New Azzurra TP52 officially christened

HH Princess Zahra Aga Khan breaks the champagne on the YCCS's new TP52

Wednesday May 23rd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: Spain

The official christening took place this morning in Barcelonof the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's latest boat the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team's new TP52 due to compete this year on the 52 Super Series circuit.

HH Princess Zahra Aga Khan, godmother of the new Azzurra TP52 by Audi, broke the bottle of champagne over the yacht's bow with the first try. Earlier, during the private ceremony on the terrace of the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona, the YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo, thanked Alberto Roemmers, owner of Azzurra and member of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, for his desire to continue the adventure that began back in 1983, when Azzurra was the first Italian challenge for the America's Cup.

"Last year we finished in third place," said Pablo Roemmers. "We feel the responsibility to achieve a better result this season. I would like to thank my father Alberto for his overly passionate support."

The new Azzurra, designed by Botin Partners had already competed this season at Palmavela, which she won convincingly.

After the official christening, the Audi Azzurra Sailing Team took to the sea for the practice race of the 39th Trofeo Conde de Godo, where she finished second. On board was Commodore Bonadeo, who afterwards commented: "It was a very positive day, where the sea and wind conditions were ideal to test the boat and crew. The guys made an excellent recovery in the first run, and the second place is fully satisfying. Boat speed and crew work are promising. If we add the fact the Princess exploded the bottle in the christening, we can expect the results we want!"

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team:
Guillermo Parada - Skipper and Helmsman
Vasco Vascotto - Strategist
Francesco Bruni - Tactician 
Bruno Zirilli - Navigator
Paul Westlake - Mainsail
Mariano Caputo - Bowman
Juan Pablo Marcos -  Midbow
David Vera - Pitman
Maciel Cichetti - Trimmer
Mariano Parada - Trimmer
Simon Fry - Trimmer
Gabriel Marino - Grinder
Alejandro Colla - Grinder
Boat Captain: Pedro Rossi
Owner: Alberto Roemmers

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