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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

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Quantum Racing’s double delight in Miami heat

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 5 Super Series] While Takashi Okura’s crew from Sled celebrated their own two bullets ending to their perfect day off South Beach Miami, Quantum Racing – with Ed Baird steering and Terry Hutchinson calling tactics – twice got the better of their duels with Azzurra. The quiet satisfaction of the victorious American team at a job well done, securing the US title today with a fourth and third in difficult, very shifty conditions contrasted sharply with the deep frustrations of the Azzurra crew.

Twice they had started better and were ahead of Quantum Racing but both times their choices and tactics proved inferior. When Azzurra needed to put points on their rivals in fact they ended up dropping well behind, scoring a sixth and seventh. Having lead the regatta at interim stages the emblematic team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will analyse their learning before starting up in Europe in May Capri when the Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES begins.

Just as Quantum Racing had two reasons to celebrate, so also it was double delight for Okura’s Sled team. Not only did they win both races today but their 2,2,1,1 finale over the last four races, easily the strongest of the fleet, elevated them to third overall in the 52 US Championship, the nine race Miami regatta. They edged out the Interlodge team – which had Dean Barker steering – but only on count back.

After the fleet was held ashore waiting for the breeze to build, the first contest was sailed in only 6 to 8 knots of very patchy, streaky breeze. With just two points separating Quantum Racing and Azzurra before the start, a match racing tussle seemed inevitable. After the requisite circling it was Azzurra which broke way to make the start they wanted towards the inshore end of the line. When they crossed it was Azzurra ahead but on the next pattern of shifts Quantum Racing jumped clear ahead of them.

Sled, with Ross MacDonald calling tactics, jumped off the start line and were able to cross the fleet to the preferred right, offshore side of the upwind leg and were never passed again before collecting their first race win of the US 52 SUPER SERIES. Azzurra faded badly and only by virtue of a last run penalty imposed on Hooligan did they avoid seventh. Quantum Racing finished two boats ahead in fourth, extending their cushion to four points into the final race.

The last race of the US season was marked by a big, big wind shift to the right. Sled were all over it, working the right flank almost alone and so, again, lead all the way around the short, but slow, and exacting final contest. Quantum Racing took third, only one second behind Interlodge as the pair dived for the line side by side.

The American team which is owned by Doug DeVos, current 52 SUPER SERIES champions, Quantum Racing finish the event as well deserved regatta and series champions, equally accomplished across the very fullest range of wind conditions which Miami has offered, from light drift-offs to a stunning mid regatta day of three very hard, physical races in 25kts, gusting to over 30kts. Tactician Terry Hutchinson acknowledged that they have been fast across all the conditions here:

“ I think we are fast here. That was the one thing for this regatta, I felt we were really, really fast. We never felt compromised at any time, speedwise. And that was a real bonus.”

“ Miami at this time of year is always very hard, it is a subtle sea breeze with a lot of fanning pressure under the clouds and how that affects the race course. It is really, really difficult. And I would not pick that as our strong point. And yet we seemed to sail the boat pretty nicely.”

As the North American series concludes owners and crews contemplate the Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES, the four regattas circuit in Europe which starts late May in Capri, Italy.

US 52 SUPER SERIES – TP52 US CHAMPIONSHIP
final standings after nine races
1 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug DeVos (USA) 1,3,2,1,1,4,3,4,3 22pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1,1,2,2,1,6, 6, 7, 30 pts
3 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6,6,5,4,2,2,1,1 33pts
4 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3,5,3,3,5,3,7,2,2 33pts
5 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7,4,4,3,6,4,5,6 41pts
6 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2,5,6,7,5,5,3, 5 43pts
7 Hooligan (USA) Gunther Buerman (USA) 7,4,7,7,6 8DNF,1,7,4 51pts

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Quantum Racing lead into Super Sunday

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] Quantum Racing go into the final day of racing at the 52 US Championship in Miami with a lead of two points after rescuing a valuable third place from what proved to be one of the most tactically testing races yet. They took places down the final fluky run of Saturday’s only contest to establish slender advantage over rivals Azzurra as they contemplate a finale of up to three races Sunday.

A long, hot wait – drifting aimlessly off Miami South Beach for over two and half hours – was rewarded by a very taxing NE’ly breeze of 7 to 9 knots which contained big windshifts, subtle pressure differences and consequently many place changes through the seven boat US 52 SUPER SERIES fleet.

Gunther Buermann’s Hooligan crew proved true to a late night pledge to themselves, that they would win today, seeking ‘redemption’ after a problematic final race Friday. A succession of small mistakes culminated in a gybe in which the running backstay jammed, taking away their aftermost stanchion and dropping three crew into the water.

With Kenny Read calling tactics, aided and abetted by strategist Tony Rey they sailed an accomplished, smart race to win their first race ever on the US 52 SUPER SERIES. Their precise second beat got them through early leaders Sled, and so Taksashi Okura’s crew were – for the second successive occasion – denied their own 52 maiden race win.

“It was redemption for us for sure. Yesterday was quite humbling and we just make a bunch of errors as a group and literally paid for it. We broke the boat, we broke some people, and we decided late last night that ‘we are winning today, we were pissed at how we performed and we all wanted to do something about it. So I give the whole team a lot of credit. It would have been easy to pack it in, and have nothing to play for. But everybody was really into it. My brother Brad got us a great start and that made it a little easier.” Read smiled on the dock at Miami Beach Marina.

Starting the day with a cushion of just one point Azzurra’s game plan looked favourite early in the race, working the left inshore lane where there was more pressure. But unfortunately for them it was the opposite side which played out best. Until the second round they were back in seventh, but they too one place on the last run to keep themselves solidly in contention going into the last day.

“We had a plan to go left, there was plenty of breeze on the left, there was less current and I was very confident in it. It was forecast to go left. There were many reasons to go left. We were very very happy after the start. But that is part of the game, you have to trust in your plan but sometimes it does not work out. But tomorrow is another day.” Noted Vasco Vascotto, Azzurra’s tactician.

It remains close throughout the fleet. Azzurra may be 12 points clear of third placed Interlodge but there are then just two points separating them, Rán Racing in fourth and Sled in fifth.

US 52 SUPER SERIES – TP52 US CHAMPIONSHIP
after seven races
1 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug DeVos (USA) 1,3,2,1,1,4,3 15pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1,1,2,2,1,6 17pts
3 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3,5,3,3,5,3,7 29pts
4 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7,4,4,3,6,4 30pts
5 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6,6,5,4,2,2 31pts
6 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2,5,6,7,5,5 35pts
7 Hooligan (USA) Gunther Buerman (USA) 7,4,7,7,6 8DNF,1 44pts

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Azzurra masters of the strong breeze in Miami

Posted on 08 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] It was only when they emerged victorious from a last race photo-finish with Takashi Okura’s Sled judged winners of the last, high speed race of the day that Azzurra stepped clear of the 52 SUPER SERIES champions the Ed Baird steered and skippered Quantum Racing who tallied out with two wins and a fourth today.

The cross offshore W’ly breeze topped 31kts in one prolonged squall, was often up to 25kts and probably averaged 19 or 20kts over the three races. With a nasty chop and wind swell which built down the course, and very shifty, changeable pressure and angles at the top – closest to the shore – it was not just the wind velocity which placed a huge premium on slick, solid boat handling, but there were big gains and losses to be made especially downwind. And there were several big wipeouts. When a stanchion failed on Hooligan in three crew were catapulted into the water, one sustaining a suspected fractured arm.

Quantum Racing won the first two races but their winning guns were hard earned. The first contest featured a thrilling head-to-head between the two leading protagonists all the way up the breezy first beat, head to head only ten metres apart, neither team crew blinking.

Azzurra just had the slightest edge as they closed at the top turn, Quantum Racing tried to get inside them at the buoy and were penalised. They took their turn immediately and were quickly back on the chase.

The second windward mark was all but a replica of the first, except it was Quantum Racing in the lead. Azzurra, hard on their transom, did not quite get the gennaker tack line on fast enough and while they struggled momentarily to bring the boat under control, the American team were able to race away. Azzurra only just held off Interlodge at the finish line.

A big recovery was the key to Quantum Racing’s second win of the day.

They were fifth at the first turn but executed a swift, smooth gybe set which got them straight on to the heels of great gust pattern. By the leeward turn they were – again – bow to bow with Azzurra. The crew from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda struck out to the left, Quantum stayed right of middle and by the second turn Ed Baird, Terry Hutchinson and the Key West winners were in front. On the thrilling final run Quantum stayed right and extended, whilst Azzurra scraped through for second just ahead of the fast advancing Rán Racing.

For all the world in the third race it looked as if Takashi Okura’s crew on Sled had done enough to earn their first US 52 SUPER SERIES win as they streaked down the final run having lead all the way around the track. But the indefatigable Azzurra team denied them on the line and they had to be content with their second second place of the season.

From a very strong start Ross MacDonald had them into phase with the shifts well, just leading Azzurra at the windward mark. Quantum Racing again found themselves back in the pack.

Azzurra came back at the leaders with a better windshift on the approach to the last turn of the day. That gave them a chance to challenge Sled down the run. Azzurra gybed away earlier, had one better gust, and were only just ahead at the finish gun.

Azzurra go into the penultimate day of racing with a lead of one point over Quantum Racing, Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge lies third in the 52 SUPER SERIES regatta 10 points behind.

Miami may have delivered wind well in excess of its usual reputation for light early season winds, but Saturday’s forecast is for a return to ‘normal service’: gentle shifty winds.

US 52 SUPER SERIES – TP52 US CHAMPIONSHIP
after six races
1 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1,1,2,2,1 11pts
2 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug DeVos (USA) 1,3,2,1,1,1 12pts
3 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3,5,3,3,5,3 22pts
4 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7,4,4,3,6, 26pts
5 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6,6,5,4,2 29pts
6 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2,5,6,7,5 30pts
7 Hooligan (USA) Gunther Buerman (USA) 7,4,7,7,6 8DNF 39pts

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Photo gallery: US 52 Championship – Day 2

Posted on 07 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Spectacular photos from the second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. The approaching storm and the tornado warning, unfortunately, forced the race committee to send the boats back to port after one race

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at the US 52 Championship. Miami, 6 March 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

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Weather wins in Miami, Azzurra take the lead

Posted on 07 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] Although three windward leeward contests were scheduled Thursday on the strength of a favourable forecast for 13-18kts S’ly winds, the race committee made the prudent decision to send the fleet ashore on notification that an expected weather front had accelerated and was due to bring very strong, dangerous thunder squalls with the possibility of tornados.

Following on from their race win Wednesday afternoon in lighter breezes, Azzurra were on impressive form. Racing more in their preferred wind range, the team which is skippered by Guillermo Parada (ARG) made the start that they wanted, at the committee boat end of the line and were then able to work the favoured right side of the course.

Azzurra lead around the top, windward mark with a slight margin over the IRC optimised pair Interlodge and Vesper with Quantum Racing, always a threat, in fourth.

Azzurra had built themselves a comfortable lead by the leeward gate and were able to keep control of the main group.

Believing that the breeze had moved as far right as it would, Quantum Racing broke and took their chances left of middle on the second upwind – erring away from the leaders’ track – and were rewarded with a favourable approach to the final turn, gaining to second place.

A swift gybe set on to a sustained gust from the top mark saw a great recovery from Rán Racing. Sixth at the final turn, they were within centimetres of catching third placed Interlodge on the line.

Confidence is a key strength for the Azzurra team and with two good wins back to back, the Roemmers’ family team which races for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are on song here, certainly in their preferred conditions today.

“It would have been good to race three races today but there is also an element that some of our guys hold a belief that you are only ever as good as your last race, but certainly we sailed well today. Everything was nicely controlled and we had the sense that we were always working to our game plan.” Recalled Azzurra’s trimmer Simon Fry.

Parada, Azzurra’s skipper added: “It was a beautiful race, under beautiful conditions to sail a TP52, planing downwind at 18 knots. Our crew work was very good, Francesco (Bruni, starting helmsman) had an excellent start, Vasco made very good tactical calls and the boat was fast. It’s a pity we couldn’t continue due to the tornado warning. At least, we took the lead of the championship, with a good outlook for the rest of the week. The feeling is positive and we are optimistic we can keep on performing this way.”

2014 US 52 SUPER SERIES – US CHAMPIONSHIP MIAMI

Standings after three races:

52 Class:
1 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1,1 6pts
2 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug De Vos (USA) 1,3,2 6pts
3 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3,5,2 11pts
4 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2,5 12pts
5 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7,3 13pts
6 Hooligan (USA) Gunther Buerman (USA) 7,4,7 18pts
7 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6,6 18pts

IRC 52 Class:
1 Azzurra 4,1,1 6pts
2 Quantum Racing 1,3,2 6pts
3 Rán Racing 2,7,3 12pts
4 Vesper 5,2,5 12pts
5 Interlodge (USA) 3, 5,4 12pts
6 Hooligan 7,4,7 18pts
7 Sled (USA) 6,6,6 18pts

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Quantum Racing lead in Miami

Posted on 06 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] In streaky, gentle breezes which only troubled double figures for a short period in the second race, Quantum Racing – with Ed Baird on the helm – proved adept at reading the changeable wind pressure. A pair of solid starts were the foundations for tactician Terry Hutchinson to build from the critical first windshift.

In the first race Rán Racing held the early lead before Quantum Racing were able to roll ahead of them on the first downwind. In the second windward-leeward 52 SUPER SERIES champions were also, again, one of the two boats to reap the benefit of the key first shift. Azzurra just managed to lead around the top mark first whilst Jim Swartz’ Vesper sailed a great run to promote themselves to second.

The Miami race course lived up to its reputation, delivering light, difficult to read breezes which were often accompanied by an awkward, slightly choppy sea. If Quantum Racing came ashore to a sunny afternoon on the docks of Miami Beach Marina with an air of quiet satisfaction, Azzurra’s tactician Vasco Vascotto acknowledged that theirs, too, had been a good opening day but he was kicking himself for a late call on the final downwind of Race 1 which he felt had handed a cheap point away to Interlodge.

That the blue boat which sails under the flag of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda finished the day one point behind the regatta leaders clearly irked Vascotto. But, for certain, their win bolstered confidence on Azzurra, even if their lead evaporated very quickly as they came under pressure from Vesper as their closed the finish line.

Vascotto recalled: “I did not make a good communication on one gybe and on that we lost one point that is important at the end of this day. The second one the plan was to go right and to start to windward. It was a good call and we had the start that we wanted, the speed was OK and so we had a quite good day. That first is important for us. Miami is an unpredictable place. You have to sail with what He gives you….and you need to make quick decisions as the conditions are always changing. Usually I am good at that, but sometimes you make mistakes. You have to be patient when you have a bad result and try to save every point. That is the reason why I am a little disappointed in myself because I lost a point for not communicating when we were in a match against Interlodge.”

Consistency proved frustratingly elusive for Rán Racing which lead the first race and went on to take second, but they found themselves out of phase with the key shifts on the second race to finish seventh, lying fifth overall after the two races.

2014 US 52 SUPER SERIES US CHAMPIONSHIP MIAMI
Standings after two races:
1 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug De Vos 1,3 4pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1 5pts
3 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2 7pts
4 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3, 5 8pts
5 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7 9pts
6 Hooligan (USA) Guenther Buerman (USA) 7,4 11pts
7 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6 12pts

Quotes:

Terry Hutchinson USA tactician Quantum Racing (USA): “Both races were good. We went out with the objective of coming off the water with six points or less and we came off with four points. So from that regard we are pretty good. First race we had a pretty good race going with Rán Racing. We were able capitalise when they set a little too deep at the top mark first time and we rolled them. It was not a straightforward race. Second race we executed a good start and going out to the right side in a big left hand shift and both boats – us and Azzurra – made nice gains on the group. It was then who beat who to the top mark. They tacked at a really good time for us to make a hard decision and we chose to get to the right hand side of them looking for a right hand shift which materialised but it went a little light and fluffy just for about 50 seconds with them to leeward of us and they might a nice gain. From the top a big right shift and Vesper is going about two knots faster downwind than the whole fleet downwind and so it is going to be tough to keep them behind us if we get into marginal planing conditions. They sailed a quite a good race and you can see the improvements to their boat. Big picture, though? A great day, hats off to our guys on board for managing their way through a difficult day.”

Vasco Vasccotto (ITA) tactician Azzurra (ITA): “The first one was tough and personally I made a mistake, I did not make a good communication on one gybe and on that we lost one point that is important at the end of this day. The second one the plan was to go right and to start to windward. It was a good call and we had the start that we wanted, the speed was OK and so we had a quite good day. That first is important for us.
Miami is an unpredictable place. You have to sail with what He gives you….and you need to make quick decisions as the conditions are always changing.
Usually I am good at that, but sometimes you make mistakes. You have to be patient when you have a bad result and try to save every point. That is the reason why I am a little disappointed in myself because I lost a point for not communicating when we were in a match against Interlodge.
It was a good day but I am sad for having made a mistake which means we could have been better.”

Tony Rae (NZL) runners, grinder Vesper (USA): “It was not good for us in the first race, a lot better in the second. It is such close racing that is one thing doesn’t go your way you are in the pack, making extra tacks. That was the story a bit in the first race, you are dipping a couple of boats and cant quite get your pace up. We struggled a little around some of the marks and then had a little rip in the chute and recovered pretty well. Jim did a pretty good job and it was a good day overall.
We had nice pressure on the run in the second race and it just felt good. We just kept chipping away. Like all these series it is about trying to stay out of trouble and not have too many shockers.
It is interesting because with all the changes it is like a new boat to the regular guys on board, and with all the changes with a new keel and rig, it is a learning curve how the boat feels and weight fore and aft. There is a lot to learn and a lot to gain. That chop is not easy either. On starboard it was pretty lumpy at times and in the light with pressure up and down, it was about keeping the boat powered up and trying to make it feel good for Jim driving, that is a big part of it.”

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First look at the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the King Marine boatyard

Posted on 05 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

We visited the King Marine boatyard in Valencia for a first look at the brand new TP52 Phoenix, the first one to be built under the 2015 TP52 rule. The Brazilian TP52 will soon the leave the King Marine boatyard and head to the Victory Challenge base at the Valencia Marina where she will be outfitted in order to take her maiden sail before the end of the month. The future looks bright for the TP52 class!

We will have much more photos, stories and exclusive videos in the next couple of weeks from the final preparations as well as her first sail on the waters of Valencia, so stay tuned!

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix in the final stages of completion at the King Marine boatyard. Valencia, 5 March 2014. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

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