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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.


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