Willi Illbruck started sailing his first Pinta, a one-ton yacht, in 1969. Pinta had her first international successes in the beginning of the 1970s and was runner-up on her first participation in the 1975 Admiral's Cup.
Between 1982 and 1983, Willi Illbruck and Udo Schütz, built 7/8-rigged boats using new honeycomb technique. Germany won the 1983 Admiral's Cup with Willi Illbruck's Pinta and Udo Schütz's Container.
Introducing the slogan “The Fight Goes On!” in 1993, the year turned out to be “Year of the Cups”, the most successful year in Pinta’s history. With a 100% professional crew Pinta won the Admiral's Cup and the 1993 One Ton Cup[better source needed] with Russell Coutts as skipper/tactician. Pinta defended the One Ton Cup again in 1994, now with John Kostecki as skipper/tactician and Rod Davis as helmsman.
From 1998, Willi Illbruck’s son, Michael Illbruck, continued his father’s sporting commitment with yachts named Illbruck Challenge, Nela and Pinta. The Volvo Ocean 60 yacht Illbruck Challenge won the 2001–02 Volvo Ocean Race
1993, Year of the Cups
In the 1993 Willi Illbruck gathered a new crew for the 1992 build Judel/Vrolijk designed One-Tonner, including Russell Coutts as skipper/tactician, Peter Lester as helmsman, Don Cowie, Ross 'Roscow' Halcrow, Alan Smith, Niels Henrik Sodemann, Uwe Roch, Gunnar Knierim, Thomas 'Beppo' Michaelsen and Arne Wilcken.
1993 turned out to become the most successful year in Pinta’s history, the “Year of the Cups”. The Pinta crew started 1993 by winning the One Ton Cup in Cagliari, Sardinia sailing for Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, New Zealand.
The Pinta team sailed for Germany in Admiral's Cup, with German Jörg Diesch substituting Peter Lester as helmsman.
In 1993 after twenty-three years IOR (International Offshore Rule) was the primary rule for racing around the world. As a swan song, the 1993 Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup was keen, tight and incident-filled. The German team of Pinta, Rubin XII (Hans-Otto Schumann) and Container (Udo Schütz) was outsiders before the start, but clinched victory with 279.13 points seven races later by the narrowest ever margin, 0.25 points. The victory was even slimmer than that of the French in 1991.
It was an fine reward for the Germans, winners of the series in 1973, 1983 and 1985, especially as Willi Illbruck, owner of Pinta, and Hans-Otto Schumann, on his twelfth Rubin, had supported the event for three decades. Schumann was part of the 1973 and 1985 winning teams, having started his run of twelve Admiral's Cup's as far back as 1963. Willi Illbruck was a member of the 1983 line-up.
|2nd||Admiral's Cup - individual placings|
|1978||1st||North Sea Week|
|1979||3rd||SORC (Southern Ocean Racing Conference)|
|1984||1st||SORC (Southern Ocean Racing Conference)|
|1993||1st||One Ton Cup World Championship||IOR One Tonner||Judel / Vrolijk||Marten Marine, New Zealand|
|1st||One Ton class at the Admiral's Cup|
|2nd||One-Ton World Cup|
|1994||1st||One Ton Cup World Championship|
|1st||One-Ton World Cup|
|1995||1st||North Sea Week||ILC-46 Racer||Judel / Vrolijk||Marten Marine, New Zealand|
|1st||ILC-46 class at the Admiral's Cup|
|1st||ILC-46 World Championship (unofficial)|
|1st||Copa del Rey|
|1997||2nd||ILC-40 World Championship||ILC-40 Racer||Judel / Vrolijk||Neville Hutton, United Kingdom|
|2nd||ILC-40 World Cup|
|1st||ILC-40 class at the Admiral's Cup|
|2nd||San Francisco Big Boat Series|
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