Warpath demonstrates her reaching speed
The course proved a feast for those boats strong on all varieties of reaching, and a famine for those seeking upwind and downwind passing opportunities, but with the finish line for the full course broken by Warpath at a little before 2100hrs the speed and efficiency of the TP52s in the mainly light breezes was never really in doubt.
Mutua Madrilena proved their strength under upwind Code Zero and an astute reading of the transitional zone between different breezes. They sailed low around the leading pack on the third leg of the course to take a lead they only relinquished after they had collected the best points for the first section of the race, turning 13 seconds ahead of Warpath.
Caixa Galicia made the best start, quickest and best positioned to break out their upwind Code Zero. They were third behind Warpath at the points gate but a final throw of the dice in the difficult dying stages of the race - looking to a move that might have won them the race - saw them drop to fourth behind Cristabella. After they passed through the points gate off Fleves island, the southernmost turn of the course, Warpath held high on the reach back across the Gulf to Ayhina island and were able to overhaul Mutua as they approached they buoy.
With an acknowledged speed edge reaching they were able to gradually extend to take first gun ahead of Mutua Madrilena.
“Yesterday we waited to seed what happened and got penalised for not reacting, and today we waited to see what happened and our patience paid off,” explained Terry Hutchinson, Warpath’s tactician. “We had a nine mile beat under upwind Code Zeros and Mean Machine were just flying, they sailed right around both of us. Both of our boats did well sailing away from Caixa. When the wind was at about 100deg true we just let the old girl do her stuff and we had height and legs on them. We kept the boat pointed at the mark and let her do her thing. It was a nice race. But we were pretty disappointed with yesterday and felt we were done by, some of those situations happened and we felt they were things you didn’t want to panic on real quick. Today we did nice work when it got dicey.”
Winning the first leg and second at the finish leaves Mean Machine with an overall lead of two points over Cristabella. John Cook’s crew’s fifth and third for their long day in the heat, zig-zagging back and forth across the Saronic Gulf, earned them nine points of a lead over Warpath.
“We had good speed, good communication crew work and as team we were excelling. It was exciting and we managed to get in before the sea-breeze died and it became a drift off,” said Mutua Madrilena’s navigator Wouter Verbraak.
“We are pretty happy with our day. A third and a fourth we are happy with that. It could have been worse. We had a good start and after that it was down to boat speed and sail handling. The newer boats are a little bit stronger reaching but we sailed a good race," said John Kostecki, tactician of Caixa Galicia which lies fourth overall, sharing equal points with Warpath.
“It’s always good when you are in the front end of the fleet. It is never straightforward when it is puffy like that, but once the order was established it was pretty hard to come back. Even after the first mark. But it was good sailing, the boats are good and there was always a place to be gained or lost,” reported Andrew Cape, Cristabella’s navigator.
Results after four races
|1||MON 52||MUTUA MADRILENA (C)||MON||JUDEL - VROLIJK||PETER DE RIDDER||PETER DE RIDDER||3.0||3.0||1.0||2.0||9.0|
|2||GBR 5206||CRISTABELLA||GBR||JUDEL - VROLIJK||JOHN COOK||CHARLIE McKEE||2.0||1.0||5.0||3.0||11.0|
|3||USA 52698||WARPATH||USA||BOTIN & CARKEEK||FRED & STEVE HOWE||DEAN BARKER||10.0||7.0||2.0||1.0||20.0|
|4||ESP 7452||CAIXA GALICIA||ESP||FARR||VICENTE TIRADO||ROBERTO BERMUDEZ-DE CASTRO||11.0||2.0||3.0||4.0||20.0|
|5||ESP 7552||BRIBON (C)||ESP||FARR||JOSE CUSI||PICHU TORCIDA||8.0||4.0||4.0||8.0||24.0|
|6||USA 52864||RUSH (C)||USA||FARR||THOMAS L. STARK||THOMAS L. STARK||7.0||6.0||7.0||11.0||31.0|
|7||POR 2241||BIGAMIST 6||POR||REICHEL - PUGH||PEDRO MENDONCA||AFONSO DOMINGOS||4.0||9.0||9.0||12.0||34.0|
|8||GRE 7652||LEXUS/ATALANTI||GRE||BOTIN & CARKEEK||GEORGE ANDREADIS - JAIME YLLERA||RUSSELL COUTTS||13.0||5.0||8.0||10.0||36.0|
|9||ITA 52||ORLANDA||ITA||BOTIN & CARKEEK||ALESSANDRO PIRERA||FRANCESCO BRUNI||12.0||8.0||12.0||6.0||38.0|
|10||IRL 5200||SIEMENS||IRL||REICHEL - PUGH||EAMON CONNEELY||IAN WALKER||1.0||11.0||14.0||13.0||39.0|
|11||GBR 5252||SANTA ANA (C)||ESP||FARR||STUART ROBINSON & J.A.INIESTA||STUART ROBINSON||14.0||13.0||6.0||7.0||40.0|
|12||ITA 572||ANONIMO||ITA||JUDEL - VROLIJK||RICCARDO SIMONESCHI||RICCARDO SIMONESCHI||9.0||12.0||11.0||9.0||41.0|
|13||GRE 52700||BAMBAKOU (C)||GRE||MANI FRERS||JOHN G. COUMANTAROS||JOHN G. COUMANTAROS||15.0||16.0||10.0||5.0||46.0|
|14||ESP 7352||AIFOS (C)||ESP||FARR||ARMADA ESPANOLA||RICARDO ALVAREZ MALDONADO||5.0||14.0||13.0||14.0||46.0|
|15||NOR 12000||FRAM XVI (C)||NOR||FARR||H.M. KING HARALD V OF NORWAY||H.M. KING HARALD V OF NORWAY||6.0||15.0||15.0||15.0||51.0|
|16||RUS 13||RUSAL SYNERGY||RUS||BOTIN & CARKEEK||GATEWAY OVERSEAS LTD||ANDREY NIKOLAEV||16.0||10.0||16.0||16.0||58.0|