Comeback trail continues for Mean Machine
Peter de Ridder’s team were on top of their game when they chased Bribon across the finish line of the first race before going on to win the second by a comfortable margin. But once again it was their ability to rescue a solid single digit result from the depths of the fleet early in Race 6 of the regatta, which also highlights their class in this fleet. See previous story here.
Guilermo Parada (ARG) and the crew of Matador (ARG) topped off another strong, consistent day when they got the better of Circuit leaders Quantum Racing on the final, exciting run to win the third race of the day to cement their second place three points ahead of the American boat which is steered and skippered by Terry Hutchinson (USA).
In such typically Palma sea breeze conditions it was the right side of this race course which was almost always favoured, often making the starts the most critical and the most exciting part of each race.
Indeed while the breeze was dropping a little during the third race, the right hand end of the start line, at the committee boat was busy, with three boats shut out. A final shift on the last run allowed some significant place changing. Mean Machine proved her strengths downwind when they recovered three places on the first run to eighth and then again on the second run when they rose from 11th to seventh.
Overall standings after 6 races
1. Mean Machine MON, 17 points
2. Matador ARG, 24
3. Quantum Racing USA, 27
4. Mutua Madrilena ESP, 36
5. Platoon powered by Team Germany GER, 36
6. Artemis SWE, 38
7. Bribon ESP, 43
8. Cristabella GBR, 48
9. Audi Q8 ITA, 52
10. Tau Ceramica Andalucia ESP, 61
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