Sunday, July 25, 2010

Simmering pressure, champions in pursuit

The regatta leaders need to stay cool, calm and collected to be ready to execute when racing get under way.

A slow final Sunday at the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona seems to be in prospect despite the fact that the TP52 Series regatta is poised on a knife edge.
Torbjorn Tornqvist’s Artemis (SWE) leads by just one point with the current champions Emirates Team New Zealand pushing consistently hard, lying second.

In the GP42 Series, there is just only four points now between Madrid-Caser Seguros and Islas Canarias. So both of the Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona leaders are being pursued by the current Audi MedCup Circuit champions.

But the forecasts show only light and variable winds for the early part of the day, suggesting that these final battles off Barcelona might take some time to get under way.
Around the regatta village this morning there is the predicted light northerly flow in evidence.

In theory two races could be sailed for the TP52 Series, but that is the theory. Reality could be a bit different. Around start time it looks like between 4 and 7 knots is more likely, but still moving around in direction and it could be after two before the wind starts to really settle. A sea breeze is predicted to set in to about 170-200 maybe 8-12 knots with not quite as pronounced a right hand bend as we have seen before.

A start sequence cannot begin after 1530hrs but you can be sure that the race committee will do all they can to get as many races away as they can today.

The prize giving takes place at the Audi MedCup Circuit regatta village at 1730hrs (CET).

Audi MedCup TV broadcasts live from 1250hrs.