TP52 Class planning to include USA in 2017

Published on August 14th, 2015

The 52 SUPER SERIES announced its 2016 schedule which includes two brand new venues for the fifth year of the world’s leading performance monohull circuit. The 2016 schedule stays in Europe but plans are underway for the circuit to include USA in 2017.

The planned schedule for the 2016 52 SUPER SERIES is
24 – 29 May, Scarlino, Tuscany, Italy
27 June – 2 July, Porto Cervo, Sardinia
24 – 29 July, Puerto Portals, Mallorca
13 – 18 September, Mahon, Menorca
10 – 15 October, Cascais, Portugal

Agustin Zulueta, the CEO of the 52 SUPER SERIES commented on the 2016 dates and venues:
“Each year our objective for the 52 SUPER SERIES is to visit at least a couple of new venues. For 2016 we will go to Scarlino in Tuscany, Italy for the first time where there is excellent, modern infrastructure and good winds, and Menorca which is one of the most beautiful locations to sail in the whole Mediterranean. We return to the proven, popular venues of Porto Cervo and of Puerto Portals, Mallorca. And we return to Cascais, Portugal meaning that we will race in three different European countries in 2016. And overall we continue to choose venues which have a strong guarantee of reliable winds.”

Speaking about the plans to return to North America in 2017, Zulueta continued:
“The target for 2017 is to start the season back in the United States, opening at Quantum Key West Race Week and possibly a second race, maybe in Miami. The return to the United States corresponds with the international status of the class, returning to compete as a grand prix unit as we did successfully in 2013 and 2014.”

Rob Weiland, Class Manager of the TP52 Class commented on the strength of the competition:
“I expect an average of eleven or twelve teams to race the 2016 season and 2017 in the US. Already we have the commitment from nine teams now for a 2017 start in Quantum Key West Race Week, which is the first time ever, in my experience, to see owners planning that far ahead. The majority of the fleet continues to be owner driver, but it will not get any easier as the teams will have learned from the 2015 season where they can improve and I have no doubt they will.”

Series information

The 52 SUPER SERIES 2015 is a series of five European regattas
Ford Vignale Valencia Sailing Week, May 19th – 23rd, Valencia
Settimana delle Bocche, June 9th – 13th, Porto Cervo
52 World Championship Puerto Portals 2015, July 14th – 18th, Mallorca
34 Copa del Rey Mapfre, August 4th – 8th, Mallorca
Cascais Cup, September 16th – 20th, Cascais

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