Roma slips ahead

Breeze into double figures for day two of the GP42 Global Championship

Thursday October 15th 2009, Author: Dobbs Davis, Location: United Kingdom
On the strength of impressive 1-2-2 scores today, Filippo Faruffini's Roma 2 has taken the lead after six races and two days of racing in the 2009 GP42 Global Championship in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote. Led by skipper Paolo Cian, the team's consistency has paid off handsomely, with a four-point margin over new runner-up, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero.

“We are all very happy, but we are just at the Equator of the championship, and we must therefore keep concentrated and doing things as we've done up to now," commented Roma 2's helmsman, Paolo Cian. "The difference between today and tomorrow is that today we've had more wind, and more stable, from 15 to 16 knots, but the crew worked as well it always does."

But the most movement through the ranks came from Javier Goizueta’s Caser-Endesa, which on scores of 2-3-1 had a much-improved performance over their 7-4-2 scores of yesterday. Good starts, excellent speed, and clever positioning by this team led by skipper Juan Luiz Paez has moved them from sixth to third in the standings, just one point behind the local Canarias team.

“We've had a good day today, our boat likes these conditions, it's fast with the 13 to 14 knots we had today," said Caser Endesa helmsman, Juanlu Páez. "We've started pretty well without problems, and regarding the handling, the crew has done a fantastic job, no mistakes, so it was a nice, clean day. Roma and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero are probably the best boats, I think that's clear. But as we saw the first day, if the conditions change and are unstable, anyone can win. But under more or less stable conditions, these two boats are very well run, Roma has a very good helmsman, Paolo Cian, and a good crew, it's a very strong boat."

The change in today’s performances was due mostly to the change in conditions: the first race of the day featured a brisk 16 knots, the most seen yet here in Lanzarote, and the seasoned players from the Audi MedCup were able to break free on the upwind legs with just enough margin to get to the front and stay in front of the pack after the 1.8-mile windward legs set by race manager Peter 'Luigi' Reggio. On these legs the more favourable pressure and less current found on the left side of the course set just north of the airport at Playa Honda made every race a race for this corner, with those getting there first always able to lead back in the lead.

So, the chess game for control of this corner commenced right off the staring line, with those able to come off the line with pace, on time, and with the ability to hold their lane usually in good shape to get to this favoured corner first. Only with the luxury of having great speed, such as that shown time and again by Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, would any step over to the right yield better positioning results.

And while their starts were better than yesterday, Roberto Monti’s Airis still struggled a little in the conditions upwind, due in part to not having delivery yet of their new medium-condition sails long overdue by the courier used to send them here from Italy. Last report was one was located and due any moment…

Gonzalo Morales, bowman on Islas Canarias Puerto Calero commented on their performance today: “We aren't very happy about our third start, which hasn't been good due to a lack of concentration. We were steady with the bow to the wind and we haven't seen Airis coming from leeward, then they've tacked at our bow and so we were not able to start, and have thus had to go to the right, when it was the left hand side that payed."

The slight drop in breeze to 12-14 knots by the final race gave the non-MedCup teams a little better chance, with a good start at the pin on the last race by John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum putting them among the leaders for the first time in the series. Even in only their second day of GP42 racing, Magnus Olssen's Team Nordic is slowly chipping away at the deficits they’ve seen to the pack thusfar in the series.

“This is so much fun, these boats are fantastic!" commented Bassadone. "We were planning to come here and sail our Comet 41 in the Trofeo Manrique regatta, and were offered the chance to sail Roma 1, and I’m really pleased with our choice. I’m splitting the driving with Inaki, and having a great time.”

Magnus Olsson added: “We are really having fun, the boats are great, but obviously we have a speed problem. Its only our second day sailing these boats, so we are trying many different things to get going better, but so far no luck. The guys on the other boats are being really helpful at making suggestions and giving us tips and support to help us on our set-up.”

Windward-leeward course racing will resume tomorrow, with yet another three races planned in a 12-race series starting at 1200 local time.

Results:

Pos
Boat Skipper
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Tot
1
ROMA / MK2 Filippo Faruffini
4
2
3
1
2
2
14
2
ISLAS CANARIAS PTO.CALERO Jose Calero
5
5
1
3
1
3
18
3
CASER - ENDESA Javier Goizueta Grasset
7
4
2
2
3
1
19
4
TURISMO MADRID José María van der Ploeg
2
1
4
5
5
4
21
5
QUEBRAMAR / XACOBEO 2010 Goncalo Esteves
1
7
5
4
4
5
26
6
AIRIS Roberto Monti
3
3
6
6
6
6
30
7
PENINSULA PETROLEUM John Bassadone
9
6
7
7
7
7
43
8
NORDIC TEAM Magnus Olssen
6
8
8
8
8
8
46

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