Volume I, Number 2
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Sail Team News & Information Congressional Cup, Soling Regatta Top Sailing Agenda
On the racing front, AmericaOne competed in the Congressional Cup match-racing series in March, and individual team members sailed in a number of regattas, both in the U.S. and overseas.
Congressional CupAt the Congressional Cup, held in Long Beach, Calif., March 9-16, skipper Paul Cayard and tactician John Kostecki led the AmericaOne sail team to a third-place finish, topping the list of America's Cup contenders. America True and St. Thomas Yacht Club finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
It was a light-air series, but the racing was quite close. Winner Gavin Brady and his team from New Zealand were too strong for everyone, and American Dave Perry hung on for second.
After a strong start, Team AmericaOne struggled mid-week. But the final day's racing was encouraging, as the team won four straight against the tough international competition. The final wins included victories over both Brady and Perry.
Sailing for AmericaOne were Steve Erickson, T.A. McCann, Hartwell Jordan and Josh Belsky, who are likely to become a key part of AmericaOne's core crew.
Soling Spring Championship
AmericaOne tactician John Kostecki and his crew of Steve Calder and Carter Perrin won the 1997 Soling Spring Open Championship on April 10. They won five of 11 races and finished no worse than fourth, clinching the regatta victory with two races remaining. The threesome is gearing up for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Citibank CupPaul Cayard was at the helm of second-place Team Citibank in the 4th Annual Citibank Spring Cup Regatta sailed in San Francisco Bay on April 19-20. The event, contested in 11-meter class boats, was won by Jeff Madrigali and Team KKMI.
Kiwi Etchells ChampionshipAmericaOne's principal designer, Bruce Nelson, competed in the New Zealand Etchells Class Championship in March. Plagued by a spate of poor starts and penalty turns, Team Nelson spent much of the regatta playing catch-up to fellow Americans Dennis Conner and Dave Curtis, who finished first and second. However, the trip down under did give Nelson an opportunity to gain additional knowledge of and experience with the conditions in New Zealand, and to monitor the meteorology program that was initiated last year.
Kostecki HonoredJohn Kostecki was the unanimous winner of Sailing World magazine's prestigious Medal of Achievement award in the Crew category. The accolades, announced in March, are handed out annually by the magazine's editorial staff to sailors who have exhibited exemplary performance during the preceding year.
"With all first-place votes, John Kostecki was a runaway winner. As tactician, Kostecki won the Mumm 36 World Championship aboard Thomas I Punkt and also the Steinlager Line 7 Grand Prix Match Race regatta," the magazine editors said.
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