Kostecki and Cayard Return to the Ocean in the Molokai Race
HONOLULU, HI AUGUST 5, 1998 The starting gun for the first class in the 148-mile Molokai race is scheduled for 6 p.m. HST (9 p.m. PST) on Wednesday evening. Competition at the 20th Biennial Kenwood Cup thus far has been world-class, and AmericaOne team members John Kostecki and Paul Cayard are looking forward to fast, exciting "sprint" after their open ocean Whitbread experiences.
Using a unique fleet scoring system of the Kenwood Cup, a first-place finish will theoretically give the winning team 18 points over the 15 that could be earned by the second-place finish. Only 6 points behind and with five races yet to run, illbruck-PINTA has a very good chance at victory overall if it can maintain the topflight performance of Tuesday's double victories.
Conditions this afternoon are perfect for racing, with winds of 16-17 knots blowing ENE (roughly from 60-70 degrees.) Wave conditions are challenging, steep and up to 7 feet -- promising some tremendous downwind "surfing" early tomorrow morning as the teams return.
This "middle distance" race starts off Diamond Head in Waikiki on Oahu. It then continues past the North shore of the Island of Molokai to a mark near Hawea Point on Maui, and then the teams return to Waikki via the same route.
Under the system traditionally utilized by the Kenwood Cup organizers, finish points for the Molokai race will be tripled, giving the victors a "bonus" for finishing well. With six teams entered, scores range from six to one with the winner receiving the lion's share. Unlike the typical regatta scoring systems where the least points win, the Kenwood competitor with the most points will win overall.
Stay tuned for more news and coverage which will be posted promptly on Thursday morning. Weather for the general Hawa| area can be directly viewed at http://www.nws.fsu.edu/buoy/hi.html (a link to the National Weather Services' three weather stations surrounding the Hawa|an Isles.)
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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