TP52 Audi MedCup season wrap part two


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New boats and rule changes for 2011
This article follows on from part 1 In terms of new boats for boats for 2011 at present it looks like there will be a minimum of four, but we understand it could also be up to six or seven. Quantum Racing have already announced their going ahead with a new Botin & Carkeek design for next season, while new to the Audi MedCup is Niklas Zennstrom’s Ràn team, which has another Judel-Vrolijk design and construction has already started on this at Green Marine in Lymington. Waiting in the wings is the announcement of a new Matador, almost certainly a Judel-Vrolijk design too. The Matador team is believed to be joining forces with Azzurra. However the Yacht Club Costa Smerelda-backed team were supposed to be competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, but pulled the plug of that campaign. Since Nice in 2009 they have been participating successfully in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series, with Francesco Bruni at the wheel, and ultimately seemed to be heading for the America’s Cup, but again this no longer seems to be the case. So... A game of musical chairs is going on with the second hand boats with Jose Cusi’s Bribon team believed to have scooped up the present Matador, with Quantum Racing and Artemis, and now TeamOrigin, other hot properties in the TP52 brokerage market. Others looking to change up or build new at All4One, while there is also a possibility of German Harm Muller-Spreer returning with a new Platoon. Muller-Spreer competed in the 2006-2008 Audi MedCup seasons with a crew in 2008 staffed by members of the United Internet Team Germany America's Cup team. Further TP52 turboing The reason for the number of new boats for next season is that it will see the introduction of the second part of the amendments to the TP52 class rule that were announced

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