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1997 Malaysia Challenge
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Kostecki Faces Baird in Final

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (Dec. 6, 1997) — AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki advanced to the championship round of the Malaysia Challenge 1997 International Sailing Grand Prix today after defeating Gavin Brady of Hong Kong, 3-0, in the semi-final round.

race action Kostecki will face Ed Baird, skipper of the New York Yacht Club's Young America America's Cup challenge, in the all-American final. Baird defeated Peter Gilmour, skipper the Japanese America's Cup Challenge, 3-1, in the other semi-final match. (Click on the photo to view a larger image.)

race action In the four matches sailed against Baird this week, Kostecki was victorious in three of them.

The best-of-five final match will be sailed Sunday. Brady and Gilmour will race for third and fourth places.

Two Frenchmen faced off for fifth and sixth places today, with Thierry Peponnet defeating fellow countryman Bertrand Pacé, 2-1.

Read the previous story.

For complete results, visit the Malaysia Challenge Web site.


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