The Rolex 52 Super Series fleet is already moored at the pontoons of Puerto Portals. The nine teams from six countries that will participate in the Rolex Puerto Portals 52 Super SEries Sailing Week take advantage of the days before the start of the competition to get their TP52s ready for an intense week of regattas that will begin with the official training regatta ( non-scoring) on Thursday, July 21.
The official presentation of the event took place literally at the foot of the jetty, and included the participation of Corinna Graf, CEO of Puerto Portals, and Agustín Zulueta, CEO of 52 Super Series. Both explained the details of the event while the fleet left the port for the Bay of Palma, where they will compete from Friday, July 22, to Tuesday, July 26.
Half a thousand people
More than 120 crew members of 17 nationalities are in charge of extracting the maximum potential of the TP52, the boats with which they have competed on the circuit since its creation ten years ago. “I would highlight that this week in Puerto Portals some of the best sailors in the world are going to congregate” explained Agustín Zulueta, who took the opportunity to highlight the impact of the event for the economy of Mallorca: “In total we have more than 500 people displaced to compete for ten days and this represents a direct impact of at least three million euros in round numbers. It is worth mentioning the efforts of the sponsors and the port to make it a great event, to be repeated year after year, and we hope it will last as long as our lives”.
“We have been working with the 52 Super Series since 2015, a very special class for us, and we are honored and proud of their presence; It is an event with capital letters” Corinna Graf acknowledged. “It is a real luxury to have so many professional people in such a small space. We invite all Majorcans and visitors to come to Puerto Portals to see the boats, the sailors, and practically live with them. I invite everyone to come before 11:00 in the morning or after 5:00 in the afternoon, they will be returning to port and will be able to see all the movement of the teams” .
Majorcans who come to Puerto Portals these days will be able to identify four local crew members among the fleet of the 52 Super Series. On board the Provezza of the Turkish owner Ergin Imre the bowman Joan Fullana and the grinder Matthew Barber compete; in the Platoon of the German Harm Müller, the Olympic champion Jordi Calafat; and in Interlodge, the bow Pedro Mas. These three boats concentrate the ten Spanish sailors who compete this year in the 52 Super Series, who are joined by a large representation of members of the land team in practically the entire fleet as testimony to the extraordinary level of sailing professionals. In our country.
The competition will take place in the bay of Palma, a well-known bay for all the participants but which this year adds uncertainty due to the intense heat wave that will affect the behavior of the wind. Agustín Zulueta explained it in the presentation: “We have come here seven times and I would tell you that the conditions have never been repeated. A particularly hot week awaits us; in principle, thermal winds, a South-Southwest component, will predominate, but they will depend on the gradient wind that will make them stronger or weaker. It makes the competition very open and we have sailing conditions typical of the Bay of Palma” . The tests are scheduled every day from 1:00 p.m.
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