Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Azzurra Ready To Rock At 52 Worlds in Miami

Azzurra will be flying the colors of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda at the TP52 World Championships with owner Alberto Roemmers at the helm, Guillermo Parada  as skipper and 20-time world champion, Vasco Vascotto calling the shifts.
Photo: Azzurra Sailing Team
For the first time in the history of the TP52 class the world championship will be twice as significant. The score of each race will count towards the overall leaderboard of the 52 Super Series. The dual goal for Azzurra is to not only win the 2013 Worlds but also take leadership in the championship.

After the year's first regatta in Key West, Azzurra has a five point advantage over second-placed Interlodge while Ran is in third place and Quantum in fourth overall.

The TP52 fleet is growing and two additional entries will be racing in these Worlds. Jim Swartz's Vesper (the former Quantum) with Gavin Brady calling tactics and Marc Blees' Gaastra Pro (the former Bribon) with a nearly all-Dutch crew, including  Olympic Finn sailor Jan Postma.

The Azzurra crew hasn't changed since Key West with the exception of the owner Alberto Roemmers who will be on the helm, assisted by skipper Guillermo Parada.

“Miami is truly a great place to sail and we are happy to be here. This is an important year for the TP52 class which, after a transitional period, is starting to consolidate again. In Key West there were six boats, here we have eight and in some of the Mediterranean events of the 52 Super Series there will be more than 10," said Azzurra's skipper Guillermo Parada.

"The fact we won the 52 Super Series in 2012 and the first 2013 regatta in Key West doesn't mean anything. We have to demonstrate we can sail well from day one in order to get the right result. This time, our owner Alberto Roemmers will also be our helmsman. We are all eager to offer him the best satisfaction and to reach that we are simply going on with our jobs. We analyze the errors so as to not repeat them and achieve a constant improvement. This way we will be back in Europe in the best shape to win the 52 Super Series, which remains our main objective.”

Racing in the Gaastra 52 World Championship kicks off on Tuesday, March 5th at 12:30am local time (6:30pm Italian time).

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