Today saw two more hard fought and spectacular races in Puerto Sherry, nearby Cadiz in southern Spain, to add to the two that have already been held. The breeze was from the west initially at 13 knots that built to 15 and rotated slightly to the left over the course of the second race.
The first race saw Azzurra place second behind Quantum, in a race where the teams that were on the right hand side of the course had a significant advantage. There were still changes in positions though with Sled initially leader dropping back along the first run while Azzurra and Quantum had their duel.
The second race saw the breeze get a bit stronger and rotate to the left about 10 degrees. Azzurra made the right choice to start on the pin but Sled upwind slowed her down and began a match race that cost both teams positions. Azzurra had to catch up and from seventh place at the first mark she arrived at the gate in fourth place. She managed to gain up to third place at the beginning of the second beat but then slipped back to fifth place when she was on the right side of the course and the wind shifted to the left. Platoon won the second race followed by Alegre and Bronenosec.
After never placing worse than fifth and with one win Azzurra is in the lead of a very close provisional scoreboard with Bronenosec trailing her by just one point and Platoon by two. The games are open, but the mindset aboard is good as skipper Guillermo Parada explains: “It was really a spectacular race today in this great fleet with very close racing. Very small differences decide if you are first or last. The second race was more difficult after we had to recover from a not-so-good start, but in the end we fought well for that fifth place. But most of all I am really happy with the attitude on board, we have the right mindset to fight for each and every metre which you have to do here to do well.”
Owner Alberto Roemmers had these words: “There were two really interesting races today where every meter counted and we did our best in both. In the first race we fought hard all the time and managed to pass a boat to get second place. In the second one we were a bit unlucky because of a wind shift and we could have been third after a not great start. But our boat handling and manoeuvres went really well so all in all I’m happy.”
Tomorrow June 20th the first warning Signal is scheduled for 2 PM CEST with conditions forecast to be similar to today’s.
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Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup after 4 races
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (5,1,2,5) 13 p.
2. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,3,4,3) 14 p.
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (3,6,5,1) 15 p.
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (8,2,3,4) 17 p.
5. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (2,8,6,2) 18 p.
6. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,4,7,7) 19 puntos.
7. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (7,7,1,6) 21 p.
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (6,5,8,8) 27 p.