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Bribon Leads

Bribón made first place in the general classification in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit after the two regattas held today. The winds raised some complications for the regatta and therefore required decisive and precise tactics.

Valencia, 29th June. Orlanda-Olympus, skippered by Tomasso Chieffi won the first leg of today´s race with great authority. Despite the decrease in wind intensity during the race, from eleven to seven knots, and the constant changes in direction, the boat skippered by Chieffi held a strong lead from start to finish

In this second event in the Breitling MEDCUP TP52 Circuit, a total of nine teams are present, seven of which had already debuted in Punta Ala, Italy (Bribón, Caixa Galicia, Lexus, Pisco Sour-Leche Pascual, Atalanti XV,Bambakou y Orlanda Olympus) and the two newcomers Aifos from the Spanish Armada and Cristabella owned by John Cook.

In the first race, Orlanda-Olympus was leading after having rounded the windward buoy while Pisco Sour with Vasco Vascotto at the helm (also the skipper of the America´s Cup Mascalzone Latino) was putting up a great fight with Lexus for second place. Closing the fleet, were the group of boats who had opted to stay to the right of the course such as Bribón, Caixa Galicia, Cristabella and Atalanti XV. The rest of the fleet followed the lead of Orlanda-Olympus, whilst Lexus, skippered by three time America´s Cup winner Russell Coutts, crossed the finishing line 14 seconds behind the Italian. The Bribon was the protagonist of an spectacular recovery, finishing in third place just 28 seconds slower than the leader, followed by Pisco Sour, Bambakou, Aifos, Caixa Galicia, Atalanti XV and Cristabella who closed the classifications.

After finishing in last place in Punta Ala, the Italian Skipper, Tomasso Chieffi, has called on his Spanish colleague from the +39, Rafa Trujillo (Silver medallist in Athens), as tactician, and Ian Moore from Emirates Team New Zealand as Navigator. It seems to be a winning formula.

The second leg began at 16:15, with wind speeds of 11 knots which remained fairly stable throughout the race, with variations in direction in different areas of the race course. The start was lead by Pisco Sour, although Lexus overtook to lead the fleet. Caixa Galicia suffered somewhat at the start, but manoeuvred to place themselves in third position at the windward marker, behind Lexus in first place and Bribón in second.

Bribón’s recovery was spectacular throughout the length of the race., as they finished in first place, leading the general classifications in front of Lexus with Russell Coutts, who came in second, on joint points with the first.

The show was impressive, especially as the distance between the vessels at the markers was minimal, making a very close race indeed. After the official presentation at 9:30 am in the Real Club Naútico de Valencia, the 9 Transpacs present will start a tough 40 mile Coastal Inshore race.

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