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Kostecki and Crew Lead Soling Class

Carter Perrin Reports

MIAMI, Florida (Jan. 28, 1998) — AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki — fresh off of Whitbread Legs 3 and 4, and sailing with crew Steve Calder and recent Key West Race Week Boat of the Week winner Carter Perrin — is leading the Soling Class heading into the second day of racing in the 1998 Miami Olympic Classes Regatta.

In the first day of racing off Soldier Key, the Soling fleet saw extremely tight racing in the small but competitive fleet. Cool temperatures set the tone in Miami, where blustery winds on Biscayne Bay started strong and slowly moderated throughout the day.

Averaging 16 knots with gusts up to 25 knots, the wind frequently shifted through 35 degrees. The instability in the wind direction caused frequent position changes, minimizing any boat-speed edge and providing lots of action.

In the first race, Kostecki, a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist, came off the line in good position near the pin, but got locked in with 1996 bronze medalist Jeff Madrigali. Both boats continued on starboard up the first leg and found themselves on the wrong side of the first shift and behind at the weather mark. Kostecki showed good composure and moved through the fleet, finishing the windward-leeward, twice-around course in fourth.

In the second, race Kostecki started in the middle of the line, but again found himself on the wrong side. The majority of the fleet started near the pin and was in better pressure. Kostecki moved nicely through the fleet, but could not catch the leaders and ended up third.

The day's third race was a further improvement. A great pin-end start led to a duel with Tony Ray, who led most of the race. But a better spinnaker set and great boat speed down the final run put Kostecki in the lead to stay. A loose cover up the final beat gave the gun to Kostecki and saw Rey fall to fourth.

The Kostecki/Calder/Perrin team has been hard at work at fund-raising and planning for its 2000 Olympic campaign. The trio is using this regatta to test equipment and keep communication sharp in preparation for the World Championship, August 31 through September 6 in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Current Standings:

  1. John Kostecki, Steve Calder, Carter Perrin
  2. Jeff Madrigali, Craig Healy, Hart Jordan
  3. Tony Rey, Dean Brenner, Tom Burnham
  4. Bill Abbott, Joanne Abbott, Brad Boston


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