There was a brief question mark against the 2011 Audi Med Cup when the new organisers of the America’s Cup announced a departure from monohulls to catamarans. The circuit for TP52 yachts had been used by teams like TEAMORIGIN and Emirates Team New Zealand to keep crews together and at the top of their game. But the Audi Med Cup is not the America’s Cup and doesn’t pretend to be. Instead, the series is concentrated on a specific audience in specific markets and delivers great results for title sponsor Audi.
The 2011 season is the seventh successive year of the Audi Med Cup.
Cascais will host the first event – the Trophy of Portugal from May 16th – 22nd. It is part of a busy calendar for the region, with the city also securing the first ever America’s Cup World Series event in September.
The Audi Med Cup then returns to Marseille for the fourth year in a row (June 14-19th), to the historic capital city of Sardinia Cagliari (July 19th to 24th) to Murcia where the ever-popular Cartagena hosts the Region of Murcia Trophy (August 23rd to 28th) while the Catalan capital of Barcelona, which proved such an all-encompassing venue when the Audi MedCup Circuit visited for the first time in 2010, will host the finale between September 12th and 17th.
Ignacio Triay, Director of the Audi MedCup Circuit says consistency is important for the longevity of the events:
“Returning to venues that are known to us is an advantage for everyone in terms of continuity. And the cities keep building and improving on their past years’ formula. And for the organisaton and the race crews that streamlines and improves the logistics. We have also accumulated good data on weather reliability, which makes providing high quality race management and equable racing more straightforward.”
The Audi Med Cup 2011 Calendar, Event Dates and Venues
- Cascais, Portugal – Trophy of Portugal, May 16th to 22nd
- Marseille, France – June 14 to19th
- Sardinia, July 19th to 24th
- Cartagena, August 23rd to 28th
- Barcelona, Spain – September 12th and 17th
New TP52 Yachts for 2011
The Audi Med Cup has been hampered a little by a perception amongst some that ‘rich owners’ of the TP52 fleet would get bored with the class and move onto something else, but the boat has proved to be a great platform for racing, with competition in 2010, extremely close. In fact, new boats have been built for the 2011 season. New boats include Quantum Racing (USA) and Synergy (RUS) who will campaign very similar, brand-new Botín Partners designs which have been built by Longitud Zero. Rolf Vrolijk has new TP52’s for Audi Sailing Team powered by All4ONE (FRA/GER), Audi Azzurra (ITA), RÀN (SWE/GBR) and Container (GER). Vrolijk also designed Bribón (ESP), which was formerly Matador (ARG) and Gladiator (GBR) which was previously Artemis (SWE).
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