The final TP 52 Super Series event of 2016 started yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean off Cascais Portugal. There are 10 TP52’s here for the 5 day event which ends on Saturday.
On Tuesday, two races were held in 6-9 knots of wind from the southwest and smooth seas. In the first one, we on Phoenix were over the starting line early and had to restart. We caught up to the group but only managed to pass one boat at the finish line.
In the second race, we had a great start and good speed upwind. We went to the left side which turned out to be good. We were leading 7/8’s of the way to the first mark only to fall in a patch of light winds. We could not lee bow the first boat, Azzurra, when they tacked on the starboard lay line, so we decided to be conservative and duck the next two boats to round in fourth place. From there we didn’t manage the race well and ultimately finished 9th again. I am very disappointed with our first days’ performance.
Azzurra dominated the day with speed and smart tactics to win both races. Quantum Racing had a 4, 2 while Provenza rounded out the top three with a 3, 4.
Today was a miserable day here in terms of weather. It rained most of the day and the winds were never steady. We finally started around 14:00. Near the first windward mark, a squall came through. The wind increased from 8 knots to 20 knots and shifted 50 degrees to the right. The race was abandoned but Quantum was ahead and sailing well.
Tomorrow’s forecast is better with 8-12 knots winds from the west forecast and sunshine.
For complete scores go to: http://www.52superseries.com/events/2016/eu/cascais-cup/