Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Vasco Riding High in Marstrand - RC44 Sweden Cup - Day 2

The RC44 Sweden Cup fleet were dealt tricky conditions for the first day of fleet racing where no team finished in the top half of the leaderboard across the three races. Team Italia, Artemis Racing and Team Aqua all scored bullets, but the most consistent performer of the day was John Bassadone and Vasco Vascotto on Peninsula Petroleum. The Gibraltar based team scored two seconds and a seventh to take a two point lead over Artemis Racing and top spot overall.
Race one got underway in a seven knot Nor 'westly that built to 12 knots as the rain kicked in. In race one Aleph Racing, Katusha, Team Aqua and Ironbound all jumped the line and after restarting all struggled to get back into the race. Massimo Barranco’s Team Italia with Flavio Favini calling tactics lead the fleet around the first windward mark followed by Artemis Racing (SWE) and Bronenosec Sailing Team in third.
Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis Racing and Team Italia traded places during the race, but in the closing stages it was the Italian team who dominated. The Swede’s had to settle for a third place after allowing Peninsula Petroleum to sneak into second.
In race two Aleph Racing started at the committee boat end of the line on port, while Team Nika and Synergy headed off to the right. A big lefthand shift halfway up the first beat  gave the boats on the opposite side of the course an advantage. Artemis Racing rounded ahead of Peninsula Petroleum and Aegir and the top two leaders hung onto their positions for the rest of the race. Team Aqua charged through the fleet to claw their way into third place after rounding the first mark in ninth.
In the day's third and final race of the day Chris Bake’s Team Aqua led from start to finish after gettting a glamour start at the favoured pin end of the line. Behind them positions kept changing. Aleph Racing were smoked by Synergy on the final run and Ironbound finished fourth. Peninsula Petroleum’s seventh place was enough to grab the overall lead and be two points ahead of Artemis Racing. Synergy  are on equal points with Artemis Racing, finishing the day with a 7,4,2 score and while Team Aqua’s day did not start well it ended with a win.
“I’m happy with how the team sailed today. The first race was very good for us. The fleet is very compact when racing, two boat lengths is the equivalent to six places which is really exciting. The crew is in good condition so it is now my job to get a feel for the boat and see what we can do for the rest of the regatta,” said Vladimir Liubomirov of Bronenosec Sailing Team.
The fleet welcomed 12 young sailors from the Gothenburg Yacht Club’s (GKSS) youth squad to be guest racers onboard for the day's first race. The Laser Radial and 29er sailors aged between 13 –20 years old were joined by their coach, Olympic Finn sailor, Daniel Bergmark.

“It was a great opportunity that the young sailors from the club got the chance to come here and sail with the RC44’s, It was a big inspiration for them to join the professional teams here and see how they work onboard and how the big boats are sailed. Normally they are Laser and 29er sailors so hopefully this will be the future for these sailors," Bergmark said.

RC44 Sweden Cup Fleet Race Ranking
(After three races)

1. Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team 2 2 7 – 11
2. Artemis Racing 3 1 9 – 13
3. Synergy Russian Sailing Team 7 4 2 – 13
4. Team Aqua 11 3 1 – 15
5. Team Italia 1 9 6 – 16
6. Aegir Racing 6 6 8 – 20
7. Aleph Racing 8 10 3 – 21
8. Katusha 12 5 5 – 22
9. Team Nika 5 7 10 – 22
10. Bronenosec Sailing Team 4 8 12 – 24
11. Ironbound 9 12 4 – 25
12. RUS7 Sail Racing Team 10 11 11 – 32

Lulu Roseman/RC44 Media

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