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Windquest, Kostecki Win Championship Series

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Sept. 21, 1997) — The DeVos family's One Design 48 Windquest, with AmericaOne John Kostecki as tactician, consolidated a widening lead over Jim Andrews' Abracadabra to win the One Design 48 Season Championship.

The goal of the Windquest crew, going into the final series of races at St. Francis Yacht Club's the Big Boat Series, was to win the season championship. Boat for boat, Windquest (1-1-9-5-2-3-6) beat Abracadabra (5-2-5-3-8-5-7) in five of the seven races to clinch the championship.

Both boats had led in the year-long seesaw battle for the trophy, but were tied with nine points apiece when they started racing here on Thursday. The final score was Windquest, 13, and Abracadabra, 15. Windquest skipper Doug DeVos also won the 1D48 Owner/Driver Trophy for Big Boats.

Windquest, from Ada, Michigan, finished fourth in this week's Big Boat regatta and Abracadabra, from Birmingham, Alabama, was sixth.

The ID48 class was won by Dawn Riley and America True, followed by Roy Disney's Northland Furniture, from Los Angeles, and Jay Ecklund's Starlight, from Wayzata, Minnesota.

Complete results of the Big Boat Series are available at the St. Francis YC Web site.

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Windquest, Kostecki Surge to Lead in Championship Series

SAN FRANCISCO, California (Sept. 18, 1997) — The DeVos family's One Design 48 Windquest, with AmericaOne John Kostecki as tactician, sailed to two first places finishes in the St. Francis Yacht Club's Big Boat Series on San Francisco Bay today.

Eight of the identical 48-footers are racing in the four-day, seven-race series, which concludes on Sunday.

"It was a tricky day today," Kostecki commented afterward. "There was a strong tide and light wind in the first race. But once we got ahead, we were able to stay ahead because there weren't many opportunities for anyone to pass us--the rich got richer." In the second race, with winds ranging from light to 20 knots, Windquest led at the first mark and never trailed.

While the Big Boat series lead is gratifying, it's the class championship that's at stake. The double victory moved Windquest — which won this event last year — into a commanding lead in this finale of the 1D48 Season Championship.

Coming into this series, Jim Andrew's Abracadabra from Birmingham, Alabama, was in a first-place tie with Windquest, which hails from Ada, Michigan, and is being skippered by Doug DeVos, son of Amway founder Richard DeVos.

Abracadabra, sailed by America's Cup skipper John Kolius, finished fifth in the first race today and was struggling in fourth place in the second race before Kolius powered past two boats to finish in second place. With a third-place tie in the point standings, Abracadabra now trails Windquest by five points.

Local sailor Dawn Riley, skipper of America True, is second on points, with a second and a fourth place, while San Diego's JJ Isler steered Roy Disney's Northland Furniture into third equal with a fourth and a third.

Complete results of the Big Boat Series are available at the St. Francis YC Web site.



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