No wind on final day of the GP42's Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler sees Desafio win with four bullets in five races

Sunday August 31st 2008, Author: Carla Anselmi, Location: United Kingdom
Unfortunately, the dense fog that covered the Cascais bay from the small hours of the day didn’t dissipate early enough in order to allow racing to be held on the third and final day of the 8th Trofeu Quebramar-Chrysler. The race committee waited till the last second of the 3:30pm deadline, but to no avail.

As a result Desafío clearly wins this 5th event of the Quebramar Cup, with an impressive four bullets in five races. To say that the Spanish team was consistent would be an understatement. Even after crossing the line early and making a penalty turn, the boat helmed by Laureano Wizner was able to win races.

The Italian GP42 Airis was second, showing enough consistency that also allowed them to reach second place in the overall Quebramar Cup leaderboard. On the other hand, Madrid, the Spanish boat skippered by Jose Maria van der Ploeg, achieved its best result ever this season by taking third place. Gustavo Lima, the Portuguese Olympic Laser sailor that called tactics in this event, proved to be an invaluable addition to the crew.

On the overall Quebramar Cup scoreboard, Desafío has managed to increase its lead and now has an 18-point advantage over second placed Airis that is now clear of third placed Near Miss.

The grand final of the Quebramar Cup will be the Trofeo Cesar Manrique, taking place in Puerto Calero, from 16 to 18 October.

"Consistency and regularity was the key to winning this regatta," said Santi López-Vázquez, Desafío tactician. "We had four victories and we were always within the top five at every mark. We clearly showed that under these light-medium conditions we are sufficiently fast and we don’t commit errors we can be at the top. On the other hand, our competitors committed mistakes and we took advantage of them, especially in a day like yesterday. We have also further improved crew work and are able to successfully handle all situations, except maybe a couple of starts, but we were then able to recover our way through the race."

Cesare Bressan, Team Manager of secon dplaced Airis said: " Desafío deserves its victory in this regatta and the overall leadership in the Quebramar Cup. We are obviously happy with the second place but we still are disappointed we failed to take advantage of our potential both in Valencia as well as in Palma. We will try to defend our overall position and why not win the last event of the season."

José Mª Van der Ploeg, owner of Madrid, added: "We are very happy with the result we achieved in this event. We get to learn the boat better every day, we are solving the speed problems and this makes us climb positions but we still have one remaining problem, that is consistency, a key for this class. We still have a long way to go, it’s a question of team work and self-confidence and we hope it will be solved when we feel surer about what we can achieve. It’s a gradual process that we hope to finish as soon as possible, as do our sponsors."

Final results - Trofeu Quebramar Chrysler 2008
Boat points
1. Desafio 8
2. AIRIS 15
3. Madrid 21
4. Near Miss 21
5. Roma GP42.2 22
6. Canarias Puerto Calero 23
7. Caser-Quum 35
8. Bodegas Luis Alegre 35

Provisional Quebramar GP42 Cup results after five events

Boat points
1. Desafío 92
2. AIRIS 110
3. Near Miss 112
4. Roma GP 42.2 139
5. Canarias Puerto Calero 156
6. Madrid 159
7. Caser-Quum 219
8. Seawonder 007 262
9. Roma GP 42.1 278
10. FERMAX 286
11. Bodegas Luis Alegre 287

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