In this competition gathered 11 challengers to determine the winner and opponents of the Royal New Zealand Yachting SQADRON.
The Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
FINAL Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
ITA 45 Luna Rossadie Siegerin des LVC2000
USA 61 AmericaOne verlor das Finale
In this competition gathered 11 challengers to determine the winner and opponentof the Royal New Zealand Yachting SQADRON.
AMERICA’S CUP History 1983 - 2010
AmericaOne USA-61 lost the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
Paul Cayard, 1992 skipper on ITA-25, helmsman 1995 on USA 55 and today still very actively under the top sailors founded his own syndicate for the AC 2000 called AmericaOne He had an excellent yacht, put together a very professional crew, but had at times a financial hangover.This was confirmed by the Cup rule – the richer a syndicate the better are its chances.Therefore, it was a respectable success to sail in the far Auckland in the final of the LVC 2000. But he lost this to Prada's Luna Rossa ITA 45
Paul Cayard, 1992 skipper on ITA-25, helmsman 1995 on USA-55 founded his own syndicate for the AC 2000 called AmericaOne
Yacht / Country : Stars & StripesSail No USA-55Syndicate : Team Dennis ConnerCEO : Dennis ConnerYacht Club: Cortez Racing AssociationDesigner : John Reichel / Jim Pugh Boat Builder : New England BoatworksSkipper: Dennis Conner
USA-55 Stars & Stripes challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
Mr. America’s Cup (as he has been politely christened) or Big Bad Dennis (a more populist name), is participating in his ninth Cup. Conner has won the America’s Cup four times, in 1974, 1980, 1987 and 1988. But he has also lost it twice, in 1983 and 1995.Conner has been involved with the America’s Cup since he was the starting helmsman for the victorious Courageous in 1974. He is, without argument, the most influential person in modern America’s Cup history. Dennis Conner could for cost reasons only finance this one yacht in its now 9th Participation.He reached the semifinals of the LVC 2000 on the third ranking, but lost at the end against AmericaOne.
Dennis Conner reached the semifinals of the LVC 2000 on the third ranking, but lost at the end
Yacht / Country : NIPPONSail No JPN-44 and 52Syndicate : NIPPON CHALLENGE CEO : Tatsumitsu YamasakiYacht Club: Nippon YC Designer : Nippon Challenge Design Team Masanobu Katori Hideaki Miyata ( assembled a young designers team from 5 Japanese universities and various companies)Boat Builder : Challengers Building TeamSkipper: Peter Gilmour
The driving force of Nippon Challenge (1st participation + Semifinals 1992, Semifinals again in 1995) was Tatsumitsu Yamasaki, CEO of S + F Foods, Asia's market leader in the Spice trade .Despite the Asian financial crisis, sponsorship money for two new yachts (JPN 44 and 52) could be provided A team led by the Japanese Professor Hideaki Myata designed 50 computer models, of which 5 were tested in the tank. The Australian professional sailor Peter Gilmour, who took care for years for the team steered as skipper JPN 44 on the 4th ranking in the semifinals of the LVC 2000.
JPN-44 NIPPON challenger ofthe Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
A team led by the Japanese Professor Hideaki Myata designed 50 computer models, of which 5 were tested in the tank.
Yacht / Country : AMERICA TRUESail No USA 51Syndicate : America TrueCEO : Dawn RileyYacht Club: San Francisko YC Designer : Phil Kaiko (USA) Kurt Jordan Heiner Melden Aaron Perry Mike Danks Jim HacketBoat Builder : James Bettes EnterprisesSkipper: Dawn Riley
Dawn Riley is - because of her leadership roles in the ACs in 1992 and 1995 and her two participations at the Whitbread Round the World Race - the best known American sailorNow she founded her own syndicate - that by the way also created a program for difficult youths. These should understand the required teamwork and responsibility on sail-boats for their later life.Important for the success of the syndicate became the partnership with C. Christopher, who established his assets, networks and his general technical know-how from the data communication business. The acquired helmsman John Cutler steered 1992 and 1995 for Nippon Challenge.The team traveled as the first one already in the summer of 1998/99 for training to Auckland. As a training boat they acquired Chris Dickson's former NZL-39.
This yacht was painted gray, with a red side profile of the Golden Gate Bridge and a mythical figure dancing on the supporting cables.The team finished the LVC 2000 on ranking 5 in the semifinals.
USA-51 AMERICA TRUE challenger ofthe Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
Dawn Riley is - because of her leadership roles in the ACs in 1992 and 1995 and her two participations at the Whitbread Round the World Race - t
Yacht / Country : 6eme Sans Sail No FRA 46Syndicate : Le Defi BTTCEO : Xavier de Lesquen Yacht Club: Union Nationale pour la Course au large Designer : Le Defi design team Boat Builder : Multiplast Skipper: Bertrand Pace
After unjustified criticism of his failure in 1995 Marc Pajot tried initially with Le Defi Sud a 2nd French team, but could not raise the necessary funds.Then he joined the Swiss team FAST 2000.His successor became the French sailing champion Bertrand Pace.Le Defi Bouygues Telecom Transiciel – the official name of this Syndicate- got a good financial bases by this French Telecom provider.6eme Sans (FRA-46) was a fast yacht.Bertrand Pace reached the 6th ranking in the semifinals of the LVC 2000
FRA-46 6eme Sans challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
Le Defi Bouygues Telecom Transiciel – the official name of this Syndicate- got a good financial bases
Yacht / Country : BRAVO ESPANASail No ESP-47, ESP -52Syndicate : Spanish ChallengeCEO : Pedro Campos Yacht Club: Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona Designer : Rolf Vrolijk Javier Panies Manuel RuizBoat Builder : CADE Skipper: Pedro Campos Calvo-Sotelo Luis Doreste
After 1992 and 1995, it was -like at Nippon Challenge- the 3rd participation of the Spaniards in an AC.Skipper was again Pedro Campos, who reinforced the team with the 2-time Olympic gold medalist Luis Doreste.With the multinational combine ENDESA (electrical power supplier) the team won a strong sponsor. Designer of the ESP-47 was Rolf Vrolijk, who worked 2003 and 2007 as chief designer for Alinghi. ESP-56 is the reconstructed and newly classified ESP-42 from 1995.ESP-47 reached after RR33 in the LVC 2000 the 7th of 11 rankings.
ESP-47 BRAVO ESPANA challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
After 1992 and 1995, it was the 3rd participation of the Spaniards in an AC.
Yacht / Country : YOUNG AMERICASail No USA 53 and USA-58Syndicate : PACT 2000CEO : John MarshallYacht Club: New York YCDesigner : Farr Yacht DesignBoat Builder : Eric Goetz Custom SailboatsSkipper: Ed Baird
Young America, became the Challenger of Record (representative of all challengers) and was represented by the New York YC. CEO John Marshal with Cup experience since 1980 is part of the legend of this racing circus. He organized an extremely good team.With the designers Bruce Farr, the skipper Ed Baird (Rolex Yacht-man of the Year), and 17 crew members of various AC winner yachts , Young America arrived in Auckkland as one of the favorites.In November 1999, during a LVC race against Nippon Challenge, the deck of the USA- 53 broke across in the middle. Both her bow and her rear came up. The boat was
stabilized by the auxiliary boats sank and did not sank. Later it has been repaired. As reason they told that after a repair on deck the resin did not cure properly. Therefore the carbon fibre fabrics deliminated weakening the whole construction.The team continued the competitions with USA-58. But it is said that this event brought them so out of the concept that tey could not reach even the semifinals.
USA-53 YOUNG AMERICA challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
In November 1999, during a LVC race against Nippon Challenge, the deck of the USA- 53 broke across in the middle.
Yacht / Country : ABRACADABRA 2000Sail No USA 50 and USA 54Syndicate : Aloha Racing CEO : Dr. James AndrewsYacht Club: Waikiki Yacht Club Designer : Andy Dovell (USA) David Burns (AUS) — Per Anderson (USA) — Paintings: WylandBoat Builder : Aloha RacingSkipper: John Kolius
Of the 5 U.S. challenger Aloha Racing was the team coming from Hawaii. Eye-catchers were the 2 white yachts (with blue airbrush sprayed whales, dolphins porpoises, a swordfish, a marlin, etc. as decoration). They were painted by the famous marine artist Wyland. Each boat side had its own motive. Another eye-catching were the deep-blue sails.The yachts were built in Hawaii. Training was also there for reasons of cost, since similar wind conditions prevail as in Auckland. Skipper became John Kolius, who put as early as in the defender elimination races of the NYYC of 1983, his opponent Dennis Conner on his new Liberty under high pressure. Kolius was racing the already 10 years old Courageous. As a financially weak team, Aloha Racing reached in the LVC 2000 the 9th ranking out of 11.
USA-54 ABRACADABRA 2000 challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
Of the 5 U.S. challenger Aloha Racing was the team coming from Hawaii. Eye-catchers were the 2 white yachts
* in their elder, but now changed website the San Diego Boat Movers commented this picture as:Wyland painted the Hawaii team's ALOHA boats for the year 2000 challenge at Auckland, NZ. 'ALOHA' was eliminated along with the other US entries in the challenger selection series, the Louis Vuitton Cup.This was the first America's Cup race to be contested without a US challenger or defender.Vuitton Cup winner, Italian team 'PRADA', was defeated by the TEAM NEW ZEALAND defenders.
Yacht / Country : YOUNG AUSTRALIASail No AUS 31Syndicate : Yopung AustraliaCEO : Syd FisherYacht Club: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Designer : Fluid Thinking Pty. Boat Builder : McConaghy Boats Skipper: James Spithill
This was the fifth and last participation of the then 73 year old Syd Fischer on an AC, but not the end of his sailor's career.With a legendary victory Biography (Admiral's Cup, Fastnet, One Ton Cup, Sydney - Hobart Race), he finished end of December 2012 as skipper with 85 years on the 2nd ranking the Sydney - Hobart Race ( a 670 miles competition over a heavy, stormy open sea ). For the Young Australia team he gathered a crew of 11 sailors from 18 to 22 years and 4 experienced mentors.The adolescents were recruited from programs of the leading Australian yacht clubs. James Spithill was at 19 now the youngest helmsman who ever participated in an AC Today he is preparing as a skipper ORACLE's AC72 for the the AC 2013.Fischer started with his old AUS-29/1995, but acquired later from OneAustrlia the faster yacht AUS-31.
AUS-31 YOUNG AUSTRALIA challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
This was the fifth and last participation of the then 73 year old Syd Fischer on an AC, but not the end of his sailor's career.
Yacht / Country : be HappySail No SUI - 59Syndicate : FAST 2000 (First America’s Cup Swiss Team) CEO : Raymond BornandYacht Club: Club Nautique de MorgesDesigner : Philippe Briand, Peter van OossanenBoat Builder : FAST 2000 Skipper: Marc Pajot Jochen Schümann
The syndicate, founded in 1996, built the most innovative, but also the riskiest racing yacht of the AC 2000. Instead of a rigid single keel with a trim flap, a ballast bomb and a variable rudder, the designers constructed 2 rotating heavy keels with bulbs of approx. 10 to each. These should be connected via a mechanical synchronization and control. But this was not built for some unknown reason. Therefore, 2 independent helmsman had to control the yacht which could be hardly stabilised. Money and lack of time prevented then any further technical improvement.To all disaster, the mast broke during an elimination race in the Louis Vouitton Cup. The team had agreed with the Australian competitors, that they loan them a spare mast . But this was rejected by the race committee.So, the Swiss parted off in the 2nd of 3 Round Robins. The hull (the mast was broken and the deck hardware has been sold) was later purchased by Team Alinghi and adapted as a training boat in Alinghi's design and colours for the AC in 2003
SUI-59 be Happy challenger of the Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
The syndicate, founded in 1996, built the most innovative, but also the riskiest racing yacht of the AC 2000.