Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gladiator Lay Down The Gauntlet at TP52 Worlds in Porto Cervo

After shining in today's two races held in light patchy winds, Gladiator is leading the Audi TP52 World Championship off Porto Cervo in Sardinia on a countback ahead of defending world champions Quantum Racing by the slimmest of margins.
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With American tactician Chris Larson and Spanish navigator Nacho Postigo onboard as his secret weapons Gladiator's owner-driver Tony Langley made two clean, clear air starts, sailed fast and stayed clear of traffic early in the first beat. Their third place in the first race was topped off by a win in the second by almost three minutes.
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Quantum Racing won the first race convincingly but in the second the Spanish boat Paramount Park Murcia, skippered by Gonzalo Araújo with Canada's Ross MacDonald calling tactics, slipped by them right on the finish line. The resulting third place relegated Quantum Racing to second overall.

The nor'west winds swung around to the east just shy of nine knots and in such exacting conditions clear starts and finding the best lanes of wind pressure were critical.
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“That is the best result we have had in a day and we have never lead any regatta at this level, so it feels really good. You hope all the work and effort we all put in over the season will pay off one day, and never really expect it to, but here we are," Langley said

“Chris was spotting shifts early and positioning us nicely when we were coming into traffic and for me that made all the difference. So I am very happy. But we wont be letting it got to our heads, there is a long way to go yet.”
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Quantum Racing were fastest off the start line in Race 1 and first to the windward mark ahead of Container. The German team put in a polished performance in the light conditions to taking second. In the second race they were over the start line early and never recovered to finish last.
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“It was a very streaky breeze. As our coach Francesco de Angelis said to us, it was like a road with many potholes and you had to avoid them,” said Adrian Stead, Quantum Racing's tactician,
“We came out of today with four points over two pretty tricky races, ending Day 1 tied for the lead of the World Championship, which is not too bad.”
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Second place in the second race leaves Paramount Park Murcia, the team led by Gonzalo Araújo, MacDonald and Ignacio Triay, lying third overall, two points off the best aggregate of Gladiator and Quantum Racing.
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Audi TP52 World Championship
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
Standings after Day 1, 2 races.

1. Gladiator (GBR) 3+1= 4 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA) 1+3= 4 points
3. Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) 4+2= 6 points
4. Container (GER) 2+7= 9 points
5. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (IT) 5+4= 9 points
6. RÁN (SWE) 6+5= 11 points
7. Audi ALL4ONE (GER)= 13 points

Lulu Roseman

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