1998 Big Boat Report
AMERICAONE TEAM MEMBERS MOVE INTO 2ND OVERALL
Three Boats to Vie for First Place Tomorrow
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, SEPTEMBER 26 - With AmericaOne Tactician John Kostecki and Skipper Paul Cayard aboard, the One-design 48 ("1D48") illbruck-PINTA moved up into second overall in the 1998 St. Francis Yacht Club Big Boat Series. PINTA is now only one-half point out of first, behind Russell Coutts aboard John Risley's Numbers. Uncharacteristically light winds challenged today’s fleet, and made local knowledge a premium in a strong flood tide.
"We've gotten better and better as this regatta goes on," noted Kostecki, who will be skippering illbruck-PINTA for the Volvo Round the World Race. "Today was fluky and quite tricky. It wasn’t the usual San Francisco Bay sailing and you had to be really on your toes. But we’re slowly closing in on the lead – we were two and one-half points behind yesterday and now we are only one-half point behind."
Paul Cayard agreed, "Today was our best day of this regatta yet, with two second place finishes. It was a tight dog fight all day long, but we’ve had lots of patience and it’s paid off."
Cayard and Kostecki, both bay area natives, put their knowledge of the local conditions to the test. The combination of light wind and strong tide ensured that fleet positions changed numerous times throughout the day. Late in Race Six, illbruck-PINTA went from third to near last to second on one leg along as the fleet sailed downwind towards Alcatraz. Commented Cayard, "we had better current outside, and the fleet had a bad current on the inside. Coming around Alcatraz, we were able to reach higher and faster in better current and pull ahead. When you see these situations develop, you need to jump in because it can go away very quickly."
With Russell Coutts and other Black Magic team members aboard, Numbers moved into first place alone, but failed gain enough points to retain a solid grasp on the podium. Race Seven has historically been a long course circling the San Francisco Bay called the "Bay Tour." With a variety of unusual roundings and course headings, Sunday's racing is guaranteed to provide a true gauntlet for the winning team.
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Place Yacht Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total 2 Numbers 1 6 6 1 5 1 Sun. 20 3 illbruck-PINTA 3 7 3 3.5 2 2 Sun. 20.5 1 Windquest 2 4 1 7 3 4 Sun. 21 6 Starlight 6 1 7 6 1 6 Sun. 27 4 America True 5 3 8 2 6 5 Sun. 29 5 Abracadabra 4 5 2 7* 8 7 Sun. 33 8 Sagamore 7 8 5 8 4 3 Sun. 35 7 Leading Edge 8 2 6 5.5* 7 8 Sun. 36.5
*20 percent penalty acknowledged.
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