Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wind KIcks In For Coastal Race At MedCup Cartagena

With the arrival of the brisk nor'east Levant life becomes no simpler or straightforward than the light SW’ly sea-breeze which has marked the first three racing days at the Region of Murcia-Cartagena Trophy regatta. The stronger offshore breeze is set to top 20 knots, will be gusty and shifty especially close to the shore.
For the 52 Series today is their high scoring coastal race, carrying a 1.5points multiplier for the course which should be around 30miles.

For Bribon (ESP) they go afloat with a two points lead in the Trophy regatta on to a course they know well, but as the tactician off their main rivals Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA) Francesco Bruni noted this morning, the standard is so high and small mistakes are magnified immensely:
“…..one day you feel like a superstar and the next you feel like an idiot.”

So for Bribon there is the chance to extend their lead if they can post a good result and stay ahead of their Italian rivals.

Meantime Circuit leaders Quantum Racing (USA) have to start climbing again. After a 6,6,4,7 run the only way is up for the 2008 Audi MedCup champions. Terry Hutchinson (USA), longstanding skipper-helm, is paying the Circuit a visit today with his family, visiting from Valencia and has certainly had some words of encouragement for the team.

Marcel Van Triest (NED) navigator Bribon (ESP):

“The breeze has gone around to the Levant direction, the NE and ENE a bit fresher, it will be good strong conditions, 17-21 kts gusting to 25kts, blustery with this offshore breeze and that will make this coastal course interesting because there will be left hand breeze coming out of the harbour and right hand breeze coming round the headlands, so you have to make some big choices: go left trying to find the lefty or right trying to find the lefty and big holes under the cliffs. We have all done this course a few times and there are loads of opportunities. It is not over until it over.”
“ There is no more pressure than normal when you are leading, it is sailing, you go out and do your job the very best you can and that’s it.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA), Tactician, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):

“Today´s an important day because we are all very close in terms of points in this trophy. We couldn´t ask for a better start this week, but as I said yesterday we have to keep sailing well and not make mistakes. It´s all about not making mistakes. The fleet is so good and close that one day you feel like a superstar and the next you feel like an idiot, we all have good days and bad days, it has happened to everyone. Bribón sailing is been really solid, they are doing a very, very good job”.

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