1998 Newport-Manhattan Series
Kostecki and 1D48 illbruck-PINTA Continue to Lead Newport-Manhattan Series
NEWPORT, Rhode Island (May 30, 1998) The new One Design 48 illbruck-PINTA, skippered
by AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki, continues to lead on points in the Newport Manhattan Series of the the 1D48 Class part of Newport's annual Nantucket Gold Regatta.
A third and a fourth place today left illbruck-PINTA two points ahead of
Abracadabra, skippered by John Kolius, which recorded a first and a second. illbruck-PINTA had started the day with a seven-point lead over Abracadabra, as a result of her three first places in racing yesterday.
The Nantucket Gold fleet raced today in the ocean off Point Judith in ideal
conditions with bright sunshine, steady breezes and a light chop on the
water. The morning race was completed in a brisk westerly breeze that at
t|mes hit 16 knots. The afternoon race was sailed in a puffy 8 to 14-knot
sea breeze from the south west.
A missed wind shift in the first race today and an early start in the second
left the newcomer to the 1D48 ranks fighting to get back into contention.
"Today we really began to appreciate the three victories we logged
yesterday," said skipper and tactician John Kostecki. "Although the results
don't show it, we continue to learn how to sail the boat and we are
continuing to improve. It was tight racing out there today."
In the opening race today, illbruck-PINTA executed a perfect start at the
pin end of the line and headed out to sea on the left hand side of the
course, but a wind shift had favored the right.
As fortunes changed in the close racing on the ocean course, illbruck-PINTA
was fourth at the first windward mark, but picked up a place and was third,
behind Sagamore at the second leeward mark. She was
closing on Sagamore as they crossed the finish.
In the second race illbruck-PINTA and America True were both across the
line before the gun and were recalled to restart. Windquest, sailed by AmericaOne crew member Kimo Worthington took a commanding lead which she held throughout the race, while illbruck-PINTA came from behind to work back into fourth place. She was
less than two seconds behind third place boat Starlight.
1. illbruck-PINTA 1-1-1-3-4 10 points
2. Abracadabra 2-3-4-1-2 12
3. Windquest 5-2-5-4-1 17
=4. Sagamore 3-5-2-2-7 19
=4. Starlight 4-4-3-5-3 19
6. Leading Edge 6-6-6-7-5 34
7. America True 7-7-7-6-6 36
Read the earlier story, Triple victories for Kostecki and 1D48 illbruck-PINTA in Newport-Manhattan Series Opener