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John Kostecki

John Kostecki

Tactician

Olympic silver medalist John Kostecki is entering his third America's Cup campaign with a lifetime of sailing and winning in one-design and offshore racing yachts. Sailmaker, sailing consultant and campaign organizer, Kostecki, 35, began sailing at the age of three.

In 1997, Kostecki had a rewarding year winning the Mumm 36 World Championship, One Design 48 Championship (overall season), and the Malaysia Challenge Grand Prix, a Grade 1 match race event; In addition he sailed in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race as co-helmsman/tactician on Chessie Racing; with Kostecki on board, Chessie's performance improved dramatically. At year's end Kostecki was awarded the Medal of Achievement by Sailing World magazine.

Kostecki's most memorable year in sailing came in 1988 when he won the Silver Medal in the Soling Class at the 1988 Olympic Games in Pusan, Korea. In the same year he won the J/24 World Championships and the Soling Class World Championships and was named U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. The following year, in 1989, racing for the St. Francis Yacht Club in the Six Meter St. Francis IX, he and his crew won the Six-Meter World Championship in Sweden.

As a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club since 1979, Kostecki has sailed both with and against Paul Cayard.

Sailing Record
America's Cup Participation
1995 Young America - PACT '95 syndicate
1991 IACC World Championships - America3 syndicate

Sailing Championships
1999 Farr 40 World Championships
1998 Mumm 36 World Championship
1997 Whitbread Round the World Race, Legs 3&4, Chessie Racing, 3rd Place
1997 Malaysia Challenge Grand Prix
1997 OD48 Season Championship
1997 Mumm 36 World Championship
1996 Steinlager Cup Match Race
1996 Mumm 36 World Championship
1994 One Ton World Championship
1989 Six Meter World Championship
1988 J/24 World Championship
1988 Soling World Championship
1987 Gold Medal - Soling Class - Pan American Games
1986 Gold Medal - Soling Class - Goodwill Games
1986 Soling World Championship
1982 Sunfish World Championship

 

e-mail John jkostecki@americaone.org





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