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Kostecki and Crew Slip to Second

Carter Perrin Reports

MIAMI, Florida (Jan. 29, 1998) — AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki, with crew Steve Calder and Carter Perrin, slipped to second place overall in the Soling Class of the 1998 Miami Olympic Classes Regatta after finishing second today in very light air.

It was a day more appropriate for watersk|ng than sailboat racing on Biscayne Bay. An eleven o'clock start was postponed due to a light, unstable breeze, but after repositioning the starting line, the race committee started the only contest of the day in a light northwesterly of about 6 knots, which slowly died.

Kostecki and crew got off the line quite sluggishly and worked to the left side of the first weather leg. Pressure on the right side of the course pushed a pack led by Billy Abbott and Tony Rey from the right side into the weather mark, well in front of Kostecki.

A solid run by Kostecki closed the gap on the leaders, but he still rounded in sixth place. Continuing on port tack from the leeward mark, and working the pressure on the right side of the course, Kostecki climbed back into the race. Good boat speed allowed him to work right through Jeff Madrigali's lee and push the leaders into the weather mark.

Although close to laying the mark, which would have put him in second, Kostecki took the conservative move, ducked boats on their hips, and followed in fourth. The gamble to wait for the run to make his final move did not pay off. Rey continued to sail a great race and went on to win.

Kostecki worked the same side of the course that had brought him through the fleet with more pressure; however, a puff in the final quarter of the leg pushed the two boats to his right to the front and Kostecki finished fourth. Bill Abbott finished second, with Jeff Madrigali sixth.

Current Standings:

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

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