Audi MedCup: Quantum Racing win the coastal race

Quantum Racing win the coastal race. Roma lead the GP42 Series After an exciting, full stretch coastal race Emirates Team New Zealand lead the 2008 champions by 12 points with four scheduled races to go. Roma lead the GP42 Series
Defending champions Quantum Racing stepped up their challenge for the overall lead of the Marseille Trophy regatta today on the Audi MedCup Circuit when they won an exciting, stamina-sapping 39.7 miles coastal return race east to Cassis, but a steady third place for Emirates Team New Zealand ensures that the Kiwi team hold a cushion of 12 points going forward to the final two days of windward-leeward racing on the Rade Sud.
With NW’ly winds blowing anything between 12 knots in the bay to 22-24 knots offshore on a long, fast sleigh ride downwind to the easternmost, leeward turning mark, this was a race which was doubly fulfilling, close and exciting to the end, with five boats finishing within two minutes after the long beat home, but the backdrop – the stunning limestone calanque cliffs and sheer valleys – is the most awesome of the Circuit.
Four different boats lead the race, but it was Quantum Racing’s afterguard who were able to take advantage, seizing the initiative to use the additional pressure in under the cliffs and the consistent favourable lift, to take the lead early on the beat which they were able to hold to win by 33 seconds from the Russian boat Valars III.
Valars and Pisco Sour read the split breeze on the downwind leg to their advantage. After the mid race gate at the Isle Riou they hitched inshore and hooked into a turbo boost of extra wind pressure closer to the land which also gave them a much more favourable downwind slant, allowing them to pop out in front, Vasco Vascotto’s (ITA) crew on the black hulled Pisco Sour leading the former Mean Machine round the leeward gate on to the short reach inshore to turn for home at the entrance to the bay of Cassis.
It was a tough day for Matador. The Argentine team lay second this morning, firmly in contention and were sixth at the first mark, but at the leeward turn, Mark 2, they appeared to suffer a headfoil problem. It took them some minutes to try and effect a repair, but ended up having to sail the next one sided beat, out to Rattoneau island, with just a tiny storm jib. They struggled on to finish 11th, but slipped to third, ten points behind Quantum Racing.
Lighter SE’ly winds are expected for tomorrow, Saturday’s two races with a concluding pair scheduled on Sunday.
Audi MedCup Circuit 2009 - Marseille Trophy TP52 Series - Overall - Day 3
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 1+3+1+2+1+2+4,5= 14.5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 8+5+2+6+3+1+1,5= 26,5 points
3. Matador (ARG), 2+6+4+1+2+5+16,5= 36,5 points
4. Bribón (SWE), 7+28+5+5+3+7,5= 41,5 points
5. Bigamist (POR), 5+4+6+3+10+4+10,5= 42,5 points
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GP42 Series - Overall - Day 2
1. Roma (ITA), 1+2+1+3+1+2= 10 points
2. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 2+1+3+1+5+4= 16 points
3. Caser-Endesa (ESP), 3+3+4+5+2+1= 18 points
4. Turismo Madrid (ESP), 4+4+2+4+3+3= 20 points
5. Airis (ITA), 5+7(DNF)+7(DNF)+2+4+5= 30 points
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Complete results: http://2009.medcup.org/results2/venue.php?trophy=2
Audi MedCup: Quantum Racing win the coastal race Audi MedCup: Quantum Racing win the coastal race Reviewed by Panos Douros on Saturday, June 13, 2009 Rating: 5

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