Monday, July 30, 2012

49. Kiwi AC72 - AC Discovered

London 2012 Olympic Games – Australian sailing preview – Day 3 – Tuesday 31 August

The windsurfing fleets enter the fray on day three of sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jessica Crisp will line up for Australia in the women’s fleet with London 2012 her fourth straight Olympic Games appearance.
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The Finn and Women’s Match Racing fleets enter their third day of competition with races five and six for the Finns and the continuation of the Match Racing round robin. The Laser, Laser Radial and 49er fleets will all contest their third and fourth races.

Australian Results from Monday

Laser – Tom Slingsby – 2/1 – 3 points – 1st overall
49er – Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen – 8/1 – 9 points – 3rd overall
Laser Radial – Krystal Weir – 18/18 – 36 points – 18th overall
Finn – Brendan Casey – 9/14 – 55 points – 12th overall
Women’s Match Racing – Olivia Price, Nina Curtis & Lucinda Whitty – Tied for 1st – wins against USA and GBR

Aussies in action on Tuesday:

49er – Nathan Outteridge & Iain Jensen – Races 3, 4 – 12pm – Portland Harbour
Laser – Tom Slingsby – Races 3, 4 – 2pm – Portland Harbour
Laser Radial – Krystal Weir – Race 3 – 12pm – Nothe Course
Laser Radial – Krystal Weir – Race 4 – 2.10pm – Portland Harbour
RS:X women – Jessica Crisp – Races 1, 2 – 1.30pm – Weymouth Bay West
Finn – Brendan Casey – Races 5, 6 – 12pm – Weymouth Bay South
Women’s Match Racing – Olivia Price, Nina Curtis, Lucinda Whitty – Race 5 v New Zealand, 3.40pm – Nothe Course
Women’s Match Racing – Olivia Price, Nina Curtis, Lucinda Whitty – Race 2 v Russia, 4.40pm – Nothe Course
Weather forecast:
For Tuesday: Morning shower or two then fine.

SW winds 10-15 knots.
Max: 18C

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Team Aqua Win RC44 Sweden Cup

Team Aqua has won the RC44 Sweden Cup for the second year in a row with a race to spare, on a day where the wind increased and the sea state made for some exciting downwind sleigh rides in Marstrand.
It was tight going into the final day of racing at the RC44 Sweden Cup with only 10-points separating the top four boats. Second placed Katusha (RUS) came out fighting, taking control of the first race of the day. They led Artemis Racing at the windward mark with Team Aqua (GBR) back in sixth place, but an early gybe by the British team saw them surf into third by the leeward gate. The positions didn’t change to the finish with Katusha taking the win from Artemis Racing and Team Aqua in third.
Race two got underway as the breeze steadily increased with gusts over 20 knots. The leaders all opted for the left hand side on the first beat, but the right paid off and it was the Russian pair, Team Nika and Synergy, who led at the windward mark. Aqua rounded sixth with Artemis Racing eighth and Katusha tenth. RUS 7 had been one of the leading boats before their mast came crashing down, snapping 1.5 metres above the gooseneck. Downwind there was plenty of drama with Peninsula Petroleum broaching and AFX Capital struggling to control their kite drop at the bottom gate.
But Team Aqua were relishing the conditions and on the first run they took four places to round second. On the final run Aqua kept the pressure on Team Nika and Chris Bake’s men surfed across the finish line to take the gun. Katusha and Artemis Racing moved up the rankings to finish fifth and sixth respectively, but Team Aqua had sealed the event with a race to spare.
After racing Team Aqua’s tactician, Cameron Appleton, disclosed the team had snuck in three extra days of practice ahead of the event in Sweden where it had blown 30 knots everyday. Their extra time on the water showed through their excellent boat handling.

“It was awesome today, unbelievable. The boat was going like a bat out of hell. It was really hard. The upwind felt like three rounds with a sumo wrestler – trying to hold on to the wheel getting knocked around all over the place – it was hard work but a lot of fun,” Bake said.
The race was now on for second. Artemis Racing was tied for points with Katusha and whoever beat the other in the final race would take second as long as they were no more than six places behind Hugues Lepic at the helm of Aleph Sailing Team.
Team Aqua asserted their dominance by leading the race from start to finish. Behind them places were changing. Half way up the first beat Katusha tacked right on Artemis Racing forcing the Swedish team to tack away. By the top mark Aleph was second, Katusha fourth and Artemis Racing back in ninth. After another dramatic run that saw Peninsula Petroleum’s kite explode, Aleph had dropped to third, Artemis Racing gaining one place to eighth. By the final gun, Steve Howe at the helm of Katusha with Andy Horton calling the shots had done enough to take second overall, just one-point ahead of Artemis Racing, who were in turn one-point ahead of Aleph. The French team just missing out on the podium.
Although disappointed not to have won on home waters, Artemis Racings’ owner Torbjorn Tornqvist still enjoyed another great day of racing in Marstrand.

“It was fantastic out there; huge waves, big winds and we had some great moments of speed, clocking 23 knots at one point with the water flushing over us. It was fantastic,” he said.
As for the overall RC44 Championship Tour each of the teams can now discard their worst event of the season. Team Aqua lose their fourth and count two firsts and a second. Artemis Racing are the only boat that can stop Chris Bake’s team being crowned RC44 Tour Champions for the second year in a row. The Swedish team need to win the Adris RC44 World Championship in two months’ time, with Aqua counting a fourth or worse to stand a chance of taking the Championship.
The final event of the season, which doubles as the classes World Championship, will take place in the beautiful fishing town of Rovinj, Croatia from 3rd-7th October.

RC44 Sweden Cup 2012 Ranking
(After thirteen races sailed)

1 Team Aqua 6 4 1 2 4 8 1 1 1 3 1 1 – 36
2 Katusha 3 5 4 1 10 3 4 8 2 1 1 5 7 – 54
3 Artemis Racing 1 2 3 5 3 1 2 11 7 4 2 6 8 – 55
4 Aleph Sailing Team 8 8 2 3 1 7 5 2 3 2 5 7 3 – 56
5 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 5 7 9 6 5 2 3 5 5 5 4 9 10 – 75
6 Synergy Russian Sailing Team 4 6 7 7 8 6 7 4 10 6 10 3 4 – 82
7 Team Nika 7 3 10 11 9 5 6 6 4 11 8 2 5 – 87
8 AEZ RC44 Team 2 10 6 8 7 4 9 9 6 8 9 8 2 – 88
9 No Way Back 9 9 5 10 6 9 11 3 8 10 6 4 6 – 96
10 RUS7 Sail Racing Team 11 1 8 4 2 11 10 7 12DNF 9 7 12DNF 12DNS – 106
11 AFX Capital Racing 10 11 11 9 11 10 8 10 9 7 11 10 9 – 126

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Day 3 Fleet Racing - RC44 Sweden Cup 2012

'New Zealand' AC72 Christened in Auckland

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Team Aqua Rack Up Three Wins - RC44 Sweden Cup - Day 3 Fleet Racing

It was a storming day for Team Aqua who propelled themselves into the lead of the RC44 Sweden Cup on the penultimate day of racing. With blue skies again, the north westerly breeze steadily built throughout the day from 9 to 14 knots to make for a near perfect sailing day in Sweden’s sailing mecca Marstrand.
Photo: Class
Team Aqua was invincible, winning the first three races in empathic style. A third in the final race of the day propelled the defending RC44 Champions past overnight leader Artemis Racing and into the lead.
Photo: Class
In such a tight one-design fleet keeping your scores in the top three is tough to achieve and brilliant when you pull it off. Chris Bake (GBR), owner of Team Aqua and the man at the wheel today was deservedly happy with their days work.
Photo: Class
“Today was a good day. We seemed to get a good clean start on the first race and led to the windward mark, managing to stay ahead for the rest of the race. That set the tone for the next couple of races. We had good boat speed and good starts which was really the key to today, getting out of the pack and in clean air was what helped us get ahead,” Bake said.
Photo: Class
With perfect sailing conditions in Marstrand the race committee decided to throw in a fourth race. This time it was Katusha (RUS) who took the win. The team, with Steve Howe at the helm, had started the day slowly with a fourth and an eighth, but fought back in the final two races to slot in a second and then a race win.
Photo: Class
Artemis Racing went into the day with a 10-point lead over Team Aqua, after four races sailed and a 2,11,7,4 score-line, they now trail by eight points. The leading pair seemed glued to one another at each start, something the Swedish team’s tactician, Morgan Larson, felt could have been a mistake in hindsight.
Photo: Class
“Aqua were always to weather of us off the line and could just hold us out on the left all the way out, we could never tack on a shift because they just wanted to tack on us. So maybe strategically we should have started in a different position, but for whatever reason in the conditions today we struggled a little bit for speed and it forced us to not sail our normal game,” Larson said.

The French Aleph Sailing team consistently slotted in top fives, their 5,2,3,2 score-line now places them level with third placed Katusha on 41 points a-piece. Just 10-points separate the top four boats, and with upto three races to sail tomorrow it really is – all to play for – at the RC44 Sweden Cup. Racing is due to start at 11.30 (CET), follow the racing via the live tracking and blog on

RC44 Sweden Cup 2012 Ranking
(After six races sailed)

1 Team Aqua 6 4 1 2 4 8 1 1 1 3 – 31
2 Artemis Racing 1 2 3 5 3 1 2 11 7 4 – 39
3 Katusha 3 5 4 1 10 3 4 8 2 1 – 41
4 Aleph Sailing Team 8 8 2 3 1 7 5 2 3 2 – 41
5 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 5 7 9 6 5 2 3 5 5 5 – 52
6 Synergy Russian Sailing Team 4 6 7 7 8 6 7 4 10 6 – 65
7 AEZ RC44 Team 2 10 6 8 7 4 9 9 6 – 69
8 Team Nika7 3 10 11 9 5 6 6 4 11 – 72
9 RUS7 Sail Racing Team 11 1 8 4 2 11 10 7 12DNF 9 – 75
10 No Way Back 9 9 5 10 6 9 11 3 8 10 – 80
11 AFX Capital Racing 10 11 11 9 11 10 8 10 9 7 – 96

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All4One Win Copa del Rey In Palma de Mallorca

Audi All4One claimed victory in their debut Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre after a nail-biting final day’s racing on the Bay of Palma, in Mallorca on Saturday that resulted in a long awaited regatta win for their Olympic and America’s Cup champion tactician Jordi Calafat.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Palma born Calafat, 44, said winning the Copa del Rey, the largest regatta in the Mediterranean, had been an ambition of his since he first competed about a quarter of a century ago in a one tonner.

“We always like to win regattas no matter what, but I’ve been trying to win this for more than 20 years, I’ve always finished second,” he said. “This is a regatta in my home-waters, so it is very special to me.”
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
The six-day regatta came down to the wire with Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One and Audi Azzurra Sailing Team going into the final day’s IRC1 racing tied on 18 points, with Azzurra holding the lead on count back.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Azzurra looked poised to claim victory after the opening race of the day when they finished third, two places clear of All4One, and edged to a two-point lead with one race remaining. The pair matched each other tack-for-tack off the start line before their fates were sealed when they raced to opposing sides of the Palma Bay race-course.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
A major wind shift favoured All4One and the team rounded the first windward mark in second place, while Azzurra struggled in an uncharacteristic ninth position.

With the overall regatta win on the line, All4One skipper Jochen Schüemann and his trusted tactician Calafat used the best of their combined Olympic and America’s Cup winning knowledge to jump to the lead and claim a win.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“The most important part of this success is it is for Jordi, we did him a great favour to win this after so many years,” Schüemann said, just minutes after his crew showed him with celebratory beers on the dock at Real Club de Náutico.

“This means a lot to our team, too. We sailed well this week, now we celebrate.”
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Azzurra gallantly fought back to fourth place, but it wasn’t enough to protect the team’s lead, leaving them in second overall with 25 points, to All4One’s 24.Tactician Vasco Vascotto said it was disappointing to lose the regatta given the strong position they were in going into the final race.

“It is not bad, but it is not good,’’ Vascotto said. “We were leading after the first race, and we were leading in the start of the second race, but we had a misunderstanding on board. We didn’t follow All4One as we were supposed to, then we found our boat on the left and they were on the right. That cost us the regatta.”
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Gladiator rounded out the podium places, claiming their first podium finish in this their third Copa del Rey. The team cemented their achievement by claiming victory in the first race of the day. Owner/skipper Tony Langley said scoring that win took the pressure off and allowed the team to continue to race with consistency.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“It was a very tough fleet and a top competition,’’ Langley said. “We only had a two and a half point lead going into today, but we were able to sail our own race. We won the first race, which took the pressure off, and we just took it from there. We’ve got to be happy with that.”
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
The 52s dominated the IRC 1 division, claiming the top six positions. PowerPlay finished fourth, 37.5, ahead of Paprec Recylage in fifth, 41, and Provezza 7 in sixth, 46.About 119 yachts competed across seven divisions in the 31st Copa del Rey, with eight 52s competing in the 13-strong IRC 1 fleet.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Rán, the 72 foot JV claimed a convincing victory in the IRC 0 division, finishing the regatta on 18 points, well clear of second placed Shockwave on 27, and third placed Stig on 31.

The 52 teams will now turn their attention back to the 52 Super Series, with the final regatta the Valencia Cup to start in Valencia on September 18. The Copa del Rey did not count towards the 52 Super Series.

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48. Loïck Peyron - AC Discovered

RÁN, All4One and Alegre Crowned at Copa del Rey. Palma

Palma de Mallorca, 21 July, 2012

The eight winners of the 31st Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre regatta showed plenty of determination today after six days of very tight racing on the Bay of Palma. RÁN in IRC 0, Audi All4One in IRC1, Alegre in Soto 40, Swanderful in RI 1, Power Plate in RI 2, Marguerite – Jsteam in X-35 and Mapfre in J-80 were the teams that clinched victory.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
For the final day of the regatta the weather gods delivered ideal conditions with a nor'easterly wind of 18 knots that dropped off to 12 knots during the day. The 10 degree wind shifts and flat water enough of a challenge for those amongst the fleets looking for glory.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Despite hitting the pin mark at the beginning of race one and then sweeping it away, RÁN was determined to succeed and hell bent on repeating their victory in 2010. The IRC 0 division had put on a magnificent show on the water thanks to the six mini-maxis and an international fleet. The Swedish boat only managed a third and a second, while today's wins went to Jethou and Stig. Second overall  was Shockwave followed by Stig.
Photo: © Fito Carreto/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In IRC 1 leaders Audi All4One and Audi Azzurra went into the final day's battle tied on points to deliver high-adrenalin, heart-stopping action. Jochen Schumann and Guillermo Parada turned the day's two races into a match race in which the Italo-Argentinean boat finished third, whereas the Franco-German skippered by Schuemann was fifth. This helped Parada's crew scratch two points, but the following race things change again. 
Photo: © Fito Carreto/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
At the start of the second race All4One went looking for pressure on the the left hand side of the course while Audi Azzurra Sailing Team remained on the right and hit a pothole. By the time they caught air again All4One had left them for dust. The team finished three places ahead of former regatta leaders Audi Azzurra, which was enough to claim the trophy. 
Photo: © Jesus Renedo/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Paprec finished second and Provezza finished third. With the overall regatta win on the line skipper Jochen Schuemann and tactician Jordi Calafat used the best of their Olympic and America’s Cup winning knowledge to hold the lead to the finish, and win their first Copa del Rey together as well as on their own. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team was second overall and Tony Langley's Gladiator third. RR. HH. Felipe de Borbón skippered Aifos to a fifth overall, after a tenth and an eighth place today.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
The last day confirmed Swandefull as the winner in the RI 1 division. José Caldeira's Swan 45 became the first Portuguese boat and crew to ever win the Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre. The boat with local Chuny Bermúdez calling tactics only clinched one partial victory, but their consistency throughout the regatta finally paid off. This is the fourth Majorcan crown for Bermúdez, a round the world sailor, who was followed onto the podium by Earlybird and  Rats on Fire, all of them Swan 45s. Itaca IX placed fifth and was awarded the Corinthian trophy.
Photo: © Martinez Studio/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Power Plate found few rivals in the RI 2 fleet. Today's back-to-back wins added to their three first places gave the Spanish boat a well deserved victory with a 20 point advantage over the Italian boat Volmer. Pedro Campos' Movistar was third and Tanit IV who finished fourth overall was declared the winner of the Corinthian Trophy.
Photo: © Martinez Studio/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In the very hotly contested Soto 40 division, Alegre and Iberdrola battled it out until the end and eventually the Monaco flagged boat owned by Andrés Soriano claimed overall victory. In their wake Noticia and Bigamist fought hard for the third podium spot. 
Photo: © Martinez Studio/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
After a general recall, race 1 started and saw Jose María Torcida cut down distances by three points with Alegre, whereas Iñaki Castañer's Noticia finished just one point behind Bigamist. It was Bigamist owner Pedro Mendonça's birthday today and his crew wanted to give him a place on the podium and they did that in race two.
Photo: © Martinez Studio/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
Iberdrola rounded the first top mark last, and managed to move up to third by the end of the race, but Alegre's fourth place gave them the victory.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo/31 Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
In the J-80 Ignacio Camino's Nextel suffered heartbreak when his boat dismasted right before the start of race one, forcing him to abandon the regatta. This benefited Mapfre who without their main contender sailed conservatively in the last two races of the event to win their first Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre crown. Nextel finished third overall.

No big surprises either in X-35, where “Margherita – Jsteam”, “Hotelplan – Spirit of Nerina” and “Red Eléctrica”,  were the three top boats this morning and stepped onto the podium in that same order.

Eva Dallo

Day 2 Fleet Racing - RC44 Sweden Cup 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Artemis Win Legends Trophy At RC44s - Day Three

20th July, Marstrand, Sweden

In a day that was dedicated to a legend at the RC44 Sweden Cup, it was Artemis Racing who stamped their authority on the event with another consistent performance and an emphatic victory in front of their home crowd in the final race of the day.
Pelle Petterson is a legendary figure in Sweden, he has two Olympic medals, skippered two Swedish America’s Cup challenges, is a designer of the Maxi series of boats, some of the most popular in Sweden and in celebration of his 80th year, the RC44 fleet raced for the ‘Tribute to a Legend’ trophy in his honour today.
After three races sailed it was Sweden’s Artemis Racing, the team with the lowest score from the day, who aptly won the trophy. Owner Torbjorn Tornqvist was honoured to receive the trophy, a miniature replica of the Pelle Petterson designed Volvo P1800 sports car, from the man himself. 
“It was a fantastic day and a great result for us. I was thinking about winning the Pelle Petterson (Tribute to a Legend) trophy when I was sailing today, what a fantastic thing to win. He is such an icon in Swedish sailing, both onshore and offshore, he’s a great man so to be able to honour him and to be able to win the trophy, it is an even greater honour for me,” Tornqvist said.
With the weather changing daily in Marstrand, the skies were blue and breeze in the south west blowing around 11 knots for the majority of the day. As the racing got underway it was Russia’s Katusha who were quick out of the blocks. They rounded the first windward mark ahead of Team Aqua and Aleph and from there on the top three positions didn’t change for the entire race.
Race two belonged to the French Aleph Sailing Team, they too led from start to finish, but behind them places changed constantly. On the second leg Aqua followed Aleph round the left hand leeward gate, but was quick to tack off to the right. Aleph carried on hard left and by the top mark was clear ahead of the fleet. As Aqua dropped from second to fourth, Artemis was making another great recovery, pulling themselves up through the one-design fleet from eighth to third. RUS 7 were having another good day finishing second to follow their fourth in the day’s opener.
The final race of the day was planned to be a spectacle for the visitors to Marstrand Island, finishing with a course in and out of Marstrand’s busy Harbour, and it couldn’t have worked out better as Race Officer Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio explained. “Sending everyone in to the race arena was really cool, believe it or not they came in on starboard gybe and then the second time they came into the finish line they were all on port as the wind had shifted 50 degrees, so we got the wonderful beat and great tousle for positions.”

There was one boat not tousling for positions in the final race and that was Artemis Racing. They started at the pin end of the line next to No Way Back. Pieter Heerema’s Dutch team stayed left and came steaming into the windward mark on port. Artemis played a safer game; they rounded second but proceeded to sail around No Way Back down the first run. From then on the Swedish team seemed eager to get home, pulling out a 400m lead on the following fleet.

The ‘Race Arena’ as it is known in Marstrand is where the famous match racing takes part. Artemis may have been safely ahead, but it was a game of snakes and ladders behind.

“We got to sail into the harbour and I think it was a real spectacle for anyone on the shore and for all of us on the water. It was impressive as other than Artemis, the ten boats were really compact and we had a beat with a bunch of tacks, ducking under each other and calling for water, it was full action,” Cameron Appleton, tactician on Team Aqua said.

The home team are on top of the leaderboard, 10-points ahead of their main rival for the Championship, Team Aqua (GBR), who are just one-point ahead of Katusha (RUS) in third. With every race counting and no discards coming into play at the RC44 events, everything could change over the next two days of racing. Team Aqua is renowned for steadily moving up the leaderboard. 

“It’s early in the regatta so we’re just trying to sail our own race, there were a few more opportunities than there might have seemed today, we had some really good opportunities that we didn’t quite make the most of. In the last race Artemis got a bit of control over us forcing us in to manoeuvres we didn’t want to do which meant we got stuck in the pack, so they had a great day and were just happy to still be in the same place as we were yesterday with five or six races to go,” Appleton added.

The final word of the day has to go the legend himself, Pelle Petterson. “People call me a legend but I would say I’m a bit old nowadays. I wish I was forty odd years younger so I could be with a gang, but nowadays I know the names, I follow the racing, but just a few of them I have raced against once.” When asked his option on the RC44 class, Petterson was impressed. “It’s an exciting class, a really good racing boat, especially good in the conditions we had today. I like the monohull racing, you could say I’m conservative, I like the old style, not too much of these acrobatic things, catamarans, things like that.”

Racing at the RC44 Sweden Cup continues until Sunday 22nd July. Sweden is the penultimate event in the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour, follow the final days racing live via the tracking and live blog on

RC44 Sweden Cup 2012 Ranking
(After six races sailed)

1 Artemis Racing 1 2 3 5 3 1 – 15
2 Team Aqua6 4 1 2 4 8 – 25
3 Katusha 3 5 4 1 10 3 – 26
4 Aleph Sailing Team 8 8 2 3 1 7 – 29
5 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 5 7 9 6 5 2 – 34
6 RUS7 Sail Racing Team powered by 11 1 8 4 2 11 – 37
7 AEZ RC44 Team 2 10 6 8 7 4 – 37
8 Synergy Russian Sailing Team 4 6 7 7 8 6 – 38
9 Team Nika 7 3 10 11 9 5 – 45
10 No Way Back 9 9 5 10 6 9 – 48
11 AFX Capital Racing 10 11 11 9 11 10 – 62

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Azzurra and Audi All4One Tied At Copa del Rey - Day Five

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team scored back-to-back wins on Friday to reclaim the overall lead on count-back and leave the Copa del Rey IRC 1 trophy resting on a knife edge with just one more day of racing.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
The three-times Copa del Rey winning team are now tied at the top of the leaderboard on 18 points with Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One. Azzurra gain the lead on count back, having won four races to All4One’s three.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
It was a triumphant return to winning form for the Italian/Argentinean team, who just yesterday posted their worst results of the regatta, fifth and sixth, to fall to a three point deficit in second place behind All4One.But with good starts and slick crew work under the watchful eyes of skipper Guillermo Parada and his right-hand-man tactician Vasco Vascotto, the Azzurra team paved their way back to the top.
“We wanted to gain as many points as possible on All4One, they did a good job to come back especially in the second race, but we held them off,’’ Vascotto said.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“We are happy today, but we are unhappy that we’re not doing our best sailing. We’ve had our ups and downs. Tomorrow we need to have good starts again and play our game. We feel we have more than one chance to win this. Going into the last day on equal points is not a bad thing, it gets the adrenaline going.”
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
All4One fought hard to protect their lead, finishing second across the line in both races. But it was a nail-biting finish in the second race, when they finished just one second ahead of Provezza, that proved fateful.The team fought back from fifth place to finish second, but on corrected time they placed third, a position that ultimately sealed their fate in second place overall.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“We fought back, it could have been worse today,’’ tactician Jordi Calafat said. “Tomorrow, we have to race better. In the races when we have beaten Azzurra we have had strong starts and we’ve managed to get ahead at the first cross, that first cross is crucial.

“It’s not about being aggressive tomorrow. We like to sail loose, but because they know they need to cover us and they are faster than us it will be difficult. But, we are more than happy to be where we are today, and we have a good chance tomorrow.”
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
The 52s have continued to prove dominate in the IRC 1 division, holding the top six places, with Gladiator rounding out the podium places on 27 points, followed by PowerPlay, 29.5, Paprec Recyclage, 33 and Provezza 7, 39. Thirteen teams are competing in the IRC, for full results go to the Copa del Rey website.
Photo: © Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
More than 1,100 sailors are competing on board about 119 yachts, across seven divisions in the 31st Copa del Rey. A maximum of 12 races will be contested across the six-day regatta that concludes on Saturday July 21. Copa del Rey does not count towards the overall 52 Super Series.

The final day’s racing starts at 1300 local, 1100 UTC. Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe will compete in the Copa del Rey IRC 1 tomorrow, on board 52 Aifos.

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