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52 Super Series heads to Capri

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Barclays 52 Super Series 2014 - With one week until the first races for the new season, the sense of anticipation and excitement among the constituent race teams rises with each new day, knowing that the first regatta of this year’s four – Rolex Capri Sailing Week – heralds a number of firsts for the world’s leading monohull circuit.

In Capri the 52 fleet will not only be at its strongest in Europe for some years with nine boats set to compete but it will see the Barclays 52 Super Series debut of the Brazilian owned, recently launched Phoenix, the first of the latest generation of TP52s to be built to the 2015 rule.

It will be the first time ever that the TP52s race as a fleet in the stunning surroundings of the island of Capri, competing at the same time as the 12 strong maxi fleet although following a different schedule, and it will be the first time that 52s have raced in their new configuration.

As such the 52s will be faster and more challenging than ever. As of this season they sail with longer bowsprits (9m STL) with kites which are now 10 sq metres bigger (now 270 sq m). The roach on the headsails has increased and the boats are a little more frenetic to sail as the crew weight limit (usually 1130kgs) now means most will sail with one less crew member than last year. And after the winter and spring refits which include a new rig for the Turkish boat Provezza which reverts to tiller steering for double Olympic silver medal winning helm Nick Rogers, and the French flagged Paprec has optimised their older boat by moving their winch pedestal, class manager Rob Weiland says the fleet will be looking at their best.

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Crew lineup changes will also be evident, some enforced but others made to strengthen speed or tactical skills. Australia’s Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winner Tom Slingsby will race his first ever Barclays 52 Super Series regattas as he joins Tony Langley’s Gladiator as tactician. Italian hopes of overall victory may be boosted as Azzurra confirm they have recruited New Zealand’s Grant Loretz as a trimmer. Loretz, an America’s Cup winner, won the MedCup with Quantum Racing and twice with Emirates Team New Zealand in 2009 and 2010.

The defending 2013 52 Super Series champions Quantum Racing start the season missing long time bowman Greg Gendell who was injured two weeks ago when a large block hit him in the face.

Gendell has been battling back to fitness but will be replaced in Capri by Matt Cassidy, the world match racing championship winning bowman who usually sails in the midbow position on Quantum Racing. As Cassidy moves forwards in the boat to the sharp end, Phil ‘Blood’ Jameson returns to the crew in a role he previously sailed in for one year.

A nine boat fleet is as strong a 52 class as the grand prix sailing world has seen in Europe since the days of the MedCup. As well as Phoenix debut, Jim Swartz’s highly regarded Vesper is set to sail her first European regatta after showing well in Miami at the Us 52 Super Series.

There is no change to the rigid philosophy of the Barclays 52 Super Series that every race over the four regattas, Capri, Sardinia, Palma and Ibiza counts equally. There are no discards and so the pressure is constant from Day one Race one until the very last day of the season.

Ultimately it is a high level of consistency which is rewarded. Last year it was Quantum Racing, skippered by America’s Cup winner Ed Baird with Terry Hutchinson as tactician, which prevailed. They won the US 52 Super Series and the obvious question is whether any team can overhaul the highly polished, vastly experienced Quantum Racing crew this season.


'We all know we have what it takes to beat Quantum Racing and we know that we can do it, but we really have to be at the top of our game in every race, the margins for error are so small that you just have to keep the confidence high and always sail at your very best.' Emphasises Tim Powell, the project manager and mainsheet trimmer on Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing. 'They definitely are beatable.'

Zennström’s crew won the world championship title last season and arrived in Capri fresh from winning in Palma Mallorca with their new MiniMaxi at its maiden regatta. Powell believes running the MiniMaxi and the TP 52 in tandem can only be an asset to their Barclays 52 Super Series campaign.

'The way we see it any top level sailing together as a crew has to be good for us and in Palma we sailed well as a group, the sailing performance was good and that means we should come to Capri with a good level of confidence.'

Azzurra’s change to their speed core group, bringing in Kiwi Loretz who is acknowledged as one of the best trimmers in the world, shows their no stone unturned approach as they seek to close the gap to Quantum Racing, as Ed Reynolds, Quantum Racing’s team director confirms: 'I think that can’t help but make a positive difference. He is simply as good as they get. He is a fabulous trimmer.'

Meantime the unfortunate crew change at the front of Quantum Racing has the potential to disturb the usual status quo for the team over the first few races:

'There is the possibility that we might be a little disjointed to start with as the communication settles, most likely at the starts, but Matt Cassidy is a match racing world championship winning bowman and to be honest is pretty much interchangeable on the bow with Greg. I really don’t expect them to miss a beat but there is an inevitable difference in styles and communication.'
Reynolds suggests.

Quantum Racing will, however, have Spain’s past Olympic champion Jordi Calafat back on the boat when they are training prior to Tuesday’s first races – deputising for mainsail trimmer Warwick Fleury on pre regatta training days. Calafat will play a supporting role from the chase boat during the first few races.

Capri will see the real start of an exciting adventure for Eduardo de Souza Ramos and his crew of Phoenix. Argentina’s double Olympic medallist Santi Lange will call tactics for the owner, himself a past Olympian in the Star class. Lange reflects on the team’s expectations:

'The whole package we have is really good, everyone involved have done an awesome job and now I am sure we have a great boat to do the job, but we are a new team, this is a very tight, competitive class so we need to work as a team. We are aware that some other teams have been on the circuit for many seasons. But our owner and ourselves have a very good understanding of where we are. We are a new team. It is our first season. We go out looking to win but our expectations are clear. When the gun goes we want to win, but we are very aware we are a brand new team and our expectation can only be tempered when we line up in Capri with more boats.'

Racing starts for the Barclays 52 Super Series Tuesday and runs through to Saturday.

Entries:

Azzurra, Alberto Roemmers ITA
B2, Michele Galli, ITA
Gladiator, Tony Langley, GBR
Paprec Recyclage, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA
Phoenix, Eduardo de Souza Ramos, BRA
Provezza 7, Ergin Imre, TUR
Quantum Racing, Doug DeVos, USA
Rán Racing, Niklas Zennström, SWE
Vesper, Jim Swartz, USA

Calendar:
The Barclays 52 Super Series 2014 is a calendar of four European regattas. They complement the US 52 Super Series which comprise Quantum Key West regatta which took place January in Key West (USA) and is followed by a regatta in Miami fifth to 9th March. After the Miami regatta, which begins on March 5, the competition will move to Europe, where four regattas are contested, two in Italy and two in Spain:

Rolex Capri Sailing Week, Capri , Italy, 20-24 May
TP 52 World Championship, Porto Cervo, Italy, 10-14 June
Copa del Rey, Palma, Spain, August 4-9
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain, 17-21 September


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