AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 12, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its eighth match of the series against Nippon Challenge’s Asura (JPN 44). Today’s race determined the future of both teams, AmericaOne qualifying for the Louis Vuitton Finals and Nippon giving up their chances to continue.

Weather conditions on the race course brought a different element of racing to the Challengers as winds ranged between 16 – 20 knots with lumpy two meter seas washing over the boats’ bows. AmericaOne fought for the right side of the starting line, Nippon aggressively trying to gain the advantage by tacking below USA 61. AmericaOne broke for the pin end of the line and both boats started on starboard tack dead even and sailed towards the port lay line. Nippon tacked to leeward initially shy of the layline. JPN 44 found a lift enabling it to lay the weather mark just ahead of USA 61. The teams gybed and repeatedly crossed with USA 61 gaining distance each time. Excitement started to build quickly as JPN 44 repeatedly established, lost and reestablished an overlap from their leeward position. Repeated calls of proper course violations and protest flags were answered with green flags (indicating no foul) from the umpires. AmericaOne finally surged ahead breaking the overlap with enough room to gybe onto port and narrowly cross in front of its competition rounding the leeward mark ahead. Paul Cayard led USA 61 to the left side and allowed Peter Gilmour to tack to the right, when the boats came back together, USA 61 had gained a comfortable lead. Starting down the last leeward leg, Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne Team defended its lead for the remainder of the race and crossed the finish 17 seconds ahead of Nippon Challenge, assuring its position in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 12, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its eighth match of the series against Nippon Challenge’s Asura (JPN 44). Today’s race determined the future of both teams, AmericaOne qualifying for the Louis Vuitton Finals and Nippon giving up their chances to continue.

Weather conditions on the race course brought a different element of racing to the Challengers as winds ranged between 16 – 20 knots with lumpy two meter seas washing over the boats’ bows. AmericaOne fought for the right side of the starting line, Nippon aggressively trying to gain the advantage by tacking below USA 61. AmericaOne broke for the pin end of the line and both boats started on starboard tack dead even and sailed towards the port lay line. Nippon tacked to leeward initially shy of the layline. JPN 44 found a lift enabling it to lay the weather mark just ahead of USA 61. The teams gybed and repeatedly crossed with USA 61 gaining distance each time. Excitement started to build quickly as JPN 44 repeatedly established, lost and reestablished an overlap from their leeward position. Repeated calls of proper course violations and protest flags were answered with green flags (indicating no foul) from the umpires. AmericaOne finally surged ahead breaking the overlap with enough room to gybe onto port and narrowly cross in front of its competition rounding the leeward mark ahead. Paul Cayard led USA 61 to the left side and allowed Peter Gilmour to tack to the right, when the boats came back together, USA 61 had gained a comfortable lead. Starting down the last leeward leg, Paul Cayard and the AmericaOne Team defended its lead for the remainder of the race and crossed the finish 17 seconds ahead of Nippon Challenge, assuring its position in the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals.

“We’re looking forward to another tough race tomorrow,” commented AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. We learn a lot from each of our competitors and believe this type of competition is good for our team and good for the sport.”

Semi-Finals

During the Semi-Finals six challengers from four nations will race each other two times. The scoreboard from the previous rounds has been cleared, the winner receiving one point per race. Only two of the six teams will remain after the next ten races. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM local time on a full-length America’s Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.

Semi-Finals/Race 9 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; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, strategist; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Bill Koch of Osterville, MA.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 8 points

Prada Challenge/ 6 points

Stars & Stripes / 5 points*

Nippon Challenge / 4 points

America True / 1 point

Le Defi Francais / 0.5 point

* International Jury has stripped one point from Stars & Stripes for breaching Article 19 of the Protocol.

Other Results:

Prada Challenge beat Le Defi Francais – Delta 00:09

Stars & Stripes beat America True – Delta: 00:45

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. & AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 10, 2000 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., a leading financial services firm, today announced its sponsorship of AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based challenger for Americas Cup 2000, on behalf of the St. Francis Yacht Club. As a first time sponsor of an Americas Cup contender, Schwabs decision to become involved in this unique sports marketing medium was motivated by significant ties to its established business in the Pacific Rim marketplace.

The sponsorship includes prominent Web exposure and branding opportunities onboard AmericaOnes two racing yachts USA 49 and USA 61, as the AmericaOne Team vies for sailings most coveted trophy.

“We’ve done our homework on the America’s Cup and it made good business sense for us to work with AmericaOne for a number of reasons,” explained Len Short, Executive Vice President of Advertising & Brand Management. “The demographics of the average sailing audience synergistically fits with our core target at Schwab. The global nature of sailing ties in with our international expansion efforts this new millennium. Supporting one of the leading syndicates headquartered out of our hometown made this an easy decision to make.”

To have such a reputable financial services firm back our syndicate because we make good business sense, is a testament to the increasing value of sailing as a sports marketing tool, an enthusiastic Paul Cayard, Skipper & CEO of AmericaOne explains. To grow the Americas Cup into the 21st century, we need partners with influence, that further add to our credibility. Charles Schwab, has done a very nice job at helping to take golf to the next level and we feel that sailing is on course to follow this path.

The high-tech yacht is currently competing in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Races in Auckland, New Zealand in preparation for Americas Cup 2000.

About Charles Schwab, Inc.

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. serves 6.4 million active accounts with $700 billion in customer assets. Schwab provides a full-service investing experience to customers through a multi-dimensional offering of the Internet, 341 branch offices, speech recognition and touch-tone telephone technologies, multilingual and international technologies, and direct access to professionals day or night. Schwabs international presence includes, Hong Kong and new Pacific Rim partnerships in Australia and Japan.

Schwab online investors transact over $11 billion in securities through each week. Schwab has won numerous awards for its leadership in technology, including the Global Information Infrastructure

Award for the Top Commerce site, the CIO 100 Award, PC World’s 1999 World Class Award for the best Web Brokerage Site and has been recognized by Business 2.0 as one of the 100 Hottest Companies on the Net. Schwab has been a pioneer in online investing and has been a leader in customer technologies for 15 years. Member SIPC/NYSE.

About AmericaOne

AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America’s Cup 2000. The team is currently competing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America’s Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne has built two boats based on four years of technology development and innovation. The top-level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies, SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon, United Technologies Corp. and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. AmericaOne represents San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about the team visit: www.americaone.org.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 11, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its seventh match of the series against Italy’s Prada Challenge (ITA 45). Both teams favored for the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals endured an intense match on the racecourse in 14-15 knots of breeze and scattered whitecaps. As the match came down to precise teamwork and good tactics, today’s race was a testament that sailor’s skills can impact the outcome of racing on the Hauraki Gulf.

USA 61 and ITA 45 had an aggressive start with both boats starting on starboard tack. Once over the line, Prada tacked to port while Paul Cayard, at the helm of USA 61, followed covering ITA 45 to the right. AmericaOne tacked back onto starboard, benefiting from a considerable wind shift that positioned USA 61 nearly 50 meters ahead of ITA 45. As the distance between the two boats increased, USA 61 covered the competition up the beat and arrived at the weather mark 1m 8s ahead. AmericaOne continued to separate from Prada on the beats, ITA 45 gaining on the downwind legs. On the third beat, Prada began to close the gap and gained some distance after a long port tack drag race. ITA 45 crossed astern of USA 61 initiating a tacking duel to tighten up the distance. As the boats approached the third weather mark, ITA 45 overtook USA 61, rounding inside of AmericaOne and gaining a six second lead around the mark. The two teams accelerated down the run overlapping for an action packed finish. As the pair each held their course a total of eleven protests were exchanged and one penalty per boat was given; Prada for windward boat failing to keep clear, AmericaOne for failing to keep clear while overtaking from clear astern. De Angelis, at the helm of Luna Rossa, initiated a three gybe gybing duel in an attempt to work off a penalty. AmericaOne took control and crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of the Italians.

“We made some mistakes which allowed the racing to get close. It’s nice to be able to learn from our mistakes and still come out with a victory,” commented AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki.

Semi-Finals

During the Semi-Finals six challengers from four nations will race each other two times. The scoreboard from the previous rounds has been cleared, the winner receiving one point per race. Only two of the six teams will remain after the next ten races. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM local time on a full-length America’s Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.

Semi-Finals/Race 8 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; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, strategist; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Stu Abraham.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 7 points

Prada Challenge/ 5 points

Stars & Stripes / 4 points*

Nippon Challenge / 4 points

America True / 1 point

Le Defi Francais / 0.5 point

* International Jury has stripped one point from Stars & Stripes for breaching Article 19 of the Protocol.

Other Results:

Nippon Challenge beat America True – Delta 01:20

Stars & Stripes beat Le Defi Francais – Delta: 00:19

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 10, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its sixth match of the series against Dawn Riley’s America True (USA 51) by 1m 16s. After gear failure prevented the two teams from having a competitive match in Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals the two teams were granted near perfect conditions for the San Francisco showdown in 8-14 knot winds.

This afternoon’s race was delayed due to an initial request by America True to repair a damaged winch and then to allow the winds to settle in direction and speed. At the five minute gun, Paul Cayard, at the helm of USA 61, and John Cutler, at the helm of USA 51, both entered the starting box falling off onto a deep reach. Non-aggressive maneuvering took place as the teams opted for opposite ends of the starting line. With 40 seconds to go until the start, the boats tacked onto port timing their approach to the line. USA 61 and USA 51 started on split tacks, AmericaOne accelerating and pulling away from rival John Cutler on port tack. Three minutes into the race, AmericaOne tacked onto starboard. Both boats stretched left towards the port layline and AmericaOne benefited from a right 30 degree windshift. USA 61 rounded the first mark on a bear away set, 1m 12s ahead of USA 51. Throughout the remaining legs of the race the team showed significant speed and crisp teamwork extending their lead on the beats to finish the race considerably ahead of their San Francisco competitor.

“Today’s race was another point for AmericaOne as we move a step closer to our goal for this round of the Louis Vuitton Cup,” commented AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard.

Semi-Finals

During the Semi-Finals six challengers from four nations will race each other two times. The scoreboard from the previous rounds has been cleared, the winner receiving one point per race. Only two of the six teams will remain after the next ten races. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM local time on a full-length America’s Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.

Semi-Finals/Race 7 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; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, strategist; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Jim Doyle of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 6 points

Prada Challenge/ 5 points

Stars & Stripes / 3 points*

Nippon Challenge / 3 points

America True / 1 point

Le Defi Francais / 0.5 point

* International Jury has stripped one point from Stars & Stripes for breaching Article 19 of the Protocol.

Other Results:

Prada Challenge beat Stars & Stripes – Delta: 01:09

Nippon Challenge beat Le Defi Francais – Delta 00:52

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 10, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its sixth match of the series against Dawn Riley’s America True (USA 51) by 1m 16s. After gear failure prevented the two teams from having a competitive match in Race 2 of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals the two teams were granted near perfect conditions for the San Francisco showdown in 8-14 knot winds.

This afternoon’s race was delayed due to an initial request by America True to repair a damaged winch and then to allow the winds to settle in direction and speed. At the five minute gun, Paul Cayard, at the helm of USA 61, and John Cutler, at the helm of USA 51, both entered the starting box falling off onto a deep reach. Non-aggressive maneuvering took place as the teams opted for opposite ends of the starting line. With 40 seconds to go until the start, the boats tacked onto port timing their approach to the line. USA 61 and USA 51 started on split tacks, AmericaOne accelerating and pulling away from rival John Cutler on port tack. Three minutes into the race, AmericaOne tacked onto starboard. Both boats stretched left towards the port layline and AmericaOne benefited from a right 30 degree windshift. USA 61 rounded the first mark on a bear away set, 1m 12s ahead of USA 51. Throughout the remaining legs of the race the team showed significant speed and crisp teamwork extending their lead on the beats to finish the race considerably ahead of their San Francisco competitor.

“Today’s race was another point for AmericaOne as we move a step closer to our goal for this round of the Louis Vuitton Cup,” commented AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard.

Semi-Finals

During the Semi-Finals six challengers from four nations will race each other two times. The scoreboard from the previous rounds has been cleared, the winner receiving one point per race. Only two of the six teams will remain after the next ten races. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM local time on a full-length America’s Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.

Semi-Finals/Race 7 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; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, strategist; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler; Sean Clarkson of Middletown, RI, main assist and Lexi Gahagan of Wilmington, DE, navigator. The 17th crew person was Jim Doyle of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 6 points

Prada Challenge/ 5 points

Stars & Stripes / 3 points*

Nippon Challenge / 3 points

America True / 1 point

Le Defi Francais / 0.5 point

* International Jury has stripped one point from Stars & Stripes for breaching Article 19 of the Protocol.

Other Results:

Prada Challenge beat Stars & Stripes – Delta: 01:09

Nippon Challenge beat Le Defi Francais – Delta 00:52

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 9, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its fifth match of the series against Le Defi Francais (FRA 46) by 1m 16s. The second round of pairings for the Semi-Finals commenced today. AmericaOne’s victory was its second over Le Defi Francais in the Semi-Finals.

It was a perfect day on the Hauraki Gulf with sunny skies and fair weather clouds. After an initial postponement by the Race Committee, the wind direction settled and the breeze reached 7 knots. AmericaOne gained an advantage as they entered the starting box ahead of Bertrand Pac

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 8, 2000 — AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, and auction host Lycos, Inc., one the most visited Web destinations in the world, announced the winners of its online auction for a 17th crew position onboard USA 61 for an upcoming race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals. Deneen and John Demourkas from Santa Barbara, CA, arrived last night to join the AmericaOne Team in New Zealand, although neither had ever bid for an online auction prior to the AmericaOne- Lycos offering.

John Demourkas will ride as 17th crew onboard USA 61. An honor unique to America’s Cup sailing that allows a guest to ride on an International America’s Cup Class (IACC) boat in an actual race.

The Demourkas’ prize package includes airfare courtesy of Air New Zealand, four days/three nights accommodation compliments of The Sheraton Hotel Auckland, dinner with the AmericaOne Team at the syndicate headquarters, and a wardrobe of authentic AmericaOne Team gear. Avid sailors and AmericaOne fans, Deneen Demourkas surprised her husband, who has never been to New Zealand, with the auction-winning trip for his birthday. “We had begun making plans to go to New Zealand,” she said. “But the time got away from us. It’s unbelievable that John will sail in a race!” Deneen Demourkas joined bidders from around the world over an 11-day period of online bidding at Lycos.com. “On the night of John’s birthday we had some friends over and one of them insisted that I bid again,” she said. That was the winning bid for a special birthday present.

Deneen Demourkas will view her husband racing with the team aboard AmericaOne’s VIP spectator boat. The couple plans to travel in New Zealand after the stint at AmericaOne, before going home to sail their new Farr 40. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Deneen Demourkas. “Our hope is that AmericaOne wins the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup and ultimately brings the Cup home to the St. Francis [Yacht Club].”

“We’re really excited by the enthusiasm and interest generated by the Lycos auction,” said AmericaOne Marketing Director Gina von Esmarch. “The entire team is looking forward to hosting the Demourkases in Auckland and having John onboard USA 61 during the Semi-Finals.”

About Lycos

Founded in 1995, Lycos, Inc. is a leading Web media company and owner of the Lycos Network, one of the most visited hubs on the Internet reaching one out of every two Web users. The Lycos Network is a unified set of Web sites that attracts a diverse audience by offering a variety of services, including leading Web navigation resources, homepage building and other Web community services and a comprehensive shopping center. The Lycos Network is composed of premium sites: Lycos.com, Tripod, WhoWhere, Angelfire, MailCity, HotBot, HotWired, Wired News, Webmonkey, Sonique, Quote.com and Gamesville.com. Lycos.com (http://www.lycos.com), “Your Personal Internet Guide,” is dedicated to helping each individual user locate, retrieve and manage information tailored to his or her personal interests. Headquartered near Boston in Waltham, Mass., Lycos, Inc. is a global Internet leader with a major presence throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 9, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its fourth match of the series against Stars & Stripes (USA 55) by 2m 43s. Today’s match was a tiebreaker for the two California teams vying for 1st place in the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals, AmericaOne emerged the victor.

Racing was delayed for just over an hour today, as the Race Committee waited for the breeze to build to 7 knots over the Hauraki Gulf. The start began in flat seas with an aggressive dial-up by Ken Read at the helm of Stars & Stripes. For almost two minutes the boats luffed before Paul Cayard, at the helm of AmericaOne, took advantage of USA 61’s superior acceleration to safely cross Stars & Stripes bow on starboard tack. The AmericaOne Team was then able to lead USA 55 back and pick the favored committee boat end of the startline. As the boats raced up the first leg, USA 61 showed better boat speed and height, rounding the first leeward mark with a 1m 14s lead. Ahead for the remaining legs of the race, AmericaOne continued to stretch their lead and USA 61 handed Team Dennis Conner their first loss of the series.

“Today’s win puts AmericaOne in a good position as we reach the half-way point of the Semi-Finals,” remarked AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. “The afterguard made some decisions early on which paid off. I think USA 61 stretched her legs and showed some good upwind speed.”

Semi-Finals

During the Semi-Finals six challengers from four nations will race each other two times. The scoreboard from the previous rounds has been cleared, the winner receiving one point per race. Only two of the six teams will remain after the next ten races. Racing is scheduled to begin at 1:15 PM local time on a full-length America’s Cup course, three laps totaling 18.55-nautical miles windward-leeward format.

Semi-Finals/Race 5 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; Paul Cayard of Kentfield, CA, helmsman; John Kostecki of Fairfax, CA, tactician; Gavin Brady of Annapolis, MD, strategist; Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, MD, mainsheet; Morgan Larson of Capitola, CA, traveler, Sean Clarkson of Jack Martin of Boca Gizamoe, FL.

Final Scores To Date:

AmericaOne / 4 points

Prada Challenge/3 points

Stars & Stripes / 3 points

Nippon Challenge / 2 points

America True / 1 point

Le Defi Francais / 0.5 point

Other Results:

Prada Challenge beat Nippon Challenge – Delta: 01:33

Le Defi Francais beat America True – Delta 00:36

AmericaOne ‘s schedule for the remainder of the Semi-Finals is as follows:

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 7, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its third match of the series against Nippon Challenge (JPN 44) by 23s. After racing was cancelled yesterday due to insufficient wind, the two teams met today in ideal weather conditions setting the stage for a close showdown. Today was AmericaOne

Racing Postponed for the Day No Wind on the Hauraki Gulf

The two matches scheduled for today were postponed until tomorrow as there was no wind on the Hauraki Gulf. The four boats were towed out to the race course in the morning and the crew spent over three hours waiting for the wind to fill in, but it was all in vain.

The long wait led to some surreal images coming in from the race course. Television commentators, desperate to fill time took viewers on tours of spectator boats while race crews lounged shirtless under the hazy sky, lying on sailbags on the deck of the multi-million dollar race machines. The Race Committee had some luck fishing off the Committee Boat, the little ones tossed back in the water. Fins were seen breaking the rolling water -perhaps some sharks circling? And Team New Zealand, out on the Hauraki Gulf for training, instead provided inspiration as dozens of junior P-Class sailors swarmed the pair of black boats, their America’s Cup heroes welcoming them aboard, showing them the top-secret machines, and organizing impromptu grinding competitions. To add to the strange scenery, huge Team New Zealand grinders commandeered a few of the mini P-Class boats for a short light-air race of their own.

Back in the world of the Louis Vuitton Cup, a dose of reality. Stars & Stripes is expected to petition the International Jury for more time to repair damage incurred yesterday in a collision with Le D