Please select your home edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

2022 Rolex TP52 World Championship at Cascais - Day 4

by 52 Super Series 24 Jun 2022 21:33 PDT 20-25 June 2022

A small, uncharacteristic error approaching the first windward mark of the second race today cost regatta leaders Quantum Racing dearly, but it sets up what promises to be an engaging Saturday title showdown against Platoon for the Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais 2022 title.

After a second place behind Takashi Okura's Sled in the first race Doug DeVos' US flagged crew had earned themselves an eight points cushion going into the second contest today. While Provezza had made the early move to the right to lead at the first windward mark, Quantum Racing looked set to be third or at worst fourth round. But after just missing a cross with Platoon the odds stacked against them in the busy line and saw them squeezed out, having to gybe round and come round the top buoy in eighth.

While Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon got the better of Provezza after they both chose opposite marks at the leeward gate, the Germans' consequent race win sees the 2017 and 2019 world champions just three points behind Quantum Racing, the team which has prevailed most often on these Atlantic waters.

And whilst all the way through the four days of racing so far the wind has refused to blow more than 10kts, local experts and team navigators alike seem to agree that Cascais looks set to deliver a more typically beefy 15-20kts out of the north for the world title showdown.

Michele Ivaldi (ITA) Quantum Racing's navigator recalled, "I think we had sailed well all the way through the day but then we just got a tiny bit unlucky to be a couple of metres behind crossing Platoon and then they got stronger and rightly tried to spit us back into the fleet which they did. They succeeded well and we went from a potential third at the top mark to eighth. From there on we managed to take two more boats. We are in contention with a three points lead. The forecast says 15-22kts and it will be a completely different day, it will be a more typical Cascais day and we are happy with that. We like the breeze but so do many other boats here so it will be all on the line!"

Platoon were far from error free and had to fight back from being over the line in the first race, rescuing a fifth. But the top two boats now have a decent margin - Quantum Racing eight points and Platoon five points - over third placed Phoenix. Defending world champions Sled were the best scoring boat of the day with a 1,3 and although Mr Okura's team lie sixth they are just three points off the podium.

Platoon's navigator Jules Salter (GBR) reported, "We are the match on the last day which was the aim but we didn't get there in the best way after being over in the first race - it was a harder race to fight back than to win that second one. To get back to fifth in that race was pretty good. It's really hard racing but good to finish it off with a win. Jordi (Calafat) and JK (John Kostecki) did a really good job of reading the course - trying to work out how much bias you take and whether that's enough with the right hand twist in course. They got it right and the boat went well down the run as well."

But of the top mark approach he explained, "Quantum were right in there. It was a matter of inches as to whether Quantum were going to go round that first mark right with us but they were just unlucky."

Salter concluded, "Anyway the forecast looks good for the final day - a different day to what we've seen so far this week. We'll have to have a think about that and see what happens. I think we'll go well in the breeze - it's great fun sailing a TP52 in 15-20 knots of wind and so no matter what, we will have fun."

Rolex TP52 World Championship 2022 after Day 4: (eight races)

1 QUANTUM RACING (USA) Doug DeVos 2,2,2,3,3,6,2,6. 26 pts
2 PLATOON (GER) Harm Müller Spreer 5,3,4,1,6,4,5,1. 29 pts
3 PHOENIX (RSA) Hasso & Tina Plattner 4,4,5,4,1,8,3,5. 34 pts
4 ALEGRE (GBR) Andy Soriano 1,8,1,9,5,1,7,4. 36 pts
5 VAYU (THAI) Whitcraft family 3,6,3,2,4,2,9,7. 36 pts
6 SLED (USA) Takashi Okura 8,1,8,5,8,3,1,3. 37 pts
7 PROVEZZA (TUR) Ergin Imre 6,5,9,7,2,7,8,2. 46 pts
8 GLADIATOR (GBR) Tony Langley 9,7,6,6,9,5,4,9. 55 pts
9 INTERLODGE (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen 7,9,7,8,7,9,6,8 61 pts

More information at

Related Articles

Upcycling your Recycling – Sister from another Mr
Over on our sister site Powerboat.World, we ran an Editorial entitled, Upcycling your Recycling Recently, over on our sister site Powerboat.World, we ran an Editorial entitled, Upcycling your Recycling. It looked at how the carbon fibre mould for a Volvo 70 was to become a stabilised monohull for long distance, super-efficient cruising. Posted on 24 Sep
Platoon win 2023 52 SUPER SERIES season title
After a one race light winds showdown on the Bay of Palma After finishing on the end of season overall podium five times, Harm Müller-Spreer and his German flagged Platoon crew finally clinched the 2023 52 SUPER SERIES title after a one race light winds showdown on the Bay of Palma. Posted on 23 Sep
52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week Day 4
Platoon take tiny three points lead into 2023 title showdown Saturday on Bay of Palma After 2 excellent races in a brisk cross-offshore breeze on the Bay of Palma, which saw honours shared almost equally between the two title protagonists, it is Harm Müller-Spreer's German flagged world champions Platoon crew which leads into the final day Posted on 22 Sep
52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week Day 3
A day of double jeopardy sees title battle closer than ever An incredible turn of events at the start of the first race today at the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week saw both of the top two title challengers, circuit leaders Provezza and second placed Platoon launched on an emotional rollercoaster Posted on 22 Sep
52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week Day 2
Phoenix steer clear to lead, Platoon & Sled damaged in Race 2 collision The Plattner family's Phoenix lead the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week regatta after three excellent races on the Bay of Palma which were marred by a collision at the start of the second race when Sled and Platoon were hit by Gladiator. Posted on 21 Sep
Race Yachts Premium Brokerage – September Edition
Some of the best from Race Yachts Brokerage Some of the best from Race Yachts Brokerage... Posted on 19 Sep
52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week Day 1
Thunder, lightning and very light winds prevent racing Thunderstorms, heavy rain and a consequent lack of wind on the Bay of Palma meant the first races of the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week, the Grand Finale of the 2023 season, had to be postponed. Posted on 19 Sep
Closing the deal
Puerto Portals and Bay of Palma ready for 52 SUPER SERIES title decider The final, showdown regatta of the season, the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week, starts points racing Tuesday with Ergin Imré's Turkish flagged Provezza carrying an 18 points lead over Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon. Posted on 18 Sep
52 Super Series at Puerto Portals preview
Provezza versus Platoon in title shoot out Next week the Bay of Palma will be the scene for one of the most exciting title showdowns in the history of the 52 Super Series, the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit. Posted on 13 Sep
Rolex TP52 Worlds: A prize for perseverance
One of the most sought after prizes in sailing The 2023 edition of the Rolex TP52 World Championship brought together 10 teams from seven nations and four continents in Barcelona, Spain, to compete for the one of the most sought after prizes in sailing. Posted on 28 Aug
Marine Resources 2022 - FOOTERHenri-Lloyd 2022 December - SW FOOTERLloyd Stevenson - SYA3 728x90px BOTTOM