The final training day prior to the start of the TP52 World Championships

The final training day prior to the start of the TP52 World Championships offered strong winds for the eight teams which took the advantage of a few hours of extra practice prior to Tuesday's opening races which are forecast to see much lighter and more fickle breezes.
Whatever the Valencia weather brings the defending TP52 World Champions Matador are ready to go and confident.
Matador (ARG) have been the outstanding performer of the second half of the Audi MedCup Circuit and arrived on the Valencian waters which hosted the 32nd and 33rd America's Cup buoyed up, by having just won the Region of Sardinia Trophy and doubly motivated to do all they can to ensure that owner Alberto Roemmers retains the title they won last year in Palma with him steering.
With the Audi MedCup Circuit only just finished the World Championships' programme of up to ten races with no discard are a new opportunity which requires a very different approach, as 2008 world champion Quantum Racing's Terry Hutchinson noted: "It is probably a lower scoring average needed than you see in the MedCup, you take a four or five in the MedCup, but here it is probably a two or a three which wins you the event."
But balanced against that requirement the no-discard series means teams have to sail clean as well as smart.
Quantum Racing stick with the same team as has just finished second on the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit and are determined to avenge their second place on countback last season.
Two British TP52's join the Audi MedCup regulars to complete the World Championships line up of nine TP52's from eight different nations.
Tony Langley's Weapon of Choice (ex Matador) finished ninth in Palma last year and has double Etchells world champion and Olympian Stuart Childerley as tactician for owner-driver Langley, whilst Jonny Vincent's Pace (ex Patches ex RAN) starts their first TP52 class racing with a strong crew including TeamOrigin 1851's Kelvin Harrap (NZL) in the afterguard alongside tactician Rob Greenhalgh (GBR) and trimmer Andy Hemmings (GBR) and mastman George Skuodas (GBR) all with recent Audi MedCup TP52 Series form.
Racing starts Tuesday scheduled for 1300hrs (CET) with up to three races on the first day, and finishes Saturday.
The Coastal Race is scheduled for Thursday, with finish line set inside the Marina Real Juan Carlos I harbour.
TP52 Worlds 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)
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The final training day prior to the start of the TP52 World Championships The final training day prior to the start of the TP52 World Championships Reviewed by Panos Douros on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 Rating: 5

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