|Sail Number:||TUR 1212|
|Yacht Club:||TAYK - Istanbul|
Provezza is owned and skippered by prominent Turkish yachtsman Ergin Imre. He has a long history in big boat sailing dating back 30 years to the IOR days, and spanning IMS and One Design racing. They are one of the most improved teams of recent years only just missing out on the third step of the podium overall in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
For Ergin Imre’s team, their first 52 SUPER SERIES regatta win – a sparkling triumph in Puerto Portals in July 2017 – was a landmark moment. They had been bubbling under for two years really, getting a little better all the time, but 2016 ended with disappointment.
Then 2017 started with two regattas where they had a good chance to close the deal and take top spot. Even in Porto Cervo they lead the regatta on the last run of the last race but a gear failure robbed them.
So Puerto Portals was big for Provezza as was fourth overall for the season.
What made a difference in 2017? Rig and appendage changes through the winter, and the addition of Peter Holmberg as helm ensured Imre’s crew had all the components to win.
Owner, Imre, is at the very heart of the popular team, and sets the tone. He enjoys his racing but makes sure life on shore after racing is enjoyable too – remembering that racing even at the highest level is about having fun as well as winning. American Tony Rey runs the team as tactician with the highly experienced Nacho Postigo as navigator.