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Audi MedCup Region of Sardinia Trophy early win for Ràn

'TP52 training day: Ran - Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011'    Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©    Click Here to view large photo

Audi MedCup Circuit's Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 is now officially underway in Sardinia.

For Niklas and Catherine Zennstrom and the Ran crew, their victory in today's 52 series practice race came as a boost to their morale. The win also serves as a reminder that they are merely one of numerous 52 series teams which are capable of leaving with the trophy.


Their momentum took a dive in Marseille last month when their shiny new Vrolijk designed, English built boat was hit and their transom damaged in an unfortunate joust with the British boat Gladiator.

But today the mainly British crew with renowned Kiwi tactician Gavin Brady, kept the current TP52 world champions Quantum Racing (USA) astern to the finish line, taking first gun in today’s exciting practice race.

'It doesn’t really mean that much, but winning certainly puts a smile on your face and puts everyone in a good mood. And it is reminder to us all that we can do it.' was navigator Steve Hayles’ (GBR) evaluation of the importance of today’s first gun. It sets them up well for tomorrow’s first points scoring races at the Audi MedCup Circuit’s third regatta of the five which constitute the 2011 season long championship.

The 2011 racing campaign for the couple’s crew spans not just this, their debut this season on the Audi MedCup Circuit, but also continues their successful racing with their larger IRC 72 footer, almost all offshore.

In their native Sweden they took line honours in last week’s 400 miles Gotland Runt and just lost out on winning overall by a matter of minutes whilst their next major offshore target with their ‘big boat’ will be defending their Fastnet Race overall title which they won in 2009 with a race strategy which several described as ‘near perfect’

By comparison to the long offshores the Audi MedCup Circuit is about short, supercharged sprints and tight boat-for-boat tactics.

Today’s practice race, contested in a brisk southerly sea breeze which reached 20kts, proved that Ràn have the legs to win races, and if they can slightly raise their level of consistency they can surely be among the regatta title challengers here.

TP52 training day: Fleet - Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 -  Ian Roman-Audi MedCup ©?nid=86153   Click Here to view large photo

The 52 Series’ only owner driver at this regatta, Zennstrom made an accomplished start and Ràn was in position to pass Quantum Racing down the first run. The American flagged team charged down the last leg and were in Ràn ’s wake on the finish line with Marseille Trophy victors Container (GER) skippered by Markus Wieser (GER) finishing third.

Conditions are expected to be brisk for this regatta’s first two planned windward-leeward races tomorrow, though forecasts suggest it will be the NW’ly Mistral, which accelerates down the long, flat and dusty valley upwind of the race area

The practice race was also a reminder how close the racing is expected to be here. Jose Cusi’s Bribon (ESP) were among the early contenders as were Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, who are a Sardinian team which would deliver a huge boost if they could return stronger results off the island which is home to the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda whose burgee they race under.

Tomorrow the 40 Series have their practice race.

Steve Hayles (GBR) Ràn (SWE-GBR): 'The fleet is so very close Obviously you have good and bad races to be honest, we got a clear start and a good lane and were just in it enough and were just close enough to Quantum Racing to roll them on a gybe which happens all the time, one way or another. I think that everyone has really come together, even the boats which two regattas ago we thought were maybe not as quick are in there now. It really is very even.

It is a nice thing for us today, a plus and puts everyone in a good mood. We have always known the boat is quick and so far have not performed to the level that we would have liked to. There are reasons for that and this is a tough fleet. So it is nice today to remind yourself that we can do it.

We have won a lot of stuff so far by having a good boat (the 72 footer), which is well prepared, being in the right place at the right time, no question, but it really is nice to come here and really get everything really tested.'

Markus Wieser (GER), Skipper, Container (GER): 'It´s going to be fast here, it´s quite shifty, the winds has gone up 25 knots here today, we all had our sails up today and had to be careful with them. It looks like we are going to have Mistral this week so it´ll be fun'.

Ado Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA): 'We are pretty pleased about today, stayed first for most part of the race. We used an old spinnaker at the last run of the race. We got caught by RÀN but we were right there with them at the finish, which is good. I think that everybody, including us, is bringing new sails, the ones that they´d wish they´d have used in Marseille, so I think it´s going to be the most competitive regatta so far, because everyone has been able to build the stuff that they realise they needed after Cascais. Audi Sailing Team is faster, Bribón is a really quick boat, RÀN, Container, Azzurra, Synergy… Actually, any of the seven boats has a chance to win in here.'

TP52 training day: Quantum Racing - Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 -  © Guido Trombetta/Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup   Click Here to view large photo

TP52 training day: Onboard Synergy - Region of Sardinia Trophy 2011 -  © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup   Click Here to view large photo


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