Adrian Stead and his team aboard Barlo Plastics, began their Admiral's Cup campaign in style with emphatic wins in both the opening races of the Clean Marine Winter series regatta in Palma, Mallorca.
The first race opened with a very good start for Investor and Barlo Plastics. The two leading boats were joined by Babbalaas at the left of the race course with Faster K-Yote 2 under them. Barlo Plastics worked her way clear with some efficient tacks, rounding the mark ahead of Babbalaas, Investor and Faster K-Yote 2. Barlo Plastics lead the fleet until the end with Faster K-Yote 2 managing to overtake Investor on the last downwind leg.
In the second race Investor made the best start. Barlo Plastics had an indifferent start and went to the right side of the course where she gained a significant advantage on the fleet. At the first mark Barlo Plastics was ahead of Investor and Babbalaas. Barlo Plastics then sailed away showing their strength in strong winds.
Racing continues on Saturday and Sunday, with two further three-day series scheduled in Palma before the fleet moves north in preparation for the Admiral's Cup.
Results after two races
1 Barlo Plastics 2 pts
2 Babbalaas 5 pts
3 Investor 6 pts
4 Faster K-Yote 2 7 pts
5 La Casera 10 pts
6 Aifos 12 pts
7 Bounder 14 pts