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Giornata importante quella odierna per il Campionato del Mondo TP52 in corso di svolgimento alle Canarie. La regata costiera di trentacinque miglia ha...

[singlepic=606,250,170,,left]TP52 World Championship – Puerto Calero – Giornata importante quella odierna per il Campionato del Mondo TP52 in corso di svolgimento alle Canarie. La regata costiera di trentacinque miglia  ha infatti definito una classifica diversa rispetto a quella di ieri. Penalizzato dalla rottura del backstay, Mutua Madrilena ha ceduto punto importanti agli avversari, finendo la manche nelle retrovie. A trarre massimo giovamento da questo contrattempo sono stati Quantum Racing, balzato in vetta alla graduatoria in virtù del secondo posto ottenuto oggi, e Artemis, tornato di prepotenza in lotta per la vittoria finale grazie a un autoritario successo di giornata.
Quarta posizione per Bribon, capace di confermare gli ottimi progressi evidenziati ieri, quinta per Platoon di Jochen Schuemann, praticamente alla pari con Matador, meno brillante del solito. Sempre in ritardo Audi TP52 Powered by Q8 di Ricardo Simoneschi, fermo in nona posizione.

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La seconda giornata di regate. Video courtesy TP52 World Championship.

Artemis wins short coastal race; Quantum Racing leader overall
[singlepic=605,250,170,,left][TP52 World Championship Press Release] The TP52 World Championship in Puerto Calero is all but boring and we were served a third day of intriguing competition on the waters of Lanzarote that resulted in yet another overall leader. We started with Artemis on Monday, then Mutua Madrileña yesterday and finally Quantum Racing today.
After two days of windward/leeward races, the 14-strong TP52 fleet sailed the short coastal race, approximately 35 miles long. The course took the fleet to a windward mark 1.6 miles from the starting line in front of the airport, before turning north towards Arrecife, the island’s capital. From there yachts turned back south towards Puerto Calero, where two buoys a few dozen meters from the breakwater gave the hundreds of spectators ashore the chance to watch the TP52’s “flying” in front of their eyes. They then headed south for the longest leg of the race towards the cape beach of Punta Papagayo. After rounding the mark there, the course headed back to Puerto Calero to finish just off the marina entrance.
The weather had in store a little bit of everything during the three and a half hours the yachts crisscrossed the waters off Puerto Calero; sun, light conditions, rain showers, squalls with puffs of up to 25 knots, especially in the last leg.
After a less than average performance on Tuesday, Artemis found their form on Wednesday and crossed the finish line ahead of Quantum Racing and Bribón, after clearly dominating from start to finish. There was no doubt yesterday’s clumsy errors were not repeated aboard the Swedish boat. Torbjorn Tornqvist helmed the boat to a clean start and together with Mutua Madrileña, Bribón and Platoon opted for the left side of the race course. As Russell Coutts pointed out, the first leg was very important to the overall race and after rounding first the top mark, they stayed clearly ahead of the fleet.
The most interesting battles took place right behind Tornqvist’s back. Mutua Madrileña rounded second the first buoy and it all pointed to a duel with Vasco Vascotto. Unfortunately, a breakage in their backstay made the Italians slip back and Bribón grabbed 2nd place when the fleet was heading north. Quantum Racing and El Desafío took also advantage of the stronger breeze close to the shore and managed to weave their way through traffic when passing in front of the airport. They rounded the northernmost mark, 3rd and 4th respectively, behind Artemis and Bribón.
El Desafío took advantage of the nice airport breeze again on their way south to Puerto Calero and were second in the mark in front of the marina, followed by Bribón and Quantum. On the way to Punta Papagayo, Morgan Larson on Quantum put in another fine performance and the American boat reached the mark ahead of Bribón, taking advantage of the fresher breeze close to coast. Still, the play of the day was Ross Macdonald’s decision to take Bribón as much as 2 miles further offshore to the right than the other 13 yachts in the final leg. While Quantum Racing and El Desafío were neck and neck close to the shore, Bribón got a nice right shift and sneaked in between.
For tomorrow Thursday, the program calls for the long coastal race, approximately 60 miles long.

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