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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Strong starts

'S40 Practice Day: On board Patagonia by the Australian Soto - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011'    Ian Roman/Audi MedCup ©    Click Here to view large photo

The Audi MedCup Circuit's Region of Murcia Trophy is currently in progress and Russia’s Synergy Sailing Team has managed to maintain their impressive record for making solid starts to this season’s Audi MedCup Circuit regattas when they won the first race of the Region of Murcia-Cartagena Trophy event.

In very light and fickle breezes, under the stark, rugged cliffs off Cartagena, tactician Rod Dawson (NZL), helm Eugeniy Neugodnikov (RUS) and navigator Francesco Mongelli (ITA) conspired to make the most of a strong start, proving they have the speed in the very gentle airs to hold off the very competitive fleet.

Synergy lead from the first windward mark, ahead of Jose Cusi’s Copa del Rey winning Spanish boat Bribon. Both extended noticeably on the second beat when they gained from a right windshift and were comfortably clear of third placed Quantum Racing (USA) by the finish line.

Open Village - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011 -  Guido Trombetta/AudiMedCup   Click Here to view large photo

For the Russian flagged team, who have made two crew changes for this regatta, one forced through injury to their bowman and one new trimmer as they sought better downwind speed, this was their third race win of the season, a victory which ensures they have never finished Race 1 of any regatta this season any worse than third place.

It was after 1615hrs when racing finally got under way, after a long delay ashore. And in the end there was only just enough breeze, 5-7kts, to complete only the one contest. In stark contrast to the majority of the racing over what has been a breezy season so far, it proved a difficult test for the afterguards especially attempting to read and react to the subtle changes on the water.

Markus Wieser (GER) and the crew of Container (GER), second placed for the season standings, found themselves on the wrong side of that pernicious wind shift and could only cross the finish line in seventh place.

The young Australian crew on Patagonia by the Australian Soto 40 Team, average age just 24, sailed an inspired Soto 40 practice race.

They made best use of their hand-me -down sail wardrobe, an inventory complemented by ‘borrows’ from three different boats including Quantum headsails from circuit leaders Iberdrola– and lead from the first cross to the finish line.

There was no room for superstition and they greeted their winning gun with megawatt smiles, and now endeavour to repeat the same measure of performance Thursday when their fleet starts racing for real. 'We have three jibs from Iberdrola, but maybe they will want them back after today.' Grinned skipper-helm Brent Fowler of Western Australia.

Light winds are expected to prevail at least for the next couple of days.

Rod Dawson (NZL), Tactician, Synergy (RUS): 'A really light day here, with tricky conditions, we sort of had a plan to get to the left side of the racecourse and that paid off well up the first beat. At the first mark we managed to stay ahead of Bribón and we stayed there the whole race. It was really close until the end but we managed to hold them off at the end. It´s a good start for us, hopefully we can get going with good results. I think that the boat is pretty good in light conditions, we are really happy about it, but having said that, the boat loves sailing is 15-20 knots conditions.'

52 Series Day 1: Synergy - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011 -  © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup   Click Here to view large photo

Francesco Mongelli (ITA), navigator Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS): 'Today was very good, we have done everything perfectly and the race went very good, from the start. And then we had a good speed for all the race, and we kept, thanks to the speed, the side that we wanted. And that was the correct side.

Compliments to the whole team who made the boat go fast, to the guys that made the manouvres to go on the right side, and to the people that have chosen that side.'

Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), Skipper, Bribón (ESP): 'It was a tough day out there but we sailed well in all departments. We´ve also been a bit lucky because days like today are complicated. We are happy because it was the first race and it was pretty easy for something to go wrong and start the trophy with the wrong foot. We did not start well, but we caught a couple shifts and we managed to keep a second place. We spent the rest of the day trying to catch Synergy, but keeping an eye on the boats behind us. We controlled our position well during the whole race. We have to be really positive about what we did today.'

Brent Fowler (AUS) skipper-helm Patagonia powered by Australian Soto 40 Sailing Team: 'It was pretty testing conditions, but it was great. We went out early and spent a fair bit of time practising, then cooled down a bit. We spent a lot more time on the race course area than the other guys. There is a lot more to learn, we need to spend more time in the boat, it’s a one design so there is a lot more to learn. I think we will get there.

40 Series practice day: Patagonia by Australian Soto 40 Team - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011 -  © Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup   Click Here to view large photo

We came off the start not in a great a position but if we had been only a little bit slower it could easily have been us at the other end of the fleet. We went right and were in front from the first cross in a strong position. Then from there we just did not let anyone get between us and the top mark. Going downwind we overlaid the bottom gate mark but that was not too bad, upwind the breeze had shifted right a little more and it paid off.

Sometimes it is a bit of a curse to win the practise race, but then Iberdrola is green and green is bad luck on boats, so you never know. I don’t think we are believing in superstition this week, but we do think we have the pace. It gives us some confidence because the boys have been working pretty hard these last few days.

We will get out early tomorrow and see if we can do it when it counts, we will try and get a bit more rig tuning in the boat.
We have a mainsail from Patagonia, we have one of their original kites and have borrowed two headsails from Iberdrola. I don’t know if they will let us have them back again tomorrow! And we have some spinnakers from Negra.'

Region of Murcia Trophy – Cartagena 52 Series?, Results after one race:

1. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 1 point
2. Bribón (ESP), 2 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 3 points
4. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR), 4 points
5. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5 points
6. RÁN (SWE), 6 points
7. Container (GER), 7 points

52 Series Day 1: Fleet - Region of Murcia Trophy 2011 -  Stefano Gattini - Audi Medcup?nid=87674   Click Here to view large photo

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