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Transpac 52s Celebrate in Balearics

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The end of July saw Puerto Portals in Mallorca hosting the third regatta in this year’s TP52 Super Series, the Puerto Portals Sailing Week.  The atmosphere was buzzing as, by happy coincidence, the week of racing took place during the Port’s 30th anniversary celebrations, making the race week extremely festive.

This year’s Series seems to be a one-horse race with America’s Quantum Racing bagging first place in all three regattas so far and steaming ahead with only 78 points.  The contest for second place is much closer with last year’s champions, Azzurra, currently in second position with 135, and Germany’s Platoon and Sweden’s Rán Racing nipping on their heels (or should that be keels) both with 140

Over the five regattas (ten races) sailed during Puerto Portals Sailing Week, Quantum topped the tables once again leading with 24 points, finishing first in four regattas with only a single blip where they finished fifth.  Russia’s Bronenosec Gazprom and Italy’s Azzurra finished neck and neck (or should that be deck and deck) in second and third places with 36 points each

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The 52 Super Series is a series of five European regattas, one a month throughout the summer: May at the Club Nautico Scarlino in Scarlino, Tuscany (Scarlino Cup); June in Sardinia, Italy (Audi Settimana delle Bocche); July in Mallorca (Puerto Portals Sailing Week) September in Menorca (TP52 World Championships) and finally October in Cascais, Portugal for the Cascais Cup.

This year there are 12 TP52 crews competing representing eight different nations: Italy, USA, GBR, France, Turkey, Sweden, Germany and Russia. The UK are fielding three boats; Alegre, Gladiator and Scorcha.

Transpac 52 (TP52) racing boats came into existence in 2005 when a group of sailing enthusiasts decided they wanted a “first over the line” racing experience.

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These aren’t cheap bits of kit, 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 rather an exclusive club.  Having said that, there is no shortage of sailors who want to race on these incredible boats

The first regatta of the series, the Scarlino Cup on Tuscany’s Golfo di Follonica, was won by the Ed Baird-skippered Quantum Racing finishing no worse than fourth over the eight-race series to secure the title with a margin of six points over Andy Soriano’s Alegre

Quantum Racing triumphed again in the second regatta of the series, the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Regatta, outsailing Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing on a breezy final day of racing on the Costa Smeralda. The team led by owner-driver Doug DeVos took away two third places from the last pair of races to win by six points overall.

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The next event, the TP52 World Championships, will take place in Mahon, Menorca on 14 September, the first time the Island has hosted a Series regatta.

The highly anticipated finale, and the regatta that will determine the outcome of this year’s championship, starts off on 11 October in Cascais, Portugal.

http://www.52superseries.com/

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