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Young America(www.youngamerica.org): The teams 1st boat USA 53 splashed in New Zealand yesterday. Of interest to observers was the color scheme- black similar to the defenders Black Magic theme. Young America's black is simply carbon fiber with a clear coat over it. Also according to reports Young America sports a wing mast, something that Team New Zealand has also been working on.
Young America's 2nd boat USA 58 is due to arrive in the middle of September. By September 15th the complete Young America team will be in New Zealand training.
Stars and Stripes(www.stars-stripes.com): Dennis Conner's team is moving along. His one new boat again named Stars and Stripes arrived in New Zealand the weekend of the 23rd.
Contrary to some teams who keep boat shape secretive
Stars and Stripes
The formal christening of Stars and Stripes is this
weekend. After that
America True(www.americatrue.org): One of two San Francisco based Cup teams True is in New Zealand conducting two boat testing. They have one new yellow hulled boat along with the 1995 vintage Farr designed Tag Heuer.
Sailing director John Cutler describes the performance of the new boat this way: "She handles quite nicely," said Cutler.
America True is betting that the extra empirical familiarization with the New Zealand waters will give them an edge.
The downside of America True's operation is that there
design is locked in and they have no second boat. John Cutler is not too worried
The extra time in the boat could make America True a
fast starter. However, as other teams add 2nd boats it will be interesting to see
America One (www.americaone.org): Paul Cayard's team has its 1st boat in the water. Pictures of this boat indicate that amongst its unique features is the dual wheels being positioned ahead of the mainsheet grinder.
Their initial boat USA 49 has been sailing along with a trial horse since 29 July off San Pedro California. With a month of sailing in America One will now head to new Zealand.
The second boat for America One will be USA 61. This boat will be launched as late as possible. With a probable late September launch USA 61 will, "aggressively leverage the latest advancements into the design and construction." according to Paul Cayard
By October America One's New Zealand compound will be open. Racing for all groups will begin 18 October.
Aloha Racing (http://aloharacing.com): This Hawaii based team already has one boat (USA 50) in the water. Their 2nd boat USA 54 will have its initial sail in New Zealand in September.
An important part of the two boat program is the signing of MCI World Comm as a principal sponsor.
As with the first boat USA 54 will sport distinctive graphics by artist Wyland. Along with blue sails that Quantum Sails have produces neither of Aloha's boat should be hard to spot.
Summary: With under 2 months to the on the water portion of the competition all 5 American teams will start the regatta. The 5 teams will build a total of 8 new boats.
At this point the 2 boat teams of America One and Young
With design such an important element Stars and Stripes and America True are at a disadvantage with only 1 boat.