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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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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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Quantum wins TP52 World Championship after thrilling final race

Posted on 09 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Note: I’m sorry but as some readers correctly commented there are two inaccuracies in the report. Firstly, Quantum went into the day with a 3-point lead and secondly Matador overtook Quantum in the last stretch of the race, hence the 2-point overall lead. This doesn’t change the essence of the race; close and exciting boat-to-boat action. My apologies.

What way to close the 2010 TP52 World Championship!! Despite the lousy weather conditions that made us fear Quantum would be crowned champions without at least a final race, PRO Maria Torrijo pulled it off and fired the starting gun 15 minutes before limit time, giving us the opportunity to watch a thrilling race, or better said two races.

Quantum started the day with a mere 1-point advantage over Matador, so any result would valid for Terry Hutchinson and his crew as long as it was ahead of Matador. Everybody was expecting a tough match race between the two teams but the Argentineans made life much easier for Quantum after crossing early the starting line. What followed after that was a tremendous match race between the two yachts with dozens of tacks and gybes in each leg. Matador fought very hard and thanks to their boat speed were able to make up for the lost ground but still, unable to pass Quantum.

Meanwhile a ferocious four-way battle was raging for 3rd place between AUDI A1, Cristabella, Synergy and Artemis. Each of those 4 yachts had more or less similar chances to grab the remaining podium spot. It was Synergy that finally did, tied on equal points with Artemis.

It’s over before it evens starts!!! Matador crosses the start line one second early. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum’s start was far from brilliant. The American yacht crossed the starting line 5 seconds late. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Certainly not the view Matador’s crew wanted in the first cross. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum and Matador start their private match race. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Bigamist round the first weather mark comfortably ahead of the fleet. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The absolute position doesn’t matter for Quantum as long as they’re ahead of Matador. Here they round the first mark 7th while Matador is dead last. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

I wonder how the guest at the stern of the boat is feeling, seeing the entire fleet in front of him at the first weather mark!! Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

While Quantum approaches the leeward gate, AUDI A1, Cristabella, Artemis and Synergy have a four-way battle for the 3rd place. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum and Matador continue their private match race in the second beat. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

I counted 16 tacks in the second beat. All photos look the same but this one was taken 6 minutes after the previous one. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

AUDI A1 and Artemis hold their own battle at the last weather mark. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

It was gybe for gybe throughout the last run. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing


Last stretch before the finish line and a photo that pretty well sums up the race between Matador and Quantum. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Quantum wins TP52 World Championship after thrilling final race

Posted on 09 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Note: I’m sorry but as some readers correctly commented there are two inaccuracies in the report. Firstly, Quantum went into the day with a 3-point lead and secondly Matador overtook Quantum in the last stretch of the race, hence the 2-point overall lead. This doesn’t change the essence of the race; close and exciting boat-to-boat action. My apologies.

What way to close the 2010 TP52 World Championship!! Despite the lousy weather conditions that made us fear Quantum would be crowned champions without at least a final race, PRO Maria Torrijo pulled it off and fired the starting gun 15 minutes before limit time, giving us the opportunity to watch a thrilling race, or better said two races.

Quantum started the day with a mere 1-point advantage over Matador, so any result would valid for Terry Hutchinson and his crew as long as it was ahead of Matador. Everybody was expecting a tough match race between the two teams but the Argentineans made life much easier for Quantum after crossing early the starting line. What followed after that was a tremendous match race between the two yachts with dozens of tacks and gybes in each leg. Matador fought very hard and thanks to their boat speed were able to make up for the lost ground but still, unable to pass Quantum.

Meanwhile a ferocious four-way battle was raging for 3rd place between AUDI A1, Cristabella, Synergy and Artemis. Each of those 4 yachts had more or less similar chances to grab the remaining podium spot. It was Synergy that finally did, tied on equal points with Artemis.

It’s over before it evens starts!!! Matador crosses the start line one second early. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum’s start was far from brilliant. The American yacht crossed the starting line 5 seconds late. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Certainly not the view Matador’s crew wanted in the first cross. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum and Matador start their private match race. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Bigamist round the first weather mark comfortably ahead of the fleet. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

The absolute position doesn’t matter for Quantum as long as they’re ahead of Matador. Here they round the first mark 7th while Matador is dead last. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

I wonder how the guest at the stern of the boat is feeling, seeing the entire fleet in front of him at the first weather mark!! Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

While Quantum approaches the leeward gate, AUDI A1, Cristabella, Artemis and Synergy have a four-way battle for the 3rd place. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

Quantum and Matador continue their private match race in the second beat. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

I counted 16 tacks in the second beat. All photos look the same but this one was taken 6 minutes after the previous one. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

AUDI A1 and Artemis hold their own battle at the last weather mark. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

It was gybe for gybe throughout the last run. Valencia, 9 October 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing


Last stretch before the finish line and a photo that pretty well sums up the race between Matador and Quantum. Valencia, 9 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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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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Red hot day for Synergy at the TP52 World Championship

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: TP52 World Championship] Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.

The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia, but today was the first time they had ever won two consecutive races at this level. They did so with a new helmsman, top Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov steering his first ever top level TP52 Series races, having only had a couple of days practice.

In a near perfect sea breeze which built from an early eight to 11 knots for the first race and peaked during an exciting third windward-leeward contest at 22 knots, the Russian crew which has a cosmopolitan afterguard in the shape of Kiwi regular tactician Rod Dawson and Italian navigator Francesco Mongelli opened with a modest fifth in the first race before their back to back bullets.

Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing crew, with Farr 40 world championship winning owner Jim Richardson riding shotgun, won the first race and then posted a pair of third places, leaving the 2008 World Champions locked on the same points aggregate as the Russian regatta leaders.

Quantum Racing won the first race leading from the first windward mark to extend on each leg to cross ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) took second in the perfect sea breeze conditions of 8-10 kts.

Quantum Racing (USA) started well mid line and were well placed to steal the early jump on the fleet when they first gained with extra wind pressure and a small left shift early in the first beat. Defending world champions Matador (ARG) were not so fortunate starting off the pin end of the start line and had a little less breeze over the early part of the first beat, losing out on third to Artemis (SWE).

Synergy won the second race of the day in the brisker 15 to 18 kts sea breeze.
Although Quantum Racing lead at the first windward mark Synergy took the right side down the first run with a bear away set at the first top mark. The Russian team showing the good downwind speed that the Reichel Pugh design has often shown, leading at the leeward gate and were not challenged again. Matador took second with Quantum Racing third.

Synergy’s second win of the day, with the breeze built more, was almost a carbon copy of their previous victory, again starting mid line alongside and under Quantum Racing. This time it was Artemis which lead comfortably around the top mark, but Synergy were matching them through the leeward gate and went on to win, with Artemis second and Quantum Racing third.

TP52 World Championship – After Day 1
1. Synergy (RUS) – Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA) – Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7
3. Artemis (SWE) – Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10
4. Matador (ARG) – Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11
5. Cristabella (GBR) – John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14
6. Bigamist 7 (POR) – Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) – Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20
8. Pace (GBR) – Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) – Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24

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Red hot day for Synergy at the TP52 World Championship

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: TP52 World Championship] Two back to back wins sees the Russian boat Synergy leading the TP52 World Championships after three excellent races in a building sea breeze off Valencia today.

The crew are no strangers to winning races on the Audi MedCup Circuit and were podium challengers ten days ago in Sardinia, but today was the first time they had ever won two consecutive races at this level. They did so with a new helmsman, top Russian match racer Eugeniy Neugodnikov steering his first ever top level TP52 Series races, having only had a couple of days practice.

In a near perfect sea breeze which built from an early eight to 11 knots for the first race and peaked during an exciting third windward-leeward contest at 22 knots, the Russian crew which has a cosmopolitan afterguard in the shape of Kiwi regular tactician Rod Dawson and Italian navigator Francesco Mongelli opened with a modest fifth in the first race before their back to back bullets.

Terry Hutchinson and the Quantum Racing crew, with Farr 40 world championship winning owner Jim Richardson riding shotgun, won the first race and then posted a pair of third places, leaving the 2008 World Champions locked on the same points aggregate as the Russian regatta leaders.

Quantum Racing won the first race leading from the first windward mark to extend on each leg to cross ahead of Jochen Schuemann’s Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) took second in the perfect sea breeze conditions of 8-10 kts.

Quantum Racing (USA) started well mid line and were well placed to steal the early jump on the fleet when they first gained with extra wind pressure and a small left shift early in the first beat. Defending world champions Matador (ARG) were not so fortunate starting off the pin end of the start line and had a little less breeze over the early part of the first beat, losing out on third to Artemis (SWE).

Synergy won the second race of the day in the brisker 15 to 18 kts sea breeze.
Although Quantum Racing lead at the first windward mark Synergy took the right side down the first run with a bear away set at the first top mark. The Russian team showing the good downwind speed that the Reichel Pugh design has often shown, leading at the leeward gate and were not challenged again. Matador took second with Quantum Racing third.

Synergy’s second win of the day, with the breeze built more, was almost a carbon copy of their previous victory, again starting mid line alongside and under Quantum Racing. This time it was Artemis which lead comfortably around the top mark, but Synergy were matching them through the leeward gate and went on to win, with Artemis second and Quantum Racing third.

TP52 World Championship – After Day 1
1. Synergy (RUS) – Eugeni Neugodnikov (RUS), 5+1+1= 7 points
2. Quantum Racing (USA) – Terry Hutchinson (USA), 1+3+3= 7
3. Artemis (SWE) – Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE), 3+5+2= 10
4. Matador (ARG) – Alberto Roemmers (ARG), 4+2+5= 11
5. Cristabella (GBR) – John Cutler (NZL), 6+4+4= 14
6. Bigamist 7 (POR) – Afonso Domingos (POR), 7+6+6= 19
7. Audi A1 powered by ALL4ONE (FRA/GER) – Jochen Schuemann (GER), 2+10(DSQ)+8= 20
8. Pace (GBR) – Johnny Vincent (GBR), 9+8+7= 24
9. Weapon of Choice (GBR) – Tony Langley (GBR), 8+7+9= 24

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