Blue Is The New Green

Cascais, Portugal was painted a particular shade of blueon September 20th after Azzurra were crowned the 52 SUPER SERIES champions of 2015. The team which wears the iconic colours of Sardinia’s Yacht Club Costa Smeralda eclipsed Quantum Racing over the five regattas circuit which started in May in Valencia and finished in typically perfect Portuguese sunshine.

Gilt edged consistency has been the biggest single factor in the Azzurra title win. Skipper Guillermo Parada points to a pledge made at last summer’s Copa del Rey to make a step change for the 2015 season in order to secure more regular results.

They have raised their game in every area as evidenced not just by their tally of 12 race wins from the 46 race starts over the five venues, but they only visited the basement placings twice over the season, one ninth in Valencia and their biggest wobble – as they clinched the title yesterday – one 10th place.

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Second overall for the season Quantum Racing have profited from integrating owners Doug and Dalton DeVos into their sailing programme, the father-son duo sharing the helm across three of the five regattas, culminating in their win at Copa del Rey in August. But the 2014 champions drew level with Azzurra today in terms of regatta wins when they added the Cascais Cup title, thanks to a great last two days.

The Final Scores

Cascais Cup
1. Quantum Racing, USA, Doug DeVos, 27 points
2. Azzurra, ITA, Pablo/Alberto Roemmers, 35
3. Vesper, USA, Jim Swartz, 46
4. Provezza, TUR, Ergin Imre, 50
5. Platoon, GER, Harm Müller-Spreer, 58
6. Alegre, GBR, Andres Soriano, 67
7. Sled, USA, Takashi Okura, 71
8. Bronenosec, RUS, Vladimir Liubomirov, 74
9. Spookie, USA, Steve Benjamin, 80
10. Gladiator, GBR, Tony Langley, 90
11. Paprec FRA, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, 91
12. Xio/Hurakan, ITA, Guiseppe Parodi, 94

2015 52 Super Series Season Rankings after five regattas, 46 races.
1. Azzurra 175 pts
2. Quantum Racing 202
3. Sled 259 (1st owner driver)
4. Platoon 262
5. Bronenosec 263
6. Alegre 266
7. Provezza 269
8. Gladiator 386
9. Paprec 396
10. Ran Racing 397
11. Xio 422
12. Spookie 482
13. Vesper 485
14. Interlodge 505
15. Phoenix 510


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