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AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki Wins Newport Manhattan Series Regatta in 1D48 Racing Debut of illbruck-PINTA

AmericaOne Team Continues to Remain in Limelight and Demonstrate Strengths for Upcoming 2000 America's Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- JUNE 8, 1998 -- On June 3, 1998, AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki skippered the One Design 48 illbruck-PINTA to victory in the ten-race Newport Manhattan Series, after winning six of the races sailed over the past six days. Kostecki and his international crew had won the series with a race in hand, but sailed in the last race of the day and scored another first. As an integral part of the AmericaOne sailing talent, Kostecki continues to demonstrate his ability to win.

Kostecki credited the performance of the entire team rather than any singular players and spoke about why sailing in this regatta furthers his America's Cup efforts. "It's a pleasure to be part of such a strong team that can execute the moves necessary to do well in this class. It was really the team that made the difference," he explained. "The 1D48 boat has many similarities to an IACC boat on a slightly smaller scale. Combined with the high caliber of competition within the class it makes for an excellent way to prepare for the Cup."

Aboard illbruck-PINTA, Kostecki called tactics for helmsman Morgan Larson as their boat scored a second, a third and a first on the final day of racing. Their winning low point score of 18.5 was 9.5 points better than Jim Andrew's Abracadabra skippered and steered by the Aloha Syndicate's America's Cup challenger John Kolius.

Other America's Cup teams that use the 1D48 circuit as a training ground for their Cup efforts include: America True (California) and Aloha Syndicate (Hawa|) on Abracadabra.

Final Results:

1.  illbruck-PINTA    1-1-1-3-4-1-1.5-2-3-1    18.5 points
2.  Abracadabra       2-3-4-1-2-2-6.0-1-4-3    28.0
3.  Sagamore          3-5-2-2-7-6-3.0-6-2-2    38.0
4.  Windquest         5-2-5-4-1-5-9.0-4-1-4    40.0
5.  Starlight         4-4-3-5-3-3-7.5-3-5-5    42.5 
6.  America True      7-7-7-6-6-4-4.5-5-8-9    64.5
7.  Leading Edge      6-6-6-7-5-7-10.5-7-8-8   74.5

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For additional information on the illbruck-PINTA/1D48 series, contact:
Keith Taylor
Taylor Associates
E-mail: 72077.43@compuserve.com
Phone: 781-837-8833

For additional information on AmericaOne, contact:
Gina Von Esmarch E-mail: gvonesmarch@americaone.org
Phone: 415-474-3425
Fax: 415-474-3571


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