Artemis Technologies client, Azzurra, secured their fourth 52 SUPER SERIES championship title last week, on home waters in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. The title was decided on the last day of the closest and most competitive season in the eight year history of the world’s leading grand prix monohull circuit.
Led by Argentine skipper-helm Guillermo Parada with compatriot and long-time friend, Olympic champion Santiago Lange calling tactics, the Azzurra crew add to the 52 SUPER SERIES season titles won in 2012, 2015 and 2017 and draw back level, at four titles apiece, matching the record of 2018 champions Quantum Racing.
After losing out in 2018, Azzurra secured the services of Artemis Technologies to look at ways to increase round the course boat speed by making targeted changes to the hydro and aero packages. It was a very productive marriage of Azzurra’s sailing skill and knowledge of the class, with Artemis Technologies’ design and optimization tools developed over 7 years of America’s Cup campaigning.
“We have been waiting for this for a long time, in fact the work started after we finished third on countback behind Platoon last year, and not being able to race on the last day, that was very hard. We said we wanted to come back stronger and that is why we worked so hard through the winter and this season and everybody on the team has been really focused on getting us back to bow number 1, and now it is ours for at least next season.
We took a couple of risks among a lot of changes we made through the winter, and luckily we are now enjoying the results. We may not have been the quickest in any one condition but the results show we were among the fastest and most consistent. Maybe we lost a little in the top end which was traditionally our strength, but for sure in the lower wind range we gained.”
The 52 SUPER SERIES will head to Cape Town, South Africa, for the first time next year, where the first regatta of 2020 starts on March 2nd.
2019 52 SUPER SERIES Final standings:
1. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto/Pablo Roemmers) 167 p.
2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 179 p.
3. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 181 p.
4. Bronenosec (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) 193 p.
5. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 213 p.
6. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 218 p.
7. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 230 p.
8. Phoenix 11 (RSA) (Tina Plattner) 248 p.