Friday, October 7, 2011

Azzurra Ace It at TP52 Worlds - Day 4

Local knowledge and a howling Mistral has given Azzurra the edge at the Audi TP52 World Championship off Costa Smeralda today.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
While Azzurra won the only race of the day, Quantum Racing's fourth place keeps the current world champions hopes alive with the overall lead by one point.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
Audi Azzurra Sailing Team lead at the windward mark on the first rounding, as 25 knots of wind whipped up the fleet. The feisty Italian team which sails under the colours of the host club, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, were first to break to the right on the upwind leg and lead Container with Audi ALL4ONE and Quantum Racing overlapped for third and fourth.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
An issue with the kite drop by Azzurra at the end of the challenging downwind allowed Container to pass through and lead up the second beat. Paramount Park Murcia gybed early on the rollercoaster ride of a run and picked up a huge gust which they rode down the left side of the run and were challenging for second before they lost control. RAN suffered mainsail problems in the pre-start RAN and after starting late were forced to retire after the first run.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
Azzurra's tactician Vasco Vascotto managed to fight back and gain control of the right in the very windy conditions thanks to good speed and power in the strong conditions to cross Container at the top of the second beat. As the wind gusted over 35kts the race committee shortened the course at the top mark. Azzurra got the gun.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
Container crossed second followed by Audi ALL4ONE in third and Quantum Racing in fourth with all four top boats finishing within 20 seconds of each other. Key for the Audi backed boats was their choice of smaller code four jibs.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
In the overall standings going into the final day of racing Quantum Racing lead by one point ahead of Paramount Park Murcia on 15 points after they finished fifth today and Gladiator have dropped to third on 16 points.

After starting at 0900hrs the fleet reached the dock by 1010hrs with no further racing for the day with the Mistral peaking at almost 40 knots at times.

Audi TP52 World Championship
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

Results after 5 races:
1. Quantum Racing (USA) 1+3+5+1+4= 14 points
2. Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) 4+2+1+3+5= 15 points
3. Gladiator (GBR) 3+1+4+2+6= 16 points
4. Container (GER) 2+7+3+4+2= 18 points
5. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (IT) 5+4+7+6+1= 23 points
6. RÁN (SWE) 6+5+2+5+ 8 (DNF)= 26 points
7. Audi ALL4ONE (GER/FR) 7+6+6+7+3= 29 points

Lulu Roseman

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