Friday, September 16, 2011

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

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