sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Gaastra TP52 World Championships - Azzura strikes again
Gaastra TP52 World Championships - Azzura strikes again


'Day one of the Gaastra World Championship of 52 Super Series on March 5th, 2013 in Miami, USA.'    Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries    Click Here to view large photo

Gaastra TP52 World Championships. After triumphing with a consistent display in Key West in January, Azzurra seemed to have continued in their winning ways today when they made the strongest opening to the world championship in light and very challenging conditions off Miami Beach.

Azzurra’s effervescent tactician Vasco Vascotto is on something of a winning run, backing up that 52 Super Series win in Key West with an overall world title win on Pisco Sour in the Soto 40 class the following week in Chile and then a Melges 32 regatta win in the Caribbean.

His form held firm across two very difficult races today, contested in light SE’ly winds which saw big shifts in direction as well as pressure, especially in the second race.

In Race 1 Azzurra, with owner Alberto Roemmers Jr steering, were able to get the better of the close scrap with Tony Langley’s Gladiator on the second beat, holding on to take the first winning gun of the five day regatta. And while Gladiator were clearly the best starters of the day, they were unfortunate to find a big hole in the light breeze early in the second race.

Vascotto was able to engineer an escape route from the same sticky light patch which had snared four unlucky 52’s, only just allowing the Italian flagged team to give chase after Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing which had built an early lead on the right side of the course. Rán Racing went on to win the Race 2 with Azzurra second.

With what is forecast to be the lightest day now completed, Azzurra holds a lead of four points ahead of the three times world champions Quantum Racing. The American crew’s starting was less than perfect today but their talent and determination showed as they ground out a couple of decent scores – 3,4 for the day – to keep themselves in contention. Ed Reynolds, the team’s project manager rounded up their day:

' We were incredibly average today but we came away with a third and fourth and that keeps us in the hunt. We will be able to get out of this. But it was really scary out there, big holes and puffs, really shifty. Azzurra did a great job today, their starting ability is good but the rest of us were all over the board.'

In the second race Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio team sailed a great beat and were able to round second just ahead of Azzurra and Quantum Racing, but Azzurra’s gybe set into better wind pressure ensured they were able to pass before the leeward gate. Third place for Rio in Race 2 gives the mainly semi-pro and amateur team a fillip at their first 52 World Championships, their second regatta with the boat which was formerly Synergy.

Rán Racing lie third overall but Zennström’s team will be looking to more regular results through subsequent days after they opened with a seventh place before bouncing back with that win in Race 2.

Gaastra 52 World Championships, Results after two races.

1.) Azzurra (ITA) 3 pts (1,2)
2.) Quantum Racing (USA) 7pts (3,4)
3.) Rán Racing (SWE) 8pts (7,1)
4.) Gladiator (GBR) 8pts (2,6)
5.) Vesper (USA) 10pts (5,5)
6.) Rio (USA) 11pts (8, 3)
7.) Interlodge (USA) 11pts (4,7)
8.) Gaastra-Pro (NED) 14pts (6,8)


Day one of the Gaastra World Championship of 52 Super Series on March 5th, 2013 in Miami, USA. -  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries   Click Here to view large photo


Quotes:

Michele Ivaldi (ITA) navigator Gladiator (GBR): ' It was a really, really tricky day today because the wind was up and down in pressure and with big shifts, more than 45 degrees of shifts and from six knots to 11 knots and really, really hard to read on the water. But we had two very good starts and only really in the second race did we miss out on the first pressure in the second race and we could not get back from there. Overall we sailed a nice first race but the good thing on the Gladiator is that we are improving all the time.'

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA): ' Today it was very tough conditions but we were incredibly average today but we came away with a third and fourth today, it keeps us in the hunt. We will be able to get out of this. But it was really scary out there, big holes and puffs, really shifty. Azzurra did a great job today, their starting ability is good and the rest of us were all over the board. Coming out of the day with a 3,4 we are fine with that.
I have never seen spread out like that before in this fleet. We rounded the last run with Gladiator maybe five boat lengths ahead and beat them by probably 40 and that was not a skilful thing, that just gets dictated to you by the weather gods.'

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), tactician Azzurra (ITA): ' The key was to stay in phase with the wind shifts today, but it was quite crazy at times. I am really tired after that long day, but we are really happy with our results. We are aware that it could have easily been a lot, lot worse, you could easily have made two sixth places. We are really happy. It was quite good that we understood what the average breeze was and were able to see what was happening on the water. Staying in phase really just means trying to sail the shortest distance on the water and we seemed to be able to do that.
In this light wind it is easy to have a bad result, so we are happy that the lightest day should be behind us. When there is more wind if you are sailing nightly you can have bad results but the sailing is more logical. Now we have a nice risotto tonight, some nice beer tonight and forget as soon as we can the results today because that feeling does not give you the opportunity to think what you can do better.'

TP 52 Super Series


by 52 Super Series

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=107206

3:30 AM Wed 6 Mar 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

05 Mar 2013  52 World Championship - Miami to deliver world class racing action
20 Feb 2013  Gaastra 52 World Championship action set for Miami
26 Jan 2013  Key West 2013 - 52 Super Series - Italians deliver at right time
26 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week - Azzurra emerges victorious + Video
25 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week 2013 – 52 Super Series - Tight till the end
24 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week 2013 - Demanding conditions for TP52 fleet on Day 3
23 Jan 2013  52 Super Series - Penalty proves costly for Azzura
23 Jan 2013  Key West Race Week 52 Super Series - Competition heating up
23 Jan 2013  52 Super Series - Key West victory and setback for Azzurra
22 Jan 2013  52 Super Series Day 1 - Quantum leaps on top
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World







Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,








Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT