2015 generation (TP)52

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Santi Lange gives us a tour of Eduardo de Souza Ramos' Botin & Partners designed Phoenix
As previously reported on thedailysail, yacht racing’s premier monohull fleet racing class, the (TP)52, is back on the ascent with between six and ten new boats in build, or shortly to be in build, for a mix of existing and new teams, ready for next season when a set of rule changes effectively ‘turboing’ the boats comes into effect. Surprisingly the first 52 built to the 2015 rule has already been launched and is racing on the circuit this year, but with corrector weights to level out its performance against the older generation boats. Phoenix is being campaigned by the class’ first Brazilian owner, Eduardo de Souza Ramos, who represented Brazil in the Star at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games and in the intervening years has campaigned a Botin & Carkeek IMS 46 and a Soto 40. The new Phoenix is a Botin & Partners design, built by King Marine close to Valencia and was launched this spring ready for the 2014 52 Super Series. While Phoenix’s crew is largely Brazilian, tactician on board is Argentinian two time Olympic Tornado bronze medallist Santi Lange. Since leaving Artemis Racing, where he worked for the 34th AC, Lange has this season been taking time out of his program coaching his 49er sailor sons and his own Nacra 17 campaign to sail on the 52 fleet’s latest addition. Once upon a time we used to see wholescale differences between new 52s, but today this requires a keener eye. According to Lange, Phoenix is a development of Azzurra, the last Botin & Partners 52 design to be launched (read more about her here). Compared to Azzurra, the new boat’s hull shape has slightly more stability to improve downwind boat speed – although under the 2015 rules, boats are allowed 150mm more draft to make up for