|CLAUSTROPHOBIA AS THE ONLY FLAW|
The AEZ RC44 Sailing Team puts away two false starts and gains foot again.
Peter Evans (NZL), who is in command of the local afterguard instead of Christian Binder, lives up to his name. The twofold AC-Champion directs the AEZ team of eight with a good scheme and partly brilliant moves in the course. After four of twelve rounds the Austrians are ranking at eighth position.
San Diego and the Pacific give the RC44 fleet a warming and loud greeting. After the spectacular match race, which was applauded greatly, the masses were also impressed to view the first fleet races on the Broadway Pier. The AC Team Oracle Racing with Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison is in the lead after four races, right behind them are Katusha and Artemis Racing. The local team was able to keep up with the AC-pros where maneuvering and boat speed is concerned and reached sixth position as best result so far.
Trainer Alfred Pelinka is content with the exception of the starts and praised Mangold and Co. “We made our lives a little more difficult with those failed starts, but got ourselves out of the mess with success. Although we had a material damage (neck rope) the boys stayed focused. Today’s performance makes us optimistic for the upcoming regatta.” Pelinka explains the lack of space behind the line. “There is not one hundred meters of air between pier and boat, the traffic is enormous, you have to improvise with the most confined space”, confirms mate Rene Mangold. “Evans is down to earth, stays on top of things and brought the necessary calmness into the team. We can learn a great deal from him and are on a good path.”
The Oracle Cup will be continues with four further races tomorrow.
Current Score after four races:
1. Oracle Racing (Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts) USA 10
2. Team Katusha (Paul Cayard/Ian Baker) RUS 14
3. Artemis Racing (Torbjorn Tornqvist/Paul Cayard) SWE 16
8. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team (Rene Mangold/Peter Evans) AUT 29