Carlo Borlenghi and Guido Trombetta

Peninsula Petroleum takes the lead

British team moves ahead on day two of fleet racing at the RC44 Puerto Calero Cup

Friday February 10th 2012, Author: Jo Grindley, Location: Spain

Some new faces are emerging at the top of the leaderboard at the RC44 Puerto Calero Cup. With the anticipation of strong winds the fleet left the dock early, slotting in three races by early afternoon, with big velocity changes and shifts, the tactician’s were kept busy.

Team Aqua won the day’s opener, before making a rare error which left them back in 13th place at the finish of the second race, as owner Chris Bake explained: “Consistency has not been part of today! We had a good start to the day, then in the second race I made a mistake and broached pretty badly, I came around way too aggressively, we didn’t have the shoot ready, came up too high and ended up on the wrong side of the course. Then the last race we were a bit more on form, just a few issues. It was a full on day.” A fourth place in the final race keeps Team Aqua well in contention in sixth place overall.

The French Aleph Sailing Team had been leading the day’s opener before finishing third. They then turned the tables in the second race, third at the final windward mark, they passed No Way Back and Katusha on the final run to secure their first race win of the year. “It was another great day on-board Aleph, especially in the first two races we were very fast in the strong breeze and the team is doing a great job in these conditions,” explained tactician Mathieu Richard. “It was very difficult out there in the last race, the wind was shifting all the time which was a nightmare for the tactics but we finished ninth so it’s still a great day.” Aleph sit second overall after four races, three points off the leader.

A team that seemed to relish the shifty conditions was John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum. Having teamed up with tactician Vasco Vascotto at the end of the 2011 season, the new partnership leapt onto the podium at the RC44 World Championships last November and now find themselves leading the season opener, their worst result a fifth.

Starting at the pin for every start today, Peninsula Petroleum proceeded to play the shifts and slot in a very consistent 2,4,1 scoreline. “The team sailed very well, it was very tricky out there, it was very shifty but we had a couple of good starts and tactically we were solid," said owner John Bassadone once ashore.

Peninsula Petroleum has a three point cushion over their French rivals, but with no discard at RC44 events tactician Vascotto had a clear message for the team. “We had three great races and were really happy about the results today, but we need to only enjoy this for 15 minutes and then forget this kind of result to come back to our plan of learning, learning, learning! We still have a lot to learn.”

Synergy Russian Sailing Team suffered minor damage after their halyard broke in the first race of the day, putting them out of the last two races of the day.

Four more races are expected tomorrow for the penultimate day of the RC44 Puerto Calero Cup with the first warning signal due at 11.00 (GMT).


Pos Boat Owner R1 R2 R3 R4 Tot
1 Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (GBR 1) John Bassadone 5 2 4 1 12
2 Aleph Sailing Team (FRA17) Hugues Lepic 2 3 1 9 15
3 No Way Back (NED 18) Pieter Heerema 1 9 3 7 20
4 Artemis Racing (SWE44) Torbjorn Tornqvist 3 4 12 3 22
5 Team Nika (RUS 10) Tomislav Basic 4 12 5 2 23
6 Team Aqua (GBR 2041) Cameron Appleton 10 1 13 4 28
7 AFX Capital Racing Team (ITA 7) Massimo Barranco 9 7 8 8 32
8 Katusha (RUS 007) Gennadi Timchenko 12 13 2 5 32
9 Ironbound (USA 1) David Murphy 14 5 6 10 35
10 RUS-7 Sail Racing Team powered by (RUS7) Kirill Podolsky 11 6 7 12 36
11 Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP 1) Daniel Calero 6 14 10 6 36
12 RC44 TEAM CEEREF (SLO 11) Igor Lah 7 8 9 13 37
13 AEZ RC44 Sailing Team (AUT44) Rene Mangold 8 10 11 11 40
14 Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13) Valentin Zavadnikov 13 11 15 DNS 15 DNS 54

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