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52 World Championship: Bronenosec Gazprom returns in play

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Bronenosec Gazprom sailing in Mahon
Bronenosec Gazprom sailing in Mahon

52 World Championship - 52 Super Series: Bronenosec Gazprom returns in play

Mahon, September 16th 2016

The potentialities of the team, especially after the second place obtained in the leg of Puerto Portals, were known to everybody and, also for this reason, the crew was not set back by the fact that, until yesterday, they were occupying the eleventh place in the overall ranking. 

Today, Bronenosec Gazprom showed that things were changed since the very first race, a windward-leeward sailed with wind blowing around 14 knots from 240°. In this race, won by Quantum Racing that keeps defending its leadership over all the other competitors, the guys of the yacht carrying the colors of Saint Petersburg Yacht Club scored a good third place: the choice of taking the extreme right in the last leg was extremely affective and allowed the crew to recover from the ninth place to the third.

Things were going great for Bronenosec Gazprom also in the second windward-leeward of the day, then abandoned due to a massive wind shift, where they approached the first upwind mark in second position, only following Sorcha.

A third start was given at 4 pm with a newly set racecourse and breeze at 16-18 knots. After and hard-fought race for all the crews, Provezza obtained the victory, but Bronenosec Gazprom still had a great result, by scoring a fourth place.

After these races, the boat helmed by Vladimir Liubomirov moved from eleventh to seventh in the overall ranking.

"Today we had two very solid races and definitely proved that this team can bounce back and that we have the tools to do well - declared Michele Ivaldi, skipper and, starting from today, strategist instead of tactician of Bronenosec Gazprom - As a skipper I recognized I was doing a job that wasn't good enough for the team and then I decided to switch my role with Adrian Stead, putting together our skills to achieve better results. Apart from the standings, we now want to sail at our best in the next days to see where we can end up at the end of the Championship".

After three days and six races, the uncontested leader is still Quantum Racing with 10 points, followed by Provezza with 27, tied to Ran Racing that is third with the same score. It was a tough day for the crew of Azzurra, that scored a sixth and a seventh and that for this reason had to leave the second place in the overall ranking, ending up in fourth position overall with 32 points.

Tomorrow, the preparatory signal will be given at 12.30. A sunny day is forecasted until the first hours of the afternoon, but breeze is expected to be light, around 7-9 knots.

In Mahon, Bronenosec Gazprom is sailed by Vladimir Liubomirov (owner-driver), Michele Ivaldi (skipper-strategist), Adrian Stead (tactician), Francesco Mongelli (navigator), Victor Serezhkin (backstay), Paul Westlake (mainsail trimmer), Claudio Celon (trimmer), Zack Hurst (trimmer), Emanuele Marino (grinder), Pietro Mantovani (grinder), Andy Fethers (pitman), Alex Kulakov (floater), Michele Cannoni (mid-bow) and Alberto Barovier (team manager-bowman). The team activity is coordinated by the coach Francesco de Angelis, while the shore team is led by Francesco Binetti Pozzi.

To be updated on the Bronenosec Sailing Team activity simply check the official Facebook page of the team: https://www.facebook.com/bronenosecsailingteam/.

The season of Bronenosec Sailing Team is supported by Gazprom, Garmin, FSE Robline, USail and Meteowind.

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