Audi MedCup: Kiwi Magic on Marseille Trophy at Day 1

Emirates Team New Zealand seize the early initiative with two wins from three starts to lead the Marseille Trophy TP52 Series. Turismo Madrid win GP42 Practice Race.
Emirates Team New Zealand confirmed that their powerful new Botin Carkeek designed TP52 is no slouch in lighter breezes when they won two of three races today on Marseille’s Rade Sud. Added to the third place in the day’s second windward-leeward contest the Kiwi team lead overall by seven clear points in the Audi MedCup Circuit’s Marseille Trophy.
Racing in six to eight knots of mainly SSW’ly winds on smooth Mediterranean seas and in perfect June sunshine, the winds scarcely built by more than a couple of knots through the course of the day, but there was always enough for the race committee to realise the target of three races in smart succession.
The New Zealand crew arrived smarting from having let a possible regatta win in Alicante slip through their fingers on the last race. But today the team were consistent in their strategies, often winning the favoured left side of the track, making two good starts and keeping their boat moving well in the light-moderate sea breeze.
After three races Emirates Team New Zealand lead the Marseille Trophy by a clear seven points from José Cusi’s Bribon (ESP) who won the second race, a victory which they bolted to a fifth and sixth. The only Spanish TP52 team on the Audi MedCup Circuit, with France’s double Olympic medallist Thierry Pepponet on the helm, earned a boost to their confidence after their modest 10th in Alicante and lie second overall, locked on 12 points the same as Alicante Trophy winners Matador (ARG).
read more: http://2009.medcup.org/news/index.php?id=762
Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 - Marseille Trophy TP52 Series - Overall - Day 1
1. Emirates Team New Zealand, 1+3+1= 5 points
2. Bribón (ESP), 6+1+5= 12 points
3. Matador (ARG), 2+6+4= 12 points
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 8+5+2= 15 points
5. Bigamist (POR), 5+4+6= 15 points
GP42 Series Racing starting tomorrow
Complete results: http://2009.medcup.org/results2/venue.php?trophy=2&class=tp52
Audi MedCup: Kiwi Magic on Marseille Trophy at Day 1 Audi MedCup: Kiwi Magic on Marseille Trophy at Day 1 Reviewed by Panos Douros on Thursday, June 11, 2009 Rating: 5

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