|PLAYED THE WRONG CARDS|
Austria’s AEZ sailors get the short end of the stick before San Diego.
The second day of the Oracle Cup didn’t run too smoothly according to Rene Mangold and Co. Not only the recent early start was their shortcoming but two mistakes in the pre sailing determinations were made by the AEZ crew. Above all the adjustments on the trimmers didn’t work accordingly. Altogether the Austrians lost a position, on top there is a change in the leading position.
The RC44 show in San Diego’s harbor caused much excitement on the second day of the Oracale Cup race. Once again they sailed before the Broadway Pier and the extreme winds made the game even more exciting. The AEZ RC44 Sailing Team wasn’t very lucky with the set up and pulled up the wrong sail twice. “The choice of the fore sail is like choosing the right racing tires in the Formula 1. We played the wrong cards twice and have paid dearly for it”, says trainer Alfred Pelinka, who spoke of the unlucky race and pointed out the AEZ team’s fighting spirit. “We fought back in each round to keep up with two eighth places. This shows the troop’s spirit and how they have improved.”
Currently at ninth place, the Austrians have four opportunities to get better tomorrow. “We can still catch up and want to put the teams ahead of us under pressure”, says mate Rene Mangold eagerly. Kathusa (RUS) starts the final races as leading team, five syndicates still have winning chances.
Current Score after eight races:
1. Team Katusha (Paul Cayard/Ian Baker) RUS 25
2. Team Aqua (Scott Young/Cameron Appleton) GBR 27
3. Oracle Racing (Larry Ellison/Russell Coutts) USA 31
9. AEZ RC44 Sailing Team (Rene Mangold/Peter Evans) AUT 66