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2020 52 Super Series cancelled

Published on July 23rd, 2020

(July 23, 2020) – Organizers, team owners, and stakeholders have taken the decision to cancel TP52 World Championship which was due to take place September 14-19 in Puerto Portals, Mallorca.

A six-race season had been planned for the 2020 52 Super Series, but the class was only able to complete the first event in South Africa. The World Championship was to be the final event for 2020.

Despite efforts to set up a safe, inclusive and fair world championships, strict travel restrictions remain in force in Russia, South America, and the USA where many team owners and sailors come from, and these restrictions seem increasingly unlikely to be relaxed significantly before September.

Correspondingly, New Zealand has very strict quarantine requirements for everyone returning to the country after any spell overseas. And in mainland Europe, Spain especially, there are a growing number of local lockdowns as well as a general increase in personal safety requirements.

Said the class statement, “The safety and long term good health of the 52 SUPER SERIES’ extended family is a priority as is the desire to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus through travel which is not essential. Similarly any world championship must be as inclusive as possible in terms of being equally accessible to each of our international teams.”

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The 2020 season would have been the ninth edition of the 52 SUPER SERIES which was established as the world’s leading grand prix monohull yacht racing circuit.

2020 Calendar:
March 2-6 – Cape Town 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week; Cape Town, South Africa
March 31-April 4 – Rolex TP52 World Championship; Cape Town, South Africa (CANCELLED)
May 12-16 – Royal Cup 52 SUPER SERIES Scarlino; Scarlino, Italy (CANCELLED)
June 17-21 – Audi 52 SUPER SERIES, TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational; Porto Cervo, Italy (CANCELLED)
July 18-22 – 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week; Valencia, Spain (CANCELLED)
September 15-19 – Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week; Puerto Portals, Spain (CANCELLED)

2021 Calendar:
May 3-8 – 52 SUPER SERIES Saint Tropez Sailing Week – Saint Tropez, France
June 5-10 – 52 SUPER SERIES Baiona Sailing Week – Galicia, Spain
July 12-17 – Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais 2021 – Cascais, Portugal
August 23-28 – 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Mallorca, Spain
September 27 – October 2 – TBC

2020 Entries:
Alegre – Andy Soriano (USA/GBR), 2018 Botin
Azzurra – Roemmers Family (ARG/ITA), 2018 Botin
Bronenosec – Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS), 2019 Botin
Gladiator – Tony Langley (GBR), 2017 Botin
Paprec Recyclage – Jean-Luc Petithuguenin (FRA), 2015 Judel/Vrolijk
Phoenix 11 – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2018 Botin
Phoenix 12 – Hasso/Tina Plattner (RSA), 2014 Botin
Platoon – Harm Müller-Spreer (GER), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Provezza – Ergin Imre (TUR), 2018 Judel/Vrolijk
Quantum Racing – Doug DeVos (USA), 2018 Botin
Sled – Takashi Okura (USA), 2018 Botin
Team Vision Future – Jean Jacques Chaubard (FRA), 2015 Botin

Source: 52 Super Series

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