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Audi MedCup lay on a special flight for competitors to get to Cartagena from Sardinia

Sunday September 13th 2009, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
“On behalf of the Audi MedCup Circuit we wish you all a pleasant flight to Murcia for the final event of the 2009 season.” The captain of the flight YW5712 welcomed with these words to the 40 sailors flying last night from Sardinia to Murcia onboard the flight chartered by Audi MedCup.

Throughout last week, Porto Cervo has been hosting the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, where every year some of the world’s best sailors compete. Obviously this means that a cross section of Audi MedCup crews were also in Sardinia sailing on a wide variety of boats.

To guarantee that all of them could compete in the final races off Porto Cervo, and still arrive in Cartagena with most time to prepare for for the Audi MedCup season’s finale and make their travel from Sardinia to Murcia easier, the Circuit organisation chartered a flight which left Olbia airport at 1930 last night to arrive at Murcia San Javier airport at 2155. Then 12 Audi Q7 courtesy cars dispersed the 40 sailors form the Murcian airport to their hotels.

The aeroplane charterd by Audi MedCup was a 50 seater CRJ200 built by Bombardier, 2677m long and with a 21.21m wingspan and a maximum range of over 3,000 km, maximum operating altitude of 41.000ft, maximum speed of 860 km/h, etc. In fact although the plane was laid on by the organisation, the cost passed on to the sailors, or their teams, is little more than for a direct scheduled flight.

Onboard this Audi MedCup YW5712 flight were seven sailors from Bribón (ESP) including the skipper Thierry Peponnet (FRA) and navigator Marcel Van Triest (NED), six from Matador (ARG) including the navigator Steve Hayles (GBR), four from Artemis including Vasco Vascotto (ITA, who will be helmsman in Cartagena; four from Emirates Team New Zealand, seven from Quantum Racing including strategist Mark Mendelblatt (USA), bowman Phil Jameson (NZ) and navigator Ian Moore (IRL), five from Audi TP52 powered by Q8, three from Synergy including navigator Francesco Mongelli (ITA), one from Bigamist and one from the GP42 Roma, as well as Technical Director of the Audi MedCup Circuit, Nacho Postigo (ESP).

With five of the world’s leading navigators on board, perhaps the captain was not short of advice on the best routing?

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