Sunday, May 26, 2013

Azzurra Sees Victory Slip Away - 52 Super Series, Trofeo Conde de Godò - Barcelona

Azzurra has finished the first event of the 52 Super Series in third place behind winners Quantum and Ran Racing in second. A challenging day prevented the TP52 from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from climbing higher on the podium.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
In yacht racing there are good days, bad day and tough days when the ducks just don't line up and Azzurra experienced that first hand today. In the final race of Trofeo Conde Godó in Barcelona, Azzurra's decision to opt for the right-hand side of the course, favoured by a wind shift, cost them the regatta. The decision by Quantum and Rán to take the left proved more advantageous.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
In the lighter 11-14 knot choppy conditions, Azzurra suffered upwind and sat at the back of the fleet while Quantum commanded the center of the course, closely followed by Rán. At the first weather mark, Azzurra chose to do a gybe set, gybing towards the right. Interlodge, who was positioned closely behind protested and inflicted a penalty on Azzurra which the Italians considered to be unfair.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Since on-the-water umpire decisions cannot be appealed, Azzurra was forced to immediately carry out a penalty turn with the gennaker already hoisted. That was the final nail in the coffin for the Italian team, who were unable to stage a comeback. Quantum went on to win the race, the regatta and top spot on the circuit leader board followed by Rán with Azzurra in third place a further four points behind.

52 Super Series, Trofeo Conde de Godò Barcelona, results after eight races

1. Quantum Racing (USA) 18 pts
2. Rán (SWE) 21 pts
3. Azzurra (ITA) 22 pts
4. Gladiator (GBR) 35 pts
5. Interlodge (USA) 35 pts
6. Rio (USA) 45 pts
7. Provezza 7 (TUR) 48 pts

Lulu Roseman

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