Preparing for battle

The Audi MedCup's Region of Sardinia Trophy starts next week

Tuesday July 14th 2009, Author: Andi Robertson, Location: United Kingdom
The third of this season’s five 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit regattas, the Region of Sardinia Trophy, starts in one week. Last year it was the eventual winners of the Audi MedCup Circuit, Quantum Racing (USA), who conquered the fleet on the great sailing waters off Cagliari to win their first regatta of the season, marking the improvement in their standard.

With the level set so high in both the TP52 Series and the GP42 Series already this season and two different boats in each Series having won in Alicante and Marseille, the question is will we start to see a dominant performer move ahead in Cagliari.

In the TP52 Series, after winning in France, it is Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) which leads the overall standings by a clear 26 points after 19 races including one 40 mile coastal race, but the consensus among sailors in the top ranks of the fleet is that there are at least four boats still tipped as potential Audi MedCup Circuit winners. But there are now probably six teams who have the potential to win a regatta.

Sailors from both of the top teams, Emirates Team New Zealand and Quantum Racing, will be racing this week (17th-19th July) in a series regatta for the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in order to learn the waters and winds better.

Pos Boat Owner Skipper Nat Alicante Marseille Tot
2 QUANTUM RACING Doug deVos/Fred Howe Terry Hutchinson USA 40 41.5 81.5
3 MATADOR Alberto Roemmers Guillermo Parada ARG 36 47.5 83.5
4 ARTEMIS Torbjorn Tornqvist Torbjorn Tornqvist SWE 37 62.5 99.5
5 BIGAMIST 7 Pedro Mendonça  Afonso Domigos  POR 46 55.5 101.5
6 PISCO SOUR Vasco Vascotto Vasco Vascotto CHI 53 78 131
7 SYNERGY Valentin Zavadnikov  Sergey Pichugin  RUS 74 63 137
8 BRIBON Jose Cusi Thierry Peponnet ESP 79 62.5 141.5
9 VALARS III Podolsky Kirill Serguei Chevtsov  RUS 82 69 151
10 AUDI TP52 POWERED BY Q8 Riccardo Simoneschi Riccardo Simoneschi ITA 89 88 177
11 EL DESAFIO ESP 65 147 212
12 MARAZZI SAILING Flavio Marazzi Flavio Marazzi SUI 67 147 214
13 CRISTABELLA John Cook John Cook GBR 126 99 225

GP42s chomping at the bit

While the GP42s have lost one entry in their ranks - Keisuke Suzuki’s team on Swing (JPN), which is undergoing modifications before being shipped to Japan - the remaining five teams are bracing for another intense series of races next week. As seen in the last Audi MedCup stage in Marseille, this group is small but highly-competitive, with any team capable of winning races.

And if the breeze ramps up to the high teens and over 20 knots, as is likely in Cagliari, watch out: these boats off the wind plane as fast as their larger TP52 bretheren, but with the added intensity of close tactical combat. This should make the gate mark roundings spectacular indeed.

And changes made to the hull forms of Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) and Caser-Endesa (ESP) have enhanced their high-wind performance, so they could be particularly tough to beat.

“We’re very much looking forward to Cagliari,” says Roma 2 helmsman Paolo Cian, winner of the last stage and current series leader by 4 points. “But we know this will be a tough fight because these other teams are getting better and better with each event.”

The Audi MedCup Village will take shape over the course of this week on the historic sea front, right in the heart of the proud region of Sardinia’s capital city. With its excellent racing waters, great record for winds, good shore-side infrastructure and heavy investment in regeneration and development as a tourism destination, Cagliari is constantly enhancing its reputation on the global grand prix sailing calendar.

With its new Audi MedCup Experience interactive expo, live reporting and tracking displayed in the regatta village, the site will be larger than last season but in the same position.

Racing starts for the TP52 Series with the official Practice Race on Monday 20 July and concludes on Saturday 25 July, while the GP42 Series’ Practice Race is on Tuesday 21 July.

Pos Boat Owner Skipper Nat Alicante Marseille Tot
1 ROMA / MK2 Filippo Faruffini  Paolo Cian ITA 22 17 39
2 ISLAS CANARIAS PTO.CALERO Jose A. Calero Rodriguez Jose Ponce  ESP 20 23 43
3 AIRIS Roberto Monti Cameron Appleton ITA 21 38 59
4 CASER - ENDESA Javier Goizueta Grasset Juan Luis Paez  ESP 33 27 60
5 TURISMO MADRID José María Van Der Ploeg  José María Van Der Ploeg  ESP 35 35 70
6 SWING Keisuke Suzuki Keisuke Suzuki JPN 38 51 89

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