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illbruck Challenge: Two Crews Head Out on Four-Day North Atlantic Testing Session

John Kostecki, the Tactician, and the Sailing Team Manager of AmericaOne, is also the skipper of the illbruck Round the World Challenge (IWRC), the first group to challenge for the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2. As the AmericaOne sailing team takes a break after sailing in New Zealand and before beginning its training season in Long Beach in June, Kostecki is sail testing and crew training off the coast of Spain with his IWRC team.

REPORT FROM SANXENXO, SPAIN: April 7, 1999

We did not go sailing today because we were preparing for a four-day offshore testing session starting on Thursday. We have the two illbruck Volvo 60s packed with sails, spare equipment, food and clothing. We have the boats in racing trim to simulate racing conditions and to establish the proper loads and forces on the V60's.

The past week has been incredibly productive. We have been sailing every day with the two boats, side-by-side testing various sails, trims, loads, and equipment. It is great having identical boats for the testing!

The conditions here in Sanxenxo, Spain have been awesome. We have had primarily strong winds and big waves for our testing. Sanxenxo is located on the Atlantic coast of Spain and we have only a five-mile sail to get to the open ocean. The open ocean is the ideal place to test the boats and equipment, because it is similar to conditions that we will experience in 90% of the next Volvo Ocean race.

Our team is excited about going offshore again... We look forward to learning more about our boats, fine tuning our systems and of course eating freezed dried food again!

John Kostecki
Skipper, illbruck Round the World Challenge

Choose here for more John Kostecki Reports from Sanxenxo. For more about the illbruck Round the World Challenge, visit the IRWC Official Web Site.

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