Race 1 – Platoon Get Best Possible Start
Platoon won the first race of the 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week after passing early leaders Azzurra at the first windward mark.
The rivals, who are tussling over second place on the podium made the best start, along with Alegre, choosing the profitable left side of the first upwind leg. Azzurra were just a little shy on their layline, and had to shoot the mark to make it round. Losing speed they lost to Platoon, which rounded with speed to take the lead. By the finish of the first race, which was sailed in six to nine knots of SE’ly breeze, Platoon were more than 150 metres clear of Azzurra. Phoenix, with Hasso Plattner steering came through for third. Quantum Racing started well at the signal boat end of the line, but lost out on the right of the course where there was lighter wind pressure, crossing the finish in eighth.
Racing at the Valencia 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week starts Tuesday and finishes Saturday with the end of season prize-giving on Saturday night. All of the action will be broadcast live at www.52SUPERSERIES.com and via the app throughout the whole regatta on 52 SUPER SERIES TV with live commentary and expert analysis throughout each race. Shows start 15 minutes before racing is due to begin.
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