The 2019 52 SUPER SERIES season promises two pivotal events on the open Atlantic as the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit is hosted in June next year by Puerto Sherry on the increasingly popular Bay of Cadiz race area for the first time in the circuit’s eight-year history. The circuit then moves directly to Cascais, Portugal in the quest for an exciting Atlantic summer showdown.
The race to be ready for what promises to be the most competitive 52 SUPER SERIES yet ends on Tuesday. Months of interpretation, innovation, inspiration and thousands of hours of sheer perspiration come to a head on Tuesday when 12 TP52s – nine of them being brand new boats – line up on the start line for the first regatta of the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES.
The 2018 52 SUPER SERIES looks set to feature an unprecedented nine new-build boats; at least three America’s Cup teams, who will each be new to the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit; and two international crews, who have raced in the circuit before, will be returning to the fray.
Winning the final regatta of the year to become the only crew to win two events in 2017, the Roemmers family’s Azzurra which represents the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are the new 52 SUPER SERIES champions.
Next week, Menorca – one of Spain’s Balearic Islands – will see the closest and most exciting finish yet to a 52 SUPER SERIES season. For the first time since the world’s leading monohull circuit started out in 2012, there are three teams that have an almost equal chance of winning.
Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon crew got the better of the five-time title holders Quantum Racing during an exciting winner takes all final day showdown to win the Rolex TP52 World Championship title for the first time. Their seemingly unerring consistency across the challenging, hard-to-read conditions proved telling.
Maintaining a superlative level of consistency through a tough, three-race day, Harm Müller-Spreer’s German-flagged team on Platoon have taken over the lead of the Rolex TP52 World Championship, earning themselves a cushion of three points ahead of defending world champions Quantum Racing.
After a long and challenging day on the waters off Scarlino, Tuscany, Quantum Racing – the defending champions – lead the Rolex TP52 World Championship by virtue of winning the one and only race sailed.
The TP52 World Championship roll of honour paints quite the picture; only three different crews have won the world title since its inauguration in 2008 as an officially recognised world championship. Past victors are: Quantum Racing, winners in 2016, 2014, 2010, 2011 and 2008; Azzurra (previously known as Matador) in 2009 and 2015; and Rán Racing in 2013.
After being damaged on the first day of the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup, whilst competing in only her second race in the colours of British businessman Tony Langley – thumped in a spectacular t-bone collision – Gladiator has won a race against time, and today arrived fully repaired in Scarlino Italy.