BMW Oracle Racing return home

Kostecki and other top members of the sailing team to head for the Golden Gate YC this weekend

Friday April 25th 2008, Author: Jane Eagleson, Location: United Kingdom
BMW Oracle Racing, is to return to its homeport of Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) for a weekend of opening day events and celebrations over April 25-27. The team’s tactician and local sailing legend John Kostecki along with other teammates will offer youth sailors a racing clinic on Friday and compete with the high school sailors in a regatta on the Bay on Saturday.

“Golden Gate Yacht Club has been great to us in their support of our America’s Cup program,” said Kostecki, former longtime Marin county resident and sailing Olympic-medalist and Round-the-World Ocean Race winner. “We are pleased to come home and show our appreciation and hopefully give something back to Golden Gate’s youth sailors in the process.”

A range of weekend activities include a tune-up clinic where the America’s Cup tactician and fellow BMW Oracle Racing crew members, including Jonathan Macbeth and Joe Spooner, will show GGYC high school sailors the ropes on board the team’s San Francisco–based SM 40 training boats.

On Friday evening, the team will participate in an auction at the GGYC to support the club’s non-profit high school sailing program. The proceeds will be used to support the Flying Junior (FJ) fleet dedicated to the race training of young sailors.

On Saturday, the GGYC high school students will crew side-by-side with Kostecki and the BMW Oracle Racing crew to compete in a match racing regatta. Other BMW Oracle Racing team members will be on board including Ian Burns, Tom Ehman and local Bay area sailors Melinda Erkelens and Ashley Tobin.

On Sunday, public are invited to meet the team at a first-come, first served poster signing from 11:30am until 12:30pm in front of the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

BMW ORACLE Racing is the Challenger for the 33rd America’s Cup, representing Golden Gate Yacht Club. The team’s base of operations is in Valencia, Spain.
Team partner, Oracle, is a supporter of the GGYC Youth sailing program and is a sponsor for this weekend of learning, sailing expertise and competition as a part of its commitment to the sport of sailing.

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