Down to the wire in Valencia

As the TP52 World Championship heads into the final day of racing Saturday, could it be the revenge of the countback bridesmaids?
Last year in Palma both Quantum Racing and Synergy lost out on first and third respectively on countback to Matador and Artemis. This time they have the upper hand, but only just.
Quantum Racing took two small, but very positive steps closer to a second TP52 world championship title today off Valencia as their second and first place finishes in light, hazy sea breeze conditions allowed them to increase their lead over defending title holders Matador to three points.
The American team, who won their 2008 world title in breezy Lanzarote and tied on overall points with winners Matador in Palma last Autumn, just got the better of their rivals to win the key second race today.
After a nail-biting opening beat Matador had only just lead around the windward mark but Quantum split away on the run and were able to just squeeze in front of Matador when they converged on the approach to the first leeward gate.
“It is just great racing against them.” Said Quantum Racing’s tactician Adrian Stead (GBR) of the second, cliffhanger race: “We have of course been racing against them all season and so we know them pretty well and they know us.”
Their 2,1 for the day against Matador’s 3,2 sees Quantum Racing go into the regatta’s final day with a small cushion, their reward for now only once finished outside the top three over the eight races to date.
In third place overall remain Russia’s Synergy team, who finished fourth last year, losing their claim to Artemis’ third on countback. This time the Russian crew, with Kiwi Rod Dawson doing sterling work as tactician, lead Artemis into the final day by a margin of just one point. But their day’s work today was marred by disqualification from Race 7 after a protest against them by Audi A1 powered by All4ONE (FRA/GER).
Noticeably today the pairs of duelling protagonists often stayed within the same stretch of water as the regatta nears its conclusion, with more protective rather than attacking tactics evident.
Racing concludes tomorrow with two scheduled windward-leeward races
Race 7
It was John Cook’s Cristabella (GBR) which triumphed in the first race, the fifth boat to win a race at these 2010 World Championship. They started with speed off the pin end of the line and were able to gain leverage on the fleet out on the left side of the course. Quantum Racing finished second with Matador containing Audi A1 powered by All4ONE for third.
Race 8

In 6-8 kts of sea later afternoon sea breeze Quantum Racing started mid-line and Matador at the committee boat end of the start line the duo tussled for the lead on the approach to the windward mark. Matador got round just a boat length ahead.
They went to the left down the run and made an initial gain but Quantum Racing found slightly more pressure and a small favourable shift in the dying breeze went slightly right and only just crossed ahead of their rivals.
As they rounded the leeward gate, Quantum Racing rounded the right hand gate mark and gained a small jump as the new breeze built more from the right, while Matador suffered a little.
TP52 World Championship 2010 Day 4
1. Quantum Racing (USA) - Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3+1+4+7,5+2+1= 22,5 points
2. Matador (ARG) - Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5+3+5+1,5+3+2= 25,5

3. Synergy (RUS) - Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1+2+7+6+10(DSQ)+4= 36

4. Artemis (SWE) - Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2+4+1+9+7+6= 37

5. Cristabella (GBR) - John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4+7+9+3+1+5= 39

6. Audi A1 (FRA/GER) - Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8+6+2+4,5+4+3= 39,5

7. Bigamist 7 (POR) - Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6+5+3+10,5+5+8= 50,5

8. Pace (GBR) - Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7+10(DSQ)+6+12+6+7= 65

9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) - Tom Wilson (GBR), 8+7+9+8+8+13,5+8+9= 70,5
Down to the wire in Valencia Down to the wire in Valencia Reviewed by Panos Douros on Friday, October 08, 2010 Rating: 5

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