A much anticipated and popular event in the racing diary, the 52 Super Series is considered the world’s leading inshore monohull circuit attracting some fierce competition from within the racing sphere. A truly international affair, 11 teams come together from 8 different countries to participate in the 8th edition of the 52 Super Series which will begin on 21st May.
As a sponsor of the 52 Super Series; Peters & May have been assisting in preparations for months in the build-up. Peters & May have been working closely with event organisers and teams to arrange the transportation of equipment and supplies from across the world to Mahon, Menorca ahead of the start of the series. Last week, Peters & May’s Spanish team were at Mahon port welcoming the first of the TP52 fleet and assisting with the technical area set up in preparation for racing to commence.
Craig Stanbury, Global Operations Director for Peters & May’s Racing Division commented. ‘With everything now signed, sealed and delivered to where it needs to be, we are all set for the 52 Super Series. For 2019 our Spanish team will be on hand at all the regattas, to discuss racing yacht shipping and freight forwarding requirements of teams for the 52 Super Series and other events throughout 2019 on their racing agenda’.
Following the introduction of new racing arenas in Croatia last year, lack of wind sees the 5 regattas for 2019 return to proven and popular courses of Cascais and Mallorca. Other event locations include Cadiz, Menorca and Sardinia. Bordered by The Atlantic Ocean, regattas around the Cascais and Cadiz regions historically bring with them powerful racing conditions. With strong down winds expected; we could see some fast racing, up to around 20 knots.
With 9 new boats built last year following the box rule, changes to the competition this year come in the exciting debut of a new team. Dr Jean-Jacques Chaubard’s Team Vision Future are set to join the 10 other teams, having practiced with much success across the Mediterranean. Bronenosec Gazprom, the Russian Team return after a year out with a new boat built by Longitud Cero. It is Quantum and Azzurra who are the favourites to steal the title of the 52 Super Series Championship as the only two teams to have won in the history of the series. That being said, we could have some dark horses within the impressive fleet competing this year.
On the 21st May, the series will kick off with the Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week. Returning to the popular location in Mahon, the open-water race arena offers conditions that will challenge racers from the get-go!