illbruck-PINTA IS SECOND IN KENWOOD CUP WITH ONE DAY REMAINING
HONOLULU, HI AUGUST 8, 1998 --A split-second starting line call cost the German One Design 48 illbruck-PINTA a chance to close the points gap on the class leader G-SHOCK Nippon Challenge in Kenwood Cup racing on Saturday. When the starting gun sounded this morning, there were four races remaining to be sailed over the next two days. The Japanese 1D48 G-SHOCK, sailed by America's Cup challenger Peter Gilmour had a nine-point lead over illbruck-PINTA, skippered by John Kostecki.
The six boat fleet crowded the starting line at the start and the top three boats -- G-SHOCK, illbruck-PINTA, and Abracadabra, sailed by John Kolius from the Waikiki Yacht Club -- were all called back for being over early.
"We were pretty disappointed," said Kostecki. "The other two boats were clearly over but we felt that we were behind the line at the gun. For a moment there we had an opportunity to gain four or five points on G-SHOCK. Then we heard on the radio that we had to restart.
Paul Cayard from San Francisco, CA, is the guest helmsman for Kostecki aboard illbruck-PINTA. Cayard is challenging for the America's Cup with AmericaOne, and the St. Francis Yacht Club. Kostecki is his crew chief in that syndicate. Kostecki also heads the illbruck-PINTA campaign from the illbruck Group in Leverkusen for the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2. The team is sailing their 1D48 as a training boat for that event.
Jay Ecklund's Starlight with Olympic medalist John Bertrand at the helm, led at the start and held her lead throughout the 14-mile race with a triangular lap followed by a windward-leeward lap. The fitful tradewinds breeze was 12-16 knots from the northeast'. Seas were slight.
illbruck-PINTA was the first boat to restart and led her rival G-SHOCK as the three leaders set out in pursuit of the rest of the fleet. "It is tough coming from behind, when the boats ahead dictate your tactics," Kostecki said. "We felt we had to be aggressive and try and put some places between us and Peter Gilmour. However, we got stuck in traffic on the second weather leg and Peter got by us." Gilmour's boat finished fourth and Kostecki was fifth.
A second race scheduled today was abandoned after the wind reversed direction and blew from the west as the race committee began the starting sequence. Racing for the One Design 48 class at Kenwood Cup wraps up on Sunday after two more races.
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Kenwood Cup 1D48 Preliminary Race Results:*
Team Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Race 3 Points Race 4 Points Race 5 Points Race 6 Points Total Points G-Shock 4 6 5 5 18 (6*3) 3 41 illbruck-PINTA 1 1 6 6 15 (5*3) 2 31 Abracadabra 4 4 3 2 9 (3*3) 1 23 America True 2 2 2 3 12 (4*3) 4 25 Windquest 3 5 1 1 6 (2*3) 5 21 Starlight Express 1 3 4 4 1 (1*3) 6 21
*Race 7 Abandoned. Scoring 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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