Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90

Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week - Day 1

by 52 Super Series 21 May 13:09 PDT 21-25 May 2019
52 SUPER SERIES Menorca day 1 © Max Ranchi / www.maxranchi.com

Azzurra make dream start to 2019 in Menorca

Menorca has been good to Azzurra when the 52 SUPER SERIES has visited in the past. In 2016 they turned a corner at the Menorca event to convert a bad season to a clear win the last event of the season in Cascais. And in 2017 the Italian-Argentine team clinched the season-long series title, partying long into the night in Mahón.

Today the Roemmers' family team made a very strong start to the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES with a second and first from the first two races to jump out to a clear early lead at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week.

In light winds, just six to 11 knots of patchy breezes, it was the brand-new, straight-from-the-wrapper Bronenosec that took first blood in Race 1, Day 1 of 2019, to give Russian owner Vladimir Liubomirov the best welcome back to the world's leading grand prix mononhull circuit after a year out.

With Croatian sailing hero Sime Fantela, the 470 Rio gold medal winner, promoted to the helm on what was his first ever 52 SUPER SERIES race, Bronenosec led all the way round the course to take the first winning gun of a highly anticipated season.

Azzurra started best in the second contest, nailing the pin end of the line to be sure that they like Bronenosec in the first heat could not be challenged at all after the windward mark.

While the three-time circuit champions Azzurra had a standout day, the 2018 champions Quantum Racing made a modest start to their title defence with an eighth in the 11-boat fleet in the day's first race followed by a fifth to lie seventh overall.

Skipper helm of Azzurra Guillermo Parada smiled on the dock:
"We are happy with the start to the season but there is a certain relief after all the winter jobs, the testing and training that we have done to confirm that the boat is going well and we are able to fifth in conditions that were previously a weakness, light airs were not our strength and so we have focused our efforts in particular on this. So more than the results today, which after all is just one day in what we hope with be 25 days of racing, we feel that the boat is going well."

The champions have five key crew changes to their title winning line up and, although they won the PalmaVela warm up regatta a week ago, today they twice came off second best as they sought key positions on the start line at both starts.

During the second contest their return from the lower reaches of the fleet to earn fifth was more like the usual Quantum Racing, an improvement on Race 1. Quantum held an early second place at the first windward mark but dropped to finish eighth. They were forced to the unfavoured right of the second upwind and suffered badly.

The new French team on the circuit, Team Vision Future who sail the 2015 former Sled, showed well in the second race only just losing their fifth to Quantum Racing on the finish line.

The obvious tension and excitement of the first day of a highly anticipated season has dissipated and it is down to business on what promises to be a long and challenging season.

Results after Day 1: (two races)

1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto / Pablo Roemmers) (2,1) 3pts
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,2) 7pts
3. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (1,7) 8pts
4. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (6,3) 9pts
5. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (7,4) 11pts
6. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (3,10) 13pts
7. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,5) 13pts
8. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,11) 15pts
9. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubbard) (10,6) 16pts
10. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (9,8) 17pts
11. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (11,9) 20pts

For full results, visit bit.ly/2wkggTj

Racing at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week starts on Tuesday 21st May and finishes on Saturday 25th May. The boats can be tracked online or via the 52 SUPER SERIES app with live commentary and expert analysis throughout each race. Shows start 15 minutes before racing is due to begin.

Related Articles

52 Super Series Greenest Team of Year announced
Provezza lead by example, embracing benchmark best practices with diligence and enthusiasm The entire team are now exclusively using re-useable utensils, and ceramic cups and mugs, in and around their container. Food for the crew is supplied in containers that are washed and re-used every day. Posted on 10 Oct
North Sails Weekly Debrief
Azzura wins Super Series, IMOCA & HELIX, Glenn Cook joins North, A conversation with Ken Read We predicted the 2019 52 Super Series would be the most competitive season to date, and in the end, Azzura was on top. Posted on 6 Oct
Race Yachts Premium Brokerage
When only the best will do... Wild Joe (ex Wild Oats) is a Reichel-Pugh 60 that has been transformed from her original Admiral's Cup winning design to a DSS foiling boat using the latest foil and sail technology to take her performance to new levels. Posted on 1 Oct
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week overall
Azzurra secure dream 2019 title Azzurra secured their fourth 52 Super Series championship title today as they played out a dream scenario. On their own home club's waters in the north of Sardinia on the last day of the closest and most competitive season in the eight year history Posted on 28 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 4
Excellent performance from provisional leader Sled followed by Azzurra and Quantum Racing This morning at 11 a.m. as scheduled, the warning signal was given for the start of the first race. The crews competed until 3.30 pm, completing three races to bring the total number of races held to six. Posted on 27 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 3
Mistral reigns supreme No racing took place on the third day of the Audi 52 Super Series due to strong mistral winds. The event is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with the support of title sponsor Audi. Posted on 26 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 2
Takashi Okura's Sled holds a narrow lead after 3 races Although it is Takashi Okura's Sled which holds a narrow lead of just one point after the first three races of the Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019 Posted on 26 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 1
Strong Mistral wind cancels racing on day one An increasingly strong mistral wind blowing at an average of over 25 knots, and gusting at up to 40, meant racing was cancelled for the first day of the Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week. Posted on 24 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week practice race
A brisk warmup for what is shaping up to be a windy opening in Porto Cervo A Mistral breeze of up to 28 knots gave the ten-boat TP52 fleet a suitable test before racing starts Tuesday as well as serving a reminder that anything can happen. Posted on 23 Sep
Azzurra set for Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week
Azzurra will begin this event in the lead of the provisional overall results Since the 52 Super Series was first run in 2012, Azzurra has won the season three times and Quantum Racing has won four times. Platoon has come in second for the past two seasons and today she wants the top spot on the podium more than ever. Posted on 23 Sep
SOUTHERN-SPARS-AGLAIA-SPARS_728X90 BottomMarine Resources 2019 - FooterZhik ATR Aroshell SW FOOTER