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New Azzurra TP52 - first glimpse

Hull to deck stuck together at King Marine

Friday January 30th 2015, Author: James Boyd, Location: Spain

In less than two months a brand new Azzurra will be launched. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s yacht will once again be competing in the 52 Super Series.

For this season eight new TP52s including Azzurra are being built ready to compete this season. All have been built and designed to the new version of the TP52 Class Rules, specifically aimed at enhancing performance. The Rules allow for larger sail area and deeper keels combined with lighter displacement. The 2015 52 Super Series will see 14 teams competing, a number that is growing steadily.

The new Azzurra is the third YCCS TP52 and is heir to the previous Azzurra TP52 - circuit champion in 2012 and runner up in 2014. Like the version before her, the new Azzurra has been designed by Marcelino Botin and is currently under construction at King Marine in Valencia with Miguel Costa as Project Manager.

“Today, after 12,000 hours of work, we have attached the deck to the hull. We are just 50 days from completion and it has been an important day for Azzurra 2015,” said Costa, clearly happy with the boat’s progress.

Riccardo Bonadeo, President of Consorzio Azzurra and Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda said: “Azzurra carries our burgee in one of sailing’s most competitive events. The 52 Super Series combines sport with tradition, values that Azzurra and the YCCS both share and symbolise. I thank everyone that is making this possible, first and foremost the Roemmers family, YCCS members and owners of the Azzurra yacht.”

The 2015 season will see Azzurra make her race debut at Palmavela over 30 April to 3 May. After this test event her official participation in the 52 Super Series circuit will begin in Valencia on 8 May. 

Vital statistics: 

LOA: 15,85 m.
Beam max: 4,42 m.
Draft: 3,50 m.
Displacement: 7000 kg.
Mainsail area: max 98m2
Headsail area: max 66m2
Gennaker area : max 270m2

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