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Ran V - runaway leader

Coastal races for the Wallys and Mini Maxis at Gaastra Palmavela

Saturday May 3rd 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: Spain

After day three of racing Gaastra PalmaVela, Magic Blue still leads in the Wally class as does Rán V in the Mini Maxis and Provezza 7 in IRC.

Racing started on time. At 1200 the Race Committee gave the start of the coastal race for the Wally, Mini Maxi, Classic and Vintage fleets while the remaining classes sailed windward-leeward races on the Bay of Palma divided across four race areas. The wind was stronger today although dropped towards the end of the afternoon causing the final races in ORC 0, 1 and 2 to be cancelled.

The 28-mile coastal race for the Wally class was won by Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones' WallyCento Magic Carpet Cubed ahead of the Wally 94 Galma, but with Magic Blue third Antonio Cacace's Wally 94 remains at the top of the podium overall, but is now just one point ahead of Magic Carpet Cubed, with J One holding third. The former Hamilton WallyCento, now Thomas Bscher's Open Season is just one point behind, in fourth.

Antonio Piris, commented: "We've finally had a good day onboard Galma. We finished second today and that places us within two points of the podium. We are excited and we hope to continue like this. We sailed a coastal race where wind changes are normal, but we didn’t have any big surprises. The wind shifted to the right, but the Race Committee has done a good job and achieved a well balanced race in general."

Niklas Zennstrom's team on the new Rán V continued her winning streak in the Mini Maxi class, claiming today's coastal race by a substantial margin of more than five minutes ahead of the former Rán, now Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima. In five races to date Rán V has won four and her lead is now unassailable in the Mini Maxi class going into tomorrow's final ace. Behind the fight for the remaining podium places is closer with Robertissima just two points ahead of Sir Peter Ogden’s newly acquired J-V72 Jethou with Andres Soriano's Alegre another point behind.

In the IRC fleet two races were sailed today with the Turkish TP52 Provezza 7 winning both to top of the podium in this class, now three points clear of the new Brazilian TP52 Phoenix and the German Carkeek 47 Platoon tied on seven points.

Santi Lange, who is crewing on Phoenix commented: "We didn’t have very good results today, it was a very difficult day in terms of wind. The Embat (sea breeze) was more to the right today, from 250º, which was fighting with a thermal wind from land. I guess the race courses that were closer had a big shift that we had during the race. We did not manage to see it well and that’s why we lost in the second race. Despite that we are happy because we came to sail some races before the start of the TP 52 Series and we achieved this. We are learning a lot."

The Soto 40 fleet, sailing its European Championship, completed three races resulting in a change of leader. Hendrik Brandis’ Earlybird put in a 1-2-1 scoreline today to overhaul Pedro Mendoça’s Portuguese Bigamist team. Guillaume Berenger's French entry, Glen Ellen XXII holds third. 

The J/80s also completed three more races, with a discard now kicking in. However Marc de Antonio and Sofia Bertrand’s Bribon Movistar remains the runaway leader. After posting a 3-1-1 today she is now 10 points clear of Javier Chacartegui's HM-Hotels which has moved up to second with Opera Season-Team RCN Palma one point behind in third.

Only one race was held today in ORC 0, ORC 1 and ORC 2 classes. The leaders are German Christian Plump’s boat Elena Nova in ORC 0; Czech Milan Hakej’s Three Sisters in ORC 1 after winning today’s race; Felix Comas´Pinyol Vermell, in ORC 2.

The ORC 3 and ORC 4 classes completed two races with Yabadaba climbing up to first place in ORC3, and Andrea in ORC 4.

Albert Kusak’s Enterprise maintains her lead among the Vintage classboats after taking a victory today. Following is Tim Liesenhoff’s Maringa, which came home second in today's coastal and rises to second place overall, but tied on points with Moonbeam IV, with Mikael Creach at the helm.

Among the Classics, Samurai remains at the top of the leaderboard, two points ahead of Margarita Estalindalamar and four in front of Rosendo.

Michael Clough’s Gecko remains leader of the Flying Fifteen fleet after completing three races today. The Musket Cove Yacht Club’s boat is leader on eight points, five ahead of Olive Oyl who lies second after racing today. In third is the Spanish team on Flyinghigh just one point behind.

The three races sailed today didn’t bring any changes in the Dragon class. Aphrodite is secure in her lead on just five points. Four points behind the team from Mallorca, is Dragonera with Young Tiger third.

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