BP273 - Azzurra 2015-09-21

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Overall Winners / 2015 52 Super Series

Azzurra are crowned 2015 52 SUPER SERIES CHAMPIONS  (www.52superseries.com)

Cascais, Portugal is set to be painted a particular shade of blue tonight after Azzurra are 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.

Key personnel changes which have contributed to their winning set up have been bringing in Giovanni Cassinari as mainsail trimmer, thereby adding a second sail designer to their team as well as a world class sailor, Kiwi America’s Cup winner Grant Loretz as headsail trimmer – whose Anglo Saxon, steadying influence has been the ‘glue’ which has held the team on winning form according to Parada and bringing in performance coach Marco Capitani to develop a much more empirical approach to data collection and analysis. But the core of their team dates back to a bunch of young Argentinian guys who Alberto Roemmers Sr put his faith in more than 20 years ago.

Azzurra only finished off the podium in Valencia where – in fourth – they were still the team which won most races. They won the Settimana delle Boche regatta on home waters in Sardinia, triumphed in the World Championships off Puerto Portals and second in Palma and Cascais.

Their average score over all the season’s races is 3.8pts.

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