Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Mapfre PalmaVela - Audi Azzurra Sailing Team lead

by Eva Dallo on 22 Apr 2011
PalmaVela 201l Nico Martinez © http://www.nicomartinez.com
Mapfre PalmaVela - The start gun of the Mapfre PalmaVela was fired today in the bay of Palmain with easterly winds of 14 to 16 knots.

The majestic Maxi Wallies and Maxis, both of which racing in compensated time, and the competitive TP 52's, which run in real time, were the first fleets to go on the water where a course of eight, six nautical miles was set up for each of them.

The TP52 fleet, with three new builds in this year's Mapfre Palma Vela which had aroused great expectation, was dominated by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team. The Italian campaign skippered by Argentinian Guillermo Parada had no rivals and signed three dominant wins in as many races today.

32nd America's Cup winner Ed Baird skippered Quantum Sailing was expected to challenge the YCCS flagged TP52, but they finished six points behind the Italians, whereas Swedish newcomer RÀN finished fourth, tied in points -eleven- with British Gladiator which is third.

In spite of an early start in the second race, Guillermo Parada didn't give the rest of the fleet any chances throughout three very good contests. These three bullets place them in the first position with a nice advantage over the second qualified Quantum Sailing. The US flagged TP52 didn't fill the expectations and paid for their lack of consistency. Their performance decreased along the day finishing second, third and fourth in the three races held today.

Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström owned and skippered RÀN, which couldn't finish the first of the races, managed a second and a third place in the second and third race respectively. José Cusí's Bribón with Gonzalo Araújoat the helm didn't perform as expected and could only be fourth in the first race, abandoned in the second after a problem with their spinnaker at the gate rounding, and was fifth in the last one, what places her in the fifth provisional position.


British Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones' Maxi Wally Magic Carpet 2 signed a first and a second place thus currently leading her class, with one point of advantage upon also English Open Season of Thomas Bescher which finished third and first with Michael Atkinson at the helm. German Claus-Peter Offen's Y3K is provisional third after finishing first and second, tied on eight points with two other boats, Italian flagged Into of Lauro Buoro and Jean Charles Deacaux and Piers Richason's British SyJ One.

The largest boat of the fleet, Lorenza Guerra's Italian Esense was first in real time but could only manage seventh in compensated time.

Also British Alegre of Andrés Soriano comfortably won today's two opening races of the Mapfre PalmaVela. Monaco flagged Highland Fling XI of Irvine Laid law skippered by Xavier Mecoy was third and second, whereas Sir Peter Odgen and Stuart Branson's English Jethou finished second and third.

Both are now tied on five points and placed second and third respectively. Four points away from the podium is now Danish Vertical Smile of Peter Lerbrandt after signing a fourth and a fifth Palma Vela website
Tomorrow Friday the IRC,ORC, RI and one design (J80, Flying Fifteen and Dragón) classes will join competition .

Wildwind 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Related Articles

Close fight around Wight on Day 6 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
20-25 knot winds and glorious sunshine made for one of the most memorable races around the Isle of Wight on record With a win for Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine (despite destroying a kite), and a second for Daniel Andrieu's Sun Fast 3200, Cifraline 4, France Blue have leapt ahead in the overall results, now holding a 35.5 lead margin over the second placed Flanders North Sea Team.
Posted today at 8:11 pm
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Azzurra concludes with a win
Azzurra closes PPSW, the third event in the series with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come Azzurra closes the PPSW in Mallorca, the third event in the series, with a win that feels like a wish for good luck in the events to come. Quantum is the Series’ current leader, followed by Azzurra.
Posted today at 7:30 pm
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing takes the prize
Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma Quantum Racing wrapped up their third regatta title of the season with a race to spare on the Bay of Palma, winning 2016 Puerto Portals Sailing Week, Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec completed a notable comeback after a disappointing ninth at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche
Posted today at 7:16 pm
Oman Air faces some infamous challenges at Extreme Sailing Series
All teams made it onto the podium at some stage during the seven race programme, reflecting the degree of difficulty All seven teams made it onto the podium at some stage during the seven race programme, reflecting the degree of difficulty in achieving any sort of consistency in a very shifty and unstable breeze that topped out at a bracing 14 knots when all the GC32s catamarans took off on their foils and flew around the race course.
Posted today at 6:40 pm
Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy – 2 months to go to the 6th edition
The regatta is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition. The regatta, unique in its genre, is reserved to boats that are one hundred or more years old and in 2016 will celebrate its sixth edition anniversary. Over the years, the Centenary trophy has gathered some of the most gorgeous and best performing classic yachts from the past century.
Posted today at 4:28 pm
Vendée Globe – Sébastien Destremau – Simplicity as a credo + Video
A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet A native of Toulon in the south of France, Sébastien Destremau can lay claim to one of the smallest budgets of the fleet. His credo is to keep it simple, inexpensive and effective. Interview with the skipper of faceOcean, winner of the Calero Solo Transat back in the spring.
Posted today at 4:05 pm
The Vendée Globe – 100 days and counting
With some 100 days until the start, the first thing to note is that the fleet of participants is stronger than ever With some 100 days until the start, the first thing to note is that the fleet of participants is stronger than ever, since there are some twenty-eight skippers, registered and qualified, whilst ‘just’ twenty sailors took the start in 2012. As a result, we’re set to be close to or equal to the 2008 record (thirty skippers at the start)!
Posted today at 3:46 pm
Clipper Race – Constant trimming and little sleep in the North Sea
There is little opportunity for tactical moves and the timings of tacks are crucial if teams want to make vital gains. After a downwind start with spinnakers trimmed in light airs against the tide off Den Helder on the Dutch coast yesterday, the fleet has been match racing across the North Sea towards the Thames Estuary.
Posted today at 12:28 pm
Edgartown Race Week - Overall report
Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual.
Posted today at 6:35 am
Conch Republic Cup - More than just a race to Cuba
When relations between U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a 13-year hiatus. When diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, the Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a forced 13-year hiatus.
Posted today at 6:02 am