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Pinta Wins Copa del Rey; AmericaOne's Kostecki Calls Tactics

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (August 14, 1996) — The ILC 46 Pinta, owned by Willi Illbruck of Germany, won the prestigious Copa del Rey (King's Cup), topping a fleet of some 50 sailboats.

Calling tactics aboard Pinta was AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki. "The starts were pretty interesting," he said, because all the boats started together. "We had boats ranging from 24-foot IMS class to 80-foot maxis."

This is the biggest regatta of the year in Spain. "It's really a big deal," Kosteski said. "The King and Queen of Spain are there, and hand out the awards."

Pinta won two of the seven races, and finished in the top four in three others. The worst finish was in the long-distance race. Pinta was well ahead of the smaller boats when the wind died, allowing the fleet to catch up and place ahead of Pinta on handicap.

Finishing second in the regatta was Pasquale Landolfi's Brava Q8, the reigning ILC 40 world champion from Italy.

Next week, Kostecki will be sailing in a Mumm 36 regatta at Sète, France, and in early September he and AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard, will comptete against each other in Italy's Sardinia Cup. Kostecki will be back aboard Pinta, and Cayard will be calling the shots aboard Brava Q8. The two are also likely to be competing against each other in the San Francisco Big Boat Series, September 18-22.

See the AmericaOne Sailing Program for dates of the coming regattas in which AmericaOne sailors will be competing.

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