Let’s Get Down to Business 52 SUPER SERIES Returns To Action in Puerto Portals Mallorca
When the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit, the 52 SUPER SERIES, returns to competition next week a bumper fleet of 16 TP52s will race on the popular Bay of Palma, Mallorca the form book is rendered blank. It is almost impossible to predict which teams will collect the overall honours at the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week & TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational Regatta.
Nine top level 52 SUPER SERIES teams finally return to the white heat of battle. There has been no circuit regatta since March 2020 in Cape Town. And seven invited TP52s of various generations will face off in a competitive fleet spanning much of the proud 20 year history of the global box rule class.
After the long lay off for the 52 SUPER SERIES it will almost certainly be the team which finds its marks quickest that does best. Indeed the first few races might prove crucial. The difference between winning and a finish at the back of the fleet is usually down to the fractions of a metre gained and lost round the course.
The winning advantage is often down to superior communication and perfectly choreographed manoeuvres, a tiny boatspeed gain here and there thanks to smart sail trimming as the wind speed drops or rises. And so the lack of competition and inevitable ‘ring rustiness’ may prove telling.
Doug DeVos’ four times overall champions Quantum Racing welcome the return of talismanic Terry Hutchinson who is among five crew members back after two years of America’s Cup duties. Charismatic owner-driver DeVos will steer Quantum Racing supported by an exciting new choice of strategist, Lucas Calabrese Argentina’s, 34 year old 2012 470 Olympic medallist.
“Nothing comes close to racing in this fleet. I am so excited to think of seeing this fleet back in action. I love nothing more than watching Terry at work, seeing top end tacticians like him and Vasco, Ado Stead and so on doing their work. The tactical chess game is stunning and after all this is still the sailboat racing that 98% of sailing fans participate in and enjoy most” grins Ed Reynolds, longtime project director at Quantum Racing.
Hutchinson’s enduring rivalry with Vasco Vascotto is back too. Vascotto will sail with Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec crew partnering Morgan Larson and the fiery Italian may provide a regatta winning differential for the Russian flagged team.
With a ‘best of British’ afterguard on Gladiator, Tony Langley is gunning for his first podium since 2017 in Menorca. He brings on board Giles Scott who is fresh from a stunning defence of his Finn Olympic title in Tokyo. Scott, whose tactical calls in the America’s Cup were breathtaking, will partner Paul Goodison in the Gladiator afterguard.
Olympic medallists, America’s Cup winners and world champions feature all the way through the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet. In the line-up of the Plattner family’s Phoenix we find the very much on form Australian Tom Slingsby who sails as tactician, while Kiwi two-times Olympian and Finn Gold Cup winner Josh Junior brings youthful brains and considerable power to the heart of Takashi Okura’s Sled.
Slingsby, America’s Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, has just triumphed as tactician on his debut in the ClubSwan 50 fleet on the Bay of Palma at the Copa del Rey. But maybe Andy Soriano’s Alegre team come to Puerto Portals as the most practised? They ran two training camps in Valencia and have just warmed up by winning the IRC division at Copa del Rey, topping a competitive fleet after six days of racing.
Alegre’s British strategist Nic Asher finished the Copa del Rey concluding, “We are in good shape I think. We had not raced for such a long time together it is nice to have been back. It is good to have come here and validate a few things. And getting the win is always nice.”
Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Newport RI based Interlodge return to the 52 SUPER SERIES with a strong team which includes Tony Rey, Rod Dawson and Juan Vila in the afterguard, racing the former Azzurra, the well sorted 2019 champion boat.
Meanwhile the successful afterguards remain entirely intact on Ergin Imre’s Provezza – where helm John Cutler has Hamish Pepper as tactician – and on the double world champions Platoon where Jordi Calafat and John Kostecki combine. Provezza may gain a speed advantage in certain conditions from having a brand new rig, the most modern in the fleet.
The Invitational. Welcome!
Seven teams have answered the call to race and celebrate the TP52s history in the Med. Perhaps the most successful global campaigners of recent years is Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste crew led by Gavin Brady but Italy’s Marco Serafini’s XIO were 2019 ORC World Champions triumphing in Sibenik ahead of Roberto Monti’s Air Is Blue. Newcomers are the Thailand flagged former Team Vision Future. And from Saint Tropez, France is Gerard Logel’s well sailed Arobas, a team just as easy competing offshore in the Rolex Giraglia as inshore in the Copa del Rey. The fleet is a fascinating mix of pros, semi-pros and amateur racers all looking to enjoy a good week of racing and some have already indicated they would like to dip a toe in the 52 SUPER SERIES waters in the future.
How to follow the 2021 52 SUPER SERIES
Live TV and New App
All of the action will be streamed live from the Bay of Palma on 52 SUPER SERIES TV on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday with expert comment and commentary.
On the opening days there will be live 3-D streaming from the new tracking services partners GEO Racing. A new, updated Application has been developed with exclusive content and data. It should be downloaded from the App Store. The previous App is no longer in service.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE 2021 52 SUPER SERIES
The 52 SUPER SERIES remains the world’s leading grand prix monohull first-past-the-post sailboat racing. The 2021 season comprises three regattas starting 23th August in Puerto Portals and ends in Palma in November. Now, entering its tenth season with the strongest fleet ever, the 52 SUPER SERIES continues to offer 24/7 access to the action and information via the 52 SUPER SERIES App.
|Event||Dates||How to Follow|
|Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week & TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational||Aug 24-28||2D and 3D Boat Tracking and LIVE TV|
|Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week||Sep 28 – Oct 2||2D and 3D Boat Tracking with
|Rolex TP52 World Championship RCNP 2021||Nov 2-6||2D, 3D Boat Tracking and
Interactive 2D boat tracking technology will allow 52 SUPER SERIES fans to follow their favourite teams through every tack and gybe. Streaming is available via the new 52 SUPER SERIES app and paired with expert commentary on and off the water. All shows start 15-minutes before racing is due to start.
3D Boat Tracking
In addition to interactive 2D boat tracking, we will be streaming a 3D broadcast at all regattas on days when we are not doing Live TV.
At some key regattas, live broadcasts with streamed action direct from the water will be available so you can live every move and get up close and personal with the teams. All shows start 15-minutes before racing starts, and can be enjoyed via the 52 SUPER SERIES homepage – www.52SUPERSERIES.com – or via the app. Never miss a beat…or a run…a start or a finish!
The New Official 52 SUPER SERIES App
The Official 52 SUPER SERIES App is the ultimate companion to the 2021 52 SUPER SERIES, delivering live event tracking, real-time results and full race information straight to your mobile device as it happens as well as race summaries and replays.
The new app has been specially designed with fans and competitors in mind, and is available to download on both iOS and Android now. Please delete the previous app as it is no longer serviced.
- Live Race Streaming – Live streams are easily broadcast through the app. Sit back and relax with live racing on your TVs, and interactive boat tracking on your tablet.
- Live Race Tracking – State of the art GPS tracking technology allows you to watch every 52 SUPER SERIES regatta in stunning virtual reality. Watch it live or view it later by loading historical race data.
- Live Results – Keep up to date with who is on top at the end of each race.
- Venue Guides – Enjoy a taste of the full 52 SUPER SERIES regatta experience by immersing yourself into the local culture with these tips for things to do and places to eat.
- News & Video – Be the first to receive race highlights and news articles. Access the 52 SUPER SERIES from anywhere in the world.
- The Series – Vital event information at your fingertips. Learn more about the 52 SUPER SERIES: the history, the schedule and the teams involved.
- Race Office – A sailor’s best friend. No more searching through emails for the race information you need. The Race Office comes complete with contact details for each event.
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