Superior sailing from the Swedes puts them in a strong position going into day three 26/9/07
Racing continued on the second day of the Rolex TP52 Global Championship, accompanied by sunshine, blue skies and approximately 15 knots of west-northwesterly wind which built up to almost 20 by the end of the day’s first race.
Artemis(SWE),Windquest(USA) andPatches(IRL) took first place in the day’s three windward-leeward races,Artemisovertaking last year’s Global championPatchesin the overall classification. Peter de Ridder’sMean Machine(MON) is third overall.
Race Three, the first of the day, saw the Swedes lead from start to finish. At the first windward mark they were followed by John Buchan’sGlory(USA) and Stuart Robinson’sStay Calm(GBR) respectively. But it was the Brits who secured second place at the finishing line, ahead ofGlory. In Race FourWindquest(USA), owned by Doug DeVos, took first place ahead ofArtemisandMean Machine.
Race Five saw a number of competitors, includingArtemis, penalized for crossing the start line. However, despite this setbackArtemismade an incredible comeback storming past the majority of the fleet to cross the finish line in fourth place behindPatches, SiemensandStay Calm.
Strong Italian contenderAnonimo Q8, was sitting in second place (behindArtemis) after Race Three, but disaster struck in the fourth when she broke the top section of her mast. Her owner Simoneschi is hoping that the predicted strong mistral winds will keep the fleet in the docks until he has had a chance to assess and repair the damage: “Unfortunately there was some problem with the top of the new mast. We don’t know if we can fix it. Of course we are hoping that the Mistral is coming tomorrow, and the day after, so there is no racing and we can come back.”
Provisional Results after Day Two:
1. Artemis, Torbjorn Tornqvist, SWE, 14 points
2. Patches, Eamon Conneely, IRL, 24
3. Mean Machine, Peter De Ridder, MON, 26
4. Stay Calm, Stuart Robinson, GBR, 28
5. Windquest, Doug Devos, USA, 31
6. Mutua Madrilena, Bablio Sail Project, CHI, 36
7. Siemens, Alberto Roemmers, ESP, 36
8. Cam, Leon/Sanchez, ESP, 36
9. Glory, John Buchan, USA
10. Cristabella, John Cook, GBR, 43