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52 Super Series - Luna Rossa lift Zadar Royal Cup

Italian team on Luna Rossa lift the Zadar Royal Cup, the second event of the 52 Super Series

Luna Rossa were sixth on their debut in Šibenik last month, short on time with their freshly launched TP52.

But with Vasco Vascotto as tactician, Francesco Bruni steering and double America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill as strategist, Luna Rossa showed composure under pressure. ?

Starting the day with a three points margin and with a chance of becoming the first female helm to win a 52 Super Series, Tina Plattners’ Phoenix faltered in the regatta’s penultimate race, slumping to an unfortunate 11th.

At the same time Luna Rossa moved up from third at the first windward mark to pass Azzurra for second.

That gave the emblematic Italian crew a relatively straightforward opportunity to convert a six points lead to their first piece of major silverware together as a team.

It was a bittersweet finale for Tina Plattner who finished with the huge satisfaction of second overall, holding off Sled on countback and crossing the last finish line ahead of rivals Luna Rossa,.

The final points table for the regatta shows a points tie between second placed Phoenix and Takashi Okura’s Sled, the USA flagged team which has Ray Davies as tactician.

And fourth placed Provezza share just one point ahead of fifth placed Platoon and – in sixth Quantum Racing end up just one point behind them.

Final 52 SUPER SERIES Zadar Royal Cup Standings:

1. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (1,2,5,3,7,7,2,5) 32 pts
2. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (3,7,1,6,4,1,11,3) 36pts
3. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (6,4,7,1,5,5,6,2) 36pts
4. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,5,2,2,8,4,7,10) 43 p.
5. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (9,6,3,7,3,2,5,7) (2 penalti) 44pts.
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (2,9,9,4,1,10,9,1) 45 pts
7. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (4,10,10,9,9,3,3,4) 52 pts
8. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (11,3,4,5,10,9,1,11) 54 pts
9. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (10,11,6,8,6,6,4,6) 57 pts
10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (7,1,11,11,2,DNF12,8,8) (2 penalti) 62 pts
11. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin) (8,8,8,10,11,8,10,9) 72pts

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