Azzurra begins the second event in the 52 Super Series on a low note
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:50 PM
Azzurra places fourth followed by a disappointing tenth and ends the day on a low note. Congratulations to Luna Rossa who has captured the lead of the provisional scoreboard with first and second place finishes today.
The Race Committee at the Zadar Royal Cup, second event in the 2018 52 Super Series, had to wait until 2 PM to begin racing before the morning’s Bora wind was pushed out by thermal breeze from the northwest. Breeze was at 8 to 10 knots and very unstable in the first race then built to 12 and became more stable in the second race.
Star of the day was Luna Rossa, who has captured the lead of the provisional results with a good margin with today’s first and second place finishes. Gladiator, who won the second race, is right behind her.
It was an uphill battle for Azzurra who didn’t manage to follow up on her good fourth place finish in the first race ending the second race in tenth place. In the first race Azzurra was at the head of the fleet during the beat, when a sudden wind shift cost her positions and she dropped back near the mark. From the back of the fleet the boat flying the YCCS burgee fought back hard and was eighth then fourth at the end of the second upwind leg, a position she held on to until the end of the race.
The second race saw a very compact fleet at the end of the upwind leg. Azzurra was cut off by Quantum and had to manoeuvre quickly to avoid a collision: her protest was not granted by the Umpires and she again had to fight back from the back of the fleet. This time around she constantly attacked her adversaries and only managed to recover one position over Onda, the Brazilian team with Robert Scheidt tactician. There was a spectacular three way battle between Alegre, Provezza and Azzurra right before the finish, but Azzurra didn’t manage to gain any advantage from it. It was just a question of a few metres, but in the 52 Super Series that’s what makes the difference and the distance between the first and the last placed team is always minimal.
Santiago Lange, tactician had these words: “We had a tough day, especially in the second race. In the first race we recovered well from last to fourth but in the second we had a chance at the upwind mark that we didn’t manage to cash in on.”
Racing will begin tomorrow at 1 PM with a slight variation: instead of the 30 mile coastal race there will be a windward leeward race followed by an 18 mile coastal race. That order of events could be inverted as per the Race Committee’s decision. The weather forecast calls for conditions similar to today’s.
Racing can be followed via Virtual Eye on the website 52superseries.com and on azzurra.it. Azzurra’s Facebook and Twitter accounts will have real time updates directly from the regatta course and starting on Friday the 22nd there will be live coverage in streaming on the same channels.
52 Super Series Zadar Royal Cup
Provvisional Results after 2 races:
1. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (1,2) 3 p.
2. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (7,1) 8 p.
3. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (3,7) 10 p.
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (6,4) 10 p.
5. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (5,5) 10 p.
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (2,9) 11 p.
7. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (11,3) 14 p.
8. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) (4,10) 14 p.
9. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (9,6) 15 p.
10. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin) (8,8) 16 p.
11. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (10,11) 21 p.
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