TP52s in the Med - the show will go on

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Class manager Rob Weiland brings us up to speed with the new Med circuit, plus the views of Niklas Zennstrom and Tony Rey
Following the demise of the Audi MedCup in December, so there has been much manoeuvring over the last month to get a circuit together in the Med this season for both the TP52s and the Soto 40s. After a meeting of the interested parties in Key West last week, so a preliminary schedule for the new ‘52 Sailing Series’ has been announced with more shorter regattas to be held over the course of 2012 with the newer IRC52s also invited and a new more compact management structure set up by the owners. - Palma Vela, Palma, 18–22 April (tune up event - does not count towards trophy) - Trofeo Conde de Godo, Barcelona, 23-27 May - Sardinia Cup, Porto Cervo, 11-17 June - Royal Cup, Palma, 10-14 July - Copa del Rey, Palma, 16-21 July (does not count toward trophy) - France Cup or One Ton Cup, TBD in France, 18–22 September - Valencia Cup, Valencia, 9-13 October The schedule has seven events (rather than the five in 2011). Some, such as PalmaVela, Copa del Rey and the Trofeo Conde de Godo in Barcelona, will see the boats will join these existing regattas. With the Copa del Rey expected to have the biggest turn out of the year, the Royal Cup, held over four days immediately prior to the Copa del Rey, is designed to be a warm-up for the main event, just as the Breitling Cup used to be, but run by the Club Nautico in Palma. However there are two significant stand alone event in the calendar. The Sardinia Cup, has been the Mediterranean equivalent of the Admiral’s Cup in past years, but the class working with the trophy holders, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, this year plan to stage event for two boat teams comprising TP52s and Soto 40s. “We are doing that