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5 June 2005, 11:07 am
A thrilling finish, a battle for positions, today's last day of racing definitely wasn't for the faint-hearted
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Breitling MEDCUP 2005

Following six windward leeward races, one coastal and one long distance race, the young Transpac 52 fleet congratulated the victorious Caixa Galicia, who ended this first event with an 47 point advantage over their closest rival, Atalanti XV.
Roberto BERMUDEZ and Vicente TIRADO's crew have taken a triumphant lead in this brand new Circuit. The boats, which raced on various courses in the waters of Punta Ala, including around the island of Elba, were battling closely against one another in races where the price was high for any error made.

In the final race, with southwesterly winds of up to 14 knots, a fabulous dance in positions could be witnessed, right from the first of the four stretches raced.

Atalanti XV, with Paul CAYARD at the helm, imposed her rule at the first marker, followed by Pisco Sour, and Vasco VASCOTTO the America's Cup challenger at the helm. Caixa Galicia with Dee SMITH and Robert HOPKINS supporting BERMUDEZ on the aftergard, Lexus (with magnificent trio Coutts/Reynolds/Isler) behind. CAYARD's good start was shortlived, as they fell behind in the second stretch at the hands of Lexus.

Emotions did not weaken as the third stretch circumstances shifted as Pisco Sour threatened the lead, followed by Caixa, pushing Lexus, who seem to be sailing better each day, into third place. Bribon-Movistar was fourth who were giving it their all to claim victory in the Corinthian Class, against USA's Bambakou. Atalanti XV, Orlanda-Olympus and Bambakou were behind Bribon-Movistar.

Towards the finish, Pisco Sour gained a few further metres in the path to victory, followed by Caixa Galicia, Orlanda-Olympus, Atalanti XV, Lexus, Bribon-Movistar and Bambakou.

The second and last race, saw a fantastic start, with Pisco Sour in their usual fine form. Nevertheless, the first mark had Atalanti's first, followed by Pisco Sour, Caixa Galicia, Lexus, Orlanda, Bribon and Bamabakou way behind. The boat skippered by John COUMANTAROS decided to take an extreme upwind leg and end up second, just behind Atalanti. Bamabakou has Argentinian Santiago LANGE as tactician. Third on the race was Lexus, followed by Pisco Sour, Bribón, Orlanda and Caixa Galicia who could afford this last position thanks to her points credit.

The participating fleet and crews in the Breitling MEDCUP will head home to prepare for the second of the events in the Breitling MEDCUP Circuit, which will bring together this mighty fleet in Valencian waters, to race in the second event, the Trofeo SM La Reina.

Event Media. Image, Caixa Galicia:© Event Media
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