A season long battle of Olympian proportions

One week to go before the first start of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit and, at Cascais and venues nearby, the battle is on for TP52 Series and GP42 Series crews to be absolutely in the best possible shape when they hit the start line for the first races of the new season.
The standard of the fleet for the 2010 TP52 Series is almost unprecedented for the World's Leading Regatta Circuit. While there are no fewer than four America's Cup teams set to contest the first TP52 races of the new season, the class will be the battleground for a remarkable showdown between some of the outstanding Olympic sailors of the modern era.
From the outset of the MedCup in 2005 Olympic medals have been relatively common currency among the world class crews on the Circuit, but four sailors debuting or returning the Audi MedCup Circuit in Portugal account for no fewer than 17 Olympic Medals, and in fact six newcomer or returnee sailors - including these four modern Olympic giants, five by Torben Grael (BRA), four for Robert Scheidt (BRA), four for Jochen Schuemann (GER) and four for Ben Ainslie (GBR) - have won 22 Olympic Medals in total.
It is believed that this will be the first time ever that all four modern sailing legends Schuemann (who won three gold and one silver between 1976 and 2000), Grael (who won two gold, one silver and two bronze between 1984 and 2000), Scheidt (who has two gold and two silver to his credit won over consecutive Olympic Games between 1996 and 2008) and Ainslie (who won silver in 1996 and three back to back gold medals between 2000 and 2008) will sail against each other aboard modern cutting edge race boats on the same race course.
Grael and Scheidt sail together as a dream afterguard on Luna Rossa (ITA), whilst Schümann skippers the French/German All4ONE.
On board TeamOrigin, Ainslie has his good friends Iain Percy (GBR) who has two gold medals, and Andrew Simpson (GBR) who won Star class gold medal with Percy in the Star class in 2008, whilst Ian Walker (GBR), who returns to the TP52 as tactician on Bribón (ESP), has won two Olympic silver medals in the 470 and Star classes.

The Portugal Trophy, Cascais, is due to start on Tuesday May 11, with the TP52 Series official training.
As from Wednesday May 12th, the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit will be broadcasted live and you will be able to watch it here at ISTiOSELIDA - all about sailing.
A season long battle of Olympian proportions A season long battle of Olympian proportions Reviewed by Panos Douros on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Rating: 5

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