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Breitling MEDCUP 2005
Valencia, Spain

Vasco VASCOTTO's boat secures leadership of the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 after two new victories in both races sailed yesterday in the Trofeo La Reina in Valencia, Spain. Lexus-Quantum, skippered by Russell COUTTS, couldn't beat the Chilean vessel but managed two second place rankings.
The two striking victories Pisco Sour-Leche Pascual achieved today in the two windward races gave them leading role of the day showing it'll be hard to beat them in the Valencia regatta, which is the second event in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit. With an increasing wind of 12 knots at the start, Pisco Sour did a great start and a good upwind leg, and fought hard against Russell COUTTS' Lexus-Quantum. Both boats were very close indeed at the marker, with a tight lead by VASCOTTO. 'They are sailing really well and they had two almost perfect starts' said COUTTS after the race about his rival. 'They have a very good speed upwind and downwind, which is a perfect combination.' Asked if they might be a bit slower than VASCOTTO downwind, COUTTS answered: 'This is such an interesting class because there are so many types of staysails to use downwind and also different angles, and depending on the type of sail you've got you can change the angle. I chose today not to use a staysail which was a mistake.' COUTTS also admitted they are not doing the best starts and need to work more in that area. He also said he is working to improve fleet racing.

Orlanda-Olympus, skippered by Tomasso CHIEFFI, was third in the first race of the day, followed by Atalanti, skippered by Paul CAYARD, with Sofia BEKATOROU as strategist. CAYARD and COUTTS were embroiled in a thrilling battle in the second race, which saw Lexus win by 22 seconds.

Things don't seem to be falling into place for Caixa Galicia, who was leading after the first series in Punta Ala, and today the team finished in sixth and seventh place.

Miriam Torres. Image: © Event Media
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