Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week – Overall
by 52 Super Series Jul 26 09:11 PDT
22-26 July 2022
The Plattner family’s South African flagged Phoenix put the ghosts of last November to rest as she claimed the third regatta title of the 2022 52 SUPER SERIES season today, the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week, which finished in perfect 17-20 knots NO’ ly ended offshore breeze.
After taking to the water two points clear of 52 SUPER SERIES 2021 Circuit champion Sled, Phoenix completed their first regatta victory with two secure second places to win by 12 points, their widest margin of the 2022 season to date.
And with Quantum Racing returning to fourth place, 19 points adrift of the winners – two points off the podium at Mallorca – Phoenix now leads the circuit season standings by two points as the fleet head to Scarlino in Tuscany in September.
It’s a popular, some would say overdue, title triumph. In November, they were leading the penultimate race at the World Championships and were on course for the world title and a possible late tilt in the 2021 standings when their spinnaker exploded spectacularly on the final run.
Doubly motivated this season, they led after the first two days in Baiona before a bogey day nullified their challenge. And at Cascais, they missed the podium by two points, mainly due to an eighth place finish midway through the regatta.
The crew, with Australian Sailing GP Champion and 2012 Laser Olympic gold medalist Tom Slingsby as tacticians, aided by Kiwi Cameron Dunn, maintained top line consistency in the Bay of Palma from Puerto Portals and was no worse than a quarter scored, except a sole 8th place. This time, however, that low score was offset by four race wins and three second places from 10 starts.
While Phoenix’s victory in Puerto Portals certainly wipes away memories of last season’s unfortunate finale, this event didn’t start off perfectly for them. On the eve of the first points races of the event, they were impaled by Provezza’s bowsprit during official practice, causing minor structural damage to her port stern.
That same afternoon, the Phoenix Support RIB’s engines were damaged when it was struck by a pursuit boat from another team. But shore teams worked into the night to ensure they were ready for launch in the morning. The Phoenix sailing team responded with a 1.3 point tie with Takashi Okura’s Sled, their final day rival.
“It feels great not only to win, but to win comfortably with this team. I’ve been saying for a long time that we’re on the brink and had a couple of podiums, third and fourth and just missed out on winning the regatta. It feels great with such a great team that we have here. And a special thank you to the Plattner family for getting the boat sailing during these trying times,” smiled Slingsby of Phoenix, who now adds a 52nd win in a SUPER SERIES regatta to his long list of sailing great titles.
The Plattner family team also came close to winning at home in Cape Town in February 2020 and boasts a strong core of South African sailors not least Project Manager Tony Norris who sailed last season and this one but also Matt Whitehead in the pits, Paul Willcox on Main, North Sails Shane Elliot as navigator and Shaun Pammenter grinder and weather guru. Trimmers are Kiwi Morgan Trubovich and Italian Lorenzo Mazza.
Sled didn’t have the last day they needed but sailed a solid week and made few mistakes.
“I think we’re quite happy with second place in the end. It was a tough day today and we didn’t do some things well but we had a really good run and sailed well all the way. We’ve got some new sails and we’re going faster and that helps with better decisions and we’ve also cleaned up some things. Tactically, we didn’t always do well with fleet management and we cleaned that up a bit,” said sled trainer Rod Davis.
For Ergin Imre’s Provezza team, who finished with a 1,7,1,3 victory, third place is a huge confidence boost at a venue that has been a team favorite since winning here in 2017.
“We felt we had a good regatta but still made the odd mistake or two but we finished the last couple of days strong. I think things started to go a little bit the way we wanted. I don’t really think we’ve done much differently than before “The owner says this is our bay and we’ve finally delivered and he’s very happy and that’s important and good for all of us,” said John Cutler, Provezza helmsman. The circuit is now moving to Scarlino, Italy for the fourth regatta from September 26th to October 1st.
Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES sailing week total: (after 10 races)
1 PHOENIX (RSA), Hasso Plattner, 1+3+1+8+1+4+2+1+2+2 = 25 pts
2 SLED (USA), Takashi Okura, 2+2+4+4+3+1+5+2+8+5 = 36 pts
3 PROVEZZA (TUR), Ergin Imre, 3+8+5+5+4+5+1+7+1+3 = 42 pts
4 QUANTUM RACING (USA), Doug DeVos, 8+6+7+2+2+2+3+3+7+4 = 44 pts
5 INTERLODGE (USA), Austin & Gwen Fragomen, 4+1+3+3+9+3+8+6+5+8 = 50 points
6 PLATOON (GER), Harm Müller-Spreer, 5+4+8+1+5+7+4+5+6+6 = 51 pts
7 ALEGRE (GBR), Andy Soriano, 6+7+2+7+7+8+7+4+3+1 = 52 pts
8 GLADIATOR (GBR), Tony Langley, 7+5+6+9+6+9+9+9+4+7 = 71 pts
9 VAYU (THAI), Whitcraft family, 9+9+9+6+8+6+6+8+9+9 = 79 points.
Preliminary 52 SUPER SERIE 2022 Overall Ranking: (after three regattas, Baiona, Cascais, Puerto Portals)
1 PHOENIX (RSA), Hasso & Tina Plattner, 27+42+25 = 94 pts
2 QUANTUM RACING (USA), Doug DeVos, 19+33+44 = 96 pts
3 PLATOON (GER), Harm Müller-Spreer, 26+40+51 = 117 pts
4 SLED (USA), Takashi Okura, 43.5+44+36 = 123.5 pts
5 ALEGRE (GBR), Andy Soriano, 43+41+52 = 136 pts
6 PROVEZZA (TUR), Ergin Imre, 61+54+42 = 157 pts
7 INTERLODGE (USA), Austin & Gwen Fragomen, 39+71+50 = 160 pts
8 VAYU (THAI), Whitcraft family, 45+54+79 = 178 points
9 GLADIATOR (GBR), Tony Langley, 60+73+71 = 204 pts