The Mistral won the day but Germany's Container won the regatta. The infamous strong north westerly wind, kicking up big, awkward seas on the course area and at the entrance to Marseille harbour, meant the one final showdown race scheduled could not be run today leaving Udo Schuetz's Container team victorious in the 52 Series Marseille Trophy.
(GER), debutants on the Audi MedCup Circuit, follow up there second place in Cascais last month, which was gained only days after launching their boat for the first time on the Portuguese capital's racing waters.
The Markus Wieser (GER) skippered crew become the first German flagged team ever to win a regatta on the Audi MedCup Circuit, a victory for renowned owner Schuetz, formerly successful sportscar racer who won the 1993 Admiral's Cup with a three boat German team. The veteran owner arrived to be on board for the finale today, but was thwarted by the brisk Mistral.
Ironically, so late was the inception of the Container
TP52 programme that this was originally supposed to be their first regatta in the class. But, with a very experienced crew - a hard core evolving their two year Container
STP65 programme - and assured tactics they proved furiously consistent in Portugal.
In France over eight races they beat the world champions and Cascais Trophy winners Quantum Racing (USA) five times on the hop. Yesterday their first ever win in the class was a vital victory over the 35 miles, high points value coastal race, to emerge this afternoon just 1.5pts clear of the America's Cup winning skipper-helm Ed Baird and crew of Quantum Racing
who took second.
If the Container
team were visibly pleased with their regatta win, so too Quantum Racing were not overly disappointed to emerge from a very testing, tactical regatta during which the breezes proved extremely difficult to read. If the Cascais menu was strictly upscale 'formule', Marseille's wind strengths delivered the full à la carte menu from 6kts to 26kts often with shifts of 15-30 degrees, big variations in pressure, and different breezes on either flank of the windward-leeward tracks.
Across the eight races off Marseille, six different TP52's won individual races including two for British owner Tony Langley and his Gladiator crew on their Audi MedCup Circuit debut, matching Quantum Racing's
tally of two wins. And both Audi Sailing Team powered by All4ONE
(FRA/GER) and Container
won their first races of the season.
Final Results after 8 races
1. Container (GER), 7+3+4+6+2+3+2+1,5= 28,5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 4+1+1+8+3+4+3+6= 30
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 1+7+3+7+5+5+6+3= 37
4. Bribón (ESP), 3+2+6+5+8+1+4+9= 38
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 2+4+7+2+6+6+5+7,5= 39,5
6. Ràn (SUE), 5+5+2+4+4+2+9 (DSQ)+10,5= 41,5 points
7. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 6+6+8+3+7+8+1+4,5= 43,5
8. Gladiator (GBR), 8+8+5+1+1+7+9 (DNF)+12=47