EXCLUSIVE photo gallery: The brand new TP52 Phoenix sailing in Valencia

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

A major milestone has been reached in the TP52 class as the brand new Phoenix of Brazilian owner Eduardo de Souza Ramos had on Monday her fifth day of successful sea trials. Conditions in Valencia were excellent, thanks to the nice sunshine, spring-like temperatures, nearly flat seas and a breeze that started slowly at 7 knots but built up to 15 knots late in the afternoon.

The boat is still in trialling and testing mode and her crew, together with personnel from King Marine, the boatyard in charge of building it, and Botín Partner, the design office, are going through a long list of checks. For that reason, she always has onboard three or four additional people from the race configuration.

Although Phoenix is the first boat to have been designed to the 2015 TP52 rule, she still has to race under the current rule this year. Sail area next year will increase, an additional 5m2 for the mainsail and 10m2 for the spinnaker. The mainsail in 2014 will remain as is but the spinnaker has already been adapted to the new rule, hence the increase by approximately 75cm of the bowsprits. During these initial trials in Valencia, the Phoenix sailing team uses a set of 2011 and 2012 sails from Azzurra. In fact, her design is an evolution of the Italian one.

The remaining two major modifications Phoenix will undergo next year will be to increase draft by 15cm and get rid of the additional 200kg in the bulb that have been added this year in order to comply with the current rule.

The testing and trialling sessions will continue in Valencia until the boat is delivered to the next venue of the 52 Super Series in Capri, Italy.

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

First sea trials of the brand new TP52 Phoenix. Valencia, 31 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Norberto Marcher Mühle Says:

    with such a nice boat on his hands, eduardo souza ramos has surely plenty of reasons to be smiling.

  2. José Fernandes Says:

    At last a TP52 Team that I can support ! Go ahead Lusitanian’s Blood ! Come on Eduardo !



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