Please select your home edition
Gul 2017 April

Out for practice before the TP52 Worlds in Palma

by TP52 Worlds Media on 6 Oct 2009 6-11 October 2009
Henri Lloyd Weapon of Choice practicing before the TP52 Worlds in Palma © Nico Martinez / TP52 World Championship

The chance for revenge

Ten boats were on the waters off Palma today warming up for the 2009 TP52 World Championships. Racing starts Wednesday and the title is up for grabs.

After the 2009 Audi MedCup season the slate is cleaned and the imminent 2009 TP52 World Championships, which start with tomorrow’s Practice Race, represent a whole new opportunity requiring a completely different strategy.

The absence in Palma of Emirates Team New Zealand, recently crowned Audi MedCup Champions, leaves the field open with any one of three or four boats having shown over this season that they have the boatspeed and the skills to win the title which will be settled over the next few days on the Bay of Palma.

For certain most of the teams are familiar with the host club, the Real Club Nautico de Palma and the venue, not least the three teams for whom the Bay of Palma represents their home waters, José Cusi’s iconic Bribón (ESP), Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG) and John Cook’s Cristabella (GBR). Indeed, this year as well as in 2007 Matador has won the TP52 fleet at the prestigious Copa del Rey raced on these same waters.

But conditions are likely to be very different to summer, as the Russian team Synergy’s navigator Francesco Mongelli (ITA) explains:

“In October the sea is quite hot compared to the land and so, if anything, it is more often you get the breeze at night. And there is high pressure dominating just now as so I think we are looking at light winds, maybe one day of 10-12 knots.” Says Mongelli.

Without doubt two of the title favourites lining up in Palma are the current World Champions, Quantum Racing (USA) which won in 2008 in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote and the 2007 champions Artemis (SWE). While the Quantum Racing team is unchanged from that which clinched second place on the Audi MedCup Circuit last month in Portugal, Artemis, is returned to full strength with owner Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) back on the helm with tactician Paul Cayard (USA) supported by new dad and 2007 Star world champion Hamish Pepper (NZL) as strategist, aided by round the world racer, past skiff and 505 world champion Chris Nicholson (AUS). Palma is also a happy hunting ground for Cayard who won the Copa del Rey in 1987 with the Maxi Il Moro de Venezia, and was tactician when Siemens Matador won in 2007.

“This is the chance for revenge.” Confirms Matador’s Italian tactician Francesco Bruni, “It is the last race of the season and everyone is hungry for revenge. For sure. Everyone has been hit hard by Emirates Team New Zealand and so everyone wants to have a good chance here.” “We have a good chance here, we are one of the top teams here and we have been using the practice days here as best we can to give our owner Alberto Roemmers, who will steer, as much of a warm up as possible. He does not steer every day, but he did a fantastic job at the Copa del Rey and we have the same team here so we are confident. We hope to do a good job here.”

After tomorrow’s Practice Race, racing begins Wednesday with up to 11 races to be completed by Sunday, including Friday’s scheduled coastal race.


Francesco Bruni (ITA), tactician Matador (ARG):
“I think the sea breeze will not be as good as in August, not as strong. Today and yesterday was quite light and unstable, but the left usually pays, but at this time of year it can be very different.”

Chris Hosking (AUS) boat captain Artemis (SWE):
“We are in good shape. The strategy with the worlds is a completely different event. It has been long season, but now the MedCup is over and done with this is one off event which we approach a little bit differently. We need to sail consistently and do a good job.”

Mark Mendelblatt (USA) strategist Quantum Racing (USA), defending champions:
“We have had two days of light airs practice. I don’t think it adds to the pressure being champions, we are all pretty relaxed and we are sailing well, but there are a lot of good boats out there, so it would be nice to defend.”

TP52 World Championship 2009 - Entry List
Bow, Boat Name, Sail Number, Country, Owner, Skipper

1, QUANTUM RACING, USA 52011, USA Doug Devos, Terry Hutchinson
2, BRIBON, ESP 7552, ESP, José Cusí, Gonzalo Araujo
3, MATADOR, ESP-52, ARG, Alberto Roemmers, Alberto Roemmers
4, CRISTABELLA, GBR 5206L, GBR, John Cook, John Cook
5, ARTEMIS, SWE 11152, SWE, Torbjorn Tornqvist, Jared Henderson
6, AUDI TP52 POWERED BY Q8, ITA 4, ITA, Riccardo Simoneschi, Riccardo Simoneschi
7, VALARS III, RUS 7, RUS, Silver Wave LTD, Serguei Chevtsov
9, PAPREC RECYCLAGE, FRA 11152, FRA, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin / PH Finance, Hugues Destremau
10, HENRI LLOYD – WEAPON OF CHOICE, GBR 5252L, GBR, Antony Langley, Tom Wilson
13, SYNERGY, RUS-13, RUS, Scottsburg Manor LTD, Sergey Pichugin

Related Articles

The World Sailing Show - May 2017
Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and World Cup news Over 40,000 miles, flat out, around the world, always raced, always rallied and always with the accelerator pressed firmly to the floor. The Volvo Ocean Race boats had a tough life last time around. Posted on 25 Apr
The World Sailing Show - April 2017
Going overboard – Conrad Colman's shocking secret Conrad Colman's blow by blow account of his experiences in the Vendée Globe touched thousands as he recorded the highs and the lows of his trip. But what he didn't tell the world during his 110 day race was that he had come perilously close to dying. Posted on 27 Mar
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup overall
Azzurra crowned Kings of Miami In winning the 52 SUPER SERIES second regatta of the 2017 season, the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup, Azzurra proved once again that a team on the bounceback from a modest preceding event is often at its most potent. Posted on 12 Mar
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup day 4
Azzurra on the cusp of Miami Royal Cup win? Azzurra carry a ten points lead into the final day of the Miami Royal Cup and are looking to reprise their last 52 SUPER SERIES regatta title when they won the last event of 2016, the EGNOS Cascais Cup. Posted on 11 Mar
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup day 3
Quantum Racing win but Azzurra hold firm Quantum Racing won the only raced sailed today at the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup, but with regatta leaders Azzurra crossing the line in second place, the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda lead by 11 at the half way point of the event. Posted on 10 Mar
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup day 2
Double top Azzurra work their Miami Magic Azzurra may have had to wait until the second day of the Miami Royal Cup to score their first race wins of 2017, but two well earned victories off Miami Beach Wednesday sees the Roemmers family team step eight points clear of Platoon at the top. Posted on 9 Mar
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup day 1
Platoon lead after dramatic opener Just as they led after the first day of racing in Key West in January, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon crew top the early leaderboard at the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup for after a dramatic first day in brisk SE'ly winds and big, disorderly waves. Posted on 8 Mar
Can Rán Do A Miami Re-Run?
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup start today The 52 SUPER SERIES fleet shares fond memories of Miami, where the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup is scheduled to start on Tuesday with eleven TP52s on the entry list. Posted on 7 Mar
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup preview
Nowhere to hide in Florida! After Key West in January, where Doug DeVos's Quantum Racing won with an immaculate final 2,1,1 flourish, the 52 SUPER SERIES moves to South Beach for next week's Miami Royal Cup. Posted on 28 Feb
Quantum Key West Race Week overall
Quantum Racing named Boat of the Week By winning the final race of the highly competitive 52 Super Series and with it the class championship, Doug De Vos' (Ada, MI) Quantum Racing was awarded Boat of the Week honours at the 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week. Posted on 21 Jan