It takes Two: illbruck-PINTA Pulls Off the Double
and Moves into Second Place in the 1D48 Class
HONOLULU, HI AUGUST 4, 1998 In a dramatic comeback, illbruck-PINTA won both races on Tuesday at the 20th Kenwood Cup, rising to second place in the class results. AmericaOne team members Paul Cayard and John Kostecki are racing aboard illbruck-PINTA, sharing helmsman and tactician duties throughout the six-day event.
illbruck-PINTA's spectacular double victory contrasted with her misfortune on Monday when she broke her rudder in the opening race and was forced to pull out of competition for the day. G-SHOCK Nippon Challenge, skippered by Australian Peter Gilmour, continues to lead the points standing in the Class, with a six-point lead over illbruck-PINTA. However, more than half the races are still left to run in this biennial classic, which ends on Sunday, August 9th for the 1D48 Class.
"I told the crew we all needed to make a special effort to get back into contention and that's what happened," said John Kostecki. "We have a crew that is accustomed to winning and isn't prepared to settle for anything less and it is times like these that this attitude makes the difference."
Classic tradewinds conditions that boosted the opening day of racing yesterday continued today with 18-20 knot breezes and relatively flat seas for the morning's opening race building to 24-28 knot winds. After a delay while the committee waited for the wind to settle, the elite fleet completed two races - a 12-nautical mile triangle plus windward-leeward legs, followed by a five-leg windward leeward race. The ocean was relatively calm at the start of the first race but by the final spinnaker runs, boats were surfing down the face of signature Kenwood Cup cresting six and eight foot waves.
Under Kostecki's direction, the crew of illbruck-PINTA is campaigning its 1D48 in preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2. The illbruck Round the World Challenge comes from the illbruck Group, headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany. Whitbread Race winner and America's Cup challenger Paul Cayard is the guest helmsman of the boat in Honolulu. Cayard's AmericaOne Syndicate is challenging from San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club.
illbruck-PINTA had a 23-second lead over Gilmour's boat at the end of the first beat of the first race but Gilmour's crew, displaying superb sailing handling skills took their boat to within one boat length of their rivals by the end of two spinnaker reaches. Kostecki opened the gap again on the next beat and kept the advantage to the finish.
In the second race, illbruck-PINTA started strongly, only to trail the six-boat fleet a the first weather mark. She gradually worked her way past all the boats on the five-leg windward-leeward course. In her final come from behind move, she sailed into a left-hand shift to finish 200 yards clear of her competition.
In other sections, Karl Kwok's Farr 49 Beau Geste from Hong Kong, with young Kiwi skipper Gavin Brady at the helm, boosted the stocks of the USA Red Team with double victories in IMS Class A. The New Zealand team moved into the lead after the third race but the Australians had eked out a narrow gain by the end of the fourth race. The points for the top three are Australia, 129; New Zealand, 125 and USA Red, 111.
New Zealand's top yacht Big Apple |I continued her domination of Class C, winning two more races and propping up the Kiwi defense against the Australian marauders. Big Apple |I is Hideo Matsuda's Farr 45 with a distinguished crew of New Zealanders. She currently enjoys a three-point lead in the class.
Supporting the Kiwi attack, Brett Neill's Farr 39 White Cloud moved to the top of the Class D points table with two first places that boosted her two points ahead of her team mate, Shizue Kanbe's G'Net, skippered by Ken Davern. In Class E, Fumikazu Kasahara's Mumm 36 Santa Red logged a first and a second place to maintain her class lead with a three-point margin over her nearest competition.
Kenwood Cup 1D48 Preliminary Race Results:*
Team Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Race 3 Points Race 4 Points Total Points G-Shock 4 6 5 5 20 illbruck-PINTA 1 1 6 6 14 Abracadabra 4 4 3 2 13 Starlight Express 1 3 4 4 12 Windquest 3 5 1 1 10 America True 2 2 2 3 9
*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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