1998 Newport-Manhattan Series
Triple victories for Kostecki and 1D48 illbruck-PINTA in Newport-Manhattan Series Opener
NEWPORT, Rhode Island (May 29, 1998) The new One Design 48 illbruck-PINTA, skippered
by AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki and steered by Morgan Larson, is leading the class with
three first places after the first day of racing of the Newport-Manhattan
Series. The 1D48 event is part of Newport's annual Nantucket Gold Regatta
Illbruck-PINTA staged come-from-behind victories in the first two races and
led at every mark of the third in closely-contested racing on Narragansett
Bay. A southwesterly breeze that built steadily to 24 knots, raised whitecaps
on the bay and pulled in light fog off the ocean as the seven-boat class
raced twice-around windward-leeward courses.
"Its always good to win an opening race after days or weeks of intense
preparations," said Kostecki. "To win all three races against such an
accomplished fleet is more than anyone could ask for."
The new 1D48 is the first step in the illbruck-PINTA campaign to win the
Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002. The event was formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race.
Kostecki and Larson both paid tribute to the crew work on their boat. "The
crew won the day for us," said Larson. "We were tactically conservative and
concentrated on good sail trim and boat handling.
In the first race of the day illbruck-PINTA got a clear start in the middle
of the line and showed good boat speed to lead after five minutes. But she
was in fifth when America's Cup challenger John Kolius steered Abracadabra
around the first weather mark in first place. Illbruck-PINTA had worked her
way up to second place at the second weather mark and executed a clean gybe
spinnaker set while Abracadabra had momentary problems with a bear-away
set. Kostecki said local-knowledge navigator Ed Adams made the call for the
gybe set into better wind. That, and a new bright green spinnaker, put
illbruck-PINTA into the lead.
In the second race, illbruck-PINTA trailed again until she reached the
second windward mark, when she showed more boat speed on the run to pass
Abracadabra and Windquest, steered by Doug DeVos.
In the final race illbruck-PINTA led at every mark to post a perfect record
for her first day of competition. Under the low-point scoring system,
illbruck-PINTA is first with three points, Abracadabra is second with 10
points, Sagamore, steered by Jim Dolan, is third with 11 points.
Windquest and Starlight, steered by Harry Melges, are fourth-equal with 12 points. America True, which broke her mast in the third race, has 21
points in sixth place. Gene Mondry's Leading Edge, which broke the
gooseneck fitting for the boom and withdrew after the second race, has 22
points for seventh.
Illbruck-PINTA will be formally commissioned in a ceremony in New York on
Tuesday, June 2, at 3:00 pm. The commissioning will take place at North Cove
Yacht Harbor, Gateway Plaza, 393 South End Ave, New York.