2000 Louis Vuitton Cup

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5th Louis Vuitton Cup
Date 18 October 1999 – 6 February 2000
Winner Italy Prada Challenge
Location Auckland, New Zealand

The 5th Louis Vuitton Cup was held in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2000; the winner, Prada Challenge, went on to challenge for the 2000 America's Cup. It was the first time in the competition's history that there would not be an American challenger or defender.


After winning the 29th America's Cup, Team New Zealand immediately accepted the challenge from the New York Yacht Club and announced that the next Cup would be in 2000, with the Louis Vuitton Cup being in late 1999;[1] this delay was to avoid conflicting with the 1997/98 Whitbread Round the World Race and give Auckland the time to build the necessary infrastructure to host the cup.

The teams[edit]

The New York Yacht Club was the challenger of record.[1] By 31 January 1998 16 teams from 10 nations had made the $US 250,000 deposit to officially challenge for the America's Cup.[2] In the end only 11 challenges from seven nations competed for the Louis Vuitton Cup. Hong Kong, British and Russian challenges withdrew while an American team and a French team merged into existing challenges.

Club Team Skipper Yachts
Italy Yacht Club Punta Ala Prada Challenge Italy Francesco de Angelis ITA-45 & ITA 48
United States St. Francis Yacht Club America One United States Paul Cayard USA-49
United States Waikiki Yacht Club Aloha Racing United States John Kolius USA-50 & USA-54
United States San Francisco Yacht Club America True United States Dawn Riley USA-51
Spain Monte Real Club de Yates de Bayona Desafio Español Spain Pedro Campos Calvo-Sotelo ESP-47 & ESP-56
Switzerland Club Nautique de Morges Fast 2000 France Marc Pajot SUI-59
France Union Nationale Pour La Course au Large Le Defi BTT France Bertrand Pacé FRA-46
Japan Nippon Yacht Club Nippon Challenge Australia Peter Gilmour JPN-44 & JPN-52
United States San Diego Yacht Club Team Dennis Conner United States Dennis Conner USA-55
United States New York Yacht Club Young America United States Ed Baird USA-53 & USA-58
Australia Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Young Australia Australia James Spithill AUS-31

Prada Challenge (ITA)[edit]

A strong two boat challenge led by Patrizio Bertelli and sponsored by Prada, the team was formed in 1997 and became an early favourite in Auckland; the team used designer Germán Frers who worked for Il Moro di Venezia in 1992. Francesco de Angelis was the skipper with Rod Davis acting as the sailing coach; the crew included Matteo Plazzi, Alan Smith,[3] Giuseppe Brizzi,[4] Pietro D'Ali, Simone de Mari, mid-bowman Max Sirena and Torben Grael.[5] Prada originally acquired two boats from the America3 syndicate before building ITA 45 and ITA 48.

Umberto Panerai was a trainer.[6]

AmericaOne (USA)[edit]

Skippered by Paul Cayard, AmericaOne was one of two syndicates from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000. AmericaOne purchased OneAustralia as a training boat before developing USA-49 and USA-61; the team included tactician John Kostecki, navigator Terry Hutchinson, Lexi Gahagan, Billy Bates, Curtis Blewett, Josh Belsky, Gavin Brady, Sean Clarkson, Justin Clougher, Kevin Hall, Mike Howard, Pieter Van Nieuwenhuyzen,[7] Morgan Larson, David McClintock, Jim Nicholas, Carter Perrin, Greg Prussia, Russ Silvestri, Ralf Steitz, Phil Trinter, Morgan Trubovich, Matt Welling and Ray Davies. Robert Billingham was the chief operations officer.[8]

Aloha Racing (USA)[edit]

Funded by Dr Jim Andrews, Aloha Racing built on their ocean racing history to launch an America's Cup challenge from Hawaii. Skippered by veteran John Kolius, the team secured sponsorship from HealthSouth to ensure their participation; the team built USA-50 and USA-54, both called Abracadabra 2000, and opted to train in Hawaii, rather than Auckland, before the Cup. The crew included Chris Larson,[9] Cameron Dunn,[10] Brian MacInnes,[11] Marco Constant,[7] and John Bertrand.[12]

America True (USA)[edit]

America True was one of two syndicates from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000; the team was led by CEO Dawn Riley and John Cutler served as helmsman. The team was funded largely with private funding provided by G. Christopher Coffin, which allowed them to purchase Tag Heuer before developing USA-51. The design team, led by Phil Kaiko, also benefited from America3's design information. The crew included Buddy Melges, Kelvin Harrap, David Armitage, Carl Barkow, Liz Baylis, Ben Beer, Jamie Boeckel, Greg Burrell, Merritt Carey, Lisa Charles, Tom Faire, Daniel Fong, Scott Gregory, Stephen Gruver, Peter Heck, Al Palewicz, Katie Pettibone, Hal Sears, John Spence, Latimer Spinney, John Sweeney, Tucker Thompson, Brad Webb, Jon Ziskind,[13] Jeff Madrigali, David Stevenson and Leslie Egnot.[14][15] David Barnes skippered the testing boat.

Desafio Español (ESP)[edit]

Skippered by Pedro Campos, as in 1992 and 1995, the team added Olympic medal winning sailor Luis Doreste to the crew in 2000. Backed by the government, royal family and major sponsor Telefonica; the team built ESP 47 and ESP 56.

Before the regatta a crew member, Martin Wizner, died almost instantly when he was hit in the head by a broken piece of equipment.[16]

FAST 2000 (SUI)[edit]

Led by experienced French campaigner Marc Pajot and with German Jochen Schümann as helmsman, the FAST 2000 team was the countries first America's Cup challenge. SUI 59 was an unknown quantity when it arrived in Auckland but the syndicate ended up with a disappointing 2 wins over the course of the Cup.

Other crew members included Enrico Chieffi, Pierre Fehlmann,[17] Yves Detrey, and Hans Bernard.[18][19]

Le Defi BTT (FRA)[edit]

Le Defi Bouygues Telecom Transiciel was a one boat challenge from France led by Syndicate head Luc Gelluseau and operations manager Pierre Mas;[17] the team was skippered by Bertrand Pacé, who replaced Marc Pajot from the 1995 challenge, and Thierry Peponnet was the teams tactician. Thierry Fouchier was also on the crew.[20] Two other French syndicates attempted to form challenges and almost competed as Le Defi Sud, but in the end lacked the money required to charter a boat to compete.[21]

Nippon Challenge (JAP)[edit]

The third challenge from the Japanese syndicate funded by S&B foods chairman Tatsumitsu Yamasaki; the team was led by Australian Peter Gilmour. The team was hit early on by the loss of former syndicate head Makoto Namba, who was lost at sea, and the Asian financial crisis, which severely limited the team's budget; the team launched JPN 44 and JPN 52 for the 2000 Louis Vuitton Cup.

Team Dennis Conner (USA)[edit]

Team Dennis Conner was Dennis Conner's eighth America's Cup challenge or defence; the team was sponsored by Citizen Watches and USA-55 adopted the familiar name of Stars & Stripes, common to all of Conner's boats since 1986. The team was representing the San Diego Yacht Club and included Peter Isler and Ken Read in the afterguard. Peter Holmberg also joined the team as a tactician, merging the US Virgin Islands Challenge into the team after the syndicate ran out of funds.[22] Other personnel included Bill Trenkle, Tom Whidden and Erle Williams.[23][24][17]

Young America (USA)[edit]

Representing the New York Yacht Club, the challenger of record, Young America built on John Marshall's PACT '95 syndicate;[1] the team's yacht's USA 53 and USA 58 were designed by Bruce Farr and built on the 1995 Cup defender Young America. The Helmsman was Ed Baird and the crew included tactician Jim Brady,[25] navigator Ed Adams, Ross Halcrow, Tom Burnham, Dean Brenner,[26] and Jamie Gale.[27]

Young Australia (AUS)[edit]

Young Australia was Syd Fischer's final America's Cup challenge and currently was the most recent America's Cup entry from Australia; the young crew was led by James Spithill, then just 19, and included Wade Morgan, Joey Newton,[11] and Andy Fethers. The syndicate sailed with two old boats, Sydney '95 (AUS-29) and oneAustralia (AUS-31) which were not competitive against some of the newer designs sailed by competitive syndicates. Involved in the campaign were experienced sailors and America's Cup campaigners Sir James Hardy and Iain Murray.

Round robin[edit]

Team name Races Won RR1 Pts. RR2 Pts. RR3 Pts. Total Pts. Ranking
Italy Prada Challenge 29 26 10 36 63 109 1
Japan Nippon Challenge 30 20 6 24 72 102 2
United States America True 30 21 6 32 63 101 3
United States AmericaOne 30 22 8 28 63 99 4
United States Team Dennis Conner 30 18 5 28 54 87 5
France Le Defi BTT 29 12 2 12 63 77 6
Spain Desafio Espanol 30 14 5 12 54 71 7
United States Young America 30 16 8 16 36 60 8
United States Aloha Racing 30 11 4 12 36 52 9
Australia Young Australia 30 4 1 8 9 18 10
Switzerland Fast 2000 30 2 0 8 0 8 11

Three round robin series (RR1-RR3) were held. During RR1 a team scored 1 point per win. During RR2 a team scored 4 points per win. During RR3 a team scored 9 points per win.

Knock-out stage[edit]


Pos Team Pld W L Pts
1 United States AmericaOne 10 8 2 8 Advance to finals
2 Italy Prada Challenge 10 7 3 7
3 United States Team Dennis Conner 10 7 3 7
4 Japan Nippon Challenge 10 5 5 5
5 United States America True 10 3 7 3
6 France Le Defi BTT 10 2 8 2


Italy Prada Challenge W +1:33 W W +0:34 +0:09 +1:06 W W 5
United States AmericaOne +0:25 W DNF DNF W W W +0:37 +0:49 4


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