The Audi Med Cup has locked in it’s dates for 2010, but hasn’t released the venues for next year’s competition. The series made the announcement at The Portugal Trophy regatta in Portimao where the TP52 Class Association agreed a series of changes for the 2010 season.
Agreement was reached to update the Box Rule which governs the design of the boats for 2011. The main objectives are to produce faster, easier to handle boats, to reduce campaign costs whilst respecting and maintaining the spectacle that characterizes these 52 foot grand prix monohulls.
The key changes for the new Box Rule are designed to produce a faster, more powerful boat, the reduction in crew weight from 1,273 kilos to 1,100 kilos – in other words, reduction from 15 to 13 crew – and the removal of internal ballast, other than a small amount of correction to bring the displacement up to the required 7,400 kilogrammes.
Nacho Postigo (ESP), Technical Director of the Audi MedCup Circuit believes that these modifications are positive for the fleet and therefore for the Circuit:
“The consensus from all the owners has been very positive looking forward to next season but it is also going to be much more appealing to the newcomer who will be sailing with three less people than we are sailing with this season. Reducing costs whilst maintaining the philosophy of the Circuit is a good way of attracting new entries.”
“As Audi MedCup Circuit organisers we are working on a set of new rules for the 2010 season based upon these changes and our plan is to contain costs for the teams. We will be announcing the changes shortly which will surely encourage potential owners to come and join the Circuit.”
The programme for the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit will broadly follow the same pattern as this year with the emphasis, where possible, with each venue hosting the fleet from the Saturday right through to the Sunday finish.
Ignasi Triay, the Audi MedCup Circuit Director confirms:
“This year has proven that the teams prefer a five events calendar. The format we suggest for 2010 is based on the idea of the fleet to be moored from Saturday, in order to the public to come and visit. On Sunday they start training, and on Tuesday is the Official Training for the TP52s, with 5 days of racing for this Series and four day for the GP42s. With this format, we offer to the public two full weekends of Audi MedCup show”.
The Audi MedCup 2010 calendar is:
- Audi MedCup Event 1, 11 to 16 May
- Audi MedCup Event 2, 15 to 20 June
- Audi MedCup Event 3, 20 to 25 July
- Audi MedCup Event 4, 24 to 29 August
- Audi MedCup Event 5, 13 to 18 September