The German owner and cane Tina Plattner is the leader of the Rolex TP52 World Championship that began today in the waters of the Bay of Palma. The Phoenix 12 of the only woman who commands one of the 52 Super Series sailboats was the most regular today in the Puerto Portals race course with two third places. The two sleeves were won by the two American sailboats in the fleet, the Quantum Racing by Doug DeVos and the Sled by Takashi Okura.
The other news of the day was the breaking of the mast that took place on the Provezza sailboat. Misfortune occurred on the second beat of the first race. At that time the weather conditions were not, at all, a problem or a risk for the boats. Some nine knots and flat seas did not foresee the rumble that occurred in the race course at the moment when the stick broke into several pieces. In the incident, Turkish sailor Ahmed Edieoglu was injured and was taken to a hospital in Mallorca for a series of medical tests.
Provezza worked against the clock in the afternoon to bring a spare mast from Valencia. The idea of the team is that, if everything works as expected, the appendix is tomorrow morning in Portals to puncture it on the boat and try to be on the starting line at 13 hours. If the Turkish project led by the shipowner Ergin Imre manages to be on the starting line tomorrow, he will have achieved a logistical feat only within the reach of the great world sailing projects.
The first sleeve was controlled perfectly by Quantum Racing. Doug DeVos' ship left through the center of the fleet and in the first meters of the girdle was fighting with the Azzurra to lead the fleet. He arrived with some advantage to the windward buoy and, from there, he already had absolute control of the sleeve. Guillermo Parada, on the Argentine ship, was comfortable in the second position to start the World Cup, although at some moments of the two stern the Azzurra was close to Quantum who knew how to keep calm and victory.
The Bronenosec was penalized in the first windward buoy and from there made a fantastic recovery from the tenth place in the first tight to the fifth at the end of the sleeve.
The third position went to the Phoenix 12 of Tina Plattner. The German shipowner did an excellent job at the World Cup premiere carrying the oldest ship in the fleet and with a crew that has not been able to compete in all the tests of the season.
A third position that repeated in the second round what earned him to lead the classification of the Rolex TP52 World Championship Puerto Portals. In that second round of the day, the victory was for Sled of Takashi Okura who took full advantage of his departure from the committee side. The favorites came out through the center of the fleet and that was the worst place to navigate since the two Phoenix that departed through the viewfinder also had a good advantage when they reached the windward mark.
Two new World Cup sleeves are scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1 pm. All the action of the regatta can be followed with the live broadcast of the test with a television signal until Thursday. The broadcast will have live comments from the water and also from the studio and will begin fifteen minutes before the races scheduled for 13 hours.
Joan Vila, Quantum navigator, explains: “We are very happy with the day. Our goal is to make eight points a day or less, and we have achieved it. We know that it is a very tough competition and what we must do is be consistent and today we have done it. The two tests seemed that the right was the good call and that those who came out had some advantage over the rest. Tomorrow will be difficult with the breeze again. Without a favorite and clear side in the race course. I have not seen what happened to Provezza. I have heard it! We send all our support, it is very hard for them and if they can be in the next days competing it would be very good. If you need anything from us we will be ready to help you. ”
Carlo Castellano, Phoenix 12 grinder, comments: “Tina is very happy and the whole team is too. She has been great today in the boat rod. He has done an incredible job both in the two outings, which have been great, as in the rest of the day. We have gone well and that is essential. To be the oldest ship in the fleet has not been a bad day. Tomorrow we will return to the race course to try to do it as we have done today. The outputs are fundamental, whoever goes well earns a lot. If you see, for example, Quantum in the second round has not gone well and then has suffered and that they are the fastest boat. ”
1. Phoenix 12 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) (3.3) 6 points.
2. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (1,7) 8 p.
3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (4,5) 9 p.
4. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (9.1) 10 p.
5. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (8.2) 10 p.
6. Azzurra (ARG / ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (2.9) 11 p.
7. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (5.8) 13 p.
8. Team Vision Future (FRA) (Jean Jacques Chaubbard) (7.6) 13 p.
9. Alegre (USA / GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (10.4) 14 p.
10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (6.10) 16 p.
11. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (12 DNF, 12 DNC) 24 p. . (tagsToTranslate) phoenix (t) 12 (t) leads (t) world (t) provezza