AmericaOne Team Members Definitely
Ready to Win Tomorrow at Kenwood
HONOLULU, HI AUGUST 3, 1998 AmericaOne team members aboard the 1D48 illbruck-PINTA face a difficult challenge after suffering equipment failure in Race One of the biennial Kenwood Cup. After a strong and promising start, a broken rudder caused illbruck-PINTA to retire for the day, but the crew expect to return to the race course on Tuesday.
AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki commented, "If we hadn't broken down, we would have won the race with good boat speed and good crew work. Having broken our rudder in the first race, it's definitely going to be tough to win the regatta, but we can still win even with no throw outs." Winds on the course were strong, ranging from 18-23 knots with steep waves ranging from 4-7 feet. Winds are expected to build throughout the week.
Paul Cayard, AmericaOne Skipper and Whitbread Race winner, added, "We had a good first leg going upwind - we were two boat lengths behind Starlight and were going to pass them on the first reach. Then, 200 meters from the leeward mark, a gust hit and our rudder broke. It's disappointing to start out the series in a hole, especially when you have good boat speed. But there's a lot of racing to do and we're definitely ready to win tomorrow."
In Race Two, several other boats suffered gear failure, including reports of a broker spinnaker pole and spreaders. One other 1D48 was forced to retire from Race Two in the building breeze. Taking into account breakdowns and penalty points taken due to "I flag" starting line protests, the racing remains close and competitive (see Day One results below). Kostecki and Cayard will share the helmsman and tactician roles throughout the six days of racing in the 1D48 class.Tomorrow's racing will take place inshore, while on Wednesday, the teams will compete in a 148-mile distance race. Inshore racing will resume on Saturday and Sunday, with awards for the 1D48 class on Sunday evening.
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Kenwood Cup 1D48 Preliminary Race Results:*
Team Race 1 Position Race 1 Points Race 2 Position Total Points G-Shock 3 4 1 6 Windquest 4 3 2 5 Abracadabra 3 4 3 4 Starlight Express 4 3 4 3 illbruck-PINTA 6 2 3 2 America True 5 2 5 2
*Includes on-course penalty points for race 1: G-Shock accepted a 20% penalty for violating rule 29.1 and Starlight accepted a 50% penalty for violating rule 29.1. PINTA withdrew from races 1 and 2 due to a broken rudder and America True withdrew from Race 2 also apparently due to equipment failure.
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