Thursday, August 20, 2009

Emirates Team NZ grab leadership of Portimao Trophy

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Winning the second race of the day with Artemis in fourth sees Emirates Team New Zealand lead overall at the Portugal Trophy.

Racing in the brisk NW’ly cross offshore breeze, Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) lead from the first windward mark. They started well and were able to gain from their position on the early left of the course before crossing the fleet to protect the inshore line. This time they went with the right downwind and were able to extend on the first leg.

Synergy got the better of Quantum Racing (USA) on the second beat to hang on to second place. Starting early proved very costly for the Portuguese entry Bigamist (POR) who took time to extricate themselves from a tight line up of boats. By the windward mark they had 300 metres to make up, lying tenth. A good final run gained them two places but they drop from second to fourth overall.

Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) lead on countback going in to tomorrow’s coastal race, sharing the 15 points aggregate with Artemis (SWE), Quantum Racing’s 8,3 for the day leaves them in third.

In the GP42 second race of the day Caser Endesa lead across the finish line ahead of Roma Mk2 (ITA) with Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) in third. By virtue of their win Caser Endesa (ESP) lead the series on countback, but second placed Islas Canarias Puerto Calero and Roma all have 4 points apiece going into their third race of the Trophy of Portugal regatta.

Video highlights from the second day of the Portugal Trophy. Portimao, 20 August 2009. Video copyright AUDI Medcup

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