sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy champagne awaits

Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy champagne awaits

'52 Series Day 4 - Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy 2011'    Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©    Click Here to view large photo

The Audi MedCup Conde de Godó Trophy is currently underway in Barcelona, Spain. The Trophy is the fifth and final event in the series. With the pressure on them to extinguish the late season charge towards the 2011 52 Series title of Spanish favourites Bribon, the Quantum Racing crew stepped up to the plate and delivered what was probably their most accomplished performance of the five months long season.

Having whittled their circuit title deficit on the long time leaders all the way back to seven points, Bribon (ESP) were victims of a neatly executed game plan from the get-go. Quantum Racing (USA) not only regained the upper hand in the championship title duel but also went on to deliver a morale boosting race win to boot.

And while Quantum Racing’s day was one of their best, Bribon lost places in a tight finish to cross sixth in the first race, then sailed to a fourth. That made it their worst pair of scores since July’s first day of the Region of Sardinia Trophy in Cagliari.

In contrast Quantum Racing, which is skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird, RAN (SWE) backed up their bullet with a good second place behind in the subsequent race. That ensures Quantum Racing's target for the final day of the season is a very modest one.

With a worst case score of 16 points on the table – assuming they start both races – Quantum Racing have a cushion of 14 points. So the title champagne may be iced for the American flagged and supported programme which won the Audi MedCup Circuit in 2008, but so too the real celebrations are on hold in the Soto 40 fleet.

Iberdrola Team know they cannot be beaten for the inaugural 40 Series title after the first of three races today, but the Spanish crew - who have had their boat longest, are dead set on making sure they win the final regatta too. They lead the Barcelona regatta by two points and want to be sure they would have won regattas in all four countries that the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit has visited this season.

Quantum Racing not only secured themselves a grip of their second Audi MedCup title, but their 1-2 today also takes them to third place on the regatta standings for this Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy within four points of leaders RAN and second placed Bribon.

Niklas Zennstrom’s RAN team bounced back from an eighth in the first race to win the second contest today, so returning to the regatta lead on countback ahead of Bribon.

52 Series Day 4 - Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy 2011 -  Ian Roman-Audi MedCup ©?nid=88562   Click Here to view large photo

But the highlight of the day was the text book assault by the American flagged team in delivering their Race 6 win….‘the best we have sailed as a team this season’ Kevin Hall (USA) navigator on Quantum Racing said immediately after finishing. In 9-11 kts of sea breeze Quantum Racing took the challenge to Bribon on the start line and came away from the gun leading the Spanish crew out to the right of the course. Quantum Racing were then able to carry Bribon out past the starboard tack layline in a crucial move

Audi All4One lead around the windward mark ahead of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, but the Italian crew were judged to have fouled Synergy on the approach to the windward mark and had to take a penalty turn, costing them. But the end of the final run was painful for Bribon, losing both Synergy and Audi All4One on the finish line.

In the second race RAN started close to the pin end of the start line and were able to lift away from their rivals earning the extra pressure on that side of that left side of the course.

With the Garbi sea breeze today just over ten knots, just above the crossover between Bribon’s favoured light airs and into Quantum Racing’s comfort zone, Quantum Racing were able to sail more of their own race, chasing RAN across the finish.

40 Series Day 3 - Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy 2011 -  © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup   Click Here to view large photo

The Soto 40’s had three races. Iberdrola took second in the first race behind Iberostar as the green team clinched the season championship. In the second race the champions elect returned to the front of the fleet with a win. But in the third race – which was won conclusively by Ngoni – Iberdrola were on the wrong side of the first beat but recovered to fifth which means they go into the final day of this regatta with a two points lead over Javier Banderas’ Iberostar crew which includes Spain’s double Olympic gold medallist Luis Doreste as tactician.

Trofeo Conde de Godó City of Barcelona Trophy:

52 Series: Results after seven races


1. RAN (SUE), 2+1+1+2+5+8+1=20 points
2. Bribón (ESP), 1+3+3+1+2+4+6=20 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 3+2+2+7+7+1+2=24 points
4. Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One (GER/FR), 6+8+6+5+3+2+3=33 points
5. Container (GER), 4+7+5+4+1+6+7=34 points
6. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 8+4+8+3+4+3+4=34 points
7. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+5+4+8+8+5+5=40 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 7+6+7+6+6+7+8=47 points

40 Series: Results after six races

1. Iberdrola Team (ESP), 1+1+3+2+1+5=13 puntos
2. Iberostar (ESP), 2+4+1+1+3+4=15 puntos
3. Ngoni (GBR), 5+3+2+3+4+1=18 puntos
4. www.cruiser-racer.com (ESP), 4+2+4+5+6+2=23 puntos
5. Bigamist (POR), 3+5+6+4+2+3=23 puntos
6. www.visitmalta.com (ESP), 6+6+5+6+5+6=34 puntos
7. XXII (EUR), 8 (DNC) +8 (DNC)+8 (DNC)+8 (DNC)+8 (DNC)+8 (DNC)=48puntos

Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
'We had good steady conditions today and we felt pretty strong today about coming in in a good place. We had two good races, we sailed well right from the start and put the question mark on somebody else. In the first run of the first race we managed to get away from Bribón a little, and at the end that help us to get a couple of points from them. In the second race we caught pretty strong waves but managed to get through and lead the bunch around the top mark, so we wanted to stay in that condition and we did. It´s been a very solid day which puts us at the top of the standings for the Audi MedCup. Right now there are 14 points between us and them with a maximum of 16 points on the table, so we are in reasonable shape. We are going to go out there tomorrow with the goal of winning the regatta closer. We need to stay focused, be smart and sail the same way that we did today'.

Kevin Hall (USA), Navigator, Quantum Racing (USA):
'The first race was the best race that we´ve done so far this season. We were worried about pressure in the beat but we were strong, especially with All4One. We had to fight our way through to take the lead and keep it. It´s been a positive day that puts us in a good place. We were happy after the first race, but we still knew that we had a long way to go. We came out with a goal: to sail focused in our boat. We thought that if we did that and Bribón won both races, then so be it, and the result´s been really positive'.

Juan Luis Páez (ESP), Navigator, Ibedrola Sailing Team (ESP):
'We are really happy about winning the Audi MedCup Circuit, because it was not easy. At the end, all the team work and our preparation since Christmas have paid off. We´ve worked a lot. In terms of logistics, having the best sails, and in terms of the team, creating a great crew, we´ve done great, these issues have been key in order for us to win this. This should help us for the future, this is a team that deserves continuity. We all know that it´s all about the sponsors and I think that Iberdrola is probably happy, because we´ve been very professional. The fleet has grown with the months, improving a lot. It has a lot of future. Things have changed a lot since Cascais. 2012 will be tough, I´m sure. Now the goal is to win this trophy because we are only two points ahead of the second team. It´s quite important for us to win here, we´ll fight hard for it.

40 Series Day 3 Fleet - Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy 2011 -  © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup  

Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), skipper-helm, Bribón (ESP):
'It has been a tough day, we knew it would not be easy. When we entered in the fight, other’s boats strategy between us has changed. The true is that we have fought as we could. At both races Quantum has reached a favourable position at the start and that has determined a little the races. They have complicated our life with a series of tacks. This has been the general trend. During the second race we had a problem in the windward buoy and that cost a couple of points, but it is normal to compete in a pointing fight like this one. In the end, we should try to win the regattas we have left. In the last race we will see the considerations we need, control and attack considerations, depending on the way things are'.

Morgan Larson (USA), Tactician, RÁN (SWE):
'The day unfolded the way that we all thought, with moderate wind and pretty flat seas. There were a lot of races in one race. Quantum was keeping its eyes on Bribón and as well Azzurra, for the overall. We were just thinking about sailing the regatta and hopefully beating Bribón. We had a bit of an unfortunate start in the first, we battled back, but Bribón did a good job of pushing us back. We recovered nicely and did a good job, we were close to Gladiator and Container, we lost one point. With five points down with Bribón into the second race we knew that Quantum was going to help us with them. Niklas had a great start and we were able to preserve our lead for the fleet. Bribón had a lot more trouble than us. For the last day Quantum is close to locking the overall regatta and Bribón has a chance to fight for that and this trophy. It´ll have to do a lot with how many races take place. Like I said there are going to be a lot of races within the same one. After a great 38 year career, Bribón is going to have to earn it to win here at their hometown'.

Ross MacDonald (ESP), Tactician, Bribón (ESP):
'You want to do the best you can on a day like today but there are so many things that have to be done in order for us to get the first place… We got to think about what we´ve done so far and where we are now. All things considered it was actually not a bad day for us, could´ve been a lot worse. It´s great that RÁN´s doing well, we´d like to sail like that too. We´ll have to see how tomorrow goes and try to win this thing. It´s going to be tough for us to win the overall with this point difference right now. All they need is to have one boat in between of them in tomorrow´s races, so it´s going to be a tall order for us. We´ll do our best and we´ll see how it goes. We are excited about finishing up in a high note and as best we can. I´m happy that Bribón´s days are ending with things the way they are.'

Audi MedCup website




by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88562

6:12 PM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

07 Dec 2011  MedCup sailing circuit suspended for 2012 season
23 Sep 2011  Audi MedCup Circuit - Lance Adams will campaign a new Soto 40
19 Sep 2011  Audi MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy image gallery
18 Sep 2011  Audi MedCup - Conde de Godo Trophy final race win to Azzurra
18 Sep 2011  Audi MedCup champions crowned
17 Sep 2011  MedCup Conde de Godó Barcelona Trophy final day preview
17 Sep 2011  Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy: The final finish line for Bribon
17 Sep 2011  MedCup Conde de Godo Trophy - Azzurra in top three
16 Sep 2011  MedCup Conde de Godó Trophy – A big day ahead
16 Sep 2011  Audi Med Cup - Conde de Godo Trophy - Azzurra misses opportunity
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
















Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),




2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia












Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   
Emirates Team NZ: Royals duke it out on the Waitemata   
2014 Charleston Race Week - Thousands of sailors descend on Charleston   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US