[Source: YCCS] The new 2015 version of the TP52 Azzurra is rapidly nearing completion at the King Marine shipyard in Valencia. In preparation for the next TP52 Super Series, the deck has been mounted on the hull and sea trials are expected to begin in 50 days.
In less than 2 months a brand new Azzurra will be launched and will once again bring her name – already synonymous with top notch international yachting after the first version of Azzurra was the first Italian yacht to participate in the America’s Cup over 30 years ago – in the midst of the wind and water.
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s sporting symbol will once again be defending her excellent name and history of success in the highly professional 52 Super Series, the most competitive and technologically advanced regatta series for monohulls. For the 2015 season eight new yachts including Azzurra are expected to compete. All boats have been built and designed to the new TP52 Class Rules, specifically designed to enhance performance. The Rules allow for larger sail area and deeper keels combined with lighter displacement. The 2015 52 Super Series will see fourteen teams competing, a number that is growing steadily.
The new Azzurra is the third YCCS TP52 and is heir to the previous Azzurra’s series of victories: circuit champion in 2012 and currently first runner up. Like the version before her, the new Azzurra has been designed by the Spaniard Marcelino Botin and is under construction at King Marine in Valencia. Miguel Costa is project manager.
“Today, after 12,000 hours of work, we have attached the deck to the hull. We are just fifty days from completion and it has been an important day for Azzurra 2015,” said Costa, clearly happy with the boat’s progress.
Riccardo Bonadeo, president of Consorzio Azzurra and Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda said: “Azzurra carries our burgee in one of sailing’s most competitive events. The 52 Super Series combines sport with tradition, values that Azzurra and the YCCS both share and symbolise. I thank everyone that is making this possible, first and foremost the Roemmers family, YCCS members and owners of the Azzurra yacht.”
The 2015 season will see Azzurra debut at Palmavela (Palma de Mallorca Ap. 30th to May 3rd.) After this test event her official participation in the 52 Super Series circuit will begin May 8th in Valencia.