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    2019 Super Series Starts In Menorca



    Azzurra Make Dream Start to 2019 in Menorca
    (Tuesday 21st May, Mahón) – Menorca has been good to Azzurra when the 52 SUPER SERIES has visited in the past. In 2016 they turned a corner at the Menorca event to convert a bad season to a clear win the last event of the season in Cascais. And in 2017 the Italian-Argentine team clinched the season-long series title, partying long into the night in Mahón.

    Today the Roemmers’ family team made a very strong start to the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES with a second and first from the first two races to jump out to a clear early lead at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week.








    In light winds, just six to 11 knots of patchy breezes, it was the brand-new, straight-from-the-wrapper Bronenosec that took first blood in Race 1, Day 1 of 2019, to give Russian owner Vladimir Liubomirov the best welcome back to the world’s leading grand prix mononhull circuit after a year out.

    With Croatian sailing hero Sime Fantela, the 470 Rio gold medal winner, promoted to the helm on what was his first ever 52 SUPER SERIES race, Bronenosec led all the way round the course to take the first winning gun of a highly anticipated season.

    Azzurra started best in the second contest, nailing the pin end of the line to be sure that they – like Bronenosec in the first heat – could not be challenged at all after the windward mark.

    While the three-time circuit champions Azzurra had a standout day, the 2018 champions Quantum Racing made a modest start to their title defence with an eighth in the 11-boat fleet in the day’s first race followed by a fifth to lie seventh overall.












    Skipper helm of Azzurra Guillermo Parada smiled on the dock:

    “We are happy with the start to the season but there is a certain relief after all the winter jobs, the testing and training that we have done to confirm that the boat is going well and we are able to fifth in conditions that were previously a weakness, light airs were not our strength and so we have focused our efforts in particular on this. So more than the results today, which after all is just one day in what we hope with be 25 days of racing, we feel that the boat is going well.”

    The champions have five key crew changes to their title winning line up and, although they won the PalmaVela warm up regatta a week ago, today they twice came off second best as they sought key positions on the start line at both starts.

    During the second contest their return from the lower reaches of the fleet to earn fifth was more like the usual Quantum Racing, an improvement on Race 1. Quantum held an early second place at the first windward mark but dropped to finish eighth. They were forced to the unfavoured right of the second upwind and suffered badly.

    The new French team on the circuit, Team Vision Future who sail the 2015 former Sled, showed well in the second race only just losing their fifth to Quantum Racing on the finish line.

    The obvious tension and excitement of the first day of a highly anticipated season has dissipated and it is down to business on what promises to be a long and challenging season.

    Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week
    Regatta standings after two races

    1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto / Pablo Roemmers) (2,1) 3 p.
    2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,2) 7 p.
    3. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (1,7) 8 p.
    4. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (6,3) 9 p
    5. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (7,4) 11 p.
    6. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (3,10) 13 p.
    7. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,5) 13 p.
    8. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,11) 15 p.
    9. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubbard) (10,6) 16 p.
    10. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (9,8) 17 p.
    11. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (11,9) 20 p.

    For full results, visit: http://bit.ly/2wkggTj

    Racing at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week starts on Tuesday 21st May and finishes on Saturday 25th May. The boats can be tracked online or via the 52 SUPER SERIES app with live commentary and expert analysis throughout each race. Shows start 15 minutes before racing is due to begin.
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    Lack of Wind Cancels the Second Day of Racing in Menorca
    The forecast light sea breeze failed to materialise today for the 11-strong fleet of TP52s at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, and so racing had to be cancelled for the day.



    A lack of wind cancels racing on the second day in Menorca.

    The standings remain the same with Azzurra (Alberto & Pablo Roemmers) leading the results table by four points ahead of Platoon (Harm Müller-Spreer) after Tuesday’s two races.

    “It is very frustrating that the sea breeze just did not come in. It is one of those things because of the shape of the smaller island here that it does not really generate the thermal breeze at this time of year, but it is looking more promising for Thursday and into the weekend,” commented Maria Torrijo, the Principal Race Officer.




    It may not have been a good day for competition but a new initiative to help clean up the seabed around the race docks in the host marinas recovered a significant amount of discarded debris and rubbish thanks to the team’s divers and local divers.
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    Too Tight To Call In Menorca




    A Tight Fit at the Top, One Point Separates Top Three in Menorca
    (Thursday 23rd May, Mahón) – On an uncompromising, very much one-sided race course off Mahón, Quantum Racing proved the top scoring boat at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week to take the overall lead at the first circuit regatta of 2019 by one single point.

    After missing Day 2’s scheduled races due to the lack of breeze, the third day was a gift with the bright spring sunshine and 10-15 knots of breeze. But with the race area located to the east of the entrance to Mahón’s expansive natural harbour – one of the world’s biggest – the topography upwind created a natural deflection in the wind, creating a one-sided course that placed a gilt-edged premium on starting perfectly and getting to the right as smartly as possible.

    Regatta leaders Azzurra had made a dream start to their season. A second and a win on the first day was smartly followed by another victory in the first of today’s three races. A textbook start on the signal boat end of the line, a swift tack to the right and the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda led all the way around the course, extending their lead to eight points at the top of the 11-boat fleet.












    But, as is nearly always the case, when there is such pressure on one side of the course and off the line, it is close to impossible to repeat the same plan time and again. Azzurra were held up by Sled at the start of the next race and their strategy was compromised. Provezza got away to lead while Azzurra rounded fifth dropping places on each subsequent leg to finish seventh. A mainsheet winch problem just before the start of Race 5, the third contest of the day, left Azzurra flat footed and nearly last off the line. The dream, 2,1,1, was rudely awoken to a harsh 17pts reality, just as perennial rivals Quantum Racing hit their straps for a glamour 4,2,1 today.




    Guillermo Parada, the Azzurra skipper-helm grimaced:

    “It is the third day of racing, we are almost tied on points and it is like starting all over again! But tomorrow we will be back fighting. That is our style. If we thought we were going to have a comfortable week… no way?”

    Quantum Racing started well each race but lost places again in the first heat of the day, leaving Alegre and Provezza to gybe away to the left of the run and gain in better wind pressure. But thereafter the new team line up were firing on all cylinders, extending on the third race to be almost 300 metres ahead on the one sided, follow my leader course.

    Provezza, Ergin Imre’s Turkish-flagged team show considerable podium potential, their 12pts for the day’s diet of three races, sees them tied on points with Azzurra, also just one point behind the regatta leaders. The new afterguard on Provezza, John Cutler steering with Kiwi compatriot Hamish Pepper, appear to have gelled with unflappable navigator Nacho Postigo and their Judel/Vrolijk design – which was updated through the winter – is proving quick enough.










    Cameron Appleton, tactician on Quantum Racing commented:

    “We made it hard on ourselves on the first race but after that it went well. There is a big geographical shift and the right was strong. We fought hard and we had really good strategy all day. Ed was able to execute really well and the rest was the guys just really working really hard and sailing the boat really well. The starts are a tricky part of the race especially when there is really only one place to start and Ed did a good job in races two and three.”

    Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week
    Regatta standings after Day 3
    1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,5,4,2,1) 20 p.
    2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (2,1,1,7,10) 21 p.
    3. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (6,3,3,1,8) 21 p.
    4. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,2,6,3,7) 23 p.
    5. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (1,7,8,10,2) 28 p.
    6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,11,2,5,6) 28 p.
    7. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (3,10,11,6,5) 35 p.
    8. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (9,8,5,9,4) 35 p.
    9. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (7,4,7,8,9) 35 p.
    10. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubard) (10,6,9,4,11) 40 p.
    11. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (11,9,10,11,3) 44 p.







    For full results, visit: http://bit.ly/2wkggTj

    Racing at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week starts on Tuesday 21st May and finishes on Saturday 25th May. The boats can be tracked online or via the 52 SUPER SERIES app with live commentary and expert analysis throughout each race. Shows start 15 minutes before racing is due to begin.
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