the right giving USA 49 a speed advantage that pushed them well into the lead. By the second windward leg, Cayard remained in control of the match.

“It was good to see that we have improved our boat speed,” explained AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki. “The goal right now for all of the teams is to optimize boat performance in this second round. Clearly there were marked differences between our win over the Spanish from Round Robin 1 to Round Robin 2 — I could see we had both improved our speed.”

RR2/Race 1 Starting Line-Up: Curtis Blewett of Los Angeles, CA, bow; Greg Prussia of Oroville, CA, mid bow; Bill Bates of San Diego, CA, mast/sewer; Josh Belsky of Hood River, OR, pit; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Matt Welling of Bay Shore, NY, grinder; David McClintock of Portsmouth, RI, upwind trim; Morgan Trubovich of Newport, RI downwind trim; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, runner; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Bruce Nelson of San Diego, CA, traveler; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist, and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Terry Kohler of Wisconsin, IL.

Final Scores To Date:

Prada /14 points

AmericaOne /12 points

Young America /12 points

Nippon Challenge /9.5 points

Stars & Stripes /8.5 points

America True /6 points

Abracadabra 2000 /4 points

Spanish Challenge /5 points

Le Defi Francais /2 points

Young Australia /1 point

FAST2000 /0 points

Other Delta Results:

Stars & Stripes over Le Defi Francais/ 00:41

Prada Challenge over FAST2000/ 02:19

Nippon Challenge over Abracadabra 2000/ 02:08

Young America over America True/ 00:33

BYE: Young Australia 2000

Round Robin 2 During Round Robin 2 each of the 11 Challengers from seven nations will race each other one time – the winner receiving four points per race. One team takes a bye in each flight of races. Racing is scheduled to begin daily at 12:15 PM local time on a full-length America’s Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format. AmericaOne’s schedule for the remainder of Round Robin 2 is as follows:

The last boat built for this America’s Cup campaign will arrive via air express in Auckland this week. AmericaOne (USA-61) will be flown into New Zealand from California aboard a 747 on Monday afternoon.

Paul Cayard’s AmericaOne team is the last syndicate to take delivery of a boat. At a press conference on the eve of Round Robin Two of the Louis Vuitton Cup, Cayard was coy about when the boat would enter the competition.

‘We might use it in Round Robin Three,’ he said. ‘Having it here early definitely gives us some flexibility for two boat testing, and to race it before the Semi-Finals.’

The early arrival of USA-61 (the boat wasn’t originally expected until December) has also been a boon for Young Australia 2000. AmericaOne has finished with its charter of 1995 Cup boat oneAustralia. The Young Australia team has negotiated a charter with its Australian owner, and will now sail the boat in Round Robin Two.

The air express delivery is a first for Air New Zealand Cargo. It’s the first time in history an America’s Cup boat has been shipped on a 747, and USA-61 is the largest cargo in the history of Air New Zealand.

The AmericaOne team says the boat should be ready for sailing well before Round Robin Three.

– Peter Rusch