Audi MedCup Marseilles Trophy win and upset for Audi Azzurra

Audi Azzurra at the Marseille Trophy 2011
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy 2011 has seen Audi Azzurra Sailing Team take victory in the first race of the day, but they failed to pull off a repeat performance in the second race. Audi Azzurra now moves up to second place, however, in the overall classification for the series.

Their victory in the first race, added to the win in the practice race yesterday and showed that hard work will yield results, even in light air. In spite of today's south south-westerly thermal breeze that never reached more than eight knots, Azzurra led the fleet from the start and won with a clear margin of 44 seconds over second-placed Synergy.

Bribon and Quantum Racing followed. In the second race of the day, however, the boat suffered more than expected due to the falling wind and finished a disappointing seventh despite the crew battling unsuccessfully to move up the fleet for the duration. The team's sporting spirit and resolve, in the knowledge that tomorrow is a new day which will see Audi Azzurra Sailing Team more determined than ever, is to be applauded.

'We are still satisfied,' declared skipper Guillermo Parada, 'the second race went badly while the first went really well and now we are second in the provisional classification and we can concentrate on overtaking Quantum Racing.'

Tactician Francesco Bruni gave his technical analysis of the day: 'The start was crucial in both races. In the first Guillermo started brilliantly, we tacked first and from then we were always in control of the fleet.

In the second though, the start cost us dearly, especially in terms of how we wanted to tackle the race. After that we didn't get a chance to recover, it's very difficult for a powerful hull like ours in such light air.'

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