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Irish Interest in 52 Super Series as Cian Guilfoyle Joins Sled Team

12th June 2023
Irish Grinder Cian Guilfoyle has joined the American team Sled from the New York Yacht Club for the 2023 52 Super Series
Irish Grinder Cian Guilfoyle has joined the American team Sled from the New York Yacht Club for the 2023 52 Super Series Credit: Nico Martinez

Dublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle, who already holds a role on French team Aleph on the 44 Cup circuit, has also joined the 52 Super Series, where he is sailing on board New York Yacht Club team Sled.

The 2021 champions are a prominent international team that is headed by owner-driver Takashi Okura.

The circuit is among the world's leading high-performance monohull yacht racing circuits.

Sled have been regular podium contenders at most regattas thanks to a strong group of experienced top professionals, many former Team New Zealand sailors.

Dublin Bay's Cian GuilfoyleDublin Bay's Cian Guilfoyle

At the recent 52 Super Series at Scarlino Sailing Week in Italy, with Guilfoyle on board, Sled was fifth and is lying fourth overall in the series to date.

Ergin Imré’s Provezza team won their second title in a row in Tuscany when they overturned nine points deficit over two final races to clinch the 52 Super Series at Scarlino Sailing Week regatta victory, adding to their success in Saint Tropez, France, just three weeks ago.

Led by helm John Cutler, tactician Hamish Pepper, navigator Nacho Postigo and strategist Cole Parada it was the same set of attributes which worked for them in Saint Tropez, which made the difference on the Gulf of Follonica. They made good starts, stayed out of trouble and let their good boatspeed work for them.

But maybe most of all, they showed the value of a really buoyant, strong team spirit when they bounced back from a 10th in the second race of Friday to go out and win the first race today, which they followed up with a fourth to eclipse the 2022 circuit champions Quantum Racing powered by American Magic by a single point.

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