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1998 Mumm 36 Worlds ------ red rule ------
Kostecki, New Yorker Win

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (March 8, 1998) — New Yorker, with AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki calling the tactics, won the Mumm 36 World Championship without sailing the final race.

New Yorker clinched the series victory by winning Friday's 60-mile distance race, the German boat's fourth straight win in the 11-race regatta.

Sailing in a 10- to 16-knot southeasterly breeze, the Mumm 36 fleet started just off the Port of Miami, had a two-mile beat to the first mark, then a sleigh ride north on the Gulf Stream under spinnaker to the Ft. Lauderdale sea buoy. Navigation skills were put to the test as they hugged the shoreline on the beat back past Miami to the Government Cut.

New Yorker took an early lead on the beat to the first weather mark, proceeded to increase the distance from the rest of the pack on the spinnaker fetch to Ft. Lauderdale, and continued on to win.

Radical Departure won the final race to clinch third place overall.

Final Results:

  1. New Yorker, Germany (3,4,2,1,4,3,1,1,1,1,DNC)
    30.5 pts.
  2. Moby Lines, Italy, (1,1,7,2,1,1,5,7,2,2,DNC)
    39 pts.
  3. Radical Departure, USA (2,3,4,5,2,2,4,6,5,7,1)
    44.5 pts.
  4. Goose |, Sweden (4,6,5,3,3,6,6,3,3,3,2)
    45.5 pts.
  5. Impetuous, USA (7,8,1,8,7,4,7,5,4,8,6)
    69 pts.

This week, Kostecki is rejoining Chessie Racing in the Whitbread Round the World Race for Leg 6, São Sebastião, Brazil, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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