Joanna W. Wensell on Monday February 12, 2001 11:23AM
SAIC and Ford Motor Company Join America's Cup One World Challenge as Technical Partners
Seattle-based Campaign Continues to Round Out Sailing Team
SEATTLE - January 15, 2001 - The One World Challenge Campaign for the 2003 America's Cup to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, continues to round out its team of sailors, designers and builders as well as add SAIC and Ford Motor Company as important strategic technical partners.
The Seattle-based One World Challenge syndicate, led by telecommunications entrepreneur Craig McCaw, has built a diverse team of sailing professionals from many different countries and sailing disciplines, combining youth, talent and experience of today's top sailors.
The design team will be assisted by two world-class technical partners - SAIC and Ford Motor Company. Both companies partnered in the most recent America's Cup and will again bring their substantial resources to bear on design and innovation. In addition to partnering in the most recent America's Cup, both company's involvement with the Cup dates back to the US victory over Australia in 1987.
In addition to the technical partners, recent additions to the team include 23-year-old British Olympic Gold Medalist from Sydney Ben Ainslie, who was a silver medalist in the Atlanta Olympics and a Laser World Champion. American Morgan Larson has also joined the team. He sailed with America One in AC XXX and has been proving his considerable skill recently by winning on the Match Race circuit. Fellow American Kimo Worthingon, a veteran America's Cup sailor who competed with Young America in the last Cup challenge, joins him. Worthington also sailed as part of the winning team in the last Whitbread Around the World Race and the 1992 America's Cup with America Cubed.
Sailing has commenced in Auckland for the two One World trial horse yachts USA 51 and 55 and the team has been enjoying the fun conditions that the Hauraki Gulf can generate.
"When we began our effort, we looked for the best sailors in the world who were willing to win while doing something more meaningful, in essence a global gathering of talented people with a conscience," McCaw said. "I'm excited about the progress we've made in finding the kind of people who want to make a difference. We plan to put on a first-class effort that is highly competitive, that raises awareness of global environmental efforts as a part of our competition."
Sailing director Peter Gilmour commented, "We are bringing a terrific team of people together who bring all sorts of different experiences to our team. I am thrilled with what the diversity in age, nationality, and background is bringing to the table. I have never experienced anything like it. They have caught the One World vision and are excited to be sailing for a syndicate that has an important environmental message that goes beyond competition."
One World Challenge is an America's Cup syndicate sailing under the flag of the Seattle Yacht Club. In its effort to win the America's Cup, One World Challenge aims to promote environmental consciousness through educational programs and to create an outlet for socially conscious companies. Companies interested in sponsoring the One World team should contact Bob Ratliffe (email@example.com).