Friday, 24 September 2010

Audi MedCup: Last Coastal Race of the Series and Matador Extend their Regatta Lead

TEAMORIGIN during the coastal race. Image copyright Ian Roman/Audi MedCup.

by Leslie Greenhalgh

TEAMORIGIN proved today that the coastal race is not their favourite element of the Audi MedCup regatta series finishing seventh in today’s race.

After just over an hour’s postponement to racing the race committee got the TP52 fleet going for today's coastal race.

TEAMORIGIN had a great start and worked with the shifts to round the top mark in third place.

Things didn't go their way on the run and it was a game of catch up from that point on. With a couple of long reaching legs there were less passing opportunities than they'd like, though they managed to get ahead of both Luna Rossa and Christabella mid-point through the race.

Ben Ainslie, TEAMORIGIN skipper and helm "we had a tough race, we pushed hard but it didn't go our way and was a frustrating finish. With two more days racing we need to keep working hard until the end.”

Matador once again had a spectacular day taking the lead early and just extending away from the fleet ending the race with possibly the biggest lead we've seen this season in the TP52 series and now have a comfortable lead for this regatta in Cagliari.

Quantum sailed a good race holding strongly onto second place, Artemis third and Audi A1 in fourth.

Emirates Team New Zealand only managed a sixth but have done enough to claim the series and are now unbeatable for the overall Audi MedCup Trophy.

So after today’s 1.5 point scoring race there’s a shift in the score board. Matador lead, followed by Synergy, Quantum, Emirates TNZ and Audi A1. TEAMORIGIN are now in sixth but retain fourth place in the series, now 20 points behind Matador in third.

Race schedule for Friday
Two windward/leeward races, first warning signal at 1300

Audi MedCup