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The 52 SUPER SERIES celebrates its tenth anniversary with the final event of the 2022 series from October 25-29 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The world’s first Grand Prix monohull circuit began in May 2012 at the prestigious Real Club Náutico de Barcelona Trofeo Conde de Godo regatta when five TP52s took to the start lines and four completed the full regatta.

Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing leads the 2022 season standings five points ahead of the Plattner family’s Phoenix. The 2021 champions of Takashi Okura Sled and Harm Müller Spreer are not far behind and the two, in particular, are looking to end the season with a regatta title victory.

Quantum Racing, under the American flag of DeVos, has won three of the four regattas contested so far this season, all won by the American owner. But while that record might suggest they enjoyed some advantage, in fact, every event this season has gone to the wire.

And with this Barcelona final very late in the season, it is very likely that it will prove difficult to close out the 2022 league title with sneaky and troublesome offshore breezes from time to time and perhaps faltering sea breezes. .

As Quantum Racing attempts to write 52 SUPER SERIES history by becoming the only team to win five 52 SUPER SERIES season titles, this battle promises to be closer than ever. Winners in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018, they have never won any of their four circuit titles to date, by less than 22 points. Their biggest margin was 59 points in 2016 and their last win of the season, in 2018, was 37 points.

Seeking to dethrone Quantum Racing will be Phoenix tactician Tom Slingsby, who firmly believes his team can win the circuit title that narrowly eluded them last year.

“They can be beaten but it won’t be easy,” Slingsby noted. “Quantum is a skilful and very fast team, but it’s sailing racing and I have great confidence in our team. In the last event, we started well, but I wasn’t strong enough. efficient in the first times of each race.

“We have to round the 1 mark in better shape if we want a shot. And I think we continue to improve as a team. Sure, we’ve stepped up our game this year to be contenders, but we need to keep that steady improvement going if we’re going to win this title.

In the hot seat of Phoenix, owner-driver Tina Plattner returns to the helm for the first time since racing in her hometown of Cape Town in February 2020.

“She may not have helmed in a few years, but she picks up really fast and sails a straight line really fast,” Slingsby explained. “We are the underdogs and have nothing to lose and we will give it our all and see how it plays out. We are excited as a team.

Platoon strategist Jordi Calafat believes Quantum Racing have the advantage – thanks in part to a new keel fin this season – and that advantage could lead them to the 2022 title.

“The changes they’ve made and they’re sailing very well, they don’t make any mistakes and have the talent on board to do so,” notes Calafat. “But the nature of class right now is that everyone has their ups and downs. Phoenix won at Portals, then recently fell at Scarlino. They sail well and obviously feel comfortable with their speed.

Quantum Racing team principal Ed Reynolds is hoping for a good result. “It would be really special to win in Barcelona, ​​not only because that’s where we started with the 52 SUPER SERIES, but it’s the European headquarters of Quantum where we’ve been here for 25 years,” he said. he declares. “And we would like to win it with Doug behind the wheel. There is a real element of pride in the fact that if, and I say ‘if’, we could win this event, Doug would have led and won four out of five events.

The race is due to start with a warning signal at 1:00 p.m. Follow the races LIVE every day on the 52 SUPER SERIES website and social networks.

Race details – Teams – Facebook

52 SUPER SERIES 2022 Series (after four of five regattas)
1. QUANTUM RACING (USA), Doug DeVos, 19+33+44+34 = 130 pts.
2. PHOENIX (RSA), Hasso & Tina Plattner, 27+42+25+41 = 135 pts.
3. PELOTON (GER), Harm Müller-Spreer, 26+40+51+41= 158 pts.
4. SLED (USA), Takashi Okura, 43.5+44+36+39 = 162.5 pts.
5. ALEGRE (GBR), Andy Soriano, 43+41+52+46 = 182 pts.
6. PROVEZZA (TUR), Ergin Imre, 61+54+42+46 = 203 pts.
7. VAYU (THA), Whitcraft Family, 45+54+79+54 = 232 pts.
8. INTERLODGE (USA), Austin & Gwen Fragomen, 39+71+50+75 = 235 pts.
9. GLADIATOR (GBR), Tony Langley, 60+73+71+77.5 = 278.5 pts.

Calendar 52 SUPER SERIES 2022
May 23-28 – BAIONA 52 SUPER SERIES SAILING WEEK – Baiona, Spain
June 20-25 – ROLEX TP52 CASCAIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – Cascais, Portugal
July 21-26 – PUERTO PORTALS 52 SUPER SERIES SAILING WEEK – Puerto Portals, Mallorca
September 26-October 1 – SCARLINO 52 SUPER SERIES SAILING WEEK – Scarlino, Italy
October 25-29 – BARCELONA 52 SUPER SERIES SAILING WEEK – Barcelona, ​​Spain

Source: 52 Super Series

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