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10 June 2002, 09:52 am
Interview With John Kostecki
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Winner Overall illbruck

Volvo Ocean Race

John Kostecki, skipper illbruck, winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002
Q: Congratulations, you've won the Volvo Ocean Race, how does it feel?

A: It feels great, it was our goal to win and we went out and did it! It's good.

Q: When did you know that had won?

A: Not until just before the finish line. We sailed a fantastic leg, we had a great start, we sailed hard through the start and went fast. We got behind, were able to sail pass. It was just fantastic, we sailed a great short leg for once, and we're pretty happy about that!

Q: Before the leg you knew everything rested on it...

A: That's the race I suppose, so we knew what we were up to, we had it front of us, we prepared and we dealt with it. The whole crew really did a great job.

Q: What was the spectator fleet like?

A: Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable. There were hundreds and hundreds of people, it is hard to describe, but tell anyone who wasn't here that it was unbelievable, the amount of people who were out there, the amount of support we had was just great.

Q: German boat arriving into Germany and winning the race...

A: It was fantastic, it was a great finish today, into Kiel, so obviously we're very happy.

Q: Did you ever doubt that you would do it?

A: Not really, no! We sailed really well out of Gothenburg, we really worked hard and we were fast over the start line. Everything clicked about this leg, it was great.

Q: There must have been a few nervous moments?

A: We certainly were nervous, but that's part of the race. It's good to have a little nervous energy sometimes to move you along.

Q: Looking back at the race overall, how was it?
A: It was great, we prepared ourselves for it, we worked hard and we're very pleased to have won.

Q: To the future, are you looking to do it again?

A: Possibly, it depends on the format, if it is a good course and depending on the boats, I would consider it.
Volvo Ocean Race Press/News Editor
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