Action frozen in the Cartagena heat
It's situation unchanged at the top of the leaderboard after winds proved too light for racing today at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy.
Today’s sea breeze off Cartagena proved too feeble to allow any racing at the Audi MedCup Circuit’s Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy.
The long wait, in stiflingly hot temperatures, proved to be in vain and the race committee sent the GP42 Series and the TP52 Series fleet back across an almost glassy sea to the historic harbour in Cartagena at just before 1600hrs.
Although conditions had looked vaguely promising when the fleet set out, with around 6-7 knots of wind, when the teams assembled around the start area, it was clear that a wait was on the cards.
While the TP52 Series are already two races to the good, and TeamOrigin 1851 (GBR) lead by one point ahead from Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG), the GP42 Series have yet to have a points scoring race off Cartagena.
Tomorrow’s schedule has been altered to offer windward-leeward racing for both series classes with up to three races promised if the wind co-operates and the TP52 coastal race has been cancelled for this regatta.
Highlight of the day, other than the weather and scenery, was the appearance of the Spanish Navy submarine Mistral (ESP), a Galerna class sub which cruised past returning to the naval base in Cartagena, after undertaking depth tests today.
Tonight’s jazz concert features the Jazz Menor band and starts at 2200hrs.
Many of the Audi MedCup fleet’s navigators as well as the race organising team appear confident that this is expected to have been the lightest conditions and the return of a decent sea-breeze is expected for tomorrow, Friday.
And although it was a long and slightly frustrating day, the mood of the teams remained upbeat, with many allowing local youngsters to help out as they tidied up their boats and some allowed young sailors on board for the trip back from the race area to the harbour.
Quotes of the day
Maria Torrijo (ESP), Principal Race Officer (ESP): "Even if the forecast wasn't actually that good, we were sort of expecting more wind, especially between 1400 and 1600hrs. In fact when we docked out and reached the course, we had 7 knots wind from the forecast direction, that's why we put the AP flag down. But by the time the fleet reached the course, the wind had completely died. And when we sent them back there was absolutely no wind".
Marcel Van Triest (NED), navigator Bribón (ESP): " For tomorrow we expect a pure sea breeze, light, but enough to allow races. Today we had gradient wind offshore, but there where it was too deep for the committee to anchor. If the wind had been from the 110-120, it'd have helped the sea breeze pick up, but it was coming from the 140, and then it's shifted even further to the left".
Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
After two races
1. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1= 4 points
2. Matador (ARG), 1+4= 5
3. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2= 6
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7= 9
5. Synergy (RUS), 8+3= 11
6. Artemis (SWE), 5+6= 11
7. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5= 14
8. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8= 14
9. Bribón (ESP), 7+11= 18
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9= 20
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10= 20
Racing scheduled Friday
TeamOrigin open a lead, close in the GP42's
Britain’s TeamOrigin 1851, skippered by three times Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie, sailed to their strongest day yet on the Audi MedCup Circuit, scoring a third, a second and a first place to lead the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy by eight points after five races have now been sailed off Cartagena
TeamOrigin (GBR) stayed consistent across a testing day of racing over which the starts were always high pressure affairs, when the bulk of the TP52 fleet tussled for the favoured right hand side of the race track upwind. Often that put a high premium on being best positioned towards the committee boat, right end of the start line.
Again TeamOrigin generally started strongly, balancing risk and reward through the stressful final countdown, but also showing good speed in the sub 10 knots SW’ly breezes. While they really minimised mistakes, their main regatta rivals, Alberto Roemmers Matador (ARG) were not quite so fortunate.
After winning the first race, seizing the opportunity presented to them within the final 200 metres of the finish line when TeamOrigin gybed away into lighter wind, Matador could only follow up with a fifth and eighth to finish the day third overall behind Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL).
In the second race it was Ian Walker (GBR) and the crew of Spain’s Bribon which triumphed, followed across the finish line by TeamOrigin.
While TeamOrigin were able to extend progressively over second placed Luna Rossa in the third race, winning comfortably, circuit leaders Emirates Team New Zealand looked to have made a costly error when they stuck to the right side of the first downwind leg, breaking from the line taken by all of their main rivals.
That cost them three places, but a smart final beat – when they recognised the breeze swinging back right – allowed them to quickly absolve themselves and they finished a solid third.
It completed a solid day for the Kiwi team, Audi MedCup Champions of the TP52 Series, as they posted a 5,4,3 to extend still further their overall Circuit lead, while TeamOrigin have finished in the top three in every one of the five races so far.
Three different boats won each of today’s three races: Matador, Bribón and TeamOrigin in the TP52’s and Peninsula Petroleum, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero and Madrid - Caser Seguros on the GP42’s.
First win of the seasson for Bassadone
Madrid - Caser Seguros lead the GP42 Series with their 2,3,1 scoreline today two points ahead of John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum who won the first race and finished second in the third, but partners these scores with a fifth in the second race to lie two points behind the leaders.
In the GP42’s today Madrid-Caser Seguros’s gained another four points in their slim lead over Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) in the overall standings.
But another interesting story is in the impressive performance put in by the current runner-up, Peninsula Petroleum , who, except for a last-placed finish in the second race could have taken the early lead themselves.
New to the GP42 Series this season, this team was hampered in the first two stages by bad luck and a broken masthead crane but has been improving at each stage, and are now enjoying their first time on the leaderboard up among the frontrunners.
The schedule for the TP52's has been changed to offer one windward-leeward tomorrow followed by a 20 miles coastal race.
Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
1. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1= 10 points
2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3= 18
3. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8= 19
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2= 26
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4= 27
6. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7= 30
7. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10= 33
8. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6= 35
9. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5= 42
10. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9= 42
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11= 48
Day 2, subject to protest
1. Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP), 2+3+1= 6 points
2. Península Petroleum (GBR), 1+5+2= 8
3. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 3+1+5= 9
4. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 5+2+4= 11
5. Iberdrola (ESP), 4+4+3= 11
Quotes of the day:
Jose Maria van der Ploeg (ESP), tactician Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP):
“It was a crazy day, but a great day. The wind was very shifty and varied in strength: most of the time, the right side was favored, but sometimes there was a big left shift with pressure. This is what helped us in Race 3 get the lead, but on the last run the breeze was dying fast and making it very difficult to keep up speed and stay in the lead. But we’re happy, it was a good day for us.”
Ben Ainslie (GBR), skipper-helm TeamOrigin 1851 (GBR):
“It was a good day for us as a team, I think we certainly found the sweet spot for this boat, we are going much better in the flatter water. It's nice to have some speed and the boat is going really well. We are sailing better as a team. This is the first time we've been with the same group of people from one event to the next and that certainly is helping. Everyone sailed well we had a great day, so we are happy with that but there's a long way to go in this event. I think all of these boats have different conditions where they find their edge on the rest of the fleet.”
Kiwis flying in the breeze to lead. Three tied in the GP42s
Back-to-back wins in today’s rich diet of one windward-leeward race followed by an exciting 20 miles coastal race sees Emirates Team New Zealand seize the overall lead of the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta for the TP52 Series.
In blustery winds which topped 22 knots at times and produced some exciting downwind racing, the Kiwi Audi MedCup 2009 champions produced a performance which was entirely reminiscent of their dominant form here last year when they clinched the 2009 overall title. They lead Quantum Racing across the finish line of the windward-leeward, and were comfortably ahead of Artemis in the coastal circuit.
The two winning guns for Emirates Team New Zealand contrasted sharply with the fortunes of TeamOrigin. After a hard won third in the windward-leeward the British team still lead the regatta overall by six points but in the coastal race Ben Ainslie’s crew broke their forestay and had to struggle around the final four miles of the 20 miles circuit under mainsail only finishing 11th.
Emirates Team New Zealand’s afterguard read the breeze and current pattern best and were able to use their speed edge in the brisk conditions to win the windward-leeward – gaining more than 30 seconds on the downwind, choosing an inshore line against Matador who had rounded the first mark in second place.
Quantum Racing (USA) staged the best recovery of the race, gaining on the second beat from seventh place to cross second.
The coastal race started spectacularly with wind shift in the final countdown which suddenly placed a premium on being able to get clear of the line on port tack, Synergy, Artemis and Bribon looked to have read this change best but by the windward mark of the short opening upwind-downwind loop, Emirates Team New Zealand had forced their way back into contention, rounding third behind Synergy and Artemis. Again the inshore, right side on the downwind leg paid for the Kiwi champions and they were able to round the leeward gate mark with a small lead which they progressively increased on the long 5.5 miles windward leg.
A bold call from Matador (ARG) on this long upwind leg, breaking away to the inshore flank gained for Guillermo Parada’s crew, finding positive current flow and a lifting breeze which allowed them back into contention, turning the most easterly mark just behind Emirates Team New Zealand.
But Matador suffered a small problem on the short reaching leg when they could not drop their gennaker quick enough when the breeze went ahead and they lost two boats, dropping to finish fourth.
So Emirates Team New Zealand were the first to enjoy the affectionate cheers of the passionate crowds when the coastal race finished spectacularly in the tight confines of Cartagena harbour, with Artemis getting second and Pedro Mendonca’s Portuguese team on Bigamist 7 taking third.
Breaking ties at the top in the GP42
With their all-pro crews and their latest designs suited to today’s breezy conditions, Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP) would have been predicted to dominate today’s races in the GP42 series.
But instead consistency, minimal mistakes, and just good solid sailing rewarded the two owner-driver teams who have burst through to the top of the rankings in a near-reversal of yesterday’s leaderboard.
Roberto Monti (ITA) driving his AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA) overcame a mediocre start to the event yesterday to vault into the lead on a three-way tie-break with Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) and Madrid-Caser, earning the day’s best scores of 3-1-1.
This is a phenomenal result for this AIRESSENTIAL all-Italian team guided by tactician Gabriele Bruni (ITA) who have until now not been able to break through to the top of the standings in the 2010 season.
In the broader view of the season standings, 2009 GP42 season champion Islas Canarias Puerto Calero’s (ESP) two last-place finishes today have moved them another point back to five points behind Madrid-Caser. But there’s only four points separating the front to the back in this highly-competitive fleet, and three races remain for tomorrow.
The schedule for Sunday has been amended, advancing the possible start time by one hour in an effort to allow three windward-leeward races to be sailed.
Dean Barker (NZL), skipper Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
“Today we sailed really well, nothing to complain about. The breeze was up, great downwind conditions. It felt like a long race because it was hard work, but all in all it was a great race.”
“It's fantastic to win here, we have a good history from last year here, and the year before I won on Bribón so it's nice to win again. The lighter air tends to make things a lot more even that's for sure, because the boat handling becomes a bit more easier and the speed differences are pretty minimal. TeamOrigin had a great day yesterday and we've had a good one today. A little bit more breeze would have been nice in the runs, it's been pretty lumpy in the upwind, we've had a few rough landings in a couple of waves”.
Iain Percy (GBR) TeamOrigin (GBR)
“We still struggled a but for pace again in the lumpy seas for sure, but on the long beat we really missed out on the positive current which was running up the shore. I am not sure who knew it was there, but those who got there and used it really did well. And Matador gained there. I think it was just a real thin strip if current but it made a difference along the shore. They pretty much went from near the back to fist up that shore, we were playing on the wind shifting right which it did do in the end, but the gains did not match those from the current. Which was a shame.
Then we were in seventh or eighth and broke the forestay, when we turned up at the island. That was race over for us.
The boat is very competitive in the flat water. It has always been out weaker conditions when the seas pick up a little, but you can’t take away from we are fast when it is flat, so it’s horses for courses.”
Paul Cayard skipper Artemis (USA), on the coastal race:
“We have good speed and we had a very good start and we got to the first mark almost first and we were always in the front. Our speed was good but we didn't sail perfectly up that long beat because the group caught up to us, really we were very close at the windward mark. In fact LunaRossa was ahead of us. Alot of boats were ahead of us but we just stayed strong and then we did a very nice gybe peel and we put a different spi than every body else on the reach and that helped us a bit.”
“ The conditions were difficult to keep the boat going fast, there were big waves, finding the balance was difficult and the trimmers had to do a hard job today”.
Nacho Postigo (ESP), navigator Bigamist (POR):
“Things have been tricky today. The boats spread all over the course at the beginning, but when we crossed again we were all really even, so it's been difficult to make the right decision, and I think it's all been decided in Cabo del Agua, where a part of the fleet has stayed offshore and the other has stayed inshore near the coast. The ones who were further back, and we were among them, have made very good gains. We've hoisted the spi, and after a couple of gybes we had left the boats offshore behind”.
Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3+1+1,5= 20,5 points
2. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1+3+16,5= 29,5
3. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8+5+6= 30
4. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4+6+3= 36
5. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7+2+7,5= 39,5
6. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10+4+12= 49
7. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2+9+15= 50
8. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6+7+10,5= 52,5
9. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9+10+9= 61
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11+11+4,5= 63,5
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5+8+13,5= 63,5
1. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 5+2+4+3+1+1= 16 points
2. Península Petroleum (GBR), 1+5+2+2+2+4= 16
3. Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP), 2+3+1+5+3+2= 16
4. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 3+1+5+1+5+5= 20
5. Iberdrola (ESP), 4+4+3+4+4+3= 22
29 Aug 2010
Today will be the last Sunday showdown of this Audi MedCup Circuit season, time for TeamOrigin to step up to the plate and see if they can pull back the deficit on regatta leading Emirates Team New Zealand. The sea-state could have a bearing on how today plays out. And in the GP42's three boats head afloat with a share of the lead.
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) have a lead of 9.5pts over TeamOrigin 1851 (GBR) going into today’s scheduled final three races for the TP52 Series at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy off Cartagena.
The burning question for the British team is whether they can bounce back to resume the same level of consistency that they were maintaining prior to yesterday’s unfortunate forestay failure which dropped them to the back of the 20 miles coastal race.
The Ben Ainslie-skippered team still acknowledge that they are not as quick when the sea state builds as it did yesterday when the wind topped 20 knots. Matador (ARG) are just half a point behind TeamOrigin, poised to resume the challenge for their second podium of the season, after finishing second to Quantum Racing (USA) in Marseille.
In the GP42 Series it is all square at the top. Roberto Monti’s Airisessential (ITA) tops the leaderboard but only on countback. All three top boats, Airessential, Peninsula Pertroleum (GBR) and Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) are glued together on 16pts.
The schedule of racing is due to get away at 1200hrs today, one hour ahead of usual, and according to the Circuit rules, no start sequence can start after 1530hrs on the final day. That should keep us on schedule for the prize-giving which takes place at 1730hrs.
The forecast for the day reckons on somewhere between 10 and 16 knots from between 050 and 090 degrees, but it could be extremely testing with a split in the breeze caused by the breeze accelerating funnelling down the flatlands of Murcia, to the NE of Cartagena then squeezed through the narrow gap formed by the high mountains which flank the city to the west and east. And out to the offshore side of the track, the breeze follows the high, craggy, headland to the NE of the track. So, for those looking for flat water if the wind stays more in the left then it will suit them, but as it tracks right then the waves will build a little more.
This evening’s finale show at the Audi MedCup Public Village will be a flamenco show including Cante de las Minas performance, with a fabulous fireworks display at 2330hrs.
“Yesterday was frustrating for us. The coastal races have been really expensive for us this season so far. Hopefully today we can put that behind us and get three good races in. This event is close and of course for the overall season it is even closer for second to fifth,
The sea state has a bit to do with it, it’s more important than the breeze. We have a slightly different set up and there is something going on with the design. As always it is a combination of things, a bit to do with the hull shape, some the configuration but we certainly have been struggling in the sea way upwind and downwind. We seem very fast in flat water but it is a trade off.
As a team if we could have started off the season knowing what we do now then it could have been great, but we certainly have improved a lot.” Said Ben Ainslie (GBR), TeamOrigin’s skipper this morning.
29 Aug 2010
A Kiwi reprise in Murcia. Two in a row for Madrid-Caser Seguros
Emirates Team New Zealand’s return to Cartagena proved something of a repeat performance as the 2009 Audi MedCup champions retained the overall Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy for the second year in a row on the same waters where they clinched the overall TP52 Series championships title last year.
The Kiwis seemed to have sailed an almost blemish free regatta, consistent across the broad wind range through the event, emerging triumphant at the dockside with a comfortable cushion on second placed Matador, but the jury subsequently disqualified them from the second race of the day for infringing Quantum Racing at the first windward mark.
The protest outcome cut the Kiwi winning margin to 10 points over Matador (ARG) but the reigning Audi MedCup title holders head to next month’s season’s finale in Sardinia with a lead of 46.5 points, just ahead of the target that the Dean Barker skippered crew had considered their realistic target.
After winning in Cascais, Portugal in May this is the New Zealanders second regatta triumph of the season with skipper Dean Barker – who skippered Bribon to win in 2008 – unbeaten in the class at this venue.
The protest decision may have smudged their copybook but on the water the Kiwis maintained their regular scores through the regatta. TeamOrigin (GBR) seemed to have the measure of them at times in the light to moderate wind conditions and flat water, but the British crew were recalled for starting too early in the final race of the day, finishing ninth.
Added to their 11th in Saturday’s coastal race that left TeamOrigin, who lead early in the event, third overall.
Ben Ainslie and team will take some satisfaction not only from their first podium finish of the season and also the positive progress they are making on the season’s leaderboard, but they may look back and wonder else - other than those two ' majors' what they could have done to make good the tantalising 1.5 points deficit they fell short of second placed Matador.
On the overall standings Quantum Racing (USA) lie second on 179.5pts, but third placed Matador and TeamOrigin are separated by just one point, on 199pts and 200pts.
Racing in 9-13 knots of easterly breeze and blissful Mediterranean sunshine Alberto Roemmers’ world champions Matador won the first race of the day when Vasco Vascotto (ITA) and Francesco Bruni (ITA) combined to read the first run well, gaining five places on the downwind to take the race win ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand who had lead at the WW1 mark.
TeamOrigin were in contention at the first windward mark but slid to 11th on the first run, recovering to seventh.
In the second race TeamOrigin started sharply to win the preferred left side of the first upwind leg, rounding the windward mark first and going on to their third winning gun of the regatta.
Emirates Team New Zealand finished with a flourish winning the final race with Matador back in seventh, TeamOrigin in ninth and the Franco-German team on Audi A1 powered by TeamAll4ONE leaving Murcia with a measure of renewed confidence from their second place.
Despite the obvious increase in the overall standard at the top of the TP52 Series, the defending title holders will travel to Cagliari for September’s Region of Sardinia Trophy with a margin only 5.5 points less than they did at the same point in 2009.
Two in a row for Madrid - Caser Seguros
The racing in the GP42’s was never closer, with everyone taking turns leading and following in each of today’s three races.
And even though they won only one race in nine sailed, it was the consistency of Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP) led by skipper Jose Maria van der Ploeg (ESP) and helmsman Paolo Cian (ITA) which was key to their second regatta win in a row. Their triumph here follows up on victory in Barcelona in July and sees them take an eight points overall lead on the Audi MedCup Circuit.
But the remaining places in this class were decided only on tie-breaks.
The fight for second was especially vigorous, decided by only a metre at the finish of the last race.
In a dramatic reversal of their first two day’s mediocre results that put them solidly in last place going into today, Iberdrola (ESP) led by Laureano Wizner (ESP) came back to win the day on scores of 1-1-2, and vaulted up into the runner-up spot on the podium.
Sliding back one place from this morning’s standings, third-placed John Bassadone (GBR) and his Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) team was still very pleased with their podium finish, their first-ever in the 2010 Audi MedCup.
Quotes of the day
Dean Barker (NZL), skipper Emirates New Zealand (NZL):
“We sailed much better here than we did in Barcelona. We didn't have any bad races. I think we sailed better in Barcelona than we had done earlier in the year, and today it was really a good day.”
“There was still three races to go, so anything could have happened and we managed to sail a very good consistent day.
Cartagena has been good for me, I've been here three times now and had three victories, the first one with Bribón. It's a difficult venue, I don't think you ever really quite understand it, there's big currents, a lot happening out there, so you have to take it one day at a time, and see what you figure out.”
Ben Ainslie (GRB), skipper TeamOrigin (GBR):
“We had really great moments and some bad moments. It's been a tough event for us again, we had some really great races, and we had a really bad offshore race when our forestay broke, we weren't having a great race anyway but that last place has certainly hurt us a lot, but probably a better result for us overall and hopefully we can keep improving into the final regatta of the series. We struggled at the beginning of the season, we are learning about the fleet, the boat, and have been improving a lot which is nice. It'd be nice for the final event if we could try and take it a step further. Cartagena is really good, it's been tricky cause there's quite a bit of current out there so it's made it more interesting racing I think more than a normal Mediterranean regatta”.
Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist Matador (ARG):
“We are happy cause we've fine tuned some details in the way we sail, but the truth is that ETNZ are a step beyond us all. Sometimes we tend to forget that and try to fight them but they are far better than us, and we have to learn from them to improve ourselves. We are like little children, but talented. We have many great moments, and many not that good. I hope we can improve and keep consistent”.
Paolo Cian (ITA), skipper Madrid-Caser (ESP):
“The Audi MedCup is always tough, but this week has been even tougher. We had to race making points but trying to make as few mistakes as possible, in order not to lose any thus benefiting Islas Canarias Puerto Calero. And that's not easy, conditions were very difficult as well, that's why I'm so happy about the job the crew's done, about the boat's speed in all conditions, and I'm optimistic with regard to Cagliari. The one who makes the least mistakes wins; yesterday we made quite a few but the others, luckily, also.”
Laureano Wizner (ESP), skipper Iberdrola (ESP):
“A second place isn't bad at all, specially after this week's two first days, and the bad overall results in the circuit. So we leave with a good taste in the mouth. It's more than clear by now that the level of the fleet has increased a lot, and you can't relax for a minute. In the last days there's some aspects we've improved internally, racingwise, but also concerning the attitude onboard, which has helped us be at the front”.
Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy
Final after 10 races
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 4+2+5+4+3+1+1,5+2+12(DSQ)+1= 35,5 points
2. Matador (ARG), 1+4+1+5+8+5+6+1+7+7= 45
3. TeamOrigin (GBR), 3+1+3+2+1+3+16,5+7+1+9= 46,5
4. Quantum Racing (USA), 9+5+6+3+7+2+7,5+6+5+3= 53,5
5. Artemis (SWE), 5+6+2+10+4+6+3+9+9+10= 64
6. Synergy (RUS), 8+3+7+11+6+7+10,5+10+2+4= 68,5
7. Luna Rossa (ITA), 2+7+9+6+2+9+15+3+8+8= 69
8. Bribón (ESP), 7+11+4+1+10+4+12+11+4+6= 70
9. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 6+8+11+8+9+10+9+5+10+2= 79
10. Bigamist 7 (POR), 11+9+8+9+11+11+4,5+4+6+5= 78,5
11. Cristabella (GBR), 10+10+10+7+5+8+13,5+8+3+11= 85,5
Final after nine races
1. Madrid – Caser Seguros (ESP), 2+3+1+5+3+2+3+2+2= 23 points
2. Iberdrola (ESP), 4+4+3+4+4+3+1+1+2= 27
3. Península Petroleum (GBR), 1+5+2+2+2+4+2+5+4= 27
4. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 3+1+5+1+5+5+4+4+1= 29
5. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 5+2+4+3+1+1+5+3+5= 29
Audi MedCup Circuit 2010
After four events of five
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 31,5+31+35+35,5= 133 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 59,5+22,5+44+53,5= 179,5
3. Matador (ARG), 60+27+67+45= 199
4. TeamOrigin (GBR), 59,5+31+63+46,5= 200
5. Artemis (SWE), 57+53+33+64= 207
6. Synergy (RUS), 64+35,5+73+68,5= 241
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 51,5+29,5+84+78= 243
8. Bribón (ESP), 88+41+58+70= 251,5
9. Cristabella (GBR), 65+43,5+62+85,5= 256
10. Luna Rossa (ITA), 77,5+44,5+73+69= 264
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 88+78+70+78,5= 314,5
After four events of five
1. Madrid-Caser Seguros (ESP), 24+12+14+23= 73 points
2. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero (ESP), 14+17+19+29= 80
3. Iberdrola (ESP), 25+10+26+27= 88
4. AIRISESSENTIAL (ITA), 37+15+39+29= 120
5. Peninsula Petroleum (GBR), 40+24+37+27= 128
TV footage available for download on www.medcup.org/tv
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