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.


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:

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.

Auckland is a happening place in the world of sailing. The America

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.”




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