With the pressure on them to extinguish the late season charge towards the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit 52 Series title of Spanish favourites Bribon, the Quantum Racing crew stepped up to the plate and delivered what was probably their most accomplished performance of the five month long season.
Having whittled their circuit title deficit on the long time leaders all the way back to to seven points, Bribon
(ESP) were victims of a neatly executed game plan from the get-go. Quantum Racing
(USA) not only regained the upper hand in the championship title duel but also went on to deliver a morale boosting race win to boot.
And while Quantum Racing's
day was one of their best, Bribon
lost places in a tight finish to cross sixth in the first race, then sailed to a fourth. That made it their worst pair of scores since July's first day of the Region of Sardinia Trophy in Cagliari.
In contrast Quantum Racing
, which is skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird, RAN
(SWE) backed up their bullet with a good second place behind in the subsequent race. That ensures Quantum Racing's
target for the final day of the season is a very modest one.
With a worst case score of 16 points on the table - assuming they start both races - Quantum Racing
have a cushion of 14 points.
not only secured themselves a grip of their second Audi MedCup title, but their 1-2 today also takes them to third place on the regatta standings for this Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy within four points of leaders RAN
and scond placed Bribon
Niklas Zennstrom's RAN
team bounced back from an eighth in the first race to win the second contest today, so returning to the regatta lead on countback ahead of Bribon
But the highlight of the day was the text book assault by the American flagged team in delivering their Race 6 win. "It was the best we have sailed as a team this season,
" Kevin Hall (USA) navigator on Quantum Racing
said immediately after finishing.
In 9-11 kts of sea breeze Quantum Racing
took the challenge to Bribon
on the start line and came away from the gun leading the Spanish crew out to the right of the course. Quantum Racing
were then able to carry Bribon
out past the starboard tack layline in a crucial move
lead around the windward mark ahead of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team,
but the Italian crew were judged to have fouled Synergy on the approach to the windward mark and had to take a penalty turn, costing them. But the end of the final run was painful for Bribon
, losing both Synergy
and Audi ALL4ONE
on the finish line.
In the second race RAN
started close to the pin end of the start line and were able to lift away from their rivals earning the extra pressure on that side of that left side of the course.
With the Garbi sea breeze today just over 10 knots, just above the crossover between Bribon's favoured light airs and into Quantum Racing's comfort zone, Quantum Racing were able to sail more of their own race, chasing RAN across the finish.
Trofeo Conde de Godó City of Barcelona Trophy.
Results after seven races
1. RAN (SUE), 2+1+1+2+5+8+1=20 points
2. Bribón (ESP), 1+3+3+1+2+4+6=20 points
3. Quantum Racing (USA), 3+2+2+7+7+1+2=24 points
4. Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One (GER/FR), 6+8+6+5+3+2+3=33 points
5. Container (GER), 4+7+5+4+1+6+7=34 points
6. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 8+4+8+3+4+3+4=34 points
7. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+5+4+8+8+5+5=40 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 7+6+7+6+6+7+8=47 points