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Quantum Racing clinch 2014 Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES title

Posted on 21 September 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barclays 52 Super Series] The American flagged team of Doug DeVos came to Ibiza with a healthy points lead in the four event circuit which attracted 12 TP52s from ten different nations. They remained steadily consistent to close out their second 52 SUPER SERIES championship win in a row with a margin of 15 points over Azzurra and 19 points over Rán Racing.

Quantum Racing, skippered by America’s Cup winner Ed Baird with Terry Hutchinson as tactician also won the US 52 SUPER SERIES in the early Spring and were crowned TP52 World Champions in Sardinia in June.

Their 2014 title win reflects a high level of experience, their crew containing more America’s Cup winners than any other on the Circuit, but their continual drive for perfection was sometimes further spurred by disappointment or frustration. After winning in the USA they only managed third at the first regatta of the Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES in Capri, some six points behind regatta winners Azzurra.

But a comprehensive, soul-baring debrief followed and at the World Championship on Sardinia the next month they started like out like lions and were ultimately unstoppable.

Similarly two days ago, with the season’s championship within touching distance, they faltered on the Coastal Course. They de-briefed and regrouped. Today, when they started the first race in light breezes, there was no mistaking their clarity of focus and purpose, going on to a decisive win. That was the race which put them on the top step of the 2014 podium, out of reach of nearest challengers Azzurra and Rán Racing.

Skipper Baird paid tribute to the team’s skill and fighting spirit: “One of the super strengths of this team is that everyone on this team comes down here every day saying ‘how can I do it better today than yesterday ? ’ When you fight with that kind of mentality on your side, you just never allow yourself to back up, to do your job any less well than before. When you start with great guys, you have that fighting instinct on your side through good and bad it is wonderful.”

Smiling on the Marina Ibiza dockside Hutchinson noted, “Every now and then we had a good thrashing and we had one again the other day on the coastal race. And it was good to bounce back from that in the first race today which we won, and it was good to bounce back from Capri and won the world championship and that started the ball rolling in the right direction again. But everyone here is so very good and we have the ultimate respect for them and so when they beat you you have to take a good look at what they did and what we did. We had a good evaluation after Capri and that helped us for sure.”

“ One of our biggest strengths is that we sail the boat really well in compromised positions. And so when from a tactical point of view when we are not in the best spot then the boat is always going fast through the water.

Azzurra, with Guillermo Parada skipper-helm and Vasco Vascotto as tactician, got the better of Rán Racing here with second overall at the regatta to finish runners up to Quantum Racing on the championship table again. Rán Racing won the final race of the season to squeeze Sled out of third place at the ZENITH Royal Cup Marina Ibiza regatta. The middle of the fleet was much closer than ever before, only four points separating Rán Racing from fourth placed Sled and fifth placed Marc Blees and the Gaastra Pro team.

Vascotto concluded: “I feel very happy. I think that from a sports point of view the team which won deserved to win. I think we need to be happy about that. They did a very, very good job. And they are the dream team in the boat, but they are very good in preparation, speedwise, they are a fantastic benchmark. It is easy for us for us sometimes to try to copy them, what they did to close the gap with them. I think this week we changed a lot of things and we are a lot more competitive.”

Final Standings: 2014 BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES – 2014 Season Overall after 4 Regattas (Top 6)
1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) 81pts
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) 96pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) 100pts
4. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) 124pts
5. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) 147pts
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) 170pts

Final Standings: ZENITH Royal Cup Marina Ibiza – Overall after 8 races
1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug DeVos USA) (1,2,3,2,1,6,1,7) 23pts
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,5,2,1,6,2,4,3) 26pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,4,4,4,5,7,7,1) 34pts
4. Sled, USA, (Takashi Okura USA) (4,1,6,3,4,DNF/9,3,6) 36pts
5. Gaastra Pro, NED (Marc Blees NED) (6,6,1,8,2,5,6,4) 38pts
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (7,3,7,6,7,3,5,2) 40pts
7. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (5,7,8,5,3,4,8,5) 45pts
8. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (8,8,5,7,8,1,2,8) 47pts

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Quantum Racing win AUDI TP52 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP title

Posted on 15 June 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] The five day event lost two to very light winds but the five race series – two coastal races and three windward leewards – still felt like a marathon for many of the nine teams from seven different nations.

The waiting on the water was often as mentally taxing as some of the racing, not least today when the fleet drifted around for five hours waiting for a racing breeze to materialise. The hanging around, full of intent, was to no avail as there was no racing today.

Quantum Racing win the title for the fourth time, following up from 2008 in Lanzarote, 2010 in Valencia and 2011, also in Porto Cervo. Tactician Terry Hutchinson grinned: “The bounceback is fuelled as much by anger and rage!” he joked, “But now it is goosebumps time.”

The defending 52 SUPER SERIES champions, who also won the US 52 SUPER SERIES in their native USA earlier this season scored consistently well across the two coastal races and the windward leewards finishing no lower than third. They won the 31 miles coastal race and one windward leeward in their 1,2,2,3,2 scoreline to finish two points up on the fast emerging Brazilian team of Eduardo de Souza Ramos which has Santi Lange as tactician.

The new crew which only came together when the boat was launched in April, won twice on Friday’s windward-leeward course to finish one point ahead of Rán Racing, Niklas Zennström’s 2013 World Champions.

Double Olympian De Souza Ramos won the Owner-Driver award, leading a team which spans the age and experience range including Brazil’s 49er Olympic sailors, Volvo Round the World sailors and crew who have sailed with the owner in his previous Soto 40, Farr 40, Melges 24 and 32

After the pressure of waiting in a transition zone, a calm, no go area where the confluence of the different winds kept the teams starved of breeze and on tenterhooks in the hot sunshine, thunderclouds building overhead just before racing was canned, back on the dock at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, with the beads of sweat still formed on his brow Hutchinson raked his hat back , scratched his head and revealed his relief:

“These are without question the hardest days because you are waiting around, and know the severity of a bad race. The conditions are going to be challenging at best. And so I think that if you give out a game ball so to speak, you would give it to the race committee for their patience and perseverance and seeing the day all the way through. And at the same time through the course of the regatta never really running any marginal races. It was a great contest. And in the end we are just happy – probably more relieved than anything – that we sailed a good regatta. The bounceback after Capri is what we are probably going to be most proud of.”

In the end there was just three points between the top three teams, local favourites Azzurra who won in Capri slumped to a fourth place on their own home waters, carrying two fifths and a weighty seventh. Now they will be looking to match this Quantum Racing bounceback at the third regatta of the BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES, Palma’s jewel in the Mediterranean Copa del Rey in early August.

With their win here and third in Capri, Quantum Racing lead the BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES by three points ahead of Rán Racing who in turn are one point up on Azzurra.

FINAL STANDINGS – Audi TP52 World Championship – Porto Cervo, Italy
Overall after 5 races
1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (1,2,2,3,2) 10pts
2. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (4,3,3,1,1) 12pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (3,1,1,4,4) 13pts
4. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (2,5,7,2,5) 21pts
5. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (5,7,4,5,3) 24pts
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,4,6,7,DNF) 33pts
7. Paprec Recyclage, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (8,6,5,9,6) 34pts
8. Hurakan, ITA, (Giuseppe Parodi ITA) (7,8,8,6,8) 37pts
9. B2, ITA, (Michele Galli ITA) (9,DNF,9,8,7) 43pts

OVERALL STANDING BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES (after 2 events)
1. Quantum – USA (23 + 10) = 33 points
2. Rán – SWE (24 + 13) = 37 points
3. Azzurra – ITA (17 + 21) = 38 points
4. Phoenix – BRA (30 + 12) = 42 points
5. Gladiator – ENG (34 + 24) = 58 points
6. Provezza – TUR (35 + 33) = 68 points
7. VESPER – USA (21 + 50) = 71 points
8. Paprec – FRA (40 + 34) = 74 points
9. b2 – ITA (46 + 43) = 89 points
10.Hurakan – ITA (60 + 37) = 97 points

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Terry Hutchinson joins Quantum Sail Design Group

Posted on 06 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Quantum Sails] Quantum Sail Design Group is pleased to announce the addition of Terry Hutchinson as executive vice president for business development worldwide. Much of his work will be with the company’s racing division, overseeing development of the company’s high-level performance products and customer racing programs as well as providing overall sales leadership. He will report to Quantum® president Ed Reynolds.

Hutchinson is not new to the business side of sail making. After graduating from college with a business degree, he played a very successful sales role at Reynolds’ original sail loft in Traverse City, MI. “Terry makes things happen,” says Reynolds. “He brings a strategic discipline, deep dedication, and high level of energy to everything he does.”

Reynolds continues, “As a professional sailor, Terry has a user’s perspective and finger on the pulse of the market; he is aware of trends and keen observer of how things change. He is a proven leader, setting high expectations, continuously challenging himself and his colleagues. His experience, commitment, and leadership will be great assets to the company and the clients we serve.”

Terry Hutchinson joins the Quantum Sails group as executive vice president for business development worldwide

While at Old Dominion University, Hutchinson was named All-American four times and selected twice for collegiate sailor of the year. Terry is a six-time world champion in the J/24, TP 52, Farr 40, and IMS classes and a winning tactician of the Louis Vuitton Cup. In 2008, Hutchinson was named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, earning the coveted award on the fourth time he was shortlisted.

Hutchinson has been part of four America’s Cup campaigns: in 2000 he served as the mainsail trimmer on America One; in 2003 as tactician for Stars & Stripes, and in 2007 as tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand helping lead the team to the only sweep in Louis Vuitton Final history. Hutchinson served as skipper of Artemis Racing and won the 2011-12 AC World Series Match Racing Championship.

Since 2008, Hutchison has served as both helmsman and tactician with the TP52 program Quantum Racing®, winning three world championships and three circuit championships. Along with his corporate responsibilities, Hutchinson will continue in his role as tactician for Quantum Racing.

“As a professional sailor, I’ve had the opportunity to compete at the highest level of the sport with several different sail manufacturers providing me with an understanding of strengths and weaknesses in the industry. What’s clear to me is that Quantum shares my values and principles: hard work, commitment to excellence, and integrity. This relationship with Quantum starts a new chapter for me and is a step in raising my game both on and off the water.”

Adds Hutchinson, “I’m looking forward to working closely with programs wanting to take their performance to the next level as well as Quantum’s internal product development and sales teams. It’s an exciting move for me.”

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Fresh faces join the line-up for the RC44 Cascais Cup

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44 Class Association]  After a tight start to the RC44 Championship Tour in the BVI nine weeks ago; where Team Aqua snatched victory from Peninsula Petroleum, the 12 teams are gearing up to do battle again, for round two, at the RC44 Cascais Cup, 23 – 27 April.

The event will be hosted by the Clube Naval de Cascais for the third consecutive year in the Bay of Cascais, the venue may not be new but the fleet will welcome some new faces. Dutch businessman Nico Poons’ Team Charisma have chartered Puerto Calero Residence Club for the event, to sample their first taste of RC44 sailing. MAG Racing with new co-owner Artur Kasner, Terry Hutchinson, Tom Slingsby and John Kostecki all rejoin the Tour.

Owner Poons is no stranger to international yacht racing having won the Swan 45 World Championship and Farr 40 North American Championship previously. The Charisma crew will include Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winning strategist, Tom Slingsby (AUS) as tactician. Volvo Ocean Race sailor Ross Halcrow (NZL) joins as trim and Mini Maxi and Maxi World Champion Chris Hosking (AUS) joins on main.



American Olympic silver medallist and America’s Cup veteran, John Kostecki (USA) will call the shots for Andrea Pozzi and his Italian team Bombarda Racing and one of the world’s most successful big boat tacticians Terry Hutchinson (USA) joins Vladimir Proshkin’s Team Nika.

Returning to the fleet after a break at the start of the season Polish team MAG Racing welcome new owner Artur Kasner who will share the helm event by event with current owner Krzysztof Krempec.

The event will kick off with a day of match racing within the picturesque Bay of Cascais; just a stone’s throw from the shore. The remaining four days of fleet racing will see the course move outside of the Bay. In previous year’s Cascais has served up a mix of challenging conditions for the sailors, with big swell and a sea breeze that gusts and lulls, demanding maximum concentration.

As the fleet continues to get more compact, Team Aqua the defending Champions, led by Chris Bake and tactician Cameron Appleton, have their work cut out defending their position at the top. Team Aqua’s grinder Ben Graham explains, “It has never been easy to win in this class but there are a lot of guys coming back from the America’s Cup and the teams are really stacking themselves up with some serious talent. It was hard in the BVI’s and I have no doubt it will be hard for the rest of the year, but that’s what makes it fun.”

One team applying the pressure is John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum, after a strong start to the first event of the season the team suffered an unfortunate collision on the final day of racing in the Caribbean that put the Gibraltar based crew in the runners up position, John explains “The last day in Virgin Gorda was bittersweet for us, but it has stoked the fire and we are ready for Cascais. We will keep making the small adjustments to improve, keep having fun and keep aiming for consistency.”

John adds, “It’s great to see new faces joining the fleet. The Class is in a good place at the moment. The Tour, the competition, the organisation, the boat design, everything is pushing the Class forward. There is uniformity and it makes it a joy to be part of.”

Sitting in third overall is Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev’s Synergy. The team were able to keep their cool at last year’s Cascais Cup, fending off five boats in contention for the title on the final day, to take their first ever RC44 event win.

Racing runs from Wednesday 23rd April for five days through to Sunday 27th. Follow the racing via the live blog at www.rc44.com.

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Quantum Racing lead into Super Sunday

Posted on 09 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] Quantum Racing go into the final day of racing at the 52 US Championship in Miami with a lead of two points after rescuing a valuable third place from what proved to be one of the most tactically testing races yet. They took places down the final fluky run of Saturday’s only contest to establish slender advantage over rivals Azzurra as they contemplate a finale of up to three races Sunday.

A long, hot wait – drifting aimlessly off Miami South Beach for over two and half hours – was rewarded by a very taxing NE’ly breeze of 7 to 9 knots which contained big windshifts, subtle pressure differences and consequently many place changes through the seven boat US 52 SUPER SERIES fleet.

Gunther Buermann’s Hooligan crew proved true to a late night pledge to themselves, that they would win today, seeking ‘redemption’ after a problematic final race Friday. A succession of small mistakes culminated in a gybe in which the running backstay jammed, taking away their aftermost stanchion and dropping three crew into the water.

With Kenny Read calling tactics, aided and abetted by strategist Tony Rey they sailed an accomplished, smart race to win their first race ever on the US 52 SUPER SERIES. Their precise second beat got them through early leaders Sled, and so Taksashi Okura’s crew were – for the second successive occasion – denied their own 52 maiden race win.

“It was redemption for us for sure. Yesterday was quite humbling and we just make a bunch of errors as a group and literally paid for it. We broke the boat, we broke some people, and we decided late last night that ‘we are winning today, we were pissed at how we performed and we all wanted to do something about it. So I give the whole team a lot of credit. It would have been easy to pack it in, and have nothing to play for. But everybody was really into it. My brother Brad got us a great start and that made it a little easier.” Read smiled on the dock at Miami Beach Marina.

Starting the day with a cushion of just one point Azzurra’s game plan looked favourite early in the race, working the left inshore lane where there was more pressure. But unfortunately for them it was the opposite side which played out best. Until the second round they were back in seventh, but they too one place on the last run to keep themselves solidly in contention going into the last day.

“We had a plan to go left, there was plenty of breeze on the left, there was less current and I was very confident in it. It was forecast to go left. There were many reasons to go left. We were very very happy after the start. But that is part of the game, you have to trust in your plan but sometimes it does not work out. But tomorrow is another day.” Noted Vasco Vascotto, Azzurra’s tactician.

It remains close throughout the fleet. Azzurra may be 12 points clear of third placed Interlodge but there are then just two points separating them, Rán Racing in fourth and Sled in fifth.

US 52 SUPER SERIES – TP52 US CHAMPIONSHIP
after seven races
1 Quantum Racing (USA) Doug DeVos (USA) 1,3,2,1,1,4,3 15pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) Pablo A Roemmers (ARG) 4,1,1,2,2,1,6 17pts
3 Interlodge (USA) Austin and Gwen Fragomen (USA) 3,5,3,3,5,3,7 29pts
4 Rán Racing (SWE) Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,7,4,4,3,6,4 30pts
5 Sled (USA) Takashi Okura (USA) 6,6,6,5,4,2,2 31pts
6 Vesper (USA) Jim Swartz (USA) 5,2,5,6,7,5,5 35pts
7 Hooligan (USA) Gunther Buerman (USA) 7,4,7,7,6 8DNF,1 44pts

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Photo gallery: Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014

Posted on 24 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Quantum Racing regained the overall lead on the penultimate day of Quantum Key West 2014 and with just one scheduled race on Friday, Doug DeVos’ team have all it takes to claim the first event of the 52 Super Series 2014

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Fourth day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 23 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

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Photo gallery: Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014

Posted on 22 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

What a difference a day, and a couple of big rain squalls, make. After a slow start on Monday, the six TP52′s had one spectacular race on Tuesday

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

Second day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 21 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

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Quantum Racing make it three from three in Key West

Posted on 22 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] The five leg windward-leeward contest was peppered with big shifts in the wind direction which skewed the course at times to render it more of a drag race. But while it may in the end have required little in the way of tactical thinking, success came for those who kept their heads, made fewest mistakes – or at lease dealt with them best – during a dramatic and exciting sprint.

Quantum Racing extended their lead overall regatta lead ahead of Rán Racing which finished third in this one and only race of the day, whilst the 2013 regatta winners Azzurra had a much better race, finishing second.

The race leaders, with owner-driver Doug DeVos steering, put their unblemished record in jeopardy when they were forced into taking the less favoured gate mark at the final turn due to a problem with their gennaker halyard which required them to cut it. Tactician Terry Hutchinson admitted later that he thought this had cost them not one but two places, but the breeze came back for them and they managed to narrowly hold off Azzurra over the finish line.

The sudden changes in conditions and poor visibility brought many problems for the six TP52s. On the first run Rán Racing lost control momentarily when a gust hit, reducing their chances of challenging Azzurra for second. Hooligan’s dramatic slowdown on the first downwind leg was having run into a lobster pot, which mid-bow crew Westy Barlow bravely jumped off the stern and managed to get free from the boat. But the team which is new to the circuit put in a solid performance to finish fourth.

The course area is in a sort of minefield of obstructions like this: a similar incident happened last year here in Key West when Azzurra had to slow to a stop and back down to finally free their obstruction.
And there were costly problems for the Interlodge crew who dropped their kite into the water at the leeward gate which rendered them sixth in the race, also requiring them to cut their halyard.

Francesco Bruni, Azzurra’s strategist confirmed their crew was more satisfied with their second, even if they were slightly unlucky not to win: “ One side was always a lot longer than the other, downwind was usually a one way track but with a lot of differences in intensity for the whole crew. We are pretty happy, it was better than yesterday and in the end we were quite close to Quantum Racing.  For sure it looked like Quantum Racing went to the wrong gate last time down and we gained a lot then and in fact we were a tiny bit ahead but then just before the layline there was a big right hand shift came for them and they were OK but in fact all credit to Quantum Racing they did a good race and are sailing very, very well.”

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Doug DeVos, USA, owner-driver Quantum Racing, USA: “The race had a little bit of everything, up, down and all around. There was good pressure before the start and when we were getting ready and right at the start and on the first leg the breeze just fell away. Then it came back with a vengeance in the middle and towards the end of the race, we had every condition it was really challenging.
It is hard when you are out of the flow and you suddenly have different people doing different things calls, everyone scrambling, you have the wrong jibs up, the wrong spinnakers, and so you have to sail a little differently to try and keep it together. And there is just more commotion. But it all worked out.
It is such fun to be back on the boat, sailing with the guys and having a chance to go racing.”

Francesco Bruni, ITA, strategist, Azzurra ITA: “It was really very shifty with a lot of rain, a lot of squalls. The wind was really everywhere and it was really hard for the race committee to set up a race course. One side was always a lot longer than the other, downwind was usually a one way track but with a lot of differences in intensity for the whole crew. We are pretty happy, it was better than yesterday and in the end quite close to Quantum Racing.  For sure it looked like Quantum Racing went to the wrong gate last time down and we gained a lot then and in fact we were a tiny bit ahead but then just before the layline there was a big right hand shift came for them and they were OK but in fact all credit to Quantum Racing they did a good race and are sailing very, very well.”

Steve Hayles, GBR, navigator Rán Racing SWE: “It was an unusual day for this part of the world. It was exciting at times, but overall a very unusual and kind of different race. We are just a little disappointed. Up the first beat we were right there and then had two course changes because the wind was all over the place, and then had that little wipeout on the run. We were pushing really hard at the time to just get over the top of Azzurra at the time, that was the main issue. We rounded (the top mark) right on their transom and in these situations you really just have to go for it. There was a puff and just a little bit of a timing problem and that was unfortunate. But third is OK we are reasonably happy with that.”

Standings US 52 SUPER SERIES at Quantum Key West
Standings after three races:
1 Quantum Racing (USA)m Doug DeVos (USA) 1,1,1 3pts
2 Rán Racing (SWE), Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,2,3 7pts
3 Azzurra (ITA), Guillermo Parada (ARG) 3,3,2 8pts
4 Sled (USA), Takashi Okura (USA) 5,4,5 14pts
5 Interlodge (USA), Austin Fragomen (USA) 4,5,6 15pts
6 Hooligan (USA), Gunther Buerman  (USA) 6,6,4 16pts

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