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Kostecki, illbruck-PINTA Win Newport-Manhattan Series Regatta in 1D48 Racing Debut

NEW YORK, New York (June 3, 1998) — AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki skippered the One Design 48 illbruck-PINTA to victory in the ten-race Newport-Manhattan Series today, after winning six of the races sailed over the past six days. Kostecki and his international crew had won the series with a race in hand, but started in the last race of the day to score another first.

The seven boats in the big-boat One Design class sailed three races today in New York Harbor, off the World Trade Center, in gusty northwesterly winds that at times reached 30 knots. Two boats were damaged and were forced to withdraw. A third blew out a spinnaker. One Design LLC president John Bertrand later described the tough, close-quarters racing on the waterfront of New York's financial district as "a mixed day on Wall Street!"

Aboard illbruck-PINTA, Kostecki called tactics for helmsman Morgan Larson as their boat scored a second, a third and a first on the final day of racing. Their winning low-point score of 18.5 was 9.5 points better than Jim Andrew's Abracadabra skippered and steered by America's Cup challenger John Kolius. Abracadabra, the red-hulled boat from Birmingham, Alabama, is the reigning class champion and the leader in this year's points standings.

The illbruck-PINTA campaign is the first entry in the Volvo Ocean Race around the world (formerly the Whitbread Race), three and a half years from now. The One Design 48 yacht is the training yacht for the corporate campaign initiated by the illbruck group of companies, headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany. The campaign will later commission at least two Volvo Ocean 60 race boats.

illbruck Group president Michael Illbruck, who sailed with the crew today in all three races, described the outcome as "an excellent result from a very professional crew." He added: "John Kostecki has found the right chemistry for our international crew. That's more important than results. With the right chemistry, results will always follow."

Kostecki said: "Most of our crew have sailed together at some time and some of them for years, but this is the first time we've all sailed together on this boat. The team gelled well and that's significant in the light of our Volvo Ocean Race challenge.

Abracadabra won the first race of the day after a starting line jam caused when Dawn Riley's America True caught and towed the pin end marker. Gene Mondry's Leading Edge was winning the second race when she broke the lower spreaders on her mast and had to withdraw.

America True pulled out after breaking her gooseneck fitting. Dick and Doug DeVos's Windquest won the incident-packed race. In the third race, only five boats started. Jim Dolan's Sagamore led the first lap before illbruck-PINTA overhauled her and won.

Final Results:

1.  illbruck-PINTA    1-1-1-3-4-1-1.5-2-3-1    18.5 points
2.  Abracadabra       2-3-4-1-2-2-6.0-1-4-3    28.0
3.  Sagamore          3-5-2-2-7-6-3.0-6-2-2    38.0
4.  Windquest         5-2-5-4-1-5-9.0-4-1-4    40.0
5.  Starlight         4-4-3-5-3-3-7.5-3-5-5    42.5 
6.  America True      7-7-7-6-6-4-4.5-5-8-9    64.5
7.  Leading Edge      6-6-6-7-5-7-10.5-7-8-8   74.5

Read the earlier story, Kostecki, illbruck-PINTA Win Around-the-Island Race and Build Three-Point Series Lead


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