Mean Machine posted two bullets but it was Spanish boat Bribón who took the overall lead on the second day of the Audi MedCup Circuit's Alicante leg.
The second day of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit in Alicante belonged to Peter DE RIDDER
's (NED) new Mean Machine, scoring back to back wins in race 4 and race 5 of the regatta. But it is the current holders of the City of Alicante Trophy, Bribón, whose consistency across three good quality races on Wednesday earns them an overall lead of eight points.
José CUSI's (ESP) Bribón, with double Olympic medallist Ross MACDONALD
(CAN) calling tactics for helm Dean BARKER
(NZL), won the first race and then posted a pair of fourth places to lead Doug DE VOS (USA) and Fred HOWE's (USA) Quantum Racing, while the 2005 MedCup Champions, Mutua Madrileña skippered by Vasco VASCOTTO
(ITA) sit third overall.
With the sun breaking through later in the afternoon the breeze increased across the races to provide a great blend of tactical racing in 5-7 knots in the first contest, giving way to a more physically demanding 15-16 knots in the third.
Mean Machine's winning tactics from Ray DAVIES
(NZL) and Tom DODSON (NZL) were a facsimile from race 4 to race 5, flipping early to the right side of the course and extending to hook into a favourable shift, they proved they have speed when they built a comfortable margin in the final race of the day.
"We had clean starts and that made a difference and with more breeze I think the boat was going better,"
said DAVIES. "It was not so fickle and we were able to let the boat really stretch her legs. I made a few mistakes yesterday, but today we managed to keep it pretty clean."
In contrast MACDONALD was more measured and less extreme with Bribón. The analytical, calm Canadian, admirably dealt with the high wire act required in this white hot 16 boat fleet, sailing consistently. As he put it on Monday, "There is no need to try and hit it out of the park. Just try and not make mistakes."
Their strategy worked on Wednesday: good first windward beats to build a platform to work from and the Spanish boat showed they lack nothing in speed.
At the theoretical half-way point of the ten planned races of this City of Alicante Trophy Regatta, leading into Thursday's critical Coastal Race which carries a double points bounty, the 2007 built Bribón heads a healthy mix of six new 2008 boats in the top ten.
Although not a new boat, Bribón underwent surgery during the winter to reconfigure the aft sections to improve their speeds in fresher conditions, such as prevailed in the third race of the day.
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