The Kings of the Coastals

Oktober 07, 2010 @ 19:20:17   Foto © Nico Martinez/WSM

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Matador lifted the top points today in the world championship Coastal Race

Victory came when they needed it today for the defending world champions Matador. A big win in the 1.5 points multiplier 28 miles ‘coastal’ race brings Alberto Roemmers’ team to within one point of Quantum Racing (USA), the 2008 champions.
With owner Roemmers on the helm, Matador were the first to break to the right off the start line, along with Bigamist (POR) and Cristabella (GBR) and they formed the leading trio at the first windward gate.

From there on through a circuit of windward-leeward, triangle, windward-leeward loops in 11 to 16 knots of NE’ly breeze on choppy waters, on to to a spectacular finish in front of the iconic Veles et Vents building, in the heart of the America’s Cup Marina Real Juan Carolos 1, Matador extended their lead, finishing 1 minute and 24 seconds ahead of Cristabella.

If it was a day to savour for the current world champions, their second big coastal race success in 14 days after winning the coastal at the final event of the Audi MedCup Circuit in Sardinia, bringing them sharply back into contention for this year’s title.

For the regatta leaders Quantum Racing it proved a much more frustrating day, spending their coastal contest chipping away through the fleet to a gain fifth place after they had rounded the windward gate in eighth. Other than rescuing three valuable points, Terry Hutchinson and crew would also have a small measure of satisfaction that it was Artemis (SWE), who were their main challenge going out this morning, who finished on their tail pipe.

Both Quantum Racing and Artemis were on the wrong side of the right shift on the first beat and were the only two who stood on to the right hand buoy at the windward gate and so were forced to play catch up from there on in.  

In many respects the die was set on that first two miles upwind leg. Bigamist lost out on the first downwind first to Cristabella and then Audi A1 powered by All4ONE.
Audi A1 had made the best start and came round the first gate as the best of the group which went left.

The British Cristabella crew – with Roberto Bermudez (ESP) steering and John Cutler (GBR/NZL) calling tactics -  had a spirited joust all the way through the ensuing legs, containing the Franco-Germans, surging in to the spectacular finish line with the red and white Audi logo’d boat hard on their heels.

Tomorrow’s schedule is for two more windward-leeward races from 1300hrs CET.

TP52 World Championship 2010
Day 3 - Coastal Race

1. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3+1+4+7,5= 19,5 points
2. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5+3+5+1,5= 20,5
3. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1+2+7+6= 22
4. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2+4+1+9= 24
5. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8+6+2+4,5= 32,5
6. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4+7+9+3= 33
7. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6+5+3+10,5= 37,5
8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7+10(DSQ)+6+12= 52
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tom Wilson (GBR), 8+7+9+8+8+13,5= 53,5


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