Matador carry the winning momentum to the TP52 World Championships in Valencia

It will be something of a tight schedule for those moving swiftly from the final Audi MedCup Circuit regatta of the season, the Region of Sardinia Trophy - which finished last Saturday in Cagliari - traveling directly across the Mediterranean to Valencia for the TP52 World Championships which start racing one week today, Tuesday 5th October.
The TP52 World Championship have a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.
photo credits: Camper Regatta - Conde de Godo Trophy - Barcelona © Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
But ashore the mood is a little more relaxed than through the high octane five months long Audi MedCup season; there is a chance to reflect and to look forward, but also for some crews the World Championship present a great opportunity for the owner to come and step in to the hot seat and enjoy steering his own boat. The world championships offer a special owner-driver trophy.
The short transition time may fall in the favour of the current world champions. Matador (ARG) won a fiercely contested title in Palma a year ago. With owner Alberto Roemmers Jr. on the helm, they squeezed out the 2008 TP52 world title winners Quantum Racing (USA) but it went to count-back, the two finishing on the same points tally.
This time it is Matador who arrive in Valencia with a winning momentum. They conclusively triumphed at the final event of the Audi MedCup Circuit season, the Region of Sardinia Trophy, the outstanding performer over the latter stages of the season, also finishing second in Cartagena, Murcia.
Quantum Racing (USA), world title winners in 2008, will be among their main rivals as will 2007 world title winners Artemis (SWE). Owner Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) was back steering Artemis in Cagliari and the Artemis team will be out to help deliver a trophy after missing out on an Audi MedCup season podium finish.
Up to ten races are scheduled with racing due to start Tuesday 5th October. Up to three races may be sailed each day with a coastal race on Thursday October 7th. While the race arena will be well known to many sailors who participated in the lead up to the 32nd America’s Cup, the winds in early October can be more complicated than the Cup diet of sea breezes. Typically over the week we might see some of a very strong, offshore breeze, some light sea breezes and/or a very strong NE’ly breeze which kicks up a nasty choppy swell.
One key contender which will miss out is Jose Cusí’s Bribon (ESP), which was damaged in a collision in Cagliari. This is a bitter blow not least because Bribon lead into the final day in Palma last year.
Two British TP52’s join the fleet Pace (ex Patches) which will have Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) as tactician with TeamOrigin’s Kelvin Harrap (NZL) as strategist, and Weapon of Choice ex Matador 2007 which raced in Palma last year.
The TP52 World Championship will benefit from the excellent America’s Cup standard facilities. The regatta will be based in the Marina Real Juan Carlos I, run from the Veles e Vents Building.
Entries:
  • Weapon of Choice (GBR)
  • Cristabella (GBR)
  • Synergy (RUS)
  • Artemis (SWE)
  • Bigamist (POR)
  • Pace (GBR)
  • Quantum Racing (USA)
  • Matador (ARG)
  • Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER)
Matador carry the winning momentum to the TP52 World Championships in Valencia Matador carry the winning momentum to the TP52 World Championships in Valencia Reviewed by Panos Douros on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Rating: 5

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