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Kostecki and Crew Dominate Competition

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (April 10, 1997) — John Kostecki and his crew of Steve Calder and Carter Perrin won the 1997 Soling Spring Open Championship yesterday after dominating the competition during the four-day regatta.

Soling line drawing The winning crew won five of 11 races and finished no worse than fourth, clinching the regatta victory with two races remaining. The threesome, led by AmericaOne tactician Kostecki, is gearing up for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Perennial favorite and past world champion Dave Curtis finished second, and Canadian Hans Fogh was third in the 12-boat fleet competition. The remainder of the week is being spent attending a match-race clinic directed by Dave Dellenbaugh.

The clincher started in 10 knots of breeze and slowly dropped throughout the race, with Kostecki/Calder/Perrin in third place as they began the final leg, trailing Curtis Fogh.

"By staying in the pressure and hitting a couple of wind shifts, we were able to pass both boats and score a win," reported bowman Carter Perrin.

"In the final two races, the wind was light and very puffy. We found ourselves deep in the pack at several stages but staying patient and maintaining focus allowed us to pass boats and climb back through the fleet," Perrin added. "We scored a third and a fourth for these two races, which turned out to be our throw-outs for the regatta."

The trio's next competition will be the Soling North American Championship, Sept. 17-21 in Wilmette, Illinois. This is a ranking regatta for the U.S. Sailing team.

Final standings:

1. Kostecki/Calder/Perrin, USA   1,1,1,2,2,1,3,2,1,(3),(4)    14 points
2. Dave Curtis, USA              5,4,3,1,5,(6),1,1,2,(7),1    23
3. Hans Fogh, Canada             2,3,(13),3,1,2,2,5,3,2,(5)   23
4. Bill Abbott, Canada           3,5,2,5,3,(8),7,4,(7),1,2    32

Soling Spring Open
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Kostecki and Crew Take Commanding Lead

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (April 9, 1997) — John Kostecki and his crew of Steve Calder and Carter Perrin are dominating the 1997 Soling Spring Open Championship. With three races remaining, the trio has an eight-point lead over second place Dave Curtis, the 1985 world champion.

Kostecki finished no worse than third and scored four victories in the first eight races of the 11-race series. There are two throw-outs if at least 10 races are completed. This regatta is fleet-racing only; no match races are being conducted.

Three races were held yesterday in light to moderate conditions. The Kostecki/Calder/Perrin team won the day overall with finishes of first, third and second place.

"The winds today were very shifty in post-frontal conditions. We were able to win the first race today by sailing conservatively and hitting the shifts. Being able to sail on the lifted tack and finding the wind pressure on the water was key to our success," reported Carter Perrin.

Canadian Hans Fogh, 1984 Olympic bronze medalist in the Soling class, is in third place; and Bill Abbott, fourth in the 1996 Olympics in the Soling class in Savannah, is fourth.

This is the first major Soling regatta in the United States since the Olympic Games in Savannah last summer. The Soling is a 27-foot, sloop-rigged, Olympic-class keelboat.

This the first regatta Kostecki (helmsman), Calder (middle man) and Perrin (bowman) have sailed together as a team. They hope to represent the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. The Soling medals in Australia will be determined by a combination of fleet racing and match racing, though the exact format has yet to be determined.

Kostecki was a silver medalist in 1988 and won world championships in 1986 and 1988. Calder won a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics, was world champion the same year, and won the European Championship in 1983. Perrin was the 1990 Sears Cup Champion, won the Soling competition at the 1995 CORK regatta, and was a tuning partner for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.

Current standings:

1. Kostecki/Calder/Perrin, USA   1,1,1,2,2,1,3,2    10 points
2. Dave Curtis, USA              2,3,dsq,3,1,2,2,5  18
3. Hans Fogh, Canada             5,4,3,1,5,6,11     20
4. Bill Abbott, Canada           3,5,2,5,3,8,7,4    29


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