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TP52 Quantum Racing Launches New Boat

Posted on 01 April 2015 by Reporter

[Source: Quantum Sails] With a stunning and eye-catching livery, the new TP52 Quantum Racing (USA) was recently launched in Spain and is now undergoing sea trials before the start of an intense racing season.

As 2014 and 2013 Champion of the 52 Super Series with an impressive eight-year resume that includes four TP 52 World Titles (2014, 211, 2010 and 2008) and two MedCup titles (2011 and 2008), Quantum Racing is looking forward to an exciting and challenging 2015.

The new Botin design Quantum Racing, owned by Doug DeVos, was built by Longitude Cero in Burriana, Spain, under the close supervision of build manager Jared “Beach” Henderson from New Zealand who joined the team this year, with mid-bow duties when sailing. This is the third Quantum Racing 52 to be built at this facility. Quantum Racing will train out of Palma de Mallorca with the goal of making a racing debut at Gaastra PalmaVela from April 29th to May 3rd, alongside many of the other new TP52s that will be competing in the 52 Super Series.

This year’s season for Quantum Racing is charged with great anticipation. Doug DeVos and his son Dalton will be playing a more active part in the programme, sharing the role of helmsmen together with America’s Cup and match race veteran Ed Baird. Doug and Dalton plan to steer the boat at four of the six events of the 52 Super Series, which will kick off with Valencia Sailing Week on May 19th.

“We cannot wait to see our new Quantum Racing on the start line in Valencia, alongside eight other new-generation, freshly built TP52s and four existing boats,” commented Doug DeVos. “It will be an exciting season with six events in great locations, and the key to success will be consistency. It is wonderful to share my passion for sailing with my son Dalton and the rest of the team, whom I consider as part of my extended family. Competitive sailing at this level requires commitment, determination, goal setting and the desire to grow and improve, with common core values.”

The role of tactician will be shared by Terry Hutchinson from the USA and Adrian Stead from the UK, the latter returning to the team after a three-year hiatus. Juan Vila from Spain is back as navigator. Tom Burnham (pit) and Greg Gendell (bow) from the USA, and Brett Jones (trim) from Australia have sailed with the team since the very early days in 2008. Their knowledge of the group’s dynamics and the close ties with the other members who have been part of Quantum Racing since the start – Ed Reynolds, Libby Tomlinson, Keith Brash, Mark Koetje, Jeremy Smith, Martin Winter – are an invaluable asset. For the 2015 season, three new members will join Quantum Racing: Jared Henderson in the sailing team, Tim Hardy (Australia) and Simon McLean (New Zealand) as shore crew.

For Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum Sail Design Group and Quantum Racing Managing Director, trust and a long-term vision are fundamentals when building and growing a successful brand: “What you see on the water on a circuit like the 52 Super Series is the result of meticulous labor, planning and training, to which every member of the team contributes with its own expertise and personality, and a lot of this happens behind the scenes. Quantum Racing builds its strength on a highly experienced core group, and new talent which is brought in each year.”

QUANTUM RACING 2015 TEAM MEMBERS:
Ed Baird, Helm
Keith Brash, Media
Tom Burnham, Pit
Sean Clarkson, Runners
Dalton DeVos, Helm
Doug DeVos, Helm
Warwick Fleury, Main
Greg Gendell, Bow
Tim Hardy, Shore Crew
Jared Henderson, Mid-bow
Terry Hutchinson, Tactician
Brett Jones, Trim
Mark Koetje, Support boat
Lorenzo Mazza, Trim
Simon McLean, Shore Crew
Romolo Ranieri, Mast
Ed Reynolds, Managing Director
Jeremy Smith, Boat Captain
Adrian Stead, Tactician
Rowan Swanson, Rigger
Libby Tomlinson, PR/Media
Piet van Nieuwenhuijzen, Grinder
Juan Vila, Navigator
Martin Winter, Sailmaker

QUANTUM RACING TP52 TECHNICAL DATA
Designer: Botin Partners
Builder: Longitude Cero (Spain)
Length: 15.85 m
Draft: 3.5 m
Beam: 4.42 m
Displacement: 7025 kg
Mast Height (from water line): 23.8m
Bow Sprit Length: 2260mm
Mast Weight: 235 kg
Crew Weight Max: 1050 kg
Mainsail Area: 98.0 m2
Spinnaker Area: 270.0 m2
Jib Area: 66.0 m2

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Quantum Racing Announces New Helmsman for 2011 Season

Posted on 28 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Quantum Racing] America’s Cup winner and world champion helmsman Ed Baird has joined the Quantum Racing team as helmsman for the 2011 season. Baird assumes the position following the decision by Terry Hutchinson, helmsman since 2008, to compete in the 34th America’s Cup.

Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum Sail Design Group and Managing Director for Quantum Racing, says Baird’s expertise as both a sailor and coach make him a great fit for the team, which clinched the TP52 World Champion- ship title earlier this month. “Ed is an 11-time world champion, has sailed with many of the guys on our team and is very much committed to our program, which is as much about product development as it is winning races. Ed’s accomplishments both on and off the water are impressive and his analytical approach to sailing is a real asset. We’re very excited to bring him on board and will value his expertise as we work to put a new boat, rig and sails on the water.”

Ed Baird is the new Quantum Racing helmsman

Reynolds adds, “We wish Terry all the best as he prepares for the America’s Cup. He’s done an excellent job for us and we’re grateful for his sailing leadership and contributions to our test team program. This is not unexpected, as we’ve been aware of Terry’s aspirations to one day join an AC campaign. We’ve had a great run with Terry at the helm and fully expect his participation in the America’s Cup to be just as successful.”

Baird joins Quantum Racing with an appreciation for its accomplishments and purpose. “Terry Hutchinson has done a great job with this team. He’s had a lot to do with the personnel and process of developing the equipment and the product. I see my role as continuing to lead the team at a high level. The team has an impressive history from which to move forward. Our focus is on continuing to look for ways to improve and advancing the process of making fast sails and putting them together with fast boats, fast rigs and great people. I’ll be in the middle of all this and I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Baird has racing experience in nearly every type of boat including TP52s when they were a new class. Baird was the winning helmsman of America’s Cup 32 aboard Alinghi, the 2007 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, and was part of the 1995 America’s Cup winning team, Team New Zealand. Baird has raced in the Whitbread Round-the-World Race, is a three-time Match Racing World Champion and the only American ever to reach #1 on the ISAF World Match Racing rankings. Baird also has extensive Grand Prix and Olympic racing experience and numerous World, International and North American one-design championships to his credit.

In the coming months, Baird will be involved in the process to put a new boat on the water for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit. “We have plenty to plan and organize, and before you know it the boat will be built and ready for launch!”

Quantum Racing serves as a test platform to evaluate and validate Quantum’s iQ® Technology process for sail development and the company’s Fusion M® sails. It is winner of the 2010 and 2008 TP52 World Championships and runner-up in the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit.

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Quantum Racing Announces New Helmsman for 2011 Season

Posted on 28 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Quantum Racing] America’s Cup winner and world champion helmsman Ed Baird has joined the Quantum Racing team as helmsman for the 2011 season. Baird assumes the position following the decision by Terry Hutchinson, helmsman since 2008, to compete in the 34th America’s Cup.

Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum Sail Design Group and Managing Director for Quantum Racing, says Baird’s expertise as both a sailor and coach make him a great fit for the team, which clinched the TP52 World Champion- ship title earlier this month. “Ed is an 11-time world champion, has sailed with many of the guys on our team and is very much committed to our program, which is as much about product development as it is winning races. Ed’s accomplishments both on and off the water are impressive and his analytical approach to sailing is a real asset. We’re very excited to bring him on board and will value his expertise as we work to put a new boat, rig and sails on the water.”

Ed Baird is the new Quantum Racing helmsman

Reynolds adds, “We wish Terry all the best as he prepares for the America’s Cup. He’s done an excellent job for us and we’re grateful for his sailing leadership and contributions to our test team program. This is not unexpected, as we’ve been aware of Terry’s aspirations to one day join an AC campaign. We’ve had a great run with Terry at the helm and fully expect his participation in the America’s Cup to be just as successful.”

Baird joins Quantum Racing with an appreciation for its accomplishments and purpose. “Terry Hutchinson has done a great job with this team. He’s had a lot to do with the personnel and process of developing the equipment and the product. I see my role as continuing to lead the team at a high level. The team has an impressive history from which to move forward. Our focus is on continuing to look for ways to improve and advancing the process of making fast sails and putting them together with fast boats, fast rigs and great people. I’ll be in the middle of all this and I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Baird has racing experience in nearly every type of boat including TP52s when they were a new class. Baird was the winning helmsman of America’s Cup 32 aboard Alinghi, the 2007 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, and was part of the 1995 America’s Cup winning team, Team New Zealand. Baird has raced in the Whitbread Round-the-World Race, is a three-time Match Racing World Champion and the only American ever to reach #1 on the ISAF World Match Racing rankings. Baird also has extensive Grand Prix and Olympic racing experience and numerous World, International and North American one-design championships to his credit.

In the coming months, Baird will be involved in the process to put a new boat on the water for the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit. “We have plenty to plan and organize, and before you know it the boat will be built and ready for launch!”

Quantum Racing serves as a test platform to evaluate and validate Quantum’s iQ® Technology process for sail development and the company’s Fusion M® sails. It is winner of the 2010 and 2008 TP52 World Championships and runner-up in the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit.

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Head view

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Our friend Keith Brash has just produced another great video by putting a cam on the head of Quantum’s mid bowman during last week’s TP52 Worlds in Valencia.

Phil ‘Bloodsie’ Jameson (Mid Bow) during last week’s TP52 World Championship. Valencia, 8 October 2010. Video copyright Keith Brash

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Head view

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Our friend Keith Brash has just produced another great video by putting a cam on the head of Quantum’s mid bowman during last week’s TP52 Worlds in Valencia.

Phil ‘Bloodsie’ Jameson (Mid Bow) during last week’s TP52 World Championship. Valencia, 8 October 2010. Video copyright Keith Brash

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Consistency in second day of TP52 Worlds gives Quantum Racing the leadership

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Sometimes the old clichés hold true. Consistency paid for Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum crew. Two races were held off the Malvarosa beach for the second day of the TP52 World Championship and the 9-strong fleet had to battle it out under, unfortunately, lighter winds than yesterday. With a bullet and a fourth Quantum now takes the overall lead with 12 points, while Artemis with mirrored results, a fourth and bullet, is just three points behind. Synergy closes the podium positions with 16 points, after an awful second race spoiled the very good result in the first one.

Race 1We had to wait until 3pm for the wind to pick up and reach acceptable levels. Still, it wasn’t a breeze to write home about and it never went over 8 knots. The key of the first race was the left in the first beat, something that Quantum and Synergy followed, maybe the Russians overstayed a bit. While The American and Russian teams had no problem maintaining their respective first and second positions, the real fight was for third place. It was eventually won by Matador that had a beautiful last run.

Start of the first race of the day. Quantum opts for the left while AUDI A1 are early over the line. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Synergy crosses ahead of Bigamist in the first beat of the race. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum lead at the first weather mark, followed by Synergy. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum lead the fleet in the first run. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Terry Hutchinson built Quantum’s lead in the first run and rounds the leeward gate with a comfortable advantage. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Despite the awful start, Jochen Schuemann managed to pass 3 boats in the first half of the race. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Russian power! This might be just the 2nd day Eugnei Neugodnikov has been helming a TP52 but his performance has been outstanding. Here Synergy round the final top mark in second place. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

It’s a disappointing championship for the British yachts. Cristabella, Pace and Weapon of Choice are the laggards of the fleet. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

One victory in the pocket for Quantum. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Great final stretch of the last run for Matador. The Argentineans sneak in front of Artemis and Bigamist. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Race 2The second race of the day was clearly for Artemis. Torbjorn Torqvist had a very good start positioned the yacht ahead of the fleet and never felt any threat. The protagonists of the first race, Quantum and Synergy, really struggled, but a comeback in the last run allowed to finish 4th and 7th.

Start of the second race. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First stretch of the first beat. Artemis and Audi A1 are off to a very good start. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The second race of the day was disastrous for Synergy. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Artemis approach the top mark leading the fleet. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Very good performance by AUDI A1 that round the first weather mark in second place. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Part of the fleet in the first run. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Disastrous situation for Synergy at the leeward gate as they are blocked out and round last. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Artemis have a comfortable lead at the last top mark and will keep it to the finish line. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

A nice recovery by Quantum in the last run will allow them to take the overall lead. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Consistency in second day of TP52 Worlds gives Quantum Racing the leadership

Posted on 06 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Sometimes the old clichés hold true. Consistency paid for Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum crew. Two races were held off the Malvarosa beach for the second day of the TP52 World Championship and the 9-strong fleet had to battle it out under, unfortunately, lighter winds than yesterday. With a bullet and a fourth Quantum now takes the overall lead with 12 points, while Artemis with mirrored results, a fourth and bullet, is just three points behind. Synergy closes the podium positions with 16 points, after an awful second race spoiled the very good result in the first one.

Race 1We had to wait until 3pm for the wind to pick up and reach acceptable levels. Still, it wasn’t a breeze to write home about and it never went over 8 knots. The key of the first race was the left in the first beat, something that Quantum and Synergy followed, maybe the Russians overstayed a bit. While The American and Russian teams had no problem maintaining their respective first and second positions, the real fight was for third place. It was eventually won by Matador that had a beautiful last run.

Start of the first race of the day. Quantum opts for the left while AUDI A1 are early over the line. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Synergy crosses ahead of Bigamist in the first beat of the race. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum lead at the first weather mark, followed by Synergy. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum lead the fleet in the first run. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Terry Hutchinson built Quantum’s lead in the first run and rounds the leeward gate with a comfortable advantage. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Despite the awful start, Jochen Schuemann managed to pass 3 boats in the first half of the race. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Russian power! This might be just the 2nd day Eugnei Neugodnikov has been helming a TP52 but his performance has been outstanding. Here Synergy round the final top mark in second place. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

It’s a disappointing championship for the British yachts. Cristabella, Pace and Weapon of Choice are the laggards of the fleet. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

One victory in the pocket for Quantum. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Great final stretch of the last run for Matador. The Argentineans sneak in front of Artemis and Bigamist. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Race 2The second race of the day was clearly for Artemis. Torbjorn Torqvist had a very good start positioned the yacht ahead of the fleet and never felt any threat. The protagonists of the first race, Quantum and Synergy, really struggled, but a comeback in the last run allowed to finish 4th and 7th.

Start of the second race. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

First stretch of the first beat. Artemis and Audi A1 are off to a very good start. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The second race of the day was disastrous for Synergy. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Artemis approach the top mark leading the fleet. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Very good performance by AUDI A1 that round the first weather mark in second place. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Part of the fleet in the first run. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Disastrous situation for Synergy at the leeward gate as they are blocked out and round last. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Artemis have a comfortable lead at the last top mark and will keep it to the finish line. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

A nice recovery by Quantum in the last run will allow them to take the overall lead. Valencia, 6 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Emirates Team NZ become first ever team to retain the Audi MedCup title

Posted on 25 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: AUDI Medcup] Just as they did last year Emirates Team New Zealand clinched their second successive Audi MedCup Circuit win with two racing days of the 2010 season to spare.

After Thursday’s coastal race the supreme Kiwis under skipper-helm Dean Barker had built themselves an unbeatable lead and in the end, after today’s one final blustery race in a Mistral of more than 28 knots off Cagliari, Sardinia the champions rounded out their second victorious season to finish 48.5 points ahead of Quantum Racing (USA) who finish runners-up, as they also did last season..

Alberto Roemmers’ Matador (ARG), the current world champions skippered by Guillermo Parada (ARG), comprehensively won the Region of Sardinia Trophy, the fifth and final regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit season, finishing 12.5 points ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Franco-German crew on Audi A1 powered by All4ONE.

The Kiwi 2010 champions, become the first team ever in the six year history of the circuit to win back-to-back MedCup Circuit champion titles. They won the top regatta trophy in Cascais, were fourth in Marseille, second in Barcelona, triumphed in Murcia and finished third on countback here in Cagliari.

The world’s best monohull sailing team surfing the waves to overall championship victory. Cagliari, 25 September 2010. Photo copyright Stefano Gattini / AUDI Medcup

Emirates Team New Zealand set themselves on course for overall victory from the outset of the season in breezy Cascais, Portugal in May where they established an initial lead of 20 points, winning three races as well as the key coastal race there.

When last season they streaked to win four in a row of 2009’s five regattas, unmatched consistency has underpinned their victory again this season.

They won ten of this 2010 season’s 44 52 Series races. Last year they won 14 races from 43 starts. Skipper Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand’s skipper -helm highlighted today how much harder this season has been for them to prevail overall.

Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the Quantum Racing (USA) crew finish second overall for the season, just five points ahead of Matador.

When they seized the lead on the second beat of today’s race the world champions seemed to have pulled themselves up to within touching distance of second place on the Circuit.

After winning the 2010 AUDI Medcup, Emirates Team NZ are staring at the unknown. Cagliari, 25 September 2010. Photo copyright Ian Roman / AUDI Medcup

With incumbents Quantum Racing five boats behind it might then have gone down to a match race for second, but as they hoisted their kite for the final run it exploded and they were left sitting for minutes while four boats passed them.

They only just managed to get a new spinnaker filling to stay ahead of their green and black hulled adversaries. With a win in the final race of the season Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE finish second at this season’s finale, just as they also did in Portugal in May.

2010 Audi MedCup Circuit – Final results
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), 31,5+31+35+35.5+38= 171 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA), 59.5+22,5+44+53.5+40= 219.5
3. Matador (ARG), 60+27+67+45+25.5= 224.5
4. TeamOrigin (GBR), 59.5+31+63+46.5+41,5= 241.5
5. Artemis (SWE), 57+53+33+64+49.5= 256.5
6. Synergy (RUS), 64+35.5+73+68.5+38.5= 279.5
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER), 51.5+29,5+84+78+38= 281
8. Bribón (ESP), 88+41+58+70+45.3= 296,5
9. Cristabella (GBR), 65+43.5+62+85,5+62= 318
10. Luna Rossa (ITA), 77,5+44.5+73+69+74.5= 338.5
11. Bigamist 7 (POR), 88+78+70+78.5+102= 416.5

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