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Sail Team News & Information Kostecki Has Full Schedule of International Competition
While skipper Paul Cayard and several AmericaOne crew members focused their attention on the Whitbread Round the World Race, tactician John Kostecki has had a full schedule of international competition. His travels have not gone unrewarded, winning the One Design 48 (1D48) championship and the Japan Cup, and finishing first in class in the prestigious Admiral's Cup.
The German boat Pinta, skippered by Kostecki, topped the scoring in the ILC 40 class, leading the German team to second place in the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup in August. (Click on the photo to view a larger image.)
The Admiral's Cup is considered the world championship of offshore sailing. The biennial event always attracts the best boats and sailors, ensuring a highly charged and competitive two weeks of racing off England's south coast.
In the final and deciding race the notorious 610-mile Fastnet Pinta fought a see-saw battle with defending champion Brava Q8 of Italy, then Australia's G'Net, but prevailed in the end to finish first in class.
Maxi WorldsIn the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Kostecki sailed aboard Alberto Roemmers' Alexia, which placed third after cracking the boom in the fifth and deciding race. The victory went to Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory, sailed by Kiwi Russell Coutts. The event was held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, in September. Early in the final race, which was sailed in 30- to 40-knot winds, Alexia ripped the mainsail and was forced to finish the race under headsail alone.
1D48 Season ChampionshipWith Kostecki as tactician, the DeVos family's ID48 Windquest defeated Jim Andrews' Abracadabra to win the 1D48 Season Championship, which concluded during the annual Big Boat Series at St. Francis Yacht Club Sept. 17-21.
The goal of the Windquest crew going into the final series of races was to win the season championship. Boat for boat, Windquest beat Abracadabra in five of the seven races in the Big Boat Series to clinch the championship.
Japan CupIn October, Kostecki won the Japan Cup sailing aboard Aoba Escape, a Corel 45. The Japan Cup was sailed in Osaka with 30 IMS boats competing. Aoba Escape's charterer, Dr. Jinno, dedicated the Japan Cup to Makota Namba, who was sailing on Aoba Escape earlier this year when he was lost at sea.
"The Japan Cup was one of the most competitive IMS regattas that I have competed in this year," Kostecki said. He and his team won the seven-race regatta by three points over another Corel 45, which was sailed by Terry Hutchinson.
On the HorizonKostecki will compete in the Malaysia Challenge Match Race in Langkawi, December 2-7. Morgan Larson, of Capitola, Calif., will be on the crew, as will Don Cowie of New Zealand and Alan Smith of Australia.
Following the match race, Kostecki will join the Whitbread fleet in Fremantle, Australia. He will be competing against Paul Cayard as tactician of the American boat Chessie Racing, named for its home port of Chesapeake Bay. Kostecki is slated to sail Legs 3 and 4, then return to the northern hemisphere and compete in Key West Race Week in January.
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