FAST2000 Has A Not So hAPpy Day — Nippon Warriors Combat 49ers Furiously

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, October 19, 1999 – AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club’s America’s Cup 2000 challenger, won both races, defeating FAST2000 and Nippon Challenge, on day two of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the 2000 America’s Cup season. In Race 1, AmericaOne defeated FAST2OOO’s be hAPpy (SUI 59) by 14m 9s. In the second race, AmericaOne beat Asura (JPN 44) by 2m 26s. Despite the light North Easterly wind conditions that prevailed earlier during the day for Race 3, the wind and the competition heated up when AmericaOne battled Nippon during Race 4 of the challenger series. The latter of the two matches proved to be exciting at the onset until AmericaOne managed to build a lead of about 20 boat lengths in the last leg.

“We had a good day of racing today which turned fairly aggressive in Race 4 against Nippon,” commented AmericaOne Skipper Paul Cayard. “We were unfortunate in that we brokedown prior to the onset of the race. Luckily, we were able to qualify for a postponement in the rules and took the 45 minutes we were allotted, fixed the part and then went on to win the race.”

After four races, AmericaOne, Prada and Young America all hold a 4 -0 record and have yet to race one another.