|RC44 Copenhagen Cup, 08th -13th June 2010 |
On the move
The AEZ RC44 Sailing Team is happy about another strike before Copenhagen and finishes the match race on 8th place.
It’s not a secret that the duel boat against boat is a tough one for Christian Binder. On one hand, one’s competing against the best match racers in the world and on the other hand the sailing discipline has been neglected in this country. Compared to the strongholds of the offshore scene Austria is a developing country in this regard. That’s why the AEZ team’s Copenhagen - performance has to be placed higher.
After polishing off the Spanish yesterday, a further strike followed today. Team Kathusa, with the fivefold AC participants and Volvo Ocean’s warhorse Paul Cayard (USA) at the wheel, was defeated. “We had them under control in the prestart phase, were the first to cross the line and didn’t make any mistakes”, tells Binder about the perfect race. “To compete against sailors such as Paul everything must be right and that’s what happened today.”
The AEZ RC44 Sailing Team leaves the Spanish as well as the Russians behind them and finishes the match race determinations at place eight; the Australians Cameron Appleton and the Team Aqua (UAE) gain the victory.
Tomorrow the practice day follows in order to get the boats ready for the fleet race. The Austrians feel uneasy about sailing in the field, but are optimistic about the 12 races. “We want to retrieve our achievements from Dubai and hope for a middle field placing”, comments trainer Alfred Pelinka.
RC 44 Copenhagen Cup/final score Match Race:
1. Team Aqua (Chris Bake / Cameron Appleton) UAE 6
8. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team (René Mangold / Christian Binder) AUT 2