illbruck receive award

EDS 24 hour monohull world speed record trophy presented to illbruck at Paris ceremony

Thursday June 13th 2002, Author: Rachel Anning, Location: France
John Kostecki, skipper of illbruck Challenge, the overall winning team of the Volvo Ocean Race was presented with the prestigious EDS 24-hour Monohull World Speed Record Trophy at a special prize giving ceremony yesterday at the Yacht Club de France in Paris.

Kostecki, who flew in especially from Kiel, Germany, leaving the still jubilant winning celebrations, was joined by syndicate chairman and CEO of sponsoring company illbruck GmbH, Michael Illbruck along with Francis Meston, CEO of EDS France, Claude Breton of the World Sailing Speed Record Council, Pierre Paul Heckly, CEO of the Yacht Club de France and Mr Decré, Vice President of YCF.

illbruck smashed the previously held 24-hour record during leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race with a run of 484 nautical miles, adding another 16 miles to Bernard Stamm's previously held 2000 record.

During the awards ceremony Kostecki expressed his delight at being awarded the Trophy and cash prize commenting: "We feel honoured to receive this very special Trophy. It was a very exciting moment out on the water and we were fortunate to have had the perfect conditions to keep the boat running as fast as it was.

"It's great to be here today and I want to thank EDS for this award on behalf of the whole team. Sponsoring a Trophy like this is great for the sport."

When asked what his next plans were John continued: "To go home to California and have a rest. But only for a week, then it's back out to Europe and back racing a Farr 40 although this will be more for fun than intensive racing."

Claude Breton of the World Sailing Speed Record Council commented: "I'm very pleased to be here today. There are many records that we have to ratify but we rarely get a chance to actually meet the sailors. It's great to be here today and meet John Kostecki. Congratulations."

EDS, the leading IT services company, has been working with the World Speed Council since July 2001. Francis Meston, CEO of EDS France explained: "Being the sponsor of the EDS Atlantic Challenge, it is my pleasure as Head of EDS in France to present you this Trophy to the winning team of another famous yacht race, the Volvo. We are proud to celebrate such a record with you and to be presenting the Trophy to you for the very first time."

EDS also sponsors the EDS 24-hour Multihull World Speed Record Trophy which is currently held by Steve Fossett and his nine-man crew who received the award at the Yacht Club de France in December 2001 for the 687.17 nm achieved aboard Playstation during a Trans Atlantic crossing in October 2001.

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