Andy Soriano and his international Alegre crew joined the 52 SUPER SERIES in 2015 and have long since proven themselves as one of the best resourced and most talented teams on the circuit. Passionate owner-driver Soriano has massive experience of grand-prix yacht racing, tasting success in the maxi class before moving to the TP52.
Consistency over the course of a full season has proven a slightly elusive, but Alegre are nearly always in the fight at the front or near the front of the fleet during each regatta. Their best performances have been third at the Rolex TP52 World Championship in 2018 and in 2021 they led the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week into the final day before finishing a narrow second. They placed fifth in Puerto Portals but were only one point off the podium and in Palma at the season’s decider they were fifth.
It is the knowledge that their best is yet to come, looking to eliminate small mistakes and so achieve a higher level of consistency, that drives the Alegre team. And that is not to mention the fact that Soriano just loves the cut and thrust of competing at the highest level.
Reflecting how his drive and passion are undimmed, he was the first to commission a new boat back in 2018 and set out plans for 2019 early and pretty much each season since then they have made incremental gains.
The core team have been together for many years. At the back of the boat the partnership of Ado Stead and Nic Asher is well proven and settled. This year Francesco Mongelli joins the team as navigator while regular trimmers include Noel Drennan on main Andy Hemmings and Jon Gunderson on downwind and upwind trim.