Damaged to such an extent that they had to withdraw from the Coastal Race in Marseille, Mutua Madrileña, proved they are finding their form in skipper Vasco Vascotto´s native country, winning both sections of the 32 miles Coastal Race into the Gulf of Angels.
While Italy’s Vasco Vascotto and the crew of Mutua Madrileña (CHI) scored themselves a morale boosting pair of victories around today’s 32.7 miles, two-part coastal race into the Gulf of Angels, the bay immediately to the east of Cagliari, it was the steady performance of Quantum Racing (USA) which sees them at the top of both the overall leader-board for this Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy and the season long Audi MedCup Circuit.
Quantum Racing were fifth in the first section of the race and then managed to overhaul Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis (SWE) on an exciting last couple of miles to the finish, and steal the fourth place which was enough to give them a two points lead in the regatta ahead of Mean Machine (MON) and a wafer thin 0.2 point lead on the Audi MedCup Circuit.
But Jose Cusi’s Bribon (ESP) had a good day too, with two second places to atone for a slightly disappointing Wednesday.
With Flavio Favini (ITA) steering and skipper Vascotto on tactics, Mutua Madrileña converted their preference for the left side of the three mile first beat to a lead of 24 seconds over Jose Cusi’s (ESP) Bribon at the first mark.
Mutua Madrileña took the best spot at the pin-end, leftextremity of the start line along with Bribon.
By comparison Platoon powered by Team Germany (GER) steered by three times Olympic gold medallist Jochen Schuemann (GER) started perfectly at the opposite, committee boat end and ploughed the best right side furrow to round ninth, already five minutes behind the runaway duo Mutua Madrileña and Bribon.
With the early breeze remaining light, 6-8 knots for most of the first ten or twelve miles, it was only on the five miles beat from the Poetto leeward buoy in the Gulf of Angels out to the scoring gate, that the sea breeze started to flex its muscles a little more, rising to 11-12 knots at times.
But it was largely on that first, opening beat when the shape of the race was really set, and even by the first mark there was already 8 minutes and 20 seconds - a lifetime in the usual scheme of TP52 racing - between Mutua Madrileña and the 13th placed boat.
Another team enjoying a return to confident mood are CXG Caixa Galicia (ESP), who in their borrowed, substitute boat (the 2007 championship winning Artemis) took third in both sections today, behind Bribon to neatly complement their second place in Race 5.
Today’s were the best results yet this season for Vascotto and his team, many of whom were with him when they won the first MedCup season in 2005, and - he says - confirms they are improving all the time with their new boat. Their season to date has not been straightforward after they broke their masthead crane just before the start of the first regatta, impairing their tuning and training. Then in Marseille, their regatta ended prematurely when their hull sustained damage at the first mark of the Coastal Race. Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta - Results after six races:
1. Quantum Racing USA (3,1,6, 1,1,5,4,21)
2. Mean Machine MON (1,4,1,2,3,6,6,23)
3.Bribón ESP (4,2,5, 7,11,,2,2,33)
4. Mutua Madrileña ESP (2,11,7,8,4,1,1,34)
5 . Artemis SWE (9,5,4,5,7,4,5,39)
6. El Desafío ESP (6, 7, 11,3,6,7,7,47)
7. Caixa Galicia ESP (12,9,9,10,2,3,3,48)
8. Matador ARG (7,8,3,6,8,10,10,52)
9. Platoon by Team Germany GER (5,10,8,9,5,9,9, 55)
10.Cristabella GBR (10,6,12,11,9,8,8,64)
11. Audi Q8 ITA (8,3,10,12,10,11,11,65) Audi MedCup 2008 Circuit - Standings after 22 races - Alicante, Marseille and CAGLIARI
1. Quantum Racing USA 113
2. Bribón ESP 113,2
3. Artemis SWE 131
4 .Mean Machine MON 142
5 .Platoon by Team Germany GER 154
6 .Matador ARG 169
7 . El Desafío ESP 182
8. Mutua Madrileña ESP 185,4
9 .CxG Caixa Galicia ESP 194,6
10. Audi by Q8 ITA 224
Full results see: http://2008.medcup.org/results