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7 August 2005, 08:41 am
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Breitling MEDCUP 2005
Palma de Mallora, Spain

Movistar regains the lead, with only one day to go, and only one point separating them from Lexus-Quantum.
There was a 12-13 knot breeze for the start of the 30 mile coastal race in the bay of Palma taking the Transpac 52 fleet to a mark set at Cape Enderrocat, then on to Cabo Blanco, Island of Sech, and setting course to the finish line in front of Palma's Cathedral.

Siemens, skippered by Jim ALLSOP was the protagonist of the start, although a wind shift in the upwind leg pushed them back to the tail of the fleet. In the meantime Bribon sailed up to the lead for the rest of the race. Behind Jose CUSI's boat, Atalanti rounded the offset mark, followed by a compact group (Movistar, Orlanda-Olympus, Caixa Galicia, Lexus and Bambakou) all fighting for third place a boat length's distance of each other.

The fleet then hoisted their Code Zero Sails and set course to Cape Regana. The difficult trim of this sail provoked complex situations for the fleet although Bribon and Movistar made the most of this sail and maintained their lead of the fleet. Caixa Galicia's hopes were dashed when she was forced to take a complicated penalisation with the Code Zero hoisted.

Bribón crossed the finish line first, followed by MoviStar, skippered by Vasco VASCOTTO and Pedro CAMPOS, which has put them in the lead in the overall rankings, Orlanda Olympus is third, followed by Atalanti XV, Lexus-Quantum, Aifos, Cristabella, Caixa Galicia, Siemens, Bambakou and Balearia.

Dee SMITH, tactician, Lexus, on a poor day for the team: 'It's really been a 'bad day at the office' today. We had a problem at one of the buoys and the penalisation made us lose the race. Mathematically, we still have a chance of winning tomorrow, but it's tough.'

Ross MacDONALD, tactician, Bribon, on their victory in the coastal race. 'It's been a great race, and we really enjoyed it. The master key to the race was the first upwind leg. The fact that we went to the right of the course, as well as a small shift in wind, ut us in the lead from start to finish.'

Vasco VASCOTTO, skipper Movistar, on the possible victory in the Copa del Rey tomorrow: 'The battle is very tough, with four possible boats to win. The tactics for tomorrow will be simple, but at the same time complex...sail as relaxed as we have today.'

Event Media (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Movistar In Action © Event Media
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