Nothing certain at the TP52 World Championships >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


Mallorca, Spain (November 4, 2021) – Seemingly infallible consistency, with the peloton returning a pair of second places and Phoenix a pair of thirds, see German and South African TP52s stranded in a three-way fight with the United States. Sled for the Rolex Title of world champion TP52. After six races, only one point separates the trio.

With just two days of the season to go, the circuit’s overall title for 2021 is just as well placed. The leaders of the circuit are Sled de Takashi Okura who are only one point ahead of Platoon and two in front of Phoenix. While they were expected to at least match this top trio today, Quantum Racing failed today with a 5-7 which could prove costly for their hopes of a fifth 52 SUPER SERIES title.

The breeze was blowing from the shore again, taking with it the influence of the high rolling mountains to the rear of the city itself. This meant more wind shifts, pressure changes to test nerves as well as the skills of the rearguards. The irregular wind was difficult to read, to guess what was going on in the next few seconds much less the following minutes, making the remarkable consistency of Platoon and Phoenix all the more impressive.

The two backs, Jordi Calafat and John Kostecki of the peloton against Tom Slingsby and Cam Dunn of Phoenix, risked when they needed to and were mostly rewarded with room gains. After a strong third and fourth under similar conditions yesterday, Quantum Racing was well in the mix in race two but lost positions on the second upwind for a day of 12 points.

“My nerves are gone,” Phoenix’s Slingsby admitted. “It was a crazy race there. Any tactician who says he knows what’s going on there would be lying. It’s just a crazy ride, it’s crazy, it’s very hard to predict, we’re just riding the roller coaster. And so I’m really happy with two-thirds today on a day like this.

“The wind was changing all the time. You try to tack but sometimes there was a persistent change, sometimes there wasn’t, sometimes it swayed, it’s so hard to know what the wind was doing there. I don’t know how many times today I said to Cam Dunn, “I have no idea what’s going to happen here.” But that was just one of those days when you had to navigate your own breeze and get around the course quickly.

“In these conditions, it really helps to have a strategist. Having a good eye for giving me feedback on the course is invaluable. And so yes, we are in the mix for the world title and the overall title. The points are so tight before tomorrow, it’s anyone’s game but we’re happy to be in the chase. Looking forward. There is a good chance that tomorrow will be the last day, so we have to approach it that way. ”

With two days of racing still scheduled, the forecast for gales in the bay of Palma on the last day sees some teams change their strategy for tomorrow, the penultimate day. Ready to blow hard from the north, it is believed that there might be enough earth protection to allow the race, others are preparing their stall for tomorrow to be the final showdown.

The race is scheduled for November 2-6.

Series Info – Race Details – Facebook

Worlds – Results of the third day
1. Phoenix (1,1,6,7,3,3) 21 points
2. Platoon (3,3,4,8,2,2) 22 pts
3. Luge (7,2,5,1,6,1) 22 pts
4. Quantum Racing (4,5,3,4,5,7) 28 pts
5. Alegre (5,9,1,10,1,5) 31 pts
6. Bronenosec Gazprom (2,8,9,2,4,8) 33 points
7. Interlodge (9,4,7,5,8,6) 39 pts
8. Provezza (10,7,2,9,9,4) 41 points
9. Code Zero (6,6,10,6,7.10) 45 points
10. Gladiator (8,10,8,3,10,9) 48 pts

2021 52 SUPER SERIES Results (after the third day)
1. Sled (United States) (Takashi Okura) 66 points
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 67 pts
3. Phoenix (RSA) (Toni Norris) 68 points
4. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 72 pts
5. Alegre (USA / GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 74 pts
6. Bronenosec Gazprom (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) 84 pts
7. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 85 points
8. Interlodge (USA) (Austin Fragomen) 97 pts
9. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) 131 pts

2021 calendar
July 13-17 – Royal Cup 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Mar (CANCELED)
August 24-28 – Puerto Portals SUPER SERIES 52 Sailing Week and TP52 20th Anniversary Invitation
September 28-October 2 – Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week
2-6 November – Rolex TP52 RCNP World Championship

Following the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the abbreviated 2021 calendar will be the ninth edition of the 52 SUPER SERIES which has been established as the world’s first grand prix monohull racing circuit.

Source: 52 Super Series

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