(Saturday 13th May, Scarlino) – The TP52 World Championship roll of honour paints quite the picture; only three different crews have won the world title since its inauguration in 2008 as an officially recognised world championship. Past victors are: Quantum Racing, winners in 2016, 2014, 2010, 2011 and 2008; Azzurra (previously known as Matador) in 2009 and 2015; and Rán Racing in 2013.
But when the Rolex TP52 World Championship starts on Tuesday on Tuscan waters, off Scarlino, the challenge for the title is more open than it has been for some years.
The 52 SUPER SERIES champions, Quantum Racing – five times world champions – arrive in Italy off the back of a bitterly disappointing fourth at the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup. Azzurra won the Miami Royal Cup title and lead the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES, but they return to a complicated, challenging venue where they underperformed last year upon the series’ first visit, ending up fifth in the eleven-boat fleet. Rán Racing come to Tuscany looking to improve on their sixth place in Miami and rekindle some of their Key West consistency when they took third in the “Conch Republic” in January. But, certainly amongst this trio of past winners, there is no standout favourite.