A collection of TP 52 from Emirates Team New Zealand.
Strength of character, the ability to recover solid results from deep positions this regatta, as much scoring consistent top placings, is a key component of Emirates Team New Zealand victory in the Marseille Trophy with a race to spare. Sixth in today’s windward-leeward is enough for the Kiwi team to secure an untenable margin from a taxing, difficult race, a head scratcher for the tacticians and strategists to stay on top off.
Emerging with a sixth from a scrappy, difficult final race which was contested in conflicting breezes Emirates Team New Zealand clinched the Marseille Trophy by 14 points, the biggest regatta winning margin on the Audi MedCup Circuit since Mean Machine won in Portimao in 2007.
Winning four races and never finishing worse than sixth in the ten races here, the Kiwi team skippered by Dean Barker (NZL) with past MedCup winner Ray Davies (NZL) as tactician move 16 points clear at the head of the Audi MedCup TP52 Series standings ahead of defending Circuit champions Quantum Racing (USA).
“It feels better here than losing in Alicante.” Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton deadpanned, “And regattas always feel better a couple of days later, and winning is always just a relief that you did not lose. It is really is nothing more than that.”
In the Audi MedCup GP42 Series a third in the final race ensured that the team on Roma Mk2 skippered by Paulo Cian (ITA) leave France with the Marseille Trophy and head for their native Italy with a lead of four points over Alicante Trophy winners Islas Canarias Peurto Calero on the Audi MedCup Circuit GP42 Series standings
Four winning guns for Emirates Team New Zealand were supported by a consistent string of scores, reflecting as much their fortitude as a team, able to come back better from their occasional visits to the lower depths of the fleet. Typical of that, they pulled back to sixth today from eighth in a final race which was afflicted by two very different, breezes tussling for supremacy on either side of the course.
But in their de-brief the Kiwi circuit leaders will consider that their current leading margin belies how close the racing has been here, and in Alicante and reflects Quantum Racing’s two premature starts, and third placed Matador’s headfoil failure in the coastal race. They have no room for complacency.
Audi MedCup Circuit 2009
Overall (10 races)
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 1+3+1+2+1+2+4,5+6+1+6= 27.5 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 8+5+2+6+3+1+1,5+3+8+4= 41,5 points
3. Matador (ARG), 2+6+4+1+2+5+16,5+4+4+3= 47,5 points
4. Bigamist (POR), 5+4+6+3+10+4+10,5+2+10+1= 55,5 points
5. Bribón (ESP), 6+1+5+10+4+8+7,5+5+11+5= 62,5 points
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