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TP52 - Azzurra Show Best Pre-Season Form

 
Reigning 2017 52 SUPER SERIES champions Azzurra win the PalmaVela regatta

Azzurra topped the table with 21pts, four points up on Quantum Racing, which has Dean Barker steering, while World Champions Platoon – the only new Vrolijk design in Palma among the seven new boats – finished third.

Azzurra won three races, Platoon won two, Hasso Plattner’s debuting Phoenix, with Ed Baird on tactics, won one race, and Takashi Okura’s Sled, which has Ray Davies as tactician also won a race.

Following the breakdown of the initiative with Ben Ainslie and the former Land Rover BAR team, Tony Langley’s Gladiator sailed with Ado Stead as tactician, as a one off.

Owner-driver Langley left the regatta commenting:

“I always enjoy it and I think we are in reasonable shape. It took a bit of getting our mojo together. But this boat still has legs. We had good straight line speed. I am very happy with the boat."

"We are disappointed to say the least about the situation as it developed, but we are just trying to figure out where we go from here.”

Starting on 23 May, up to thirteen teams from nine different countries will battle it out over a series of five week-long 52 SUPER SERIES regattas between May and September this year.

Crews representing nine different nations: Italy, USA, Great Britain, France, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa, Germany and Russia.

Boats for 52 SUPER SERIES 2018

GBR 8819 Alegre 19 Andy Soriano
ITA 280 Azzurra 01 Alberto Roemmers
RUS 5252 Bronenosec Gazprom 05 Vladimir Liubomirov
GBR 11152 Gladiator 04 Tony Langley
ITA ### Luna Rossa 46 Patrizio Bertelli
BRA 017 Onda 17 Eduardo de Souza Ramos
FRA 5211 Paprec Recyclage 10 Jean-Luc Petithuguenin
RSA 5211 Phoenix 11 Hasso Plattner
GER 52 Platoon 02 Harm Müller-Spreer
TUR 1212 Provezza 09 Ergin Imre
USA 52015 Quantum Racing 03 Doug DeVos
USA 5095 Sled 06 Takashi Okura
ITA 23520 XIO Hurakan 23 Giuseppe Parodi

52 SUPER SERIES Race Schedule for 2018:

- Sibenik 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, May 22-27, Sibenik, Croatia
- 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup, June 19-24, Zadar, Croatia
- ROLEX TP52 World Championship Cascais 2018, July 16-21, Cascais, Portugal
- Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, August 20-25, Mallorca, Spain
- 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, September 17-22, Valencia, Spain

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