Super Siemens Champions
Issued by 2007 Breitling MedCup TP52 Circuit.
Regatta 3 of 5, 26th Copa del Rey Camper Audi.
Saturday Aug 4th 2007-08-04Day 5 of 5.
SIEMENS MATADOR WINS TP 52 FLEET AT 26TH COPA DEL REY CAMPER AUDI.
Corporacion CxG Caixa Galicia retain overall lead on the 2007 Breitling MedCup TP52 Circuit.
Alberto Roemmers’ Argentinian owned, Spanish sponsored Siemens clinched the overall title in the 22 strong grand prix TP52 class at the 26th Copa del Rey Camper Audi today on the Bay of Palma.
Twenty years after he last won the Mediterranean’s premier trophy on the Maxi Il Moro di Venezia Paul Cayard called the tactics successfully for owner Roemmers and skipper-helmsman Guilermo Parada, winning a closely fought series by just six points from Vasco Vascotto’s 2005 Breitling MedCup winning team on Mutua Madrilena.
A fifth place in the first race today meant Siemens entered the final race of 10 with a five points lead over Mutua Madrilena.
Caught flat-footed on the start line Cayard conjured a third from a poor opening, while Mutua Madrilena’s pair of sixth places left them second with Roberto Bermudez de Castro’s Corporacion CxG Caix Galicia finishing third overall.
For the second successive regatta Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis wins the Corinthian Trophy.
Caixa Galicia still lead the overall standings on the 2007 Breitling MedCup TP52 Circuit.
With the modest S’ly seabreeze fluctuating between six and 10 knots through the day the SM Juan Carlos skippered Bribon looked for all the world to have won the first race today and in so doing atoned for one minor error yesterday which cost them a victory when they misread the number of legs of the course.
But Bribon were judged to have started early and were disqualified, handing the race win to Kiki Sanchex and Santi Lopez’s CAM.
Bribon’s protest against their disqualification was later denied.
Peter de Ridder and the Valle Romano Mean Machine scored what has become something of a 2007 trademark, a final race victory when they bolted from the pin end of the line and were first into the left side advantage.
Siemens Matador’s owner Roemmers’ enthusiasm and dedication on board the Judel Vrolijk designed TP52 belies his 80 plus years.
His first title victory in the Copa del Rey complements a string of international successes with his Alexia yachts including the Maxi World Championships, the Giraglia, Fastnet and Newport to Bermuda Races.
It comes exactly one year after he gave the green light to skipper Guilermo Parada during last year’s Copa del Rey, to start up the TP52 project in the Matador name