Well, this is obviously the TP52 yacht with which Luna Rossa will take part in the 2010 AUDI Medcup. It isn’t a new yacht, it is Vasco Vascotto’s 2009 Pisco Sour, chartered for the entire season and modified to the new rules for 2010. The Italian team will train in Valencia next week as will Quantum Racing whose TP52 should leave Ximo Lopez’s boatyard any time now.
The entrance of Luna Rossa and Team Origin in the TP52 AUDI Medcup circuit is a clear demonstration that the TP52 class and the AUDI Medcup organization have been able to establish themselves as the only alternative to the America’s Cup in high-level professional sailing. Hats off.
This is a quite easy quiz and I doubt you’ll have any trouble guessing what boat it is. We’ll have more and better pictures later this week and, quite possibly, some nice shots from the first test sail. Next week promises to be very interesting in Valencia, with a number of the top TP52 yachts practicing here.
Nevertheless, THE scoop about the 34th America’s Cup will come tomorrow (Thursday), if our inside information is confirmed tonight. Stay tuned as we reveal the details of the US Defender Series, again pending confirmation from a 3rd party.