Tough day on the Palma Bay for us on Siemens/Matador. The race was a windward – leeward – windward, followed by a tour of Palma Bay with a long reach, then upwind and finally a long downwind fetch. The wind was anywhere from 165 to 210 degrees, in different parts of the bay.

We had a top ten race going until the last upwind leg. I went too far to the right…along the coast and there was much more wind out in the middle of the bay. Vasco Vascotto, with local Nacho Postigo as naviator, went the right way on every leg and won the race.

There was also a mid point score, where we were 7th.

So we slipped to 2nd overall, with Vascotto’s Mutua Madrilena in the lead by 10 points (they got a little help from the jury last night). Bribon, the boat on which King Juan Carlos sails, moved into third place.

The points are very tight and there could be as many as five more races, so plenty of opportunity to go either way on the leader board.

Complete results can be found at Sorry for the typos in previous days.

Another hard fought day out on the TP 52 course… they all will be! Three races were sailed on the bay of Palma de Majorca in winds as light as 6 knots up to 14 knots in the last one.

Good day overall for us on Siemens/Matador with all top five finishes of 2, 3, 5. Artemis with Russell Coutts as tactician, had the best day with a 5, 1, 1. Mutua Madrilena of Vasco Vascotto, who had the lead after yesterday, had two mid fleet finishes and one first place.

Overall: Siemens 14, Mutua Madrilena 26, Artemis 27.

The races are extreemly competitive and every error costs a couple of places.

Tomorrow will be a coastal race with a mid point scoring gate as well as the finish of course.

Complete Scores at