On August 28 in Puerto Portals in Mallorca resumed competition at the world championship in the class ТР52 within 52SuperSeries. The results of the three races held command of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg “Battleship” has risen to third place.
The past the day before a storm front with rain and squally winds left the waters of Puerto Portals beautiful “sailing” weather: 12-15 knots of wind and almost smooth surface of the sea. Taking advantage of this chance, the judges decided to make up for a forced day of downtime, after three races instead of the usual two. Thus, the world championship consists of seven races – serious baggage points before the decisive day of the competition.
At the same time, today showed that the competition is really in full swing. Taking advantage of a pause in the race of the Turkish Provezza installed and configured a spare mast – incredible work of logistic service of the team. Even more Turkish-British team surprised two parishes in the top three today. Considering the change the most important element of the mast the result is simply incredible. Let the team closes the standings with two days of absence on the course, their desire to win is admirable.
Another “wonder” of the day was the German Platoon, which won two of three races. Vice-Champions of the 2018 season, the crew of the Mueller-Spreer considered one of the favorites of the competition and for all the days of Platoon stayed in the top three, but really shot the team in the right moment: before the final races.
The break in the competition, caused by the storm, went to help the Russian team. “Battleship” is already in the first race of the day was forced to draw attention to themselves. At the first sign the team was only seven, and the third is the third! A bit unlucky at the finish, just a minute before crossing the line accelerated group of rivals on the opposite tack and five teams rolled into finish line. It’s a shame, but the crew Vladmir Lubomirova was only sixth.
In the second race “Battleship” again takes a conservative start in the center of the line, but the sign command of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg was the first. Unfortunately, to keep leadership has failed – only the third parish.
It seemed that after two hours of racing, the forces are not the same, but “Battleship” again surprised. After another quiet start of the team enters the seventh sign only. After the first leeward cut “Battleship” is already the sixth – that is, remains in the game. The decisive part of the race was the second running downwind. It is here that the calculation of the tactics of Morgan Larson’s work: on the third diffraction “Battleship” is leading with a significant difference. And most importantly: the crew Vladmir Lubomirova managed to hold the position and achieve the first victory in the race this year’s world championship!
“The day was really difficult, proving once again that to lead not to win, exactly as the failed start of a race does not mean its disastrous end, – said Vladimir Liubomirov. – The team’s potential was finally realised, we got up at three and tomorrow we will fight for the medals. It was the aim of the day and we did that”.
Indeed, now is the chance to compete for a place on the world Cup podium look realistic. “Battleship” from seventh position up to third. Let the new leaders of the standings, the German Platoon, quite comfortable 11 points advantage, Azzurra (Italy) has the advantage of already more modest – just four points. On the other hand, the British Alegre behind “Battleship” by two points and this is really dangerous.
It is worth considering that the rates in the current competition is much higher than world championship medals. Under the current scenario “Battleship” has a good chance to enter the top three and the overall standings of the season. Now the team of the Yacht club of Saint-Petersburg from the first three 52SuperSeries season 2019 separates only three points! All will solve two of the final race on August 29.
The video – https://youtu.be/JFy7-v20qPE
Video stream of the competition: https://youtu.be/iC9ijj3t0Lw
The results of the world Cup: http://www.52superseries.com/
The results of the season 52SuperSeries: http://www.52superseries.com/events/2019/allbattleshipfirstvictoryworld