Emirates Team New Zealand & Islas Canarias are the 2009 Audi MedCup Champions

Islas Canarias Puerto Calero won today to clinch the Audi MedCup for the GP42 Series, whilst Emirates Team New Zealand won their fourth regatta on the trot and are Audi MedCup 2009 TP52 champions. Immaculate team work, consistently strong tactics and perfect reliability underpinned a comprehensive overall victory for Emirates Team New Zealand who lifted the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit Trophy today in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain.
The young crew from the Canary Islands, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) won the title for the GP42 Series by winning the last race of the season
Lead by skipper Dean Barker (NZL), the New Zealand team won four of this season’s five regattas culminating in their dominant performance at this Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia regatta. With a second place today they won by 13 points over Portugal’s Bigamist 7, while Quantum Racing (USA), the outgoing champions, finished third in the regatta and secured the runners-up on the season standings 78 points behind the Kiwi team.
After missing out on victory in Alicante because of one error on the final run of the last race, Emirates Team New Zealand set about ensuring they improved at every successive regatta. In Murcia this week they were invincible in the big breeze, a class apart, and convincing in all other conditions. Of the six races which could be raced here they won six, completing a tally of 14 wins from 43 starts. The Kiwi team had no gear or sail failures through all five regattas, never had to re-start and only once took penalty turns, in Marseille.
The Audi MedCup Circuit returns in 2010 with the first event beginning on May 11th. The TP52 Class convene in Palma, Mallorca for the TP52 World Championships (6-11 Oct).
Next stop for the GP42’s will be in Lanzarote, Islas Canarias for their GP42 Global Cup over 13-17 October, where 10 teams are expected to compete.

Audi MedCup Circuit 2009, Overall - Final
TP52 Series

1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 38+27,5+28+25+10= 128,5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 40+41,5+65+29+27= 202,5 points
3. Artemis (SWE), 37+62,5+49,5+26,5+33= 208,5 points
4. Matador (ARG), 36+47,5+42,5+44,5+39= 209,5 points
5. Bigamist (POR), 46+55,5+57+30,5+23= 212 points
GP42 Series
1. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 20+23+23+16+16= 98 points

2. Roma (ITA), 22+17+30+13+17= 99 points
3. Caser-Endesa (ESP), 33+27+26+24= 123 points
4. Airis (ITA), 21+38+28+25+30= 142 points
5. Turismo Madrid (ESP), 35+35+43+23+23= 159 points
Complete results: http://2009.medcup.org/results
Emirates Team New Zealand & Islas Canarias are the 2009 Audi MedCup Champions Emirates Team New Zealand & Islas Canarias are the 2009 Audi MedCup Champions Reviewed by Panos Douros on Monday, September 21, 2009 Rating: 5

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