Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bribon On Top at MedCup in Cartagena

Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Light and flukey winds today continued to challenge the MedCup sailors racing off Cartagena as  Spanish TP52 Bribon grabbed the overall lead in the Region of Murcia-Cartagena Trophy regatta.
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
It's been a frustrating few days for the seven boat 52 Series fleet who have endured long postponements in the stifling heat waiting for the unsettled sea-breeze to fill in enough to go racing in conditions that are yet to reach 10 knots.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Today there were no solid wind patterns from one leg to another. In the first race Italy’s Audi Azzurra Sailing Team won from the left, pin end of the start line to work the offshore side of the course, finishing ahead of Quantum Racing.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Bribon are sitting pretty atop the leaderboard after they followed up their fifth place in the day's first race with a win against RAN in the second. Bribon’s double Olympic medal winning tactician Ross MacDonald did an astute job of keeping them in the best pressure as they held off RÁN to win by a whisker.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
The Spanish crew might be in an even better position if they hadn't copped a penalty during the second beat of the first race for infringing Quantum Racing (USA) which dropped them from second place to fifth.

Region of Murcia Trophy – Cartagena
52 Series
Results after three races:

1. Bribón (ESP), 2+5+1=8 points
2. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 1+3+5= 9 point
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+1+4=10 points
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 3+2+6=11 points
5. RÁN (SUE), 6+6+2=14 points
6. Container (GER), 7+4+3=14 points
7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR), 4+7+7=18 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)+9(DNC)=27 points

Lulu Roseman

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