The joy on board the Turkish "Provezza" was enormous: For the first time since the TP-52 go-around of Ergin Imre's team five years ago, they won a regatta in the 52 Super Series and the American team Quantum Racing of Doug de Vos and the Italian " Azzurra "of the Roemmers family to second and third place. The crew had come very close to winning several times this season, but this time it worked. Helmsman and America's Cup winner Peter Holmberg and tactician Tony Rey - in this successful combination also in action at the upcoming J-Class World Championships on the J 8 "Topaz" - achieved the breakthrough with the "Provezza" crew, the in addition, sail greats such as Nacho Postigo (nickname: "Magician of the Bay of Palma") belonged.
After the victory, "Provezza" owner Ergin Imre went for a swim …
Here Ergin Imre's "Provezza" team cheers
Provezza owner Ergin Imre, popular on the TP-52 circuit, said: "At first we never hoped to win a regatt, but after building the new boat we decided that we would win Should set a goal. Now I don't know what else we can win. Maybe a regatta. Of course, it would be great to win the series. But that's tough."
"Provezza" won the series ahead of Puerto Portals with two daily victories in nine races, good consistency and two points ahead of Quantum Racing
Tactician Tony Rey said: "It's great to enjoy this win. We all deserve it. I couldn't be more proud of Ergin Imre. It's a privilege to do what we're doing here. And it's an honor to do it with him. He's an absolute gentleman. He's giving us the tools to do this. The good news is we had some boxes of Turkish honey on board today. They brought us luck. So we did decided that from now on we will have them with us at every race. " Rey named changed processes on board, a minor breakthrough in rig configuration, Peter Holmberg as the great helmsman and trimmer Simon Fry, "who maneuvers the weight on board like we've never done before" as key factors in victory and said: "The little pieces of the puzzle came together at the right time."
What it takes: The exciting TP-52 show in front of Mallorcwar is worth seeing
With the "Provezza", another boat won the fifth regatta for the fifth time this year. There is hardly a series in the world that is so exciting! Quantum Racing had won before Key West, the Italian "Azzurra" in Miami, Harm Müller-Spreer's "Platoon" at the World Championship before Scarlino and most recently the Swedish team Rán Racing with CarolinWerner from Kiel on board. The winners of Porto Cervo also had the bow in front of Puerto Portals, but could not defend the lead in the end and finished the hotly contested regattin Puerto Portals in fifth place behind "Platoon".
Niklas Zennström's Team Rán Racing with the Kiel Olympic participant CarolinWerner (center)
In the overall standings, "Azzurra" (182 points) leads just ahead of world champion "Platoon" (185 points) and Quantum Racing (188 points). "Provezza" moved up to fourth with 214 points, ahead of Ràn Racing (228 points) to fifth. This is followed by "Bronenosec" (246 points), "Sled" (271 points), "Gladiator" (280 points) and "Alegre" (322.5 points). After 44 races in five regattas, the first three boats can win the season standings at the finals before Menorc. The "Platoon" crew kept every chance of a double after the World Cup triumph.
The showdown is approaching: In front of Menorc, Harm Müller-Spreer's "Platoon" crew will have a double from September 19. Can the team under the German flag also win the season standings after the world championship title?
The afterguard of the leading Italian "Azzurra" in the overall standings. Tactician Vasco Vascotto sets the course