Russell Coutt’s BMW-Oracle takes the lead in Traunsee Lake, after winning five races out of six.
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero had an irregular start on day one of the RC44 Austria Cup, which is taking place in Lake Traunsee. Russell Coutt’s BMW-Oracle has taken the lead after winning five races out of six.
The Match Race events will take place on these first two days. José María Ponce will be at the helm of the only Spanish boat competing in the class, together with the world’s best sailors. The Canarian boat has only achieved one victory thus far, against the winner of the RC44 Austria Cup’s previous edition, Team Aqua, with New Zealander Cameron Appleton at the helm.
There was great equality in the battle and although the Arab boat was ahead of the Spaniards for the greater part of the race, Islas Canarias Puerto Calero forced them to make a penalty turn, an opportunity the Canarian boat seized to overtake them and thus win the match.
Islas Canarias Puerto Calero was not so fortunate in the rest of confrontations and lagged behind Slovenia’s Ceerefe, with Rod Davis at the helm, to whom they posed problems until they reached the first buoy, where the Canarian boat had a problem with hoisting the spi; Puerto Calero also sailed against RC 44Challence, headed by 33 America’s Cup champion James Spithill; against Ray Davies’ No Way Back and against Markus Wieser’s Sea Dubai.
José María Ponce commented on reaching the port that “things have not gone as we would have liked, but we have to move on and tomorrow we will try to win the four match races that remain, especially because there may be many boats tied since everybody has lost at least one match.”
On the second Match Race day Islas Canarias Puerto Calero will sail against Terry Hutchinson’s Artemis, Paul Cayard’ Katusha, Christian Binder’s Team Austria and Russell Coutts’ BMW Oracle.
1. BMW Oracle (USA), 5 victories/1 defeat
2. Artemis (SWE), 4/2
3. Sea Dubai (UAE), 4/1
4. Team Aqua (UAE), 3/1
5. Katusha (RUS), 3/2
6. No Way Back (NED), 3/3
7. RC 44 Challenge (USA), 3/3
8. Ceeref (SLO), 2/3
9. Islas Canarias Puerto Calero, 1/4
10.Team Austria, 0/6