Audi MedCup – Cagliari

One race was held today in Cagliari for the TP 52 fleet. The Mistral was in at 25-28 knots and there was plenty of action.

On Artemis we had another good race finishing 4th, overlapped with Emirates Team New Zealand who just beat us. Matador had been leading the race at the second windward mark but blew out their gennaker after the set. This saved second place for the season for Quantum who were in 5th place at that point.

For the Cagliari event, Matador sailed great to win easily with ALL4ONE in second tied with ETNZ.

This was the final event of the Audi MedCup season. Emirates Team New Zealand won again this year with Quantum second and Matador third. TeamOrigin was fourth and we on Artemis were 5th.

This year the level of the competition has been raised for sure. Emirates Team New Zealand and TeamOrigin have sold their boats to focus on the America’s Cup next year. Quantum is building a new boat, as is Matador.

In ten days time, the TP52 fleet will reconvene in Valencia for the World Championship. We did not have a very good regatta here but are looking at it as a tune up and looking forward to starting with a clean slate for the Worlds.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

Paul

Audi MedCup – Cagliari

A good day for Artemis today. Once again the coastal race proved to be to our liking as we finished a very credible 3rd.

The course zigzagged us across Cagliari Bay in 11-13 knots of wind from the South.

Matador got off to a good start just to windward of us and we were 1, 2 early in the race. We got a little caught up in a pack with Quantum and ALL4ONE and Synergy, while Matador escaped and built a comfortable lead.

In the end, after 26 miles it was Matador 1st, followed by Quantum, Artemis, ALL4ONE, Synergy and Emirates Team New Zealand.

Tomorrow, we are back to windward-leeward racing. The forecast is for tricky conditions preceding a Mistral on Saturday.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

Paul

Audi MedCup – Cagliari

Not a good day on Artemis. We had a 5, 9, 8.

The wind was a Southeasterly sea breeze of 9-13 knots.

We made a nice move on the last run of the first race to go from 9th to 5th. Other than that, our day did not have any highlights.

We seemed to get the wind shifts wrong most of the time.

Matador is sailing very well and Quantum is gaining consistency after their opening race. There was a big crash on the first windward leg of the third race between AL4ONE and Bribon which took both boats out of the race.

Tomorrow is the Coastal Race which has a scoring factor of 1.5.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

Paul

Audi MedCup – Cagliari

Today was the first day of the Audi Med Cup-Cagliari. Three races were held in 8-18 knots for the ten boat fleet of TP52s.

Onboard Artemis our first and second races were good with a 3,6 and we were 2nd overall at that point. Then a bad start and going the wrong way on the first windward leg of the third race put us way behind the fleet. We fought back to battle on the last run with Bribon and Luna Rossa but we failed to pass them at the finish.

After light to moderate Southeasterly winds for three-quarters of the day the wind really piped up for that last race. The water was very choppy.

Emirates Team New Zealand came out of the day in first, with Matador in second.

Tomorrow racing begins at 1300 and moderate Southeasterly winds are forecast again.

For complete results go to www.medcup.org

Paul