Titan, Kostecki Finish Second At Highly Competitive Corel 45 World Championships
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, NOV. 24, 1997 The Puerto Rico-based Titan, with AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki in the afterguard, finished second in the Corel 45 WorldChampionships last weekend in Ft.Lauderdale, Florida. Each of the nine boats competing, from five countries, carried formidable, world-class crews that included collegiate all-Americans, America's Cup, Admiral's Cup and Whitbread contenders.
Atalanti X (2-8-1-5-2-4-6-1-2-5-2), owned by George Andreadis of Athens, Greece, took top honors, with the Russell Coutts-skippered Indulgence (7-3-5-3-1-5-8-3-3-2-8) finishing third. Coutts was the skipper of Team New Zealand's Black Magic, winner of the 1995 America's Cup. Titan (4-7-3-1-3-3-4-8-5-4-4) owned by Tom Hill, Sr., had a share of the lead mid-way through the regatta, but an eighth place in the eighth race of the 11-race series (no throwouts) scuttled a shot at the trophy.
Racing took place over four days on Biscayne Bay; rain squalls, confused seas, and winds that blew in the low 20-knot range tested helmsmen, tacticians and crews alike. The competition in this one-design fleet was close, with seven of the competitors winning at least one race. Kostecki commented, "It was definitely one of the most competitive regattas I've sailed in this year, every boat was incredibly tough".
Kostecki is the tactician on the AmericaOne sailing team; he is actively involved in grand prix sailing events world-wide, and participated in over 20 events in the U.S., Europe and Asia during the past year. From December 2 - 7, Kostecki and his crew will be competing in the Malaysia Challenge Match Race, which will feature the top international match-race sailors. A silver medal winner in the Soling class in the 1988 Olympics, he has also won nine world championships and gold medals in both the Pan American and Goodwill Games. AmericaOne's challenge for the 2000 America's Cup will be Kostecki's third Cup campaign.
AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America's Cup through a commitment to excellence, utilizing the power of home-grown technology. Formally launched on June 1, 1996, the AmericaOne team is comprised of twenty-five people actively engaged in design and technology, operations, sailing, marketing, media and public relations.
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