Friday, February 13, 2009

The GP42 and TP52 classes to race together in the Audi Medcup

[Source: AUDI Medcup] The Audi MedCup Circuit, known as the world’s leading regatta series is pleased to announce that the TP52 Class and GP42 Class will compete on the Circuit.

The MedCup goes into its its fifth year and is widely regarded as the most competitive yacht racing circuit of its kind, attracting the top owners, skippers, sailors and boat designers alike.

Five cities in four different countries will host the series of regattas for both the 52’s and 42’s over five months from May through to September this year. Racing for the TP52’s will consist of the traditional five days of racing with four of these on windward-leeward courses and one coastal race whilst the new division of GP42s will have four days of inshore racing. Although each of the events can be considered individually from a sporting point of view, it is winning the overall circuit that is seen as the top achievement.

“We will set up a race course for both classes with 6 minutes interval between the start of the first fleet (TP52) and the start of the second fleet (GP42)” explains Technical Director, Nacho Postigo, “this way we ensure to provide the best possible racing for the teams on what is, from experience, guaranteed to be challenging competition on the race courses.” Racing at each venue will commence with the TP52's who will be joined by the GP42s a day later in order to allow for racing to conclude for all on the final day of the event.

“We are very pleased to introduce a second racing division to the Medcup Circuit. The MedCup Circuit is the ideal platform for box rule classes and we expect both to benefit from this decision. We are looking forward to accommodate the teams at all five venues and are confident we will again supply them with the highest level of competition and facilities. We expect to see a combined fleet of eighteen yachts competing this year on the Circuit.” Concludes Audi MedCup Circuit Director, Ignacio Triay.

Reminder of the 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit dates:
May 12 – 17, Alicante, Spain
June 9 – 14, Marseille, France
July 20 – 25, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
August 18 - 23, Portimão, Portugal
September 14 - 19, Carthagena, Spain

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