Illbruck's connection with the Judel/Vrolijk team started with his 1980 Peterson design, a 39 footer (rating 30.9ft IOR) and a development of the top yacht of the 1979 Admiral's Cup, Eclipse. She was built in aluminium, unusual for a yacht of this size, but this did enable Illbruck to carry out extensive alterations after her first season. Although she placed 2nd in the 1980 Sardinia Cup, Illbruck consulted with Judel/Vrolijk before the 1981 Admiral's Cup on improvements, and this resulted in an extension of the forward waterline by 17cm and movement of the after girth station 10cm forward, and a new keel. Pinta qualified for the German Admiral's Cup team, which went on to finish in third place.
|Pinta at the start of the second race in the 1981 Admiral's Cup (photo courtesy of Jonathan Eastland archives)|
|Pinta 83 during the 1983 Admiral's Cup (photo courtesy Danilo Fabbroni)|
|Pinta 83 rolls downwind in the St Petersburg to Ft Lauderdale race during the 1984 SORC|
|This photo of Pinta 85 is possibly from the 1985 Admiral's Cup|
|Pinta 85 sailing downwind during the 1986 Sardinia Cup|
|Pinta's Ulmer Kolius tape drive mainsail from the 1986 Sardinia Cup|
|Pinta leads a group of One Tonners during one of the inshore races in the 1987 Admiral's Cup, including Container (G1909) to the right (photo One Ton Facebook page)|
|A more aggressive and angular approach is evident in this dockside photo of Pinta 87 (photo Ian Watson)|
|Pinta 87 during the Admiral's Cup 1987 - Illbruck had switched from Norths to Ulmer Kolius 'tape drive' sails in the 1986 Sardinia Cup and carried them through to the Admiral's Cup campaign|
|Dockside photos (above and below) showing the cockpit arrangement and detail of Pinta 87 (photo Ian Watson)|
Illbruck commissioned a new Pinta for 1989, this time a 44 footer designed by the US design duo Reichel/Pugh. He was successful in making the German team for the 1989 Admiral's Cup (joining Becks Diva and Rubin XI), but it was again only a moderate effort by the once dominant champion offshore country. Pinta had a major lapse in sail handling in the first race, underscoring a last place by the team that could only struggle to eighth place in the final standings. This boat went on to race in the 1990 Sardinia Cup, and was then chartered by the Japanese sailor T Yamada and re-named Carino. However, loss of the mast in the second inshore put paid to Carino's chances in the series, and the Japanese team finished a lowly seventh in a depleted series of just eight teams.
|Pinta 93 rounding a top mark ahead of one of the French Corum yachts (photo Andreas Kling)|
|Pinta 93 during the 1993 Admiral's Cup (photo courtesy of Jonathan Eastland's archives)|
|Pinta 93 - the champion One Tonner of 1993 (photo Andreas Kling)|
In 1994 Pinta went on to again win the One Ton Cup, this time with John Kostecki as skipper/tactician and Rod Davis as helmsman. That year the Pinta crew was also awarded with the Silberne Lorbeerblatt, the highest sports award in Germany.