Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - First all Australian team to compete

by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson on 3 Aug 2011
Audi Medcup Circuit 2011 . ©
Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy being held in Cartagena, Spain between 23rd and 28th August, is the fourth regatta out of five events in the Audi MedCup Circuit.

The Audi MedCup Circuit has become fully attuned to Aussie and Kiwi accents over the years but the Region of Murcia Trophy will welcome the first ever fully Australian team when 'Soto 40 Team Australia' line up to race the Class president’s 'Patagonia' at the popular venue in the south of Spain.

A team of eleven Australians, mostly from Western Australia, will head to Cartagena. The team are joining the 40 Series, racing in the new Soto 40 One Design which has been an enormous success in this debut year, guaranteeing a very bright and promising future into 2012 and beyond.

The all-Australian effort will be sponsored by Perth winemaker, Mulberry Estate. The sponsor will also be with the team in Murcia, making some initial research into doing a full campaign for 2012. Brent Fowler has been working with Longitude Yachts (the Australian dealer for the Soto 40 Class) to get an Australian team competing at the Audi MedCup Circuit.

'The racing doesn't get any better than this. Warm weather, the local Levant wind and challenging seas and outstanding facilities, the Audi MedCup really knows how to turn on a good show. With the live web TV coverage of each race we've already seen how fast these boats go and hope we get the chance to chase down leader of the series 'Iberdrola' when we get there,' comments Fowler. But he is under no illusions how fierce the competition has been and how hard it will be for the team to compete at the highest level in their first foray on the Audi MedCup Circuit.

'This isn't about a one regatta hit, but we hope a real taster for the future. We will have our sponsors from Mulberry Estate with us and researching the possibility of staging a full campaign for 2012.'

The team arrives three days before the start of the Cartagena regatta to spend as much time on the Soto 40 as possible.

'We've all spent a lot of time racing similar yachts but we're very excited about learning the ropes on this new world standard for fast OD Class racing. We look forward to putting in a solid effort and becoming involved in this amazing Circuit. It's half-way around the world away from Australia so this isn't just a idea we came up with overnight!'.

Of course the Australian team will feel at home among the Kiwi and Aussies on the circuit including the likes of multiple America's Cup trimmer Mal Parker (AUS) off Ngoni, and round the world racer Luke Molloy (AUS/ TP52 Audi MedCup website
T Clewring CruisingInSunSport - NZColligo Marine 660x82

Related Articles

Michael Marshall triumphs at J/22 World Championship
With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore.
Posted today at 8:10 pm
Best pictures of the first 4 Acts of the Extreme Sailing Series™
An influx of fresh talent have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40. An influx of fresh talent, new venues and a revised race format have all added to the hype, but the greatest evolution is the replacement of the Extreme 40 by a smaller, faster catamaran: the flying GC32.
Posted today at 1:34 pm
Return to Russia for the Extreme Sailing Series™
Joining the fleet as the season heads into its second half is Gazprom Team Russia, led by WMRT champion, Phil Robertson. With one week to go, the fleet returns to St Petersburg for the fifth Act of the season, presented by SAP, 35 of the world’s best sailors are getting their heads in the game and preparing for the one of the trickiest venues of the season so far.
Posted today at 12:58 pm
Marshall and Doyle tied on points at J/22 World Championship
By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points By way of a victory in Wednesday’s third race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are tied at 30 points with Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns. Jeff Todd is still in the hunt in third place with 35 points.
Posted on 24 Aug
Debriefing the 2016 Rio Olympics—Sailing news North America and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 23 Aug
The Clipper Race turns 20!
Throughout the race, tales of crew celebrating birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion Throughout the race, tales of Clipper Race crew celebrating their birthdays on board filter back and they are always a special occasion, likely to remain a completely unique event in their lifetime.
Posted on 23 Aug
A magnificent fleet gathers in Cowes for Etchells World Championship
58 teams from all over the world have entered the championship, hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club. Twenty teams are from Great Britain and a dozen each from Australia and the United States of America. Four entries are from Hong Kong and as far afield as: Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
Posted on 22 Aug
FAST40+ Class to be the first to have honour of racing for One Ton Cup
14 FAST40+ racing yachts are expected, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the USA 14 high performance FAST40+ racing yachts are expected for the One Ton Cup, flying the flags of England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa and the United States of America. The crew, of which only five can be professionals, come from countries all over the world.
Posted on 22 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club dominates Hinman Trophy Team Race
Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. 2016 Hinman Trophy Team Race - Sailors often say it’s the little things that make the difference between winning and lose. This was the case for Noroton Yacht Club as they won the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy for the second straight year, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.
Posted on 22 Aug
Drama Queen - Goransson wins Melges 32 National Championship
Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship - After a weekend of challenging, moderate conditions in Newport, RI, Richard Goransson and his Inga from Sweden team have claimed the 2016 US Melges 32 National Championship hosted by Sail Newport. Capping a weekend full of tight racing with lead changes around the track, it was fitting that the final race had three teams fighting for the regatta win
Posted on 22 Aug