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Eight NEW TP52s for next years 52 SUPER SERIES and events’ dates announced

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: 52 Super Series] Eight newly built TP52s will compete on the 2015 52 SUPER SERIES circuit in fleet which is expected to comprise 12 to 14 boats, including three teams who will be new to the series in Europe, over a five regatta circuit at venues which are presently being finalised.

The high number of new boats for next season reflects the controlled evolution and success of the class and the 52 SUPER SERIES circuit in delivering fast, exciting, close racing at desirable venues, competing against like minded owners and teams.

Ten years after the TP52s were first adopted into Europe the class remains true to a box rule concept which has been well managed to racing remains tight but there are still sufficient design opportunities to develop and design performance differences.

The new 2015 generation boats will be faster still and more challenging to sail. Sail area increases – mainsails, jibs and gennakers all get bigger – overall displacement reduces but draft and hence righting moment or power increases – carbon rigging is adopted, bowsprits are longer, new generation carbon rigs will be stiffer and deflectors are allowed and cockpit volume is opened up.

The eight new boats include those for existing 52 SUPER SERIES teams, Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos USA), Azzurra (Roemmers family ARG), Sled (Takashi Okura, USA/JPN), Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR), Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR). Two teams are choosing to remain anonymous but have boats already commissioned.

Interestingly the new boats which have been ordered are split 50:50, four apiece between the two established design houses Botin Partners and Judel/Vrolijk.

While the performance of the new generation of TP52s is expected to step up significantly from the main crop of boats which compete currently on the BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES, what is especially exciting is that with fleet will converge back to a much closer design envelope. With such a high proportion of the fleet new, or much more recent designs, then the playing field for the 2015 season will be level. There will be no hiding place. There will be no excuse to lose.

“In a way that is terrifying.” Smiles Tony Rey, the project manager for Ergin Imre’s Provezza team. Imre is without question one of the circuit’s most experienced and enthusiastic owners, with his Provezza projects dating back 25 years through one design, IMS and IOR. A new Vrolijk designed Provezza is being built at Cooksons in New Zealand with Chris Hosking managing the construction for the team which is expecting the new boat to be ready around Christmas.

“ That is the thing I find most exciting.” Rey expands, “ A new boat does not make us faster than the old boat. It highlights any weaknesses that we have compared to other teams. A new boat will shine a light on all aspects of our team, our maintenance, our organisation, our crew work, our communication, that is what a new boat does.”

“We are on the level playing field and we can’t hide any more with ‘oh this old boat’”

Of the publically confirmed projects four will build in Europe, Provezza in New Zealand and one at Premier Composites Dubai facility.

And with a bigger fleet the critical design decisions are opened, taken or have been taken, how to mode the new boat to gain an edge upwind. Now it becomes key to design in the ability to be in the very top spots at the first upwind mark:

Guillermo Parada, skipper of Azzurra, explains:

“It is very exciting for our team, for the SUPER SERIES and for the class that there will be eight new boats for next season. That means the competition will be really tough and also having 14 boats expected on the start line next season it is a very different challenge that we are facing as a team. The new boats need to be more upwind orientated because in a bigger fleet you need to make sure you get to the top mark in good shape and from there on you plan your race, otherwise in a small fleet you can have very good downwind boat that is not so good upwind. That will be the biggest change. And with all the changes in the rule, the carbon rigging, deflectors, more draft, lighter boats those are parameters which will make the boat even more challenging to sail.”

TP52 World Champions and 52 SUPER SERIES champions Quantum Racing’s project manager Ed Reynolds elaborates:
“ The new boats will be a lot faster, more manageable and I think they will level off the playing field quite a bit between the pro drivers and some of the owner drivers because they are going to be balanced a little better and they will be faster downwind. It’s exciting.”

But along with the design differences in design, Ed Reynolds highlights the enduring appeal which keeps the TP52 popular with owners and crews:

“I think we have been around 7000kgs on our headstay loads and the new boats will be around  7500kgs, we are going to carbon rigging, these boats get loaded up. But the really nice thing about the 52’s is that we feel it is the biggest boat that you can really have that you are still racing it like a dinghy. Any bigger then some of the crew work, the kinetics, the things you can do with smaller boats that you can with the 52, you can’t do above this size. Racing these boats everybody loves it.
For us they have done such a great job with the box rule it will be hard to come out and leapfrog the opposition. Our focus is on moding the boat. How high a drag do we want our fin? Where do we want to be against fleet downwind? Which wind range? I think that is the technological advantage you look for in this fleet. It is indisputable. This box rule has been as level and as well thought out as anything outside of one design boats I have ever seen.

“We are so excited about this. For the Class it means the total of TP52s built in 15 years is set to rise now above 70 boats which is quite an achievement if we recognise that these are large one-off racing yachts built to the highest standards at the time of construction.”

“ In a way it is logical to see these bursts of construction activity such as we have now. We have seen them in the past as well. The TP52 owners are fans of level, real time racing and when so many start building it is represents a very good moment to jump on the train and have a realistic chance to be at par with the majority of boats for some years to come.” TP52 Class Manager Rob Weiland highlights.

CEO of the 52 SUPER SERIES Agustin Zulueta summarises: “The circuit is shaping up well for 2015 we are finalising the venues right now so that we reflect a genuine pan European spread of locations, five regattas over five months, exciting places and established favourites. The 52 SUPER SERIES is ever growing and exceeding expectations set out at the beginning of the year. There is no doubt that the formula we offer is a recipe for success. In 2014 we formed strong links with international companies such as Barclays, Zenith, Gaastra and in the last weeks Peters & May. Continued interest in the BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES and eight new boats for next year, confirms that the 52 SUPER SERIES is the place to be in the years to come.

Build Table for 2015 at 18th August 2014:

  • TBA  (sistership Quantum)
  • Quantum Racing USA- Botin – Longitud Cero (ESP)
  • Azzurra ITA – Botin – King Marine (ESP)
  • Sled USA/JPN – Botin – Cookson (NZ)
  • Rán Racing SWE – Vrolijk – Persico (ITA)
  • Gladiator GBR (sistership Rán)
  • Provezza TUR – Vrolijk – Cookson (NZ)
  • TBA,  Vrolijk – Premier (Dubai)

2015 52 SUPER SERIES DATES (PROVISIONAL)

  • May, 18th – 23rd
  • June, 08th – 13th
  • July, 13th – 18th
  • August, 03rd – 08th
  • September 15th – 20th

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Mallorca’s Puerto Portals to host the 2015 TP52 World Championship

Posted on 16 August 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: 52 Super Series] The TP52 World Championship will once again be a constituent regatta of the 52 SUPER SERIES in 2015 and with eight new TP52s already confirmed to be building for next season, the World Championship title will be one of the hardest fought ever in 2015 as the fleet enjoys significant growth.

The exact size of the fleet for 2015 is still not known but the current expectation is for at least 12 boats representing 12 different nations.

“We are very excited to be going to Puerto Portals for the TP52 World Championships in 2015. We are pleased to see not only that the fleet is growing but it is becoming increasingly international. That was one of the goals we set as the world’s leading monohull circuit.” Says Agustin Zulueta the CEO of the 52 SUPER SERIES.

Corinna Graf, CEO of Puerto Portals confirms that they had been looking to return to hosting top level international racing but they have been waiting the right opportunity.

“We were seeking an event which brings real prestige, a race which is of public relevance and a true top level sporting test. Being hosts of a stage of the 52 SUPER SERIES will bring great pride to the port. And crowning a new world champion in 2015 will add a new level of prestige.”

Rob Weiland, manager of the TP52 class, also is pleased to bring the World Championship to Puerto Portals World: “It’s a beautiful place to sail. I was here for the first time in 2005 for the Breitling Cup and have always loved the infrastructure and the ambience. Conditions will be excellent for racing and there are many good restaurants very close to the dock. I am convinced that the World Championship in Puerto Portals is going to be a great success. “

Puerto Portals has a long and storied relationship with the Class since it was adopted in the Med in 2005. From 2005 to 2008 the venue was a regular fixture on the MedCup circuit, usually with a royal presence and unique ambience.

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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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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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New orders, new challenges for Future Fibres

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Future Fibres] Three years into mast production and the 2014 order book reflects a diverse range of performance projects.

With the Perini 60m sloop fully assembled and awaiting stepping / sea trials and 3 of the largest furling booms in the world (26-30m long) nearing completion, the workshop is getting its teeth into some no less challenging but slightly more conventional sized projects.

The APC78 performance catamaran project has a fully optimised rotating mast with a significant number of custom features. The boat is currently in-build at Green Marine in the UK and the mast and rigging package are scheduled to leave Valencia in April. Also. just going into final stages of fitout are the mast and boom for a new Frers 60 daysailor. This boat, currently being built by Persico Marine, is a development on the stunning Ciao Gianni; all about aesthetic and performance, Future Fibres are building an ultra clean, high modulus mast and boom with carbon RDS lateral rigging.

The design team is equally busy with a really exciting new project: designing a new, fully optimised, grand prix mast, boom and carbon rigging package for the TP52 Provezza. This rig will be built to the new 2015 rule but sailing by May 2014. This gives us the opportunity to develop and fine tune a 2015 compliant package one year early. There are a number of TP52 teams with new boat builds scheduled for next winter and this project gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our superior build accuracy, performance and quality to provide a credible alternative to existing suppliers in this finely tuned class. The 2015 TP52 rule also allows composite lateral rigging for the first time and this is a perfect time to showcase our new fully continuous FlexC™ carbon rigging to create the ultimate TP52 package.

Sales Manager Jim Lotz sums up: “with the marine industry slowly emerging from the doldrums owners, project managers and designers are being more prudent with choices they make with rig packages. It has never been more important to differentiate positively the points that make our mast and rigging product stand out from the crowd. With our team pushing design, build quality and technology we are increasingly seeing customers making the correct informed choice to work with Future Fibres.”

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A remarkable breakthrough in sailing video?

Posted on 20 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

With a simple drone and a GoPro camera, Quantum Racing’s Keith Brash flies over the TP52 practice race at Quantum Key West and produces what could very well be a game changer in the sport of sailing. The America’s Cup did indeed produce spectacular helicopter footage last September in San Francisco but this is the first time ever that we see stable footage from a drone during an actual race! Hopefully this technology will allow more regattas to have good-quality aerial video without having Larry Ellison’s pockets!

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Latest TP52 Phoenix building for the next generation

Posted on 02 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] The newest, latest generation TP52 which is set to bring new owner Mr Edward de Souza Ramos in to the 52 SUPER SERIES for the first time is taking shape at King Marine in Valencia, Spain and is on schedule to be launched in the middle of March 2014.

The new Botin Partners design, the first ever TP52 for the renowned Brazilian owner, is a development of the very successful 52 SUPER SERIES winners Azzurra, the Roemmers family’s 2012 championship winning boat, and Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing which lifted the 52 SUPER SERIES title this year.

Mr de Souza Ramos’ new boat is set to make its debut at the Palma Vela regatta in April in Majorca, where the owner and his mainly South American crew will warm up for their first experience 52 SUPER SERIES season in Europe.

The construction of the new TP52, Phoenix, is well up to schedule at King Marine, the company which built Azzurra and eight previous TP52’s. The owners and crew of the 2012 winning boat are good friends with Mr de Souza Ramos and his crew and the two teams are expected to work closely together pre season.

Mr de Souza Ramos has enjoyed success in many different classes over the years, but he admits that the TP52 and the 52 SUPER SERIES has drawn him back into the heat of competitive sailing after he had effectively given up. He is very enthusiastic about his new project:

“I hope to test our new boat TP52/Phoenix in the last days of March in Valencia and the to participate at Palma Vela in April as training for the 52 Super Series Regattas. The TP52 and the 52 Super Series have always attracted a lot of my attention. It seems to be a boat of a good size and good technology, which means that sailing the boat is going to be a great pleasure. Despite it being a good sized boat , it brings with it the feeling of a small boat. I believe that the latest changes with increased spinnaker area, longer bowsprits and genoas will further enhance these qualities.”

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix under construction at the King Marine boatyard in Valencia

He has a small core group of sailors who have been with Phoenix for years, but it will be an international group:

“Our group is new, only a few other sailors sailed with me for many years such as the Brazilians André Fonseca , Sergio Rocha and Ricardo Costa . The others sailors the we are looking for, well we first thought which language we wanted to talk on board and we chose Castilian and because of that our team has the Argentinian tactician Santiago Lange and we are now completing the other positions with some Spaniards, Brazilians and Argentines.”

Meantime reports from King Marine confirm that the new boat is on schedule and the company are enjoying the challenge presented by the precision build:

Gabriel Mariani of King Marine brings us up to date with how the build of Phoenix is going:

“The build is progressing well, it is on time and with no problems and that is very important for this kind of project. And so the build, commissioning and the test sailing program should be finished according to initial schedule.

Presently we are finishing the production of the different component parts, so the hull, the deck and structure and the custom deck gear and test sailing on March 20th 2014”

A development of 52 champions like Emirates Team New Zealand, Quantum Racing and Azzurra, Mariana explains the changes which represent progressions in the build:

“One of the biggest changes in this boat is the deck. The cockpit is bigger so the crew is more comfortable and can work more efficiently. The cabin top, and the design of the ‘piano’ – the pit area – is now much more efficient, removing a significant amount of weight. And of course with all the boats next season, we will see that the bowsprits are almost one metre longer to allow bigger and more powerful spinnakers to be set.”

And because the boat is being built towards the 2015 rule, the boat is being spec’d with carbon standing rigging but will sail with some corrector weights to be equalised with the existing boats in 2014m but it is about 200kgs lighter.”

The new Phoenix has seen all of the substantial resources of designers Botin Partners put to best effect, revisiting almost every possible area as they sought to find a range of performance improvements.

The hull of the brand new TP52 Phoenix under construction at the King Marine boatyard in Valencia

Botin Design Partners Adolfo Carrau explains some of the changes:

“ You will see some differences on the hull shape and more obviously on the deck layout with the new 2015 rule. Cockpit volume is not enforced anymore and we can be a bit more creative about winch placement and so on.”

“ I think we spent an awful lot of time with the structural engineers to find what is optimum because it really is very tempting to empty the cockpit completely. It has some structural disadvantages so we looked for the best trade offs. And we looked of course to just keep the boat as light as possible within the rules and as stiff as possible. But all in all we have made another big jump, a nice jump compared to previous boats compared to where we were. Amazingly after several generations we still make the boats faster and stiffer and also to comply with the ISO and GL scantlings. So a lot of refinement went into the deck and the structural layout.”

“ The other area of interest is the keel, it needs to be 200 kilos lighter. We did spend a lot of time working not just on the hydrodynamic shape but also the structure to see how we could make a keel which is lighter but we did not want to make it any smaller. And so now the keels are steel and composite so that was a big job. Another area of benefit is in the new mast, the high modulus carbon, the deflector and the composite rigging, that is a good decision by the class. The deflector especially is good but that in itself did create some issues for the internal structure as there is already a lot of rope running below and to run a system below decks has been a bit of a challenge, which we have just overcome recently.”

The 52 SUPER SERIES 2014 in Europe starts with Rolex Capri Sailing Week 18-24 May.

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