Faced with ugly weather conditions on the Hauraki Gulf today four challengers for the Louis Vuitton Cup requested postponement of their scheduled matches to another day. The Race Committee agreed and initially granted requests from San Francisco

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 3, 2000 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, suffered its first loss today in the match against John Cutler and the America True Team (USA 51) by 2m 23s. In day ridden with heavy weather and wind conditions, fortune changed hands as leads were lost and gained in nearly every match of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals, AmericaOne was no exception.

After an initial postponement called by the Race Committee, AmericaOne was off to a good start as it surged over the line to leeward hooking America True. At the onset of the race AmericaOne’s Skipper Paul Cayard covered USA 51 keeping the opposition close. On the first windward leg, AmericaOne extended its lead on port tack by pointing closer to the wind. After rounding the first downwind mark, a crossed halyard led to a delayed spinnaker set for the team on USA 61. Strong winds kept the gybing angles small, forcing the pair to sail almost directly to the mark, boat handling remained difficult and competition close. Going up the second beat, Cayard and the AmericaOne Team fought furiously to push Cutler over the layline. With a 27-second delta at the second leeward mark, AmericaOne was comfortably in control. The spinnaker on America True ripped in two, breaking the spinnaker pole in the process. As a result, AmericaOne rounded the last leeward mark a minute ahead of America True but moments later, USA 61 suffered a mishap of its own when the jib halyard broke. As the jib came down, it tore the headfoil (sleeve on the forestay into which the leading edge of the jib is slotted). This made it impossible to hoist a new jib forthe balance of the race.

“We were very encouraged by USA 61’s speed and handling in the rough conditions on the course today,” explained AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. “We had a comfortable lead and felt we were in control when we experienced mechanical problems. It’s frustrating to lead for two-thirds of the race and then lose due to gear failure.”

Semi-Finals

During the Semi-Finals 6 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 1 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; Phil Trinter of Lorain, OH, grinder; Jim Nicholas of San Diego, CA, grinder; Mike Howard of Malibu, CA, 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 Mr. Mal Thompson of Auckland, NZ.

Final Scores To Date:

Stars & Stripes / 2 points

AmericaOne / 1 point

America True / 1 point

Nippon Challenge / 1 point

Prada Challenge/1 point

Le Defi Francais / 0 points

Other Results:

Nippon beat Le Defi – Delta: 00:38

Stars & Stripes beat Prada – Delta 01:07

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

Tuesday, January 4 – (Race 3) Prada Challenge

Wednesday, January 5 – (Race 4) Nippon Challenge

Thursday, January 6 – (Race 5) Stars & Stripes

Friday, January 7 – (Race 6) Le Defi Francais

Saturday, January 8 – (Race 7) America True

Sunday, January 9 – (Race 8) Prada Challenge

Monday, January 10 – (Race 9) Nippon Challenge

Tuesday, January 11 – (Race 10) Stars & Stripes

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 2, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its first race on opening day of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals against Le Defi Francais (FRA 46) by 22s. Cayard and the AmericaOne Team debut USA 61 in her first competition around the track.

Wind conditions today ranged from 10-16 knots, whitecaps spotted the Gulf, and seas remained short and somewhat confused. As the five-minute gun sounded, Le Defi entered from the pin end and AmericaOne from the Committee Boat end. After an initial dial-up, AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard maneuvered into the controlling position and started at the favored pin end. Halfway up the first leg, USA 61 secured a three boat length lead. Towards the second windward leg, the AmericaOne Team found a big left-hand shift, which allowed the team to sail straight up the course on port. French Skipper Bertrand Pac

Another hurdle and another step up for AmericaOne. We raised our game once again and won the semi finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup with 8 wins from 10 starts. I am very proud of what we have achieved so far and happy to have the semi finals behind us. I always saw that series as a risky format for strong teams. Now we focus on one competitor for a best 5 of 9. The better team will win that one.

The key to our success in this round was getting the side we wanted at the start and hitting the first shift. This put us in control of the races at the first cross and from there John Kostecki and Morgan Larson did an excellent job of keeping us in phase. USA-61 also showed her pedigree

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, January 2, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won its first race on opening day of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi-Finals against Le Defi Francais (FRA 46) by 22s. Cayard and the AmericaOne Team debut USA 61 in her first competition around the track.

Wind conditions today ranged from 10-16 knots, whitecaps spotted the Gulf, and seas remained short and somewhat confused. As the five-minute gun sounded, Le Defi entered from the pin end and AmericaOne from the Committee Boat end. After an initial dial-up, AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard maneuvered into the controlling position and started at the favored pin end. Halfway up the first leg, USA 61 secured a three boat length lead. Towards the second windward leg, the AmericaOne Team found a big left-hand shift, which allowed the team to sail straight up the course on port. French Skipper Bertrand Pac