Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spanish Smoke It - TP52 Worlds Porto Cervo - Day 2

The light winds in Porto Cervo continued to cause frustration for the fleet with only one race held today at the Audi TP 52 World Championships.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
But for the newly formed Spanish team Paramount Park Murcia the taste of victory couldn't have been sweeter. The first win for the team lead by Ignacio Triay has catapulted them to the top of the tree ust one point ahead of Gladiator.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
While the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is one of the nicest places to while away the hours until the sea breeze kicks in, Race 3 finally got underway at 1530hrs.

The late building thermal breeze kept tacticians on their toes. Gladiator kept their title challenge alive with Chris Larson and crew salvaging a solid fourth place, passing Quantum Racing down the final run. Their fourth keeps the British Gladiator crew in contention in second, while Quantum Racing’s fifth today leaves them third overall and just two points off the lead.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
“What is interesting now I think for the fleet is that you now have to look back to, I think Cagliari, in July for the last time we really sailed in strong breeze and so that will be a challenge for everyone to get back into that mode smoothly. For us it will be a case of spending some time looking at the different modes and settings which worked for us earlier in the season. It will be interesting, for sure,” Ignacio Triay said.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
Once again the light winds placed a big premium on getting a fast start. The local team on Audi Azzurra Sailing Team were forced to restart when they were over very early at the busy committee boat end of the start line. At the top of the first beat it was Paramount Park which read the shifts best at the top of the beat and were able to lead round from RÁN, Quantum Racing and Container.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
Sailing the shifts and pressure from the front of the fleet, Paramount Park Murcia were 21 seconds clear of RÁN whose second place has them now fifth overall.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
After today’s light breezes a change is expected on Thursday with some pre-frontal weather likely to blow through the scheduled coastal race, ahead of Friday’s expected beefier Mistral winds.
Photo: Nico Martinez/WSM
With only two points separating the top three boats, Paramount Park Murcia, Gladiator and Quantum Racing, Thursday's racing will be fierce.

Audi TP52 World Championship
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Sardinia.

1. Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) 4+2+1= 7 points
2. Gladiator (GBR) 3+1+4= 8 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA) 1+3+5= 9 points
4. Container (GER) 2+7+3= 12 points
5. RÁN (SWE) 6+5+2= 13 points
6. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (IT) 5+4+7= 16 points
7. Audi ALL4ONE (GER) 7+6+6= 19 points

Lulu Roseman

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