It was a tough day on the water for the fleet sailing in the 2019 52 Super Series’ third event held in Cascais, Portugal. Fresh breeze from the northwest was blowing at over 20 knots and gusting at over 27, but it was the shiftiness that really complicated matters. Azzurra had an up and down day, with an unexpectedly poor sixth place finish in the first race and an excellent recovery crowned by a second place finish in the second race where she arrived just seconds behind the winner, Phoenix 11, and well ahead of the rest of the fleet.
Santiago Lange, tactician: “We made a mistake on the first run which was painful, we really didn’t expect to loose so many positions. Our boat speed wasn’t all that good and it’s a shame, we have to keep sailing better. On the brighter side, we did make the right choice on the run in the second race, but we still need to be more consistent.”
Provisional overall results at this event currently see Azzurra in second place, six points behind Quantum. Bronenosec trails Azzurra by 5 points and Platoon by 7, while the rest of the fleet in behind, but not by much. Today was also the halfway mark in the 2019 season and overall for the season Azzurra is currently in the lead with 89 points. But she’s just 4 points ahead of three teams: Quantum, Platoon and Provezza, all of whom currently have 93 points. The fleet is super tight and every detail and every last second counts.
Tomorrow, July 19th the first warning signal will be at 12 PM local time, 1 PM CEST and conditions are forecast to be similar to day’s. Fans can follow the action on Virtual Eye on the website www.52superseries.com or on www.azzurra.it. Updates from the course will be posted on Azzurra’s Facebook page, while the best racing shots will be on her Instagram account.
Cascais 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week after six races
1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,1,2,2,1,4) 12 p.
2. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (3,3,1,3,6,2) 18 p.
3. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,2,4,7,3,3) 23 p.
4. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,4,3,1,7,5) 25 p.
5. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (6,6,5,4,5,1) 27 p.
6. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,5,7,5,2,7) 27 puntos.
7. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (7,7,6,6,4,6) 36 p.