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4 June 2005, 10:59 am
Caixa Galicia maintain their lead in the general ranking, despite yesterday's last place
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Breitling MEDCUP 2005
Punta Ala, Spain

On the fifth day of the Breitling MEDCUP the event opened with a moving religious ceremony in the grounds of the Yacht Club of Punta Ala. This mass was celebrated to mark the death of Pascuale LANDOLFI, an important figure for boat owners worldwide, and was attended by all of the crews including HM KING JUAN CARLOS of Spain.
Following the mass, the fleet participating in the Breitling MEDCUP set off on a 30 mile Coastal regatta, which included a rounding of the Islands of Cervoli, Palmaiola and Sparviero, finishing at the Yacht Club of Punta Ala.

Yet again, light conditions dominated the course which saw a new boat take the lead, as Paul CAYARD's Atalanti XV owned by George ANDREADIS, also with Olympic Medallist Sofia BEKATOROU onboard, followed by a strong Lexus with COUTTS at the helm, who seem to have awoken from their slow start, following modifications made to the boat on Thursday night.

Once they reached Cervoli, the first of the islands on the course, the Transpac 52 fleet was being led by Lexus, followed by Atalanti XV, Bambakou, Pisco Sour, Caixa Galicia and Bribon-Movistar.

Palmaiola, the halfway point on the course, saw Lexus take the lead, followed by a fast approaching Atalanti XV, Bambakou, Bribon- Movistar with HM KING JUAN CARLOS of Spain at the helm, Pisco Sour, Orlanda-Olympus and then Caixa Galicia.

The situation remained as such until the finish, as Lexus were the first to cross the finish line situated in front of the Port of Punta Ala. Lexus finally demonstrated its potential, and justified the high hopes forecasted for the Circuit, as Russell Coutts and crew sailed in first with light southwesterly winds.

Russell COUTTS, Lexus' Skipper: 'We sailed a bit better today and the other thing is that the boat is brand new and we are just getting it sort out, so it's gonna take some time to get it optimized. I think the TP52 Class is a great one to sail, competitions are phantastic, with a lot of good sailors out there. The Breitling MEDCUP is a good initiative of the people who started it and I'm looking forward to competing in the other events, it's going to be very interesting series and it could be wide open till the end regatta. Hopefully we will improve our performance in the next events.'

Miriam Torres (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Caixa Galicia Current Leaders:© Event Media
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