Long day expected for TP52's & GP42's; Matador lose protest
It is likely to be another long day on the water for the TP52's and GP42's in Portimao. The official forecast predicts 6-10 knots from the NW dropping in the first hour under the influence of the thermal wind, before building again to 13-17 knots and maybe even 18 knots by the later afternoon.
The race course should be much the same as yesterday’s second and third races with the tacticians and strategists weighing up the choices of additional pressure often on the left and off Alvor but the favourable right hand shift inshore off Portimao’s Praia Rocha.
Matador came off second best after last night's protest hearing which emerged from a port-starboard incident with Bigamist during yesterday's second race.
As a result of their subsequent disqualification, the Argentine boat loses out on their sixth place finish and is weighted down by an additional five points.
As a result, the Trophy of Alicante winners slide to seventh overall at this Portugal Trophy regatta.