Patience may have been a key virtue around the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda as the early lack of breeze again imposed a delay to the start of the third racing day at the Audi TP52 World Championship, but defending world champions Quantum Racing lost no time in establishing themselves at the front of Race 4 which they lead from start to finish.
Their win, with Tony Langley's Gladiator
(GBR) taking second and Ignacio Triay's Paramount Park Murcia
team stealing a third, leaves all three locked on the same 10 points aggregate. By virtue of their second race win in these very gentle conditions, consistently lighter than anything else experienced through the Audi MedCup season, Quantum Racing
lead on tie-break, on track to defend the world title they won last year in Valencia, Spain.
"Our goal was to get through these light airs days leading the regatta, three of us are tied and we win the tie breaker right now, so we are pretty much where we want to be right now,"
confirmed Quantum Racing's project manager Ed Reynolds (USA). "Hopefully the averages kind of work out for us. That is our focus."
Again there was only one race sailed today. The race committee made a perfect call to take the race area to the north in the Secca dei Tre Monti, Bomb Alley's confines of the Arzachena Gulf, for the first time this regatta and were rewarded with the only race-able breeze to be found.
Even is, it was something of a repetition of Wednesday's exacting race - reading and using the puffs and lanes of pressure better. Quantum Racing
lead by the first windward mark ahead of Container
(SWE). After a lacklustre start Langley's Gladiator
showed good speed in the light, rising from sixth early on the first beat to round the top mark third.
After the fleet all gybed set at the WW1 mark, Container
- the German flagged team - chose to gybe back earlier on the run and lost wind pressure compared to Gladiator
And Paramount Park Murcia,
with Ross MacDonald (CAN) calling tactics, improved to a third with a good final run, pipping Container on the final approach to the finish, so keeping them in the three way tie.
After three days of benign, fluky breezes the muscular Mistral is expected for Friday with winds over 30 knots anticipated, perhaps dropping to a difficult 10-15kts with an awkward residual choppy sea for Saturday's final day of racing.
Audi TP52 World Championship
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Results after 4 races
1. Quantum Racing (
USA) 1+3+5+1= 10 points
(GBR) 3+1+4+2= 10 points
3. Paramount Park Murcia
(ESP) 4+2+1+3= 10 points
(GER) 2+7+3+4= 16 points
(SWE) 6+5+2+5= 18 points
6. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team
(IT) 5+4+7+6= 22 points
7. Audi ALL4ONE
(GER/FR) 7+6+6+7= 26 points