A Kiwi reprise in Murcia

Emirates Team New Zealand’s return to Cartagena proved something of a repeat performance as the 2009 Audi MedCup champions retained the overall Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy for the second year in a row on the same waters where they clinched the overall TP52 Series championships title last year.
The Kiwis seemed to have sailed an almost blemish free regatta, consistent across the broad wind range through the event, emerging triumphant at the dockside with a comfortable cushion on second placed Matador, but the jury subsequently disqualified them from the second race of the day for infringing Quantum Racing at the first windward mark.
The protest outcome cut the Kiwi winning margin to 10 points over Matador (ARG) but the reigning Audi MedCup title holders head to next month’s season’s finale in Sardinia with a lead of 46.5 points, just ahead of the target that the Dean Barker skippered crew had considered their realistic target.
After winning in Cascais, Portugal in May this is the New Zealanders second regatta triumph of the season with skipper Dean Barker – who skippered Bribon to win in 2008 – unbeaten in the class at this venue.
The protest decision may have smudged their copybook but on the water the Kiwis maintained their regular scores through the regatta. TeamOrigin (GBR) seemed to have the measure of them at times in the light to moderate wind conditions and flat water, but the British crew were recalled for starting too early in the final race of the day, finishing ninth. Added to their 11th in Saturday’s coastal race that left TeamOrigin, who lead early in the event, third overall.
Ben Ainslie and team will take some satisfaction not only from their first podium finish of the season and also the positive progress they are making on the season’s leaderboard, but they may look back and wonder else - other than those two ' majors' what they could have done to make good the tantalizing 1.5 points deficit they fell short of second placed Matador.
On the overall standings Quantum Racing (USA) lie second on 179.5pts, but third placed Matador and TeamOrigin are separated by just one point, on 199pts and 200pts.

Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy TP52 Series Final after 10 races
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3+1+1,5+2+12(DSQ)+1= 35,5 points
2. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8+5+6+1+7+7= 45
3. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1+3+16,5+7+1+9= 46,5
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7+2+7,5+6+5+3= 53,5
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4+6+3+9+9+10= 64
6. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6+7+10,5+10+2+4= 68,5
7. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2+9+15+3+8+8= 69
8. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10+4+12+11+4+6= 70
9. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9+10+9+5+10+2= 79
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11+11+4,5+4+6+5= 78,5
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5+8+13,5+8+3+11= 85,5
GP42 Series Final after nine races
1. Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP), 2+3+1+5+3+2+3+2+2= 23 points
2. Iberdrola (ESP), 4+4+3+4+4+3+1+1+2= 27
3. Península Petroleum (GBR), 1+5+2+2+2+4+2+5+4= 27
4. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 3+1+5+1+5+5+4+4+1= 29
5. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 5+2+4+3+1+1+5+3+5= 29
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - Provisional Leaderboard TP52 Series - After four events of five
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 31,5+31+35+35,5= 133 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 59,5+22,5+44+53,5= 179,5
3. Matador (ARG), 60+27+67+45= 199
4. TeamOrigin (GBR), 59,5+31+63+46,5= 200
5. Artemis (SWE), 57+53+33+64= 207
6. Synergy (RUS), 64+35,5+73+68,5= 241
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 51,5+29,5+84+78= 243
8. Bribón (ESP), 88+41+58+70= 251,5
9. Cristabella (GBR), 65+43,5+62+85,5= 256
10. Luna Rossa (ITA), 77,5+44,5+73+69= 264
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 88+78+70+78,5= 314,5
GP42 Series - After four events of five
1. Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP), 24+12+14+23= 73 points
2. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 14+17+19+29= 80
3. Iberdrola (ESP), 25+10+26+27= 88
4. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 37+15+39+29= 120
5. Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), 40+24+37+27= 128
A Kiwi reprise in Murcia A Kiwi reprise in Murcia Reviewed by Panos Douros on Monday, August 30, 2010 Rating: 5

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