By Euro Weekly News Media • 17 July 2015 • 8:01
OPENING DAY: Saw the fleet at its highest level yet for the 52 Super Series.
Harm Müller-Spreer’s German flagged Platoon team sat on top of the leaderboard after the first day of racing on the Bay of Palma for the TP52 World Championship Porto Portals. A gun to gun win in the opening race of the five days regatta, the first race win so far for Platoon, was paired with a solid fifth in the second contest to leave them just one point up on the second placed Sled.Takashi Okura’s Sled crew added sixth to their victory in Race 2, their third win of the season, to sit two points clear of a trio of boats – Azzurra, Alegre and Rán Racing which all collected nine points.The opening day of the world championship saw the fleet at its highest level yet for the 52 Super Series. The return of Phoenix to the fleet has brought a tough, talented top level team back into the series.With 12 boats racing, a double digits score is heavy ballast to go forward with. World Champions Quantum Racing and Porto Cervo winners Azzurra both had rollercoaster days – Azzurra marginally better with a 2.7, but Quantum Racing’s 3.11 opening salvo is not the start to their title defence they wanted. A win is important to Müller-Spreer. Their game plan was executed precisely and it was plain sailing to win comfortably ahead of Azzurra which was second to the left, second at the top mark, and second at the finish. Credit to Quantum Racing and Phoenix which both gained big time on the second beat, working left to take four or five boats. Eduardo de Souza Ramos’ crew lost third to Quantum down the final run.
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