After two races today Leche Pascual has taken the leading position at the Breitling Medcup TP52 in Valencia
After two races today Leche Pascual has taken the leading position at the Breitling Medcup TP52 in Valencia.
The TP52s, racing within the 110-boat fleet in the Trofeo SM La Reina, enjoyed the local breeze with 14-16 knots of wind. In the first race, the Greek Atalanti, skippered by Paul Cayard, had a premature start, so had to settle for seventh. Lexus didn’t have her best start either, although the boat skippered by Russell Coutts managed to recover and climbed to finish second.
It was the Spanish built, Chilean-flagged Leche Pascual, with Italian Vasco Vascotto at the helm, who controlled the whole fleet from start to finish. Several lengths behind, Lexus and Bribon, skippered by King Juan Carlos from Spain, had an exciting last downwind leg with Lexus finally crossing in front as second after a breathtaking gybe. Tomasso Chieffi’s Orlanda Olympus, with Ian Moore from Emirates Team New Zealand as navigator, was fourth.
The second race of the day (race 5) had Leche Pascual as leader up to the last downwind, when Lexus made a superb tactical choice on the right side of the race course, while the whole fleet remained left. Lexus gybed and managed to cross the finished line 25 seconds in front of Leche Pascual. Atalanti was third and Cristabella, with John Cook as owner/driver fourth. Caixa Galicia who was leader up to today was fifth.
In the Corinthian Category, Bribon leads the general ranking.
Results (after 5 races)
1st Leche Pascual 37 Pts
2nd Lexus 36 Pts
3rd Bribón Pts
4th Atalanti 25 Pts
5th Caixa Galicia 25 Pts
6th Orlanda 22 Pts
7th Bambakou 22 Pts
8th Cristabella 15 Pts
9th Aifos 10 Pts