That must surely be the way the GP42 guys feel, when every Med Cup report reads like it’s still only about TP52s. We’ve been guilty too, so we thought we’d make amends and tell you about Islas Canarias Puerto Calero great victory.
GP42 Series leader Paolo Cian and his Roma 2 team led Islas Canarias by two points going into the final race, so the Italians had to either beat or finish directly behind the young Spanish team to win the overall prize. Everyone was expecting a display of match race mastery from Cian, but the Roma team did not engage in pre-start combat, electing instead to get a fabulous start and take an early lead, which they used to force Canarias to the right. Unfortunately, the right turned out to be the favored side, and once Iberdrola got into the mix as well, Roma found themselves behind and unable to catch up. So congratulations went to Daniel Calero and his home grown team from the Canary Isles. Skipper Pepe Ponce said “We had to win the race and get a boat between us and Roma, and we knew they could come to look for us and stick to us, but I think we faced up to that in the right way and got away and everything then worked out perfectly. We even got two boats in between, ‘cause they went to look for a shift that didn’t arrive. That’s why we are here now. The crew has done a great job throughout the season and I want to thank the Calero family for trusting us.” Pic from Pedro Martinez and more from a plethora of top photogs here.