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Kostecki and Crew Are Victors

Carter Perrin Reports

MIAMI, Florida (Jan. 31, 1998) — AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki, with crew Steve Calder and Carter Perrin, won the showdown with Tony Rey to claim the Soling Class title in the 1998 Miami Olympic Classes Regatta today.

It was yet another light, shifty day on Biscayne Bay, with race seven following the theme of the week — a light norhtwesterly breeze.

The start of the race saw many boats pushing the line hard. The over-early flag went up at the start, one boat restarted and the flag stayed up, meaning that some teams would not be scored for that race. Worried looks passed from crew to crew for a few moments until it became time to put it aside, concentrate on the race, and hope for the best.

Kostecki and crew followed Dave Curtis into the weather mark in second, followed by regatta leader Tony Rey. Each of the top three teams sailed extremely well and stayed close, despite the shifty breeze.

Curtis and Kostecki slowly pulled away on the second beat, with Kostecki gaining considerably on the run. But Curtis stayed in good position and protected himself and Kostecki crossed the line second. However, Curtis was over the line early, giving the win to Kostecki and his crew, with Rey moving up to second.

Going into the race, Rey had a one-point lead over Kostecki, so today's results moved Kostecki into a first-place tie with Rey. But by virtue of having more first-place finishes, Kostecki, Calder and Perrin were declared the victors. Rey was second, Billy Abbott third, Jeff Madrigali fourth and Curtis fifth.

The Kostecki/Calder/Perrin team continued to improve throughout the regatta, working on communication and testing sails. The work list is long and the team is looking forward to furthering its program this spring. An ambitious game plan focusing on the world championship this September has been made. Securing the necessary funding to complete their goal of a gold medal in Sydney in 2000 will be a priority in 1998 as well as furthering their progress on the water.

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