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Friday, September 30, 2011

RC44 Adris Cup Croatia - Day 3 - Fleet Racing

Update From Paul Cayard - Adris RC44 Cup

Adris RC44 Cup

The perfect weather allowed the Race Committee to serve up four races again today here in Rovinj. The bright sunshine and 10 knots sea breeze made for a perfect day of racing...third in a row really. And the forecast is for the conditions to remain the same through the end of the event on Sunday.

Aqua had the best day today with scores of 2, 4, 1, 1 and took and handy 7 point lead in the event at 30 points. Cereef followed closely with 3,3,3,1 for the second best day and moved into a tie for third with yesterday's co-leader Artemis, each with 40 points. Islas Carnarias scored 20 points today and is in second place with 37 points. Yesterday's other co-leader Oracle Racing scored 26 points on the day and slipped to 5th place.

Onboard Katusha we had a bit better day scoring 26 points for the day, 12 points less than our abysmal day yesterday. Finishing second in the last race was a nice way to end the day. We moved up to a tie for eighth place with Ironbound at 64 points.

Tomorrow the President of Croatia is coming to visit the event and attend the gala dinner. There are three races on schedule for tomorrow.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com

Paul

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Adris RC44 Cup 2011 - Day 1 Match Racing

Paul Cayard's Update - Adris RC44 Cup

RC44 Croatia Cup
Rovinj, Croatia

First, this place is beautiful. I was last here in 1990 for the ACI Match Racing Regatta. The town is charming, the water perfectly clear, and the locals are very friendly and happy to host this international competition.

Today was the Match Racing day of the event. The technical committee decided to shorten the races to one lap as the fleet has grown to 15 boats and only ten teams (five pairs) can race at a time on the race course.

On board Katusha we raced in six races today and won five across the line but ended up with three points. The main reason for this was a penalty call in our first race. There are plenty of situations out there and we all get calls that go against us, but this one "remarkable" and it cost us two points.

Anyway, we crossed the line first in five of our six matches. The one we lost on the water was against ORACLE Racing. We led at the top mark but were hesitant to match them in the first gybe and they rolled us for the win.

So, it was a long day with a bit of frustration. But that's racing.

Tomorrow the fleet racing starts here and will continue through Sunday.

At the same time, Terry and some of the crew are in Nice this week for the Extreme 40 Regatta. Today was their first day of racing with four races. It was light and shifty, but they will be back on the race course tomorrow until Sunday.

For complete results go to www.rc44.com and www.extremesailingseries.com

Paul

Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Classics Steal The Limelight in St Tropez
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
There could not be a more impressive fleet of classic boats then the more than 100 racing this week at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. It's an armada that showcases designers from the golden ages of yachting history: among them, Herreshoff, Fife, Sparkman & Stephens, Rhodes, Mylne, and Alden. The summer-like conditions that prevailed on the Golfe of St Tropez outside of the old port featured plenty of blue sky, an unseasonably hot sun, and light breeze.

Racing was schedule for 12noon, and after an hour’s postponement, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez race committee managed to find enough wind in the starting area to send the fleet on a short nine-nautical mile coastal race, once the easterly breeze filled in to about five knots. It was enough to get nine classes off the line in five starts – first the smaller gaff-rigged and Marconi classes and through to the “grand époque” big boats with stunners such as the 167-foot (51m) overall Herreshoff schooner Elena, the 19-metre class (110 feet overall) Mariquita, the Fife-designed gaff cutter 115-footer Moonbeam IV, and the 23-metre class, Cambria.

Even given the nearly half mile starting line for the twelve big boats, Mariquita, Tuiga, andMoonbeam were in a group that proved intent on the favoured committee boat end. Alone towards the pin end was Cambria, which found more pressure on the northern side of the gulf. Elena was safely just behind the first starters, but her towering sail plan made the most of the challenging conditions and allowed her to quickly gain on the others.

Most boats, having left the gulf and cleared the Porte Seiche mark, found the breeze clocking towards the south which allowed a mix of running sails to be set: spinnakers, fishermen, topsails. Further along the coast, the wind went painfully light, and the fleet compressed around the leeward mark off the town of Issambres. From there it was a beat upwind until they could lay the mark of Porte Seiche and then ease sheets for a reach towards the finish in a slighter fresher breeze. They were the lucky ones – for several of the bigger boat classes, the course was shortened and a finish line set off Porte Seiche.

Given the weight differential with this range of classics, certain boats fared better in the light conditions: two-time Rolex Trophy winner (2008 & 2009) NY 40 Rowdy for one. Skipper Graham Walker knows his way around the race course here. This time around, Walker has turned the tiller over to his new co-owner Nick Barham. An Englishman from Monaco, who has extensive experience racing in the competitive Sydney 38 one-design class, Barham is clearly thrilled to be competing in St Tropez, “It was a very difficult start, very tight on the start line, but we managed to get some clean air. Got up to first mark and slipped away with the wind, fantastic…perfect conditions for us, and a wonderful sail. After the leeward mark, we hung up to windward until we had about twenty degrees off the mark we had to come inside. Then we picked up a whole new breeze coming down towards the finish. The crew performed superbly.”

Rowdy will again be a force to be reckoned at Les Voiles this week as the 1916 Herreshoff sloop is coming off a successful season, with wins at Antibes, Porto Rotondo and Monaco. The crew is pretty much the same as prior years with some family members having come on as well, though Barham said “we’re not de-professionalizing it, but making it a little more social than before.”

The Rolex Trophy is a competition within the Tradition division for all boats over 16 metres on deck. The winning boat receives the Rolex Trophy and a Rolex timepiece. First awarded in 2006, this year over 50 boats are eligible for the Trophy. Defending winner from 2010 is Yves-Marie Morault’s 12-metre Ikra.

Racing continues tomorrow for both Traditional and Modern classes. First warning signal is 1100 for the Moderns, 1200 for Traditional.

Regatta News

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Live Racing from Plymouth - Race Day 7 - Multi-camera experience

ACWS Plymouth - Race Day 7 - News

Artemis Racing Update - ACWS Plymouth Wrap Up

Dramatic finish to ACWS - Plymouth
18 September 2011

Boat speeds over 50 km/hr and winds gusting up to 35 knots made for exciting racing on the final day of the America’s Cup World Series – Plymouth.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
A collision just seconds before the start between GreenComm and Artemis Racing ultimately meant the end of racing for Skipper Terry Hutchinson and the crew. It was a port starboard incident and the umpires swiftly gave the penalty to the Spanish team however, recent changes to the rules do not allow for redress.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
Describing the incident Skipper Terry Hutchinson said; “We were set up behind the fleet gauging a good spot with ORACLE Racing 5 just ahead of us. GreenComm somehow ended up on port tack in front of us. They were stuck in irons so we tried to sail around them.”

Despite damage to the starboard bow, the Swedish team surged on in the tough conditions, which saw China Team and Energy Team both capsize.

Battling the way around the course, checking the starboard hull on each downwind leg as it gradually filled with water, the team fought on endeavoring to finish this important race. But on the penultimate leg, in a gust of wind the bows went down and Artemis Racing pitch poled through the air and capsized. Bowman Andy Fethers actually went through the wing but fortunately, no one was injured.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
“It’s really disappointing. We sailed the entire race taking on water in our starboard hull. You could feel the inertia on starboard tack and at every bottom mark there was a bit more water,” said Terry. “It was definitely frustrating to not have finished the race, we got the boat back up and went around the gybe mark, but we couldn’t finish within the time limit. That said, there are a lot of positive takeaways for us here. We are very happy with how we sailed. The fleet racing went well and the match racing was OK. But all total we have a long way to go to get better.”
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
“When I found out we were coming to Plymouth, I said to expect cold and windy conditions and that is what we got. Today was disappointing, but overall, we are pleased with the week. We dominated the fleet racing and it was a big step forward for the team. We are looking forward to the next event,” said Tactician Iain Percy.

ORACLE Racing Spithill won today's Championship Race, with Emirates Team New Zealand in second, followed by ORACLE Racing Coutts.

For the shore crew it will be a long night of repairs before the AC45 and base are packed and loaded on the ship for San Diego.

Artemis Racing Media

Spithill Stakes His Claim To Win Fleet Racing at ACWS Plymouth

Sailing fans were treated to plenty of high drama and antics in 30 knots of wind on the final day of the ACWS on Plymouth Sound.
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
ORACLE Racing Spithill won the Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship and Aussie skipper James Spithill was back on top of his game after a lame showing in the Match Race Championship yesterday.

“It’s redemption after the match racing,” said Spithill.  “I still think we had a bit left in the tank to be honest. The puffiness and change in direction made it challenging, but what a fun race.” 
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
Just before the start Energy Team capsized while trying to dodge Team Korea, but Loick Peyron’s crew got the boat upright in record time so they could race. Minutes later Artemis Racing collided with Green Comm Racing, riding up over the back of the boat. Skipper Vasilij Zbogar fell off the back of the Spanish boat and injured his hand and with their boat now damaged Green Comm were forced to retire. 
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
Steering clear of trouble in the pre-start, both ORACLE Racing boats and Emirates Team New Zealand flew off the start line with the other teams in close pursuit. China Team capsized at the first mark but quickly got sorted. 

The boats reached speeds in excess of 50km/h. Emirates Team New Zealand fought tooth and nail with both ORACLE boats, Spithill moved clear on the final lap and Dean Barker had to settle for second place ahead of Russell Coutts. 
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Ricardo Pinto
“Today it was racing and survival,” said Barker. “When the wind cranked up it was full on. The hard thing was not the wind speed but the big puffs which were unpredictable. We always like to win, but nice to get past Russell and take second.”

Sunday’s Results

STANDINGS – PLYMOUTH FLEET RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
1. ORACLE Racing Spithill
2. Emirates Team New Zealand
3. ORACLE Racing Coutts
4. Aleph
5. Team Korea
6. Energy Team
7. China Team
8. Artemis Racing
8. Green Comm Racing

PLYMOUTH MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP (Saturday) 

1. Emirates Team New Zealand
2. Team Korea
3. Artemis Racing
4. ORACLE Racing Coutts
5. ORACLE Racing Spithill
6. Energy Team
7. Green Comm Racing
8. China Team
9. Aleph

Lulu Roseman

Live Racing from Plymouth - Race Day 6 - Multi-camera experience

Saturday, September 17, 2011

ACWS Plymouth - Race Day 5 - Highlights

Kiwis Win Plymouth Match Racing Championship

Emirates Team New Zealand has won the Plymouth Match Racing Championship after stalling Team Korea's inspired rise with a 2-0 victory in wildly variable winds on Plymouth Sound.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin_Raget
"It’s nice to win the match racing here after coming second in the last one,” said ETNZ Skipper Dean Barker. “It’s pretty cool to see this many people up on The Hoe. Hopefully we’re putting on a good show, and now we’ll get ready to do it all again tomorrow. It would be nice to get the double. It’s a winner-takes-all race and anything can happen, as you saw today.”
ETNZ's Dean Barker Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin_Raget
Earlier in the day, Chris Draper’s crew on Team Korea continued their giant-killing ways with a resounding 2-0 victory over Artemis Racing in the second Semi-Final. With four of Team Korea’s crew from Great Britain, Draper’s success was very popular with the Plymouth crowds cheering on The Hoe. The wind was up and down, the sun battled to break through the rain clouds scudding across the Devon sky, but still the crowds were engaged and enjoying the action, especially Draper’s march to the final.
Photo: © 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin_Raget
“We felt we learned a lot in Cascais, we’re really pleased we got it together and hope that we’ve got some energy left for tomorrow,” said an exhausted Chris Draper after sailing four races on Friday and three on Saturday – more than anyone else in the fleet.

“It’s disappointing in that we led both races at the bottom marks and then not to win them is not our best effort,” said Artemis Racing Skipper Terry Hutchinson. “But they sailed great races.”

Hutchinson’s team made amends for their Korean defeat by beating ORACLE Racing Coutts in the race-off for 3rd and 4th places. Russell Coutts fell foul of the course boundary just meters from the Plymouth shore, the ORACLE penalty turning a tight match into a relatively easy win for the Swedish crew.

In the battle to decide 5th and 6th places, ORACLE Racing Spithill applied some good old match racing skills in the pre-start, luffing up Energy Team and leaving them trailing in their wake down the first leg. From there James Spithill and crew were never threatened by the French.

In the fight for 7th and 8th, China Team looked set for a similarly dominant win when Green Comm Racing broke the start line a split second too early. By the time the Spanish boat had restarted, Charlie Ogletree’s crew was more than a leg ahead. But at the second leeward gate the Chinese rounded one of the gate marks from the incorrect side and from that point were unknowingly sailing the wrong course. It was only when they crossed the finish line that the Chinese realized their error, and Vasilij Zbogar’s team learned that they had picked up the win.

A strong wind is forecast for tomorrow’s winner-takes-all Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship.
Racing is scheduled to start at 1500 local time (GMT+1).

Saturday’s Results

SEMI FINAL TWO
Team Korea defeated Artemis Racing; 2-0

PLACING FINALS
Green Comm Racing defeated China Team; 1-0
ORACLE Racing Spithill defeated Energy Team; 1-0
Artemis Racing defeated ORACLE Racing Coutts; 1-0

FINAL
Emirates Team New Zealand defeated Team Korea; 2-0

STANDINGS – PLYMOUTH MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Emirates Team New Zealand
2. Team Korea
3. Artemis Racing
4. ORACLE Racing Coutts
5. ORACLE Racing Spithill
6. Energy Team
7. Green Comm Racing
8. China Team
9. Aleph

America's Cup Media

Quantum Racing Crowned 2011 Audi MedCup Champions - Wrap Up

The margins were tight between the top three contenders but in the end Quantum Racing was just too slick and pulled out all stops to nail the Audi MedCup Circuit 52 Series title today in Barcelona.
Photo: Horatio Franco/Audi MedCup
With America’s Cup winning Skipper Ed Baird on the helm they made no mistakes. By getting the gun in today's first race ahead of their closest rivals to seal their fate regardless of how they performed in the second and final race of the regatta.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Even though Quantum Racing have lead this year's circuit since the season's first regatta in Cascais, the 2008 title winners were only ahead by 3.5 points going into the Conde de Godo-City of Barcelona Trophy. Quantum finished 15 points ahead of Bribon followed by Italy’s Audi Azzurra Sailing team in third.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
RAN took out the Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy followed by Bribon and Quantum Racing in third.

After Quantum Racing's victory in Cascais, they finished second in Marseille, fifth in Cagliari and third in Cartagena. Quantum Racing’s project manager Ed Reynolds, also co-architect of their 2008 title win, was one happy camper this afternoon.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“Of all the MedCups this is the one I am most thrilled about. When they had to step up, they did. We feel like we have been defending the whole season, like we had a target on our backs since we won in Cascais at the beginning of the season. We were defending before we were ready to. I just hate to lose, and so I have such a sense of relief but it is so great to be part of a team like this. In competitive sport when everything is on the line to be a part of something which stands up and takes control that was the best part of the whole year,” Reynolds said.

Lulu Roseman

Video Highlights Day 5 Audi MedCup Barcelona

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MedCup Sailors Speak Dockside in Barcelona - Final Day

Photo: Horatio Franco/Audi MedCup
Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It is awesome. It has been good, we have really stepped up at this regatta. To come here and finish it off has been great. It is one of the most hard fought titles there is, it is a long season and here you are sailing against some of the best sailors in the world. The boats are constantly changing. Everyone is always trying to get better and better and you are always thinking about how you outsmart everyone. It is a long season. You have to be on your game at every regatta.
It is absolutely brilliant now, though.

"We had some really tough times. In Palma pre season we broke the mast step of the boat we had to retire from that Palma Vela pre season regatta, regroup and rebuild the mast step. When everyone came to Cagliari they were pretty strong. I missed a couple of things there tactically and then we broke the backstay. But you just have to keep chipping away. I am sure that every boat here can now look back at their Audi MedCup season and see where they could have saved 10, 15 or 20 points. 

"I look at Bribon in Cascais: they blew up their A4 kite, they were OCS by the skin of their teeth in one race going, and they had a red flag. The points situation has been interesting because Audi Azzurra, Container and us have been kind of see-sawing and Bribon were able to play through. They were always the boat we were happy to put between us and Container or Audi Azzurra and we get here and they were breathing down our necks.”

Ed Reynolds, (USA) Project Manager, Quantum Racing (USA): 

Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“Of all the MedCups this is the one I am most thrilled about. When they had to step up, they did. We feel like we have been defending the whole season, like we had a target on our backs since we won in Cascais at the beginning of the season. We were defending before we were ready to. I just hate to lose, and so I have such a sense of relief but it is so great to be part of a team like this. In competitive sport when everything is on the line to be a part of something which stands up and takes control that is the best part of the whole year.”

José Cusí (ESP), Owner-Skipper, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Quantum won the first race and was last in the second. Coming back in to port it was fantastic, I'm really thankful that everybody congratulated us and supported us constantly. This is Bribón's last race, I'm moved but very happy at the same time, we've given Spain many wins during this 38 years, and that's a reason to be happy. The boat retires but I don't, I'll keep racing on more simple boats. As we crossed the finish line I got a phone call from the king to congratulate us for our second place in a Circuit of such high level and in Barcelona. I'm very happy because the crew has offered me the boat's flag, the one we carry on the stern and all in our hearts, and they're going to sign it. We've proudly sailed with it all over the world".

Ignacio Triay (ESP), Trimmer, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It´s really hard to explain. After 18 years, I remember when I began here in February 1994, just over there. It´s hard to say with words how I feel today being the last day. I think that it will take me a while to realize what we´ve done this season and this year, which has been incredible. The support by the media and our rivals has been really emotional for us. I want to congratulate those who won because Quantum deserve to win the championship and RÁN has done a great event here in Barcelona. We were sixth after the second event of the circuit and we´ve end up second. It´s gift for our owner and for His Majesty”.

Niklas Zennstrom (SWE), Skipper, RÁN (SWE):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It´s been a good day, with really stressful racing. Quantum had a top start in the first race, leaving us behind, and Bribón managed to take a point from us. The second race was tough, Bribón also got in front of us at one point, but overall we went back to sailing the way we´ve done all week, relaxed and having a good time. We are really pleased to win the last Audi Med Cup event because it has shown us and everyone that we have been getting better through the season. I also want to congratulate Quantum Racing because they did a very good job.”

Audi MedCup Media

Quantum Quash Fleet to Claim 2011 Audi MedCup Crown

Quantum Racing have won the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit title with a race to spare.
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
A win in today's first race, the second last one of the season was enough for the American flagged team to clinch the overall championship.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
A fantastic result for Ed Baird, who stepped into the very big shoes left by departing Skipper/HelmsmanTerry Hutchinson at the beginning of the 2011 season, and built a new crew that have strived, challenged and pushed themselves to the limit all season.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Congratulations to everyone in the Quantum Racing Team.

Lulu Roseman

RÁN Rock Their Own Boat to Win MedCup Barcelona

Niklas and Catherine Zennstrom and their RÁN team have won the Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy after finishing fourth in the final race ahead of regatta title rivals Bribon in seventh and Quantum Racing eighth.
Photo: Francesco Ferri_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Going into today's final race only two points separated the top three challengers for the final Regatta Trophy of the 2011 season. Bribon was leading RÁN by just one point and Quantum Racing by two points.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
RÁN started well and flew off the start line in clean air, clear of the tussle that  Bribon and Quamtum Racing engaged in at the committee boat end that caused them both to start late off the line. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team lead a 1-2 for the Audi backed 52 Series teams as Audi ALL4ONE finished second in the race that started in the strongest sea breeze of the nine races held this week.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
With RÁN winning in Barcelona, trophy regattas have been shared evenly through the Audi MedCup 52 Series fleet. Quantum Racing won in Cascais in May, Container in June in Marseille, Audi ALL4ONE in July in Cagliari, Italy. Last month Bribon won in Cartagena, Spain and now RAN have triumphed in Barcelona.

Lulu Roseman

Friday, September 16, 2011

Korea and Kiwis Have a Good Day At ACWS - Plymouth

Six teams were knocked out of contention for the Plymouth Match Racing Championships title including both ORACLE Racing boats.
Photo: © Ricardo Pinto ACEA
After beating China Team in the day's opening match of the day, Chris Draper and Team Korea pounced on ORACLE Racing Spithill when the Australian Skipper's team struggled with a faulty jib clutch. Once Spithill fell behind, the Korean team were never going to let go of their lead and took victory. The Koreans kept their momentum going beating Energy Team to move into the semi-final phase tomorrow which will see them meet Artemis Racing in a best-of-three match.
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
The first Semi-Final between Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE Racing Coutts, brought two former team mates head to head, Russell Coutts and his fellow Kiwi and former apprentice Dean Barker. With each team scoring a come-from-behind win in the first two matches, it went down to the third before Dean Barker and the Kiwi team prevailed over the Defender in a close deciding race, to sail into the Final.
Photo: © Ricardo Pinto ACEA
"We made it hard,” Barker said. “Those guys are pretty quick and start the boat well, and it was pretty close in all three races. But we're a lot happier with the way we finished off the last race.”

Green Comm Racing’s defeat of Aleph sees by the Spanish team move to the next phase.
Photo: © Ricardo Pinto ACEA
Aleph now sit out the racing tomorrow, and will be scored as ninth place in the Match Racing Championship. Green Comm Racing sailed well against Spithill, but never really threatened the reigning America’s Cup skipper. The Spanish team goes up against China in tomorrow’s matches to decide seventh and eighth.
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
Team Korea dominated China Team in their match, leading from start to finish. Then Draper came from behind to win his next two races, first against Spithill and then against Energy Team. Loick Peyron’s start was excellent but handling errors allowed the Koreans back into the game. Draper seized his chance to earn his spot in the Semi-Finals.
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
Three victories from three matches was a perfect score for a team with very little match racing experience. It also marks the second time that Chris Draper has handed out a match racing lesson to the Defender, having also toppled Russell Coutts in Cascais a month earlier. "I've nothing against ORACLE,” said Draper. “We are trying to improve our match racing skill. The changing format has given us some more opportunity. Our experience in match racing is limited but we have some smart guys on board."
Photo: © Ricardo Pinto ACEA
Spithill was generous in defeat: “Certainly Korea has caused some problems to ORACLE Racing but full credit to those guys. They hung in there. We had a few issues with the gear and we made a tactical error on the run. We got what we deserved.”
Photo: © Gilles Martin-Raget ACEA
Tomorrow is another busy day as the Plymouth Match Racing Championships reaches its climax. First up is the best-of-three Semi Final between Team Korea and Artemis Racing, who sat out today’s competition after winning the fleet racing phase yesterday. Then come the matches to decide the minor placings, and then a best-of-three Finals.

Friday’s Results

QUALIFYiNG RACES
Green Comm Racing defeated Aleph; 1-0
Team Korea defeated China Team; 1-0
ORACLE Racing Spithill defeated Green Comm Racing; 1-0
Team Korea defeated ORACLE Racing Spithill; 1-0
Team Korea defeated Energy Team; 1-0

SEMI FINAL ONE
Emirates Team New Zealand defeated ORACLE Racing Coutts; 2-1

The Quantum Leap @ Audi MedCup Barcelona

The pressure was on Quantum Racing today but they delivered with a first and a second place in the second last day of the Conde de Godó - Barcelona Trophy. By putting in one of their best performances all season they are now well positioned for grabbing their second overall Audi MedCup Circuit Championship title.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
In contrast Bribon lost places in a tight finish to cross sixth in the first race, then sailed to a fourth.
In the first race RAN bounced back from an eighth in the first race to win the second contest today, so returning to the regatta lead on countback ahead of Bribon.
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
Quantum Racing is now third place in the regatta standings for the Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy within four points of leaders RAN and second placed Bribon.

Today's highlight was the text book assault by Quantum to win Race 6.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
In 9-11 knots of sea breeze Quantum Racing challenged Bribon on the start line and on the gun lead the Spanish boat out to the right hand side of the course. Quantum Racing were then able to carry Bribon out past the starboard tack layline in a crucial move.
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Audi ALL4ONE lead around the windward mark ahead of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, but the Italians fouled Synergy on the approach to the windward mark and the penalty turn cost them dearly. The end of the final run was painful for Bribon, as they lost both Synergy and Audi ALL4ONE on the finish line. 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
In the second race RAN started close to the pin end of the line and were able to lift away from their rivals earning the extra pressure on the left side of the course. Quantum Racing sailed  their own race, chasing RAN across the finish.

Lulu Roseman

Dockside with MedCup Sailors - Day 4

Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We had good steady conditions today and we felt pretty strong today about coming in in a good place. We had two good races, we sailed well right from the start and put the question mark on somebody else. In the first run of the first race we managed to get away from Bribón a little, and at the end that help us to get a couple of points from them. In the second race we caught pretty strong waves but managed to get through and lead the bunch around the top mark, so we wanted to stay in that condition and we did. It´s been a very solid day which puts us at the top of the standings for the Audi MedCup. Right now there are 14 points between us and them with a maximum of 16 points on the table, so we are in reasonable shape. We are going to go out there tomorrow with the goal of winning the regatta closer. We need to stay focused, be smart and sail the same way that we did today”.

Kevin Hall (USA), Navigator, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“The first race was the best race that we´ve done so far this season. We were worried about pressure in the beat but we were strong, especially with ALL4ONE. We had to fight our way through to take the lead and keep it. It´s been a positive day that puts us in a good place. We were happy after the first race, but we still knew that we had a long way to go. We came out with a goal: to sail focused in our boat. We thought that if we did that and Bribón won both races, then so be it, and the result´s been really positive.”

Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), skipper-helm, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It has been a tough day, we knew it would not be easy. When we entered in the fight, other’s boats strategy between us has changed. The true is that we have fought as we could. At both races Quantum has reached a favourable position at the start and that has determined a little the races. They have complicated our life with a serie of tacks. This has been the general trend. During the second race we had a problem in the windward buoy and that cost a couple of points, but it is normal to compete in a pointing fight like this one. In the end, we should try to win the regattas we have left. In the last race we will see the considerations we need, control and attack considerations, depending on the way things are.”

Morgan Larson (USA), Tactician, RÁN (SWE):
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“The day unfolded the way that we all thought, with moderate wind and pretty flat seas. There were a lot of races in one race. Quantum was keeping its eyes on Bribón and as well Azzurra, for the overall. We were just thinking about sailing the regatta and hopefully beating Bribón. We had a bit of an unfortunate start in the first, we battled back, but Bribón did a good job of pushing us back. We recovered nicely and did a good job, we were close to Gladiator and Container, we lost one point. With five points down with Bribón into the second race we knew that Quantum was going to help us with them. Niklas had a great start and we were able to preserve our lead for the fleet. Bribón had a lot more trouble than us. For the last day Quantum is close to locking the overall regatta and Bribón has a chance to fight for that and this trophy. It´ll have to do a lot with how many races take place. Like I said there are going to be a lot of races within the same one. After a great 38 year career, Bribón is going to have to earn it to win here at their hometown.”

Ross MacDonald (ESP), Tactician, Bribón (ESP):
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“You want to do the best you can on a day like today but there are so many things that have to be done in order for us to get the first place… We got to think about what we´ve done so far and where we are now. All things considered it was actually not a bad day for us, could´ve been a lot worse. It´s great that RÁN´s doing well, we´d like to sail like that too. We´ll have to see how tomorrow goes and try to win this thing. It´s going to be tough for us to win the overall with this point difference right now. All they need is to have one boat in between of them in tomorrow´s races, so it´s going to be a tall order for us. We´ll do our best and we´ll see how it goes. We are excited about finishing up in a high note and as best we can. I´m happy that Bribón´s days are ending with things the way they are.”

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