Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Platoon Lead After Two Races - 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week - Day 1

Displaying a notable speed edge in the light 6-10 knots breeze conditions Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon leads the 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week after the first two races.
Platoon Photo: Nico Martinez
Although they finish the first day tied on points with Azzurra, and Platoon won the first race, it was the manner in which the German-flagged team sailed back through the fleet on the second race – coming back from a poor start and rising from 11th to finish fourth – which suggests they may prove to be the crew to beat at this final regatta of the season. Platoon are key rivals to Azzurra for second step on the circuit podium.
Azzurra Photo: Nico Martinez
The Italian-Argentine team, which have just a few days left in their tenure as overall champions of 2017 lie second overall behind Quantum Racing on the circuit leaderboard and have five points of a lead over third-placed Platoon.
Photo: Nico Martinez
After today’s racing – ending all square between the top two teams of the day – there may be no change in that points difference between the two, but now Azzurra certainly know they have a fight on their hands, and their best form of defence against Platoon is to attack, to go out and try and win each race.
Photo: Nico Martinez
There is no room for small errors on the America’s Cup race course areas, today’s 6-10kts breezes proving streaky, shifty and difficult to read. To their credit Azzurra lead off the start line of the first race, working the preferred left side of the upwind along with Platoon. But at the first windward turn, Azzurra tacked just under the lay line and slowed to get around the turn. The mistake cost them as Platoon rolled over the top of them at speed at the mark and went on to win Race 1.
Quantum Racing Photo: Nico Martinez
Circuit leaders Quantum Racing started the day with an almost certainly unassailable 31pt season’s lead, but they were on the wrong side of the first beat, dropped to 10th by the leeward turn and recovered to eighth.
Luna Rosa Photo: Nico Martinez
At their most potent after a bad result, Quantum Racing did not make the same mistake twice and started nicely off the left end of the start line along with Luna Rossa. Appropriately the two America’s Cup teams enjoyed a close head-to-head at the front of the fleet with Luna Rossa holding on to their early lead right through to the finish.
Photo: Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week
Platoon got their time on distance badly wrong at the start of the second race and were left flat footed at the gun. But they took places on each leg, seemingly at will, to recover to fourth, ensuring they are the overall leaders of the regatta.
Photo: Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week
“We started behind everyone. But we kept calm and just focused and let JK (John Kostecki) do his thing. We are going pretty well in these conditions, we are well suited to the lighter breeze. And JK and Jordi (Calafat) are working really well,” said Platoon’s America’s Cup winning trimmer Ross Halcrow
Luna Rosa Photo: Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series Valencia Sailing Week
Luna Rossa moved up the circuit standings to fourth today, leapfrogging Sled, which dropped to a weighty tenth in the second race, the Italian America’s Cup team scoring seven points for the day.

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Regatta standings after day 1

1. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (1,4) 5 p.

2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (2,3) 5 p.

3. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (6,1) 7 p.
4. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (3,6) 9 p.

5. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,5) 9 p.

6. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,2) 10 p.

7. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (5,10) 15 p.

8. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (7,9) 16 p.

9. Paprec (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin) (11,7) 18 p.

10. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (10,8) 18 p.

11. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (9,11+ 2 penalti) 22 p

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