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2 July 2005, 11:41 am
Bribon Leads After The Second Race in the HM the Queen's Trophy
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Breitling MEDCUP 2005

The Bribón leads the provisional general classification of HM the Queen´s Trophy in TP 52. Caixa Galicia maintains its overall lead in the Breitling MEDCUP Circuit. Total domination by Leche Pascual. After a spectacular comeback in the first leg of the race, the Leche Pascual was proclaimed winner of the coastal race, which took the fleet down the coast to Cullera.
On Thursday the TP 52 fleet ran the second race of HM the Queen´s trophy in the second day of competition. This the second regatta of the five which make up the Breitling MEDCUP circuit. After a brief delay due to wind instability and two general calls, the TP 52 fleet was able to start the race down the coast at 12:30 pm. with a 20 knot wind and 40 miles of racing ahead.

The first leg of the race was run windward-leeward before heading down the coast to Cullera, led by Lexus and Russell COUTTS and followed by the Atalantis and the Orlanda. After passing the first windward buoy, Vasco Vascotto unfurled all their artillery and decided to leave the course taken by the rest of the fleet and sail on their own. They were also the only ones to raise an asymmetrical spinnaker. This allowed the boat from Chile to sail faster than its competitors, resulting in a spectacular comeback, going from sixth place to third on the second pass.

When the fleet reached the buoy at Cullera, the order had changed again. This time the Bribon was the highlight, going from fourth at the start of the race to second upon arrival at the halfway mark. Meanwhile, the Orlanda, which had started third fell back to the second to last place.

The last leg of the race was run with and average windspeed of 10 knots, confirming an excellent race run by Leche Pascual. The Bribón and the Atalantis also ran excellent races. A surprising race end for the Lexus which had started out in first but finished in seventh place.

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