Volume I, Number 3
 

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Team's Sailors Are "A1"

AmericaOne sailors ascended the victory stand again in recent months. Skipper Paul Cayard won the Golden Gate Invitational Match Race in May, and tactician John Kostecki was aboard the Mumm 36 World Champion in June.

Cayard Wins Golden Gate Invitational

Golden Gate Invitational AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard won the $15,000 Golden Gate Match Race Invitational in late May, defeating Murray Jones of New Zealand, 3-1, in the best-of-five final. The Grade 1 professional event was hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.

Cayard won the first race, but narrowly lost the second after Jones, who is being groomed as a back-up skipper to Russell Coutts for the 2000 America's Cup competition, took advantage of a pre-start penalty. Cayard led the race, but committed another penalty while performing his penalty turn, and Jones crossed the line ahead of him. Races 3 and 4 went to Cayard, who finished the competition with a 16-3 record.

This was Cayard's second win in his last three match-race competitions. He teamed up with Kostecki to win the Steinlager Line 7 regatta in Auckland, New Zealand, last November, and he finished third in the Congressional Cup in March. full story

Mumm 36 Worlds
Thomas I Punkt, with John Kostecki aboard as tactician, successfully defended its Mumm 36 World Championship in Punta Ala, Italy, in early June. Consistency was the name of the game for the German boat, which did not win a single race. However, with 7 of 11 finishes fourth-place or better, the defender clinched the victory with one race remaining.

Kostecki is a regular crew member aboard Thomas I Punkt, which is owned by the German yachtsman Thomas Friese. "We had execellent starts and the sail trimmers kept the boat going fast, which made my job easy as tactician," Kostecki said. "Being consistent was the key to winning." full story

ILC 40 Worlds
In mid-July, Kostecki competed in the the ILC 40 World Championship, held in Gydinia, Poland, as skipper and tactician of Pinta, also a German boat. Despite winning four races, Kostecki was edged out by Mean Machine of The Netherlands by just .43 point in an unusal high-point scoring system. The two boats exchanged the overall lead several times during the week-long regatta, and it wasn't until the final race that the outcome was decided. full story

Next on Kostecki's agenda is the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup in England in August. He's slated to sail with Pinta again, as well as serving as the coach of the German team.


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