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First ever MedCup Hat Trick for Emirates Team New Zealand

'Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL380 start the final race. The Portugal Trophy, Audi MedCup, Portimao, Portugal. 23/8/2009'    Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©
Emirates Team New Zealand became the first team ever to win three consecutive MedCup Circuit regattas when they clinched the Portugal Trophy for the TP52 Series today off Portimao, winning by just 1.5 points from Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis.

With wins in Marseille, Cagliari and now Portimao, the Kiwi team, skippered by Dean Barker, now lead the Audi MedCup Circuit by 52 points heading to the final regatta of the season, next month in Carthagena, Murcia Spain.

The GP42 Series saw the first regatta win this season for Caser Endesa (ESP), skippered by Juan Luiz Paez. Their third place today was enough to secure the Portugal Trophy on countback from Roma Mk2 (ITA), but Islas Canarias Puerta Calero (ESP) still lead the Series.

Seventh for Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) to Artemis’ (SWE) disappointing tenth in today’s one and only race was enough for the Kiwi team to prevail, but the final contest was a difficult one to call throughout with a streaky 5-9 knots of sea breeze mixed with some north westerly gradient wind, especially towards the windward mark.

With a 1.5 points lead in the regatta Artemis, missing tactician Paul Cayard (USA) for the final day, could only make a modest opening at the pin end of the start line, while Bigamist 7, the Portuguese entry lead to the windward mark.

On the first downwind the Russian pair Valars and Synergy mined the left, inshore line and passed the Portuguese team with the Synergy winning from Valars, the first time the two Russians have taken the top two places.

The key move for Emirates Team New Zealand was on the second beat when they were able to halt the recovery of Artemis, tacking on top of them and bouncing them above the lay line, but even down the final run the breeze looked shaky, ready to shift or collapse at any minute.

Relief, once again, rather than elation was the mood among the hard working New Zealand outfit. As the time limit expired at 1600hrs and with it the chances of a second race, general satisfaction with another job well done was evident. The steely, professional face drops when the champagne comes on board, and they are getting rather used to it.

With Artemis in second for the regatta, Terry Hutchinson’s Quantum Racing finished in third, just 1.5 points ahead of Bigamist 7, who finished fourth overall for the third time this season.

Emirates Team New Zealand lead the Audi MedCup Circuit, 52 points astern are Matador (ARG) on 170.5 points but only five points behind them are Quantum Racing, third, and Artemis, fourth, both on 175.5 points.


Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL380 win the Portugal Trophy with a seventh in the final race, Audi MedCup, Portimao, Portugal. 23/8/2009 -  Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©  

Winning skipper Dean Barker (NZL) commented that throughout the regatta they had never felt like they were sailing as well as last month’s win in Sardinia, confirming that they still have plenty to work on before Carthagena, Murcia, a venue which proved extremely challenging last year.

CEO and mast-man Grant Dalton (NZL), agreed:
'We are relieved. It was a pretty tough regatta. I think we identified that as soon as we got here, that this was going to be tough, and I think we also identified Artemis as the boat which could beat us. And it felt that all the way. So we are just pleased to have got through another one really.'

He continued: 'It’s a big lead now, but we know what can happen, you can still sail badly, it changes pretty quickly. There are always improvements to be made and we made plenty of mistakes in this regatta.'

GP42 Series: Endesa wins the battle

Today’s single race in the GP42 Series was never easy to predict, as the lead changed several times depending on who was where on the shift cycle, the game of tactical chess, and lanes of leftover pressure in the dying seabreeze.

Caser-Endesa (ESP), for example, seemed to have a horrid start, late on the line by three lengths and having to tack early to port. But that move may have been fortuitous, as a right shift on the first beat got them right back into the game. That very same shift benefited Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) even more, as they vaulted beyond the tacking duels into a commanding lead at the top mark, one that would never be challenged except by Roma 2 (ITA) on the final fluky run into the finish.

And Roma’s runner-up finish was remarkable in itself, as they were no better than last around the first top mark, redeemed only by having split from the pack to the left on the second beat to vault into second.

Caser-Endesa’s two victories to Roma’s one wins them the Portugal Trophy, but Islas Canarias Puerto Calero’s win gets them tied up in the war for the lead in the overall GP42 Series. With one event left, Roma 2 and the Kids from Canarias are now tied on 82 points, making for a final showdown at Stage 5 in Cartagena.

'We think for the excitement of the circuit, this is a really good scenario,' says Daniel Calero (ESP), owner of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. 'But it means the pressure will really be on in Cartagena!'


Emirates Team New Zealand, NZL380 in the final race of the Portugal Trophy, Audi MedCup, Portimao, Portugal. 23/8/2009 -  Emirates Team New Zealand / Photo Chris Cameron ETNZ ©  
Audi MedCup Circuit 2009
Portugal Trophy

TP52 Series
Overall - Final

1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 2+3+6+3+1+3+7= 25 points
2. Artemis (SWE), 3+4+2+2+4+1,5+10= 26,5 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 1+1+4+8+3+6+6= 29 points
4. Bigamist (POR), 5+5+1+1+8+7,5+3= 30,5 points
5. Bribón (ESP), 6+2+3+7+8+10,5+5= 40,5 points
...

GP42 Series
Overall - Final

1. Caser Endesa (ESP), 3+1+3+2+1+3= 13 points
2. Roma (ITA), 2+2+2+1+4+2= 13 points
3. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 1+3+1+5+5+1= 16 points
4. Turismo Madrid (ESP), 4+5+4+3+2+5= 23 points
5. Airis (ITA), 5+4+5+4+3+4= 25 points

Audi MedCup Circuit 2009
Overall (4 events)

TP52 Series

1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 38+27,5+28+25= 118,5 points
2. Matador (ARG), 36+47,5+42,5+44,5= 170,5 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 40+41,5+65+29= 175,5 points
4. Artemis (SWE), 37+62,5+49,5+26,5= 175,5 points
5. Bigamist (POR), 46+55,5+57+30,5= 189 points
...

GP42 Series
1. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 20+23+23+16= 82 points
2. Roma (ITA), 22+17+30+13= 82 points
3. Caser-Endesa (ESP), 33+27+26+13= 99 points
4. Airis (ITA), 21+38+28+25= 112 points
5. Turismo Madrid (ESP), 35+35+43+23= 136 points
...

Complete results: http://2009.medcup.org/results

Quotes of the day:
Dean Barker (NZL) skipper Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):

'The regatta, it did not feel like we sailed as well as we did in the last two regattas, so I think we are satisfied to win the event, but we could do a much better job in the way we sailed. I think we really worked hard to gain places where we could.'

'It was a tricky day and it was always going to be, marginal on the forecast that we would race. But I think the results today show the strength and depth we now have in the fleet. All the teams can win races, and the improvement rate that has been most impressive this season has been Bigamist. They are tough competitors out there now.'

Ray Davies (NZL), tactician Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
'It’s a big relief. Artemis were leading going in to the one and only race and conditions were such that it was always going to be tricky. And we found ourselves in front of them (Artemis) and were able to tack on them on the second beat and they had to make two tacks. But anything could have happened. We gained another two points and we could be happier with the regatta, every race we have extended overall. You could not ask for more that.'

' Now we need to keep the same processes going. It is possibly good that the next three boats are so close together, and they will be battling among each other as much as trying to hurt us.'

Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), owner-helm Artemis (SWE):
' Today’s result was a bad day, obviously. We did not perform at our best but it was close all the time, round the top mark and so on. Anyway I am pleased with the regatta, we really feel like we are moving forwards. Th




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