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    © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup.

    Second overall in Cascais in May, winners of the Marseille Trophy last month, Udo Schuetz’s German flagged team on Container made the best start to the Region of Sardinia Trophy Regatta, finishing their first day of racing on the Gulf of Cagliari off Sardinia’s capital, with a first and second to lead the overall standings by two points.


    If Container’s modest Kiwi tactician Hamish Pepper, 2006 Star world champion, shrugged off another day of steely consistency as the cards simply falling in their favour, conversely Cagliari’s blustery, offshore Mistral breeze may have seemed unduly cruel to the Circuit leaders Quantum Racing.

    The TP52 world champions finished the first day at the bottom of the regatta leaderboard after a pair of above par sixth places.


    © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup


    © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

    With the wind funnelling down the long flat valley to the north of the race area, accelerating with some muscular gusts to over 25kts at times, but peppered with sudden lulls of a mere 15-17kts, often there were also big differences in wind direction on either side of the track. It was never straightforward.

    And while Pepper and the Markus Wieser-skippered team on Container proved to be as much masters of the comeback as they were assured in their slick, solid boat handling under pressure, the exciting but changeable conditions perhaps did not suit the usually dependable Quantum Racing style of more risk averse sailing.


    © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup


    © Ian Roman/Audi MedCup

    The first race proved to be a one-two for the more moderate Vrolijk designed sister-ships Container and Ràn. Niklas Zennstrom’s Ràn lead at the first windward mark, but Container pushed down the right of the first run and were able to squeeze round the leeward gate in first place, just ahead of Quantum Racing. On the second run the American team chose to gybe away to the left, losing three places.
    With the wind peaking at 24 kts in the gusts, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team tore their kite spectacularly at the approach to the leeward gate. With the remnants flying from the masthead like a demented pennant, the kite touched two rigs before breaking free to become an unwanted addition to Bribon’s upwind sailplan. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team were required to take a penalty but fought back to take fifth on the final run.

    The second windward-leeward contest saw the Franco-German crew of Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4One, lead by helm Jochen Schuemann, take the left of the first beat after a good start off the left hand, pin end of the start line. A momentary challenge to their lead was presented at a tightly fought leeward gate rounding with sister-ship Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, but the Sardinian flagged crew could not get their spinnaker back under control quick enough after a late drop, and went on to finish third behind Container in second.


    © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup.


    © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup.

    Container were last at the first turn but that in itself presented the chance to do their own thing and Pepper read the shifts and pressure well to gain 20 seconds and three places on the first run.
    They got away from Russia’s Synergy on the last run for second place, while the Russian team saw an otherwise good day turn sour when they were penalised on the finish line. From a possible pair of third places Synergy ended up with a 3,7 to lie fifth overall.
    And for Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, second here last year, the leaderboard has a much more positive complexion than previous regattas this season lying second, two points behind Container.
    Results:
    Region of Sardinia Trophy
    52 Series
    Results after two races:
    1. Container (GER), 1+2=3 points
    2. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (EUR), 4+1=5 points
    3. RÀN (SWE), 2+5= 7 points
    4. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 5+3=8 points
    5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 3+7=10 points
    6. Bribón (ESP), 7+4=11 points
    7. Quantum Racing (USA), 6+6=12 points
    8. Gladiator (GBR), 9(DNC)+9(DNC)=18 points

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