Desafio Espanol climbing to the top 3
source by: www.karoljablonski.pl
Today in Valencia we faced few very good matches that cleared the ranking list before the final fight tommorow. The most expected match was between Mascalzone Latino and Shosholoza for the place in top 4. Shosholoza after its victory over Luna Rossa was seen as the "dark horse" that could mess a bit in the ranking. Unfortunately despite good piece of match racing Shosholoza was defeated by the equipment failure as its spinnaker got wrapped up.
Another interesting fight was between Victory Challenge and Desafio Espanol who beat United Team Germany in flight 8. After the clear advantage of Desafio during first 3 legs of the course, on the second run Victory Challenge who sailed to the left of the course managed to catch Desafio and even take a small lead. Karol Jablonski, skipper of Desafio Espanol, kept cold blood and defended his position serving another victory for Desafio Espanol.
"Every day of LVC was very intense, every match very important and the tight fight required staying focused all the time.
After today's two victories with United Team Germany and Victory Challenge we are on the 3rd place ex aequo with Italian team Luna Rossa Challenge. Tommorow we are going to face two, very hard matches - with BMW Oracle and Luna Rossa. We expect a lot of pressure from the rivals' side but we will try to do our best not to give them the victory to easy.
In the match with Germans we managed to catch our oponents on the penalty. After the start we defended the right side of the course and rounded the mark with an advantage of 2 boat lenghts. We were focused during whole race and made a lot of good manuevers. The distance between the boats was never bigger than 500 m what only proved that the German boat was not slower than ours. Before the second race we could see that the left side of the course was more favourable. During the pre-start we fought agressively to start in the right side. Our opponent without any other choice sailed to the right what gave us 3 meters of lead at the first crossing. Wind was tricky and shifty at the strenght of 9-10 knts. It was extremely hard to control the advantage as every gust of wind had a big influence on the boat's speed. The last run was dramatic as Swedish got bigger gust and teoretically overtook us. Luckly we had better tactical position and hold her until the right moment to attack our rival who gybed to the finish. We won the race by 35 seconds and it was a very precious victory! All of us are tired but need to carry on..." - summed up the day Karol Jablonski.
Tommorow the last matches of first Round Robin. The emotions are expected to reach high level so stay with us for more news.