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Jablonski on cruise control with four victories in Portoroz Cup.

Dubai: With four victories from five races, Karol Jablonski and his team Organika looked smart at the end of the first day of the Bank Sarasin RC 44 Portoroz Cup on Tuesday.

Not only did they win more races than anyone else, they also managed to beat some of the best teams in the RC 44 Class, including SE[umlaut]bastien Col's Ceeref, Cameron Appleton's Team Aqua and Paul Cayard's new outfit Katusha.

Also showing great form was Jose Maria Ponce with his Islas Canarias Puerto Calero as they managed to win three races and take the lead in his group ahead of No Way Back skippered by Pieter Heerema and Ray Davies.

The seven fleets completed on the opening day, which took place in a light sea breeze. The increasing number of boats forced the organisers to split the fleet in two - five boats in Group Alpha and six in Group Bravo. Puerto Calero leads the first one ahead of No Way Back, while Organika is on top of the other ahead of Katusha.

"We have done a very good job. We did a great move against Cayard. We were just behind at the top mark and decided to go for a jibe set. It was important to keep it secret and to make sure that they didn't see what we were preparing," Jablonski said.

While some new teams made it to the top of today's provisional match race ranking, others logically didn't obtain the results they expected with Team Sea Dubai one among these.

RESULTS

Match race provisional results (Name of team, helmsman, number of victories/defeats, points): Group Alpha: 1. Puerto Calero Islas Canarias, JosE[umlaut] Maria Ponce, 3/1, 3pts; 2. No Way Back, Ray Davies, 3/1, 3; 3. Artemis, Dean Barker, 2/2, 2; 4. BMW Oracle Racing, Russell Coutts, 2/2, 2; 5. Team Austria, Christian Binder, 0/4, 0. Group Bravo: 1. Organika, Karol Jablonski 4/1, 4pts; 2. Team Katusha, Paul Cayard, 3/2, 3; 3. Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton 3/2, 3; 4. Ceeref, SE[umlaut]bastien Col, 2/3, 2; 5. Team Sea Dubai, Markus Wieser, 2/3, 2; 6. Modri Gaj, Gasper Vincec, 1/4, 1.

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