Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

TP52 World Championships day 2 - Paramount Park Murcia on top

by Sabina Mollart-Rogerson on 6 Oct 2011
05 10 2011, Audi TP52 World Championship Nico Martinez /WSM http://www.tp52worldchampionship.org
Audi TP52 World Championships is hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on the famous waters of Sardinia's Porto Cervo. The long wait for wind on the Costa Smeralda was rewarded with enough for just one late afternoon windward-leeward race.

A first win in the colours of new sponsor Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) for the Spanish team headed up by Ignacio Triay promoted the crew to step clear at the top of a tight leaderboard with a margin of just one point ahead of Tony Langley’s Gladiator.

There can be few more pleasant surroundings than the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to spend time waiting for a sea breeze to establish itself, but the race team made a good call to have the fleet out and ready for the Race three start which got away at 1530hrs.

The late building thermal breeze proved to be difficult to read for the tacticians, keeping in the veins of pressure which pulsed down from the top of the course was key, whilst falling off the edge – out of the best breeze – either upwind or downwind meant losses.

Leaders after the first day, Gladiator kept their title challenge on track when Chris Larson (USA) and crew salvaged a solid fourth place, passing Quantum Racing down the final run.


Their fourth keeps the British Gladiator crew in contention in second, whilst Quantum Racing’s fifth today leaves them third overall, two points off the lead with a bigger day in prospect Thursday when one windward-leeward and the 1.5 points premium coastal race are scheduled.

After today’s light breezes a change is in prospect Thursday with some pre-frontal weather likely through the scheduled coastal race, ahead of Friday’s expected beefy Mistral winds.

'What is interesting now I think for the fleet is that you now have to look back to, I think Cagliari, in July for the last time we really sailed in strong breeze and so that will be a challenge for everyone to get back into that mode smoothly. For us it will be a case of spending some time looking at the different modes and settings which worked for us earlier in the season. It will be interesting, for sure.' Cautioned Triay who runs the championship leading Paramount Park Murcia which races for the Menorca based Club Náutico Ciutadella.


Once again the light winds placed a big premium on fast starting but the local team on Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA) compromised their race when they were over very early at the busy committee boat end of the start line, forced to re-start. But at the top of the first beat it was Paramount Park which read the shifts at the top of the beat best and were able to lead round from RÁN, Quantum Racing and Container (GER).

Able to sail the shifts and pressure from the front of the fleet, Paramount Park Murcia were 21 seconds clear of Niklas Zennstrom’s Barcelona Trophy winning RAN. Second place pulled the Swedish flagged team up to fifth overall.

But with only two points separating the top three boats, Paramount Park Murcia, Gladiator and Quantum Racing, Thursday’s high stakes racing could be key.

Results:
1. Paramount Park Murcia (ESP) 4+2+1= 7 points
2. Gladiator (GBR) 3+1+4= 8 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA) 1+3+5= 9 points
4. Container (GER) 2+7+3= 12 points
5. RÁN (SWE) 6+5+2= 13 points
6. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (IT) 5+4+7= 16 points
7. Audi ALL4ONE (GER) 7+6+6= 19 points

Quotes:

Ignacio Triay (ESP), project manager-trimmer Paramount Park Murcia (ESP):
'We had a good day, we had to wait a few hours. Our start was not very good but we started in the position that we wanted, a little bit late but in the position we wanted. We just got ahead of the bow of Ran at the top mark and from then on it was just good sailing, the boat is fast in these conditions and we had a good race although we could improve a little bit on the start.'

'We are first now but the windy days will arrive and our boat is not the fastest in the fleet on windy days, we know that.'

Chris Larson (USA), tactician Gladiator (GBR):
'We are pretty happy coming off the water today. We had one of the best starts ever for the boat, a bit conservative coming off the middle of the start line, but the unfortunate part was the right side coming in strong and we were kind of on the outside of that, but we were OK with that we were sailing a nice conservative race, then we salvaged a fourth getting Quantum Racing on the last run.

Upwind and downwind the right was favoured, basically on every leg as long as you were in the vein of puffs you were making good gains. We gybe set after having a big lift on starboard coming into the windward mark, and so we gybe set. Quantum set and then they gybed underneath us and we rolled them because we had the puffs and they had to gybe out and they got lighter sooner. But everyone on our boat has been sailing really, really well. It is kind of a new team and we are sort of feeling our way round, the guys have done a super job getting the sails up and down we have really had three really nice races. Right now everyone is full of energy because we did well yesterday and had a solid race today. Success breeds success and hopefully we can come up with a good finish at the end of the event. Two races tomorrow, with 2.5 points on the table and light to medium in the first race and more than 15 in the second. I told the guys on the way if they knew they would be in second after the second day of racing they would be pretty darn happy.'

Ed Baird (USA) skipper-helm Quantum Racing (USA):
'As always sea breezes which build late in the day can build and be beautiful or they can build and then start to get crazy, and this one was a little shiftier than expected and full of pot holes. It was a pretty hard track to pick your way around. We did a reasonable job up the first leg and then it got a lot harder after that.

We are disappointed that we were up in the 1-2-3 at the windward mark first time up but then faded after that and you don’t like to drop places after the first mark, as in any other sport.

If they do two races tomorrow, windward-leeward and the coastal then that is a lot of points, but every day is a big day. But today it was a little frustrating not to end up with better than we did.'

Bruno Zirilli (ITA), navigator Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
'We think that the committee boat was moving a little bit, that can happen with 60 metres of water depth. We trusted too much in our position of the boat, and when we realized that we were early, we had All4One under us that was luffing, so when there were only 20 seconds to go, we have decided to go around the committee boat.'


TP52 World Championship website

Barz Optics - Melanin LensesBakewell-White Yacht DesignWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

More winners announced in RORC Caribbean 600
As dawn broke on day five, crews who had finished the race were beginning to arrive back in Antigua. At Dawn on the fifth day, the leading Class40s were approaching the finish. Throughout the race, the battle in the class had been intense, with three yachts taking the lead at various points along the course.
Posted today at 4:50 pm
Conrad Colman finishes Vendée Globe under jury rig for 16th
Colman constructed and stepped a remarkable jury rig which has allowed him to sail the final 740 miles of 27,440nm race New Zealander Conrad Colman wrote a new chapter in the storied history of the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line of the eighth edition of the non stop solo round the world race under a makeshift jury rig.
Posted today at 4:37 pm
Vendée Globe – Romain Attanasio takes fifteenth place
French skipper Romain Attanasio, sailing Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, took 15th place in the solo race around the world French skipper Romain Attanasio, sailing Famille Mary-Etamine du Lys, took 15th place in the non stop solo race around the world this morning (Friday 24th February) when he crossed the finish line at 1006hrs UTC.
Posted today at 4:05 pm
Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman finishes under jury rig - First images
New Zealand solo sailor Conrad Colman has finished the Vendee Globe race under Jury rig. New Zealand solo sailor Conrad Colman has finished the Vendee Globe race under Jury rig. Here are the first images from the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Posted today at 3:34 pm
International Maxi Association 2017 program full due to new events
The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean. The 2017 calendar, open to owners of all maxi boats (ie 60+ft LOA), features two new events in the Mediterranean.
Posted today at 12:35 pm
Clipper Race Coxswain Training commences
We often tell the stories of the 40 per cent of crew who take on the Clipper Race with no previous sailing experience We often tell the stories of the 40 per cent of crew who take on the Clipper Race with no previous sailing experience, but there are also many talented and experienced sailors amongst the fleet.
Posted today at 11:40 am
Tawera Racing joins Extreme Sailing Series line-up in Muscat
Team has been formed to give New Zealand's sailors a launch pad into the cutting-edge world of foiling multihull racing. The seventh challenger for Act one is announced today in the form of New Zealand-flagged Tawera Racing, which will compete as a full season entry.
Posted today at 11:09 am
JJ Giltinan Trophy - Images from the Invitation Race
Michael Chittenden, was on Sydney Harbour this afternoon for the Invitation of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs Top Sydney skiff photographer, Michael Chittenden, was on Sydney Harbour this afternoon for the Invitation of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship. Winds were light to non-existent, until a bit of puff appeared out of Rose Bay allowing the fleet to sail a three leg course. Here's the images from the day
Posted today at 10:52 am
EFG Bank Monaco sets sights on rivals in EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour
French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title French sailing star Thierry Douillard says his EFG Bank Monaco (MON) crew will focus firmly on defending their title from arch rivals Team Al Mouj Muscat (OMA) as the Arabian classic approaches its climax.
Posted today at 9:50 am
JJ Giltinan 18fters - 26 skiffs enter championship starting Saturday
The Invitation Race for the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been sailed ahead of the start of the series The Invitation Race for the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship has been sailed ahead of the start of the Championship proper on Saturday - which has drawn a fleet of 26 skiffs from around the world. First race in the seven series is on Saturday. Little as to the form of the countries competing could be deduced from the Invitation Race - which suffered from a lack of wind.
Posted today at 3:48 am