Marseille offered fabulous race conditions to the 14 TP52s that participated
in the second round of the Audi MedCup. Strong winds, sunshine and a unique
setting pointed to success and challenging shifts around the race course
produced great tactical racing, while the coastal race to picturesque
Cassis, was set against one of the most stunning, rocky backdrops in the
Mediterranean. It all made for an exciting and challenging regatta, with
three boats being eliminated from racing due to collision damage at the
first mark of Thursday’s coastal race, which resulted in two being
After Saturday racing was abandoned, due to high winds, USA-17 was declared
the winner. The brand new boat, owned and sometimes helmed by Larry Ellison,
gave the billionaire a trophy to hold in the air, even if it wasn’t
the one he really covets. USA-17 will now be retired to allow the BMW
Oracle sailors to focus on the America’s Cup Deed of Gift match.
Images from Marseille are here.