We just finished one week of sea trials and training in Ancona, Italy following the launch of the new TP52 PROVEZZA. Everything went well and early impressions are all very good. The only issue is that we are very short on time to complete the final details and get the necessary sailing time prior to the start of the season due to the late delivery of the boat. All the other teams are ahead of us on this front, having launched months and weeks earlier than us, so we will have to work hard and smart to catch up to them as quickly as possible. I would hope that by the second event we can be racing at full strength.
Nine teams have built new boats for this upcoming season, so it will be an exciting period to see new design concepts tested, and how quickly teams get their boats up to full speed. Seven boats come from the Botin design office, and two are from the Vrolijk design office. Provezza and Platoon are the 2 Vrolijk designs.
Our season opens in Sibenik, Croatia in 2 weeks, and the second event is 3 weeks later just down the coast in Zadar.
So exciting and busy times ahead, and really looking forward to it all. More info at 52superseries.com and www.provezza.net