Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bruni Makes His Charge at Match Race Germany

The Committee Boat waiting for the breeze.
Phtoto:Chris Davies/WMRT
Francesco Bruni sits on the shoulder of Damien Iehl at Match Race Germany after the Italian continued his unbeaten start in the second Qualifying Session on Lake Constance.
Teams were left to play a frustrating waiting game for much of the second Qualifying Session as the wind continually failed to gather. However it was Bruni who faired best in the limited racing, making the most of a very light mid-morning wind on a short course to notch up two early scalps and take his tally to five straight wins.
Echoing the comments made yesterday by his pitman that smooth manoeuvres and teamwork were ever more crucial in light conditions, Bruni said:
“Maintaining the speed of the boat was the key. It’s a team game - you need a lot of concentration from the skipper and the trimmers. We have an all Italian crew on board and when you have the opportunity to speak your own language, everything seems to happen a lot quicker.”
Standings After the First Qualifying Session:
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-0
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing Team 5-0
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team 4-1
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 3-2
Mathieu Richard (FRA) – French Match Racing Team 3-2
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 3-3
Eric Monnin (SUI) – Team Okalys Corum 3-3
Eugeney Neugodnikov (RUS) – Team Synergy 3-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 2-3
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) – Berntsson Sailing Team 2-4
William Tiller (NZL) – Full Metal Jacket Racing 0-5
Stefan Meister (GER) 0-6
For interviews and further analysis on the first qualifying session of Match Race Germany, go to

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