|Of the race arena Hutchinson, reflects:
“It is great venue at this time of year, especially if we get good breeze. It is tricky, it is opportunistic and if we get the wind direction with the breeze coming from Punta Ala, then there is a really high premium on starting. There are a lot of things we have to improve.”
Paying tribute to the amazing efforts of Tony Langley’s Gladiator team to ensure their TP52 is ready in time after being badly damaged in Miami, Hutchinson concludes:
“It is awesome what the Gladiator guys have done. They are a great team and it will be awesome to have them there racing.”
The official practice race takes place on Monday. Scarlino sees the first Coastal Race of the season, scheduled for Thursday, which normally sees the fleet head down to nearby Punta Ala, and back. As well as being the 2017 Rolex TP52 World Championship, the regatta is the third event of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES. Azzurra have a lead of seven points over Platoon, with Quantum Racing third, eleven points adrift of the lead.
Racing is due to start on Tuesday at 1300hrs local time. Two races are planned Tuesday. Live commentary and boat tracking via the Virtual Eye is available Tuesday and Wednesday. 52 SUPER SERIES TV goes live THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY with live action streamed from the race course supported by tracking, commentary and analysis, starting from 15-minutes before racing starts each day. Here’s how you can follow the 52 SUPER SERIES.
Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino 2017
Monday 15th May – Official practice race(s) from 13.00hrs
Tuesday 16th May – WL Races between 13:00 – 17:00 (approx).
Wednesday 17th May – WL Races between 13:00 – 17:00 (approx).
Thursday 18th May – Coastal Race between 13:00 – 17:00 (approx).
Friday 19th May – WL Races between 13:00 – 17:00 (approx).
Saturday 20th May – WL Races from 13:00 and prize-giving ceremony at 17.30hrs (approx).
52 SUPER SERIES – Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino 2017
Alegre (Andy Soriano GBR/USA)
Azzurra (Roemmers family, ITA/ARG)
Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS)
Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR)
Platoon (Harm Müller-Spreer, GER)
Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR)
Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA)
Rán Racing (Niklas and Catherine Zennström, SWE)
Sled (Takashi Okura, USA)
Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR)