AmericaOne's Cayard, Kostecki to Compete in Sardinia CupPORTO CERVO, Italy (Sept. 9, 1996) AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard and tactician John Kostecki are sailing in the highly competitive Telecom Italia Sardinia Cup '96 next week, though they will be on separate boats.
Cayard will be aboard Pasquale Landolfi's Brava Q8, the reigning ILC 40 world champion from Italy. Joining Brava on the Italian team are the Mumm 36 Mumm-a mia, and the ILC 46 Capricorno. This is the same trio that won the Admiral's Cup last year.
Kostecki will be tactician aboard the ILC 46 Pinta, which narrowly defeated Brava in the prestigious Copa del Rey (King's Cup) in Spain last month. Pinta, owned and sailed by Willi Illbruck of Germany, is one of three boats making up the German team. The other two boats are Omen, an ILC 40 owned by Thomas Friese, and the Mumm 36 Thomas I Punkt, which is also owned by Thomas Friese, and which Kostecki will sail in the Mumm 36 Worlds in October.
The Sardinia Cup is a team competition, similar to the Admiral's Cup, with the finishes of the top two boats in each three-boat team contributing to the team score. The boats will also compete for trophies in their individual classes.
Watch these pages for first-hand accounts and photos of what's sure to be close racing at Italy's famous Costa Smeralda, September 9-15.
You can get broad coverage of the event at the Telecom Italia Sardinia Cup '96 web site. They're even touting live video coverage of the mark roundings and interviews with the top sailors (you'll need a Java-capable browser such as Netscape Navagitor). (Note: The Sardinia Cup site has been intermittent the past few days, so don't be surprised if you don't connect every time.)
See the AmericaOne Sailing Program for dates of the coming regattas in which AmericaOne sailors will be competing.
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