The yacht flying the burgee of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is all set to battle it out on her home waters for the Audi TP52 World Championship.
Azzurra - 2014 TP52 World Championship
The Audi TP52 World Championship, also counting as the second stage of the Barclays 52 Super Series, gets underway tomorrow, June 10th. Azzurra, the reigning vice-champion, is currently holding the second place in the provisional overall leaderboard, after the circuit's opening event in Capri.
The nine competitors held today their practice race under very light and unstable wind conditions. This pattern will persist during the first part of the event while the Mistral could kick in towards the end of the week. For this reason, the coastal races have been brought forward to the first three days, while the culmination of the event will see the TP52 fleet compete in the windward/leeward races that require a more stable breeze.
This is what Azzurra's skipper Guillermo Parada stated ashore after the end of the practice race: 'The Audi TP52 World Championship starts tomorrow on Azzurra's home waters with a coastal race which is a completely different game from today's windward/leeward practice race. We are, obviously, excited to race on Costa Smeralda's waters and we feel ready. Vasco arrived just yesterday but we are a well-oiled machine working together and that is perfect!'
Barclays 52 Super Series – 2014 Racing Schedule
20- 24 May - Rolex Capri Sailing Week
10 - 14 June - TP52 World Championship, Porto Cervo
4 - 9 August - Copa del Rey, Palma de Mallorca
10-14 September – Royal Cup, Ibiza
Guillermo Parada - Skipper and Helmsman
Vasco Vascotto - Tactician
Bruno Zirilli - Navigator
Paul Westlake - Mainsail
Mariano Caputo - Bowman
Juan Pablo Marcos - Midbow
David Vera - Pitman
Maciel Cichetti - Trimmer
Victor Marino - Trimmer
Mariano Parada - Trimmer
Gabriel Marino - Grinder
Alejandro Colla – Grinder
Inigo Losada - Floater
Boat Captain: Pedro Rossi
Coach: Guillermo Baquerizas
Coach: Rod Davies
Owner: Mr. Alberto Roemmers