Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg commits to fight for Top Five Finish at Mapfre Palma Vela
Saturday, 21 April 2012
With winds again above the 15 knot bracket at Mapfre Palma Vela, the Gazprom sponsored Swan 60 from the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg had another two races with exceptional race conditions in the Bay of Palma.
Day two finished with a 6th place in Race 3, followed by a 7th position in Race 4. The first race registered excellent boat speed from the team aboard Bronenosec who led the competing Swan 60, Emma from Germany round the race track until the final leg into the finish line.
In the second race of the day, the Russian / Italian team unfortunately became becalmed by a patch of limited wind which pulled the Swan 60 back from 20 seconds to be behind by 4 minutes, showing in their final placing.
Tomasso Chieffi, with 17 previous World Championship titles to his name, has a lot of professional knowledge to provide the team with this campaign and is committed to working on a top five overall result for the end of the event.
“Today we had a good first race leading Emma all the way and only just lost it at the end, so I do think we as a team have the capability to pull back to 5th overall by the last day. It is always a challenge at the start of a new campaign when racing against similar yachts that have a few more seasons of experience racing as a set team than ourselves. Personally I think we were sailing a lot better in many aspects compared to yesterday and I am pleased to have another two solid races on the score board, we are definitely improving each time we race together and the morning debriefs are helping us to correct any mistakes we pick up on”.
Only a matter of 6 points separates positions 4th to 7th on the leader board, Swan 60, Bronenosec is now 7th overall in the competitive Mini Maxi fleet. She sits a mere 1 point behind 6th place and 2.5 points behind 5th position and is therefore in a strong position to pull back into the top 5.
The team are looking forward to lighter airs tomorrow for the long distance race. This will be a complete change in racing style for the helm, Vladimir Liubomirov, and will provide both the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg Commodore as well as his fellow race crew with a new dimension to race against the International sailing stars.
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 April 2012 )