Mistral winds play havoc during Porto Cervo Sailing Week but Azzurra take the win

It’s been 5 months, 5 regattas and 25 days of competition! But last week the competition concluded with the 52 Super Series Porto Cervo Sailing Week. Varied conditions and first-class tactical racing throughout the competition resulted in the closest finish for the title in the history of the 52 Super Series.

Going into Porto Cervo, home club Azzurra led by just 9 points. Right on their tail; Platoon and Quantum held 2nd and 3rd positions – it was all to play for!

The strong mistral winds created challenging conditions for the fleet of 10 taking to the waters around Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. At the beginning of the week Principle Race Officer Maria Tornjo commented ‘It’s going to be a windy week’ and the weather certainly lived up to expectations. Porto Cervo saw the return of big waves and strong racing conditions similar to those seen in Cascais. As a result, racing was touch and go. On Day 1 and Day 4 racing was cancelled as conditions exceeded 30 knots and were deemed unsafe for racing by officials. On the final day of racing the conditions were perfect, 20 knots with a NW wind.

After a close competition, home team Azzurra took the title as winners of the 52 Super Series 2019. They add the victory to their 52 Super Series wins in 2012, 2015 and. In 2nd and third place were Platoon and 2018 winners Quantum with just 2 points between them.

Justo Gosalbes, Managing Director of Peters & May Spain commented on the series; ‘This year we have seen racers overcome obstacle after obstacle. From slow winds to dangerous conditions, tactics had to be flexible and reactive. We even saw mast damage taking Provezza out of the game during Puerto Portals. This was Peters & May’s time to shine, providing logistics support with the urgent airfreight of a replacement mast.’

As the winners are crowned, teams will begin training for various racing regattas worldwide – only to look forward to the first 2020 52 Super Series regatta which will take place in Cape Town South Africa in March.  

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