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World Champions Crowned in TP52 Super Series

Published on October 15, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

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After a fantastic summer season of sailing with five regattas and 46 races under their belt, Argentinean-owned Azzurra have been crowned 52 Super Series champions of 2015.

The 52 Super Series is a series of five European regattas, one a month throughout the summer: May in Valencia, Spain (Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week); June in Porto Cervo, Italy (Settimana delle Bocche); July and August in Mallorca (52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2015 and Copa del Rey Mapfre) and finally September in Cascais, Portugal for the Cascais Cup .

Azzurra only finished off the podium once in the Series, in Valencia, where they only took fourth place even though they won more races than any other team.  They took top place in the Settimana delle Bocche regatta in home waters in Sardinia, triumphed in the World Championships off Puerto Portals and came second in Palma and Cascais.

Transpac 52 (TP52) racing boats came into existence in 2005 when a group of sailing enthusiasts – not short of a bob or two – decided they wanted a “first over the line” racing experience.

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Each boat costs roughly 2.5 million euros to build and an additional 500,000 to 1,000,000 euros for sails and deck gear.  This, in addition to the cost of maintaining the yacht and running a professional sailing campaign, makes the Super Series one of the richest sailing circuits in the world.

Having said that, there are no shortage of sailors who want to race on these incredible boats.  Nine new boats were built for the 2015 52 Super Series, in five different boat yards in Spain, Italy, Dubai and New Zealand, by two designers, Botin Partners and Judel Vrolijk.

The 52 Super Series started in 2012 with the “core four” – the Roemmers family from Argentina who sail both Azzurra and Matador, Doug DeVos from the US racing team Quantum Racing, and Niklas Zennström from Sweden with Rán Racing.  Rising from the ashes of the TP52 MedCup that finished in 2011, the 52 Super Series has gone from strength to strength.  Each year has seen an increase in numbers and this year saw 14 TP52s racing with representatives from 20 nations.

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In the first regatta of the series, Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week, Swedish Rán Racing took top position with British Alegre only three points behind and US team Sled taking the bronze.  In their home waters at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda during the Settimana delle Bocche, Azzurra won three out of the seven races to take gold, US Quantum Racing were three points behind and Polish Bronenosec Gazprom and Turkish Provezza tied for third place.

In Puerto Portals for the World Championships, Azzurra stormed ahead with 36 points after ten races, the German boat Platoon came in second with 50 points and with only one point separating third from fifth, Provezza took third place by virtue of a tie break with both Alegre and Rán Racing.

For the fourth event of the series, the boats stayed in Mallorca sailing a few miles east to the capital city of Palma.  Rather aptly for the Copa del Rey, they were racing from the Real Club Nautico.  With eight races in five days, only nine points separated the top three teams.  Quantum Racing triumphed with Azzurra only three points behind and Platoon coming in third.

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For the final event of the season, the Cascais Cup in Portugal, Azzurra were the favourites to win the 52 Super Series with a 35 point lead over their closest rival Quantum Racing and they did not disappoint.  Although Quantum pipped them at the post in Portugal closing the lead by 8 points, Azzura still ended up crowned as 2015 champions with a lead of 27 points.

The 2016 52 Super Series is already being planned with the first regatta starting in Scarlino, Tuscany on 24 May.

For more information visit: http://www.52superseries.com

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