The OneWorld Challenge America’s Cup team launched its second new America’s Cup Class yacht USA-67, last week. The syndicate will now start an intense race and testing programme with USA-65 which was launched just four weeks ago.
OneWorld is the first of the 2003 America's Cup challengers to have both of its new boats on the water in New Zealand, a full seven months before racing for the Louis Vuitton Cup begins on 1st October of this year.
The OneWorld Challenge, based in Seattle, Washington, was established mid-2000 with the goal of assembling a world-class America's Cup team. In the name of a broader mission, OneWorld is also focusing people's attention on the perilous health of the world's oceans. Toward that end, OneWorld has announced the beginnings of what will be a powerful multi-media environmental campaign.
OneWorld's founder Craig McCaw is the driving force behind the team's environmental mission. "When you empower excellent people, challenge them and trust that they will do the right thing, you are often surprised by the results. In the case of the environmental programmes that the team is developing they have exceeded my expectations and are continuously improving on their own ideas," said McCaw.