After an absence of four years, one of the circuit’s most popular and committed couples – Austin and Gwen Fragomen – plan to return to the 52 SUPER SERIES this season with their Interlodge team and their fifth TP52 since they started grand prix racing in 2007.
The New York Yacht Club members, whose programme is based out of Newport RI seized the opportunity to re-join the 52 SUPER SERIES when they purchased the well proven, successful 2018 boat Azzurra, which is in fact the defending series-winning boat, the victors of the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES.
The team is looking forward to the opening event of the 2021 season, the Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week & TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational in Mallorca. They plan to arrive early, the new Interlodge 7 already being on the island ready for an extended training programme leading into the regatta.
Matthews says the Interlodge 7 team will be made up of a lot of the guys who have been racing on the Interlodge in the USA, plus a few proven 52 SUPER SERIES guys:
“Jono Swain is joining us, Andy Escourt, Rod Dawson has been with us for eight years, Dave Armitage. We have a few pieces to put in place too. We have a lot of familiar faces who have sailed with us on at least one boat.”
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