Day 3 Highlights - Puerto Sherry 52 Super Series Sailing Week, Spain

Azzurra learned a lesson from their fifth place from the first race to be sailed at the Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup today. Applying that lesson was the passport to a comprehensive win in the day’s second race, which sees the Italian-Argentine crew back at the top of the regatta leaderboard after six of ten races have been sailed.

During the first contest, which was sailed in an 11-13kts sea breeze, Azzurra found themselves too engaged in private battles and consequently making too many tacks. Second race they tacked clear early, and focused on sailing clear and clean in their own lane and let their obvious boat speed do the work for them to lead all the way around the course.

Olympic champion Santi Lange picking the better side of the course helped, but theirs was a measured risk. They did not push to the corner and this time made a priority of staying clear of other boats. The Argentinian tactician who joined the team last year has shown an increasing confidence at a venue that is new to the 52 SUPER SERIES and is proving hard to read because the breeze changes often but with no obvious pattern or phase. And Lange cannot attribute any of their success here, so far, to prior knowledge. He won a bronze at the Tornado Worlds here in 2003 but smiles that he “cannot remember a single race”.

After six races, Azzzura lead by one single point ahead of the new Bronenosec. Both of the top teams won one race and partnered their victory with a fifth. Top scoring boat of the day was Ergin Imre’s Provezza, which bounced back from a bogey 7,7 yesterday to go 2,2.

Similarly, there is no shortage of smiles in the Bronenosec camp, even if they dropped a place on the last run of the last race. But for that they would have been on equal points with Azzurra. Croatia’s young Olympic champion Sime Fantela, on the helm, is adding a new dynamic to a team rammed full of experience. Their new Botin-designed boat, the third from the Quantum-Alegre mould, is immaculately prepared and clearly quick.

Meantime the 2018 defending champions Quantum Racing are struggling here, lying seventh of eight. When usually they might be expected to chip away and take places to convert from a poor position, but here they have been unable to.

Puerto Sherry 52 SUPER SERIES Royal Cup
Regatta standings after Day 3
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (5,1,2,5,5,1) 19 puntos.
2. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (4,3,4,3,1,5) 20 p.
3. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (1,4,7,7,2,2) 23 p.
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (8,2,3,4,4,4) 25 p.
5. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (3,6,5,1,3,8) 26 p.
6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (2,8,6,2,8,6) 32 p.
7. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (7,7,1,6,6,7) 34 p.
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (6,5,8,8,7,3) 37 p.

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