After winds proved too light for racing yesterday at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy, teams hope the weather co-operates today

It’s situation unchanged at the top of the leaderboard this morning, after the sea breeze off Cartagena proved too feeble to allow any racing at the Audi MedCup Circuit’s Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy.

The long wait, in stiflingly hot temperatures, proved to be in vain and the race committee sent the TP52 fleet back across an almost glassy sea to the harbour in Cartagena at just before 1600hrs.

Although conditions had looked vaguely promising when the fleet set out, with around 6-7 knots of wind, when the teams assembled around the start area, it was clear that a wait was on the cards. While the TP52 Series are already two races to the good, and TeamOrigin 1851 (GBR) lead by one point ahead from Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG), the GP42 Series have yet to have a points scoring race off Cartagena.

Today’s schedule has been altered to offer windward-leeward racing for both series classes with up to three races promised if the wind co-operates and the TP52 coastal race has been cancelled for this regatta.

Highlight of the day, other than the weather and scenery, was the appearance of the Spanish Navy submarine Mistral, a Galerna class sub which cruised past returning to the naval base in Cartagena, after undertaking depth tests today.

Dutchan Marcel Van Triest, navigator aboard Bribón (ESP) commented: “For [today] we expect a pure sea breeze, light, but enough to allow races. [Yesterday] we had gradient wind offshore, but there where it was too deep for the committee to anchor. If the wind had been from the 110-120, it’d have helped the sea breeze pick up, but it was coming from the 140, and then it’s shifted even further to the left”.

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