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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.”

Quotes:
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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Photo gallery: First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Monday was as light as it could be in Key West and the six TP52′s struggled under an extremely unstable and unsettled breeze. Nevertheless, Nico Martinez, brand new official photographer of the 52 Super Series, managed to shoot a number of nice photos:

First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series


First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 January 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 Januray 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 Januray 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

First day of racing at Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 20 Januray 2014. Photo copyright Nico Martinez / 52 Super Series

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Perfect light winds opening for Quantum Racing in Key West

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] Quantum Racing came from behind to win a long, slow first race, easing past long time leaders Rán Racing in the final minutes of the last run. Niklas Zennström’s crew slowed when they lead into lighter airs and DeVos’ team proved able to squeeze through inside them to score a well earned first gun.

In the second contest it looked as if Quantum Racing had given up most of a 100 metres lead when they were forced to gybe away from the bad air of two maxi yachts, dropping into a nasty hole in the wind. They were only just able to stay in front of Rán Racing at the finish.

The fitful breezes amounted to no more than eight knots at the very most, and for much of the time the six TP52s were racing in winds of 5 to 7kts on an arena which was peppered with changes in wind direction and very quiet zones which were always evolving and very hard to read on the water.

Quantum Racing, the current 52 SUPER SERIES champions, made something of a slow start off the line in the first race.
DeVos, having been away from the helm of the TP52 for eleven months, immediately found his team on the back foot, struggling to get up to speed for the first few minutes of the season. In contrast Rán Racing came off the pin end of the start line with a well timed opening, with good pace and were able to lead comfortably around the course.

But with the combined talents of Ed Baird looking at the big picture as strategist and Terry Hutchinson calling tactics, the champions kept chipping away, making small gains which then turned into a solid advance at the top of the second beat. A couple of good shifts and additional wind pressure and they were able to keep the pressure on Rán Racing down the last run.

As pathfinder, Zennström was between a rock and a hard place, always leading into the gentler breeze, as Hutchinson was quick to acknowledge later: “Rán Racing just kept touching the lighter air first and it was one of those situations that you hate to be in the lead, so we managed to get down inside of them and sneak around them at the finish.”

In the second race it looked for the all the world that Quantum Racing had built themselves a commanding lead. But it was the unfortunate influence of two slow maxi boats rolling down on to them that forced DeVos crew to gybe away at a very difficult moment. Hutchinson recalled ruefully: “We had to gybe away only because we were getting rolled by two maxi boats, which we really really did not want to do. And Rán was able to escape but when we came into the finish we were two lengths ahead of them, we had given up about 100 metres are that point and so it was good to win that race.”

With two wins Quantum Racing lead Rán Racing after the opening day with Azzurra, winners here last year, lying third overall posting two third places.

Terry Hutchinson (USA) tactician Quantum Racing (USA): I would say we got really lucky in the first one we gained a lot of distance back on Rán Racing and Azzurra who were quite launched down the first run. We had a good exit from the bottom mark and sailed a good second beat and passed Azzurra and then we rounded about six lengths behind Rán Racing and they kept touching the lighter air first and it was one of those situations that you hate to be in the lead and we managed to get down inside of them and sneak around them at the finish.

It was a well sailed race, but we were a bit lucky. The second race was a well sailed race and we got away and then we had to gybe away because we were getting rolled by two maxi boats, which we really did not want to do. And Rán was able to escape but when we came into the finish we were two lengths ahead of them, we had given up about 100 metres are that point and so it was good to win that race.

But as we know it is a long series here, this is great first day for us, but it is no more and no less than that.

Niklas Zennström, SWE, owner-driver Rán Racing, SWE: “ It was a very tricky first day with the very light winds, lots of snakes and ladders and so anything could happen. We lead the first race. We had a good start and kept the pace on while the other boats were quite slow, and then in the last downwind both Quantum and Azzurra came back with wind from behind us and really there was not much we could do. They just got down just ahead of us. Quantum Racing were well ahead in the second race but they gybed away and we just kept on and when we were coming back it was very much the same situation as the first race where they managed to get on top of us and passed. And so they beat us in both races but really only by a few metres. We are actually quite pleased with the way that we sailed today. We are annoyed that we didn’t come out in the end with equal points with Quantum Racing but we sailed the boat really well and did not make many mistakes, so we are actually quite pleased.”

US 52 SUPER SERIES at Quantum Key West
Standings after two races:
1 Quantum Racing (USA), Doug DeVos (USA) 1,1 2pts
2 Rán Racing (SWE), Niklas Zennström (SWE) 2,2, 4pts
3 Azzurra (ITA), Guillermo Parada (ARG) 3,3 6pts
4 Interlodge (USA), Austin Fragomen (USA) 5,4 9pts
5 Sled (USA), Takashi Okura (USA) 4.5 9pts
6 Hooligan (USA), Gunther Buerman (USA) 6,6 12pts

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Photo gallery: Training on the eve of Quantum Key West 2014

Posted on 19 January 2014 by Valencia Sailing

The third season of the 52 Super Series kicks off on Monday in Key West. Quantum Racing’s Keith Brash was on the water on Saturday and shot a nice set of photos from the training session of the TP52′s

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

Quantum Racing trains in view of the Quantum Key West 2014. Key West, 18 January 2014. Photo copyright Keith Brash / Quantum Racing

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Quantum Racing look to seal the deal, home favourites Azzurra want to finish on a high note

Posted on 06 September 2013 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: 52 Super Series] It will be a big week for the Azzurra team.

The 2012 52 SUPER SERIES champions will be centre stage in the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s celebrations of 30 years since the first Azzurra crew went to compete at the America’s Cup. The crew which is lead by skipper Guillermo Parada (ARG) on the Roemmers family TP52 are keen to finish the 2013 52 SUPER SERIES with a trophy regatta victory.

In the overall 52 SUPER SERIES, which consists of the four European regattas – Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma and Costa Smeralda – Doug deVos’ Ed Baird skippered Quantum Racing (USA) have built themselves a comfortable overall lead of 34 points, whilst Azzurra actually have a job on their hands to hold on to second place overall, starting in Sardinia with only half a point of margin of Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing (SWE).

Quantum Racing, winners of the MedCup title in 2008, are looking towards an unprecedented clean sweep. Tactician Terry Hutchinson believes that their best chance of closing out the season long 52 SUPER SERIES title will be to race to win the regatta:

“We know the best way to race is to sail to win the regatta and if we can do that then the season championship will look after itself.”

Quantum Racing is set to be crowned 52 Super Series champion in Porto Cervo. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Said Hutchinson,

“We are just looking to keep it rolling in Porto Cervo. We did some really good work in Palma, winning the Copa del Rey, managing to extend our lead at the top of the 52 SUPER SERIES leaderboard. We plan to come out in Sardinia and apply the same things over the last ten races of the season that we did in the first ten. We aim to take all the opportunities that come our way, to sail aggressively and to sail smart.”

Quantum Racing make one change in their team as Ian Moore (GBR/IRL) steps in as navigator for the final regatta. Juan Vila has an America’s Cup commitment in San Francisco. Ian Moore sailed on the 2008 Med Cup title winning crew and again for part of the 2009 season after he finished his Volvo Ocean Race commitments.

And while Quantum Racing is in the driving seat for the overall title, Tony Langley’s Gladiator is well set to take fourth overall but there is an exciting tussle for fifth set to play out with the USA’s Rio, fifth, and Interlodge, sixth, are only half a point apart, and in seventh Turkey’s Provezza are only one point further back

Azzurra come back to home waters with tactician Vasco Vascotto, fresh from winning the Farr 40 World Championship, reinstating his partnership with compatriot Bruni who has completed his America’s Cup sailing.

“ We need to improve in some areas compared to the Copa del Rey.” Skipper Parada volunteers, “ We need to at least start better and then improve our boat speed a little bit in order to be in the top group at the top mark to have something to build on.”

“Our chances to win the 52 SUPER SERIES season are slim and so we need sail smart and so our main objective has to be to make sure we finish second and then also have a good regatta on our home waters here in Porto Cervo.”

Asked if he feels any additional pressure as they reach the season’s final regatta without an event win in Europe to their credit

“ I always say that pressure is what people who are working long hours in the factories must feel, that is a constant pressure. There is no pressure for us. We are very lucky and proud to have this opportunity that the Roemmers family give to us to be in a very competitive boat and also it is an honour to represent Azzurra on this historic occasion, in home waters. It is a great opportunity to show our skills and to do what we love.”

“ We regard both Francesco and Tomislav Basic as important members of our team. We are looking to prepare well and get a good finish and to start our preparations for next season.”

The five month European season reaches its conclusion with the strongest 52 SUPER SERIES fleet at the strongest yet.

Nine boats will compete including Michele Galli’s Italian 52 B2. The former Cam which is a near sistership to the Botin Carkeek designed Emirates Team New Zealand which is expected to be very competitive. Flavio Favini is tactician with the owner steering. They won their IRC class at last month’s Copa del Rey and venture into the 52 SUPER SERIES for the first time.

Taking full advantage of the beautiful surroundings there are two Coastal Races scheduled for the 52’s. The regatta also features a Soto 40 class.

Programme:
Monday 9th: Official practice race(s) 52s,
Tuesday 10th: WL Races, 52s only.
Wednesday 11th: Coastal Race52s
Thursday 12th: WL Races both classes
Friday 13th: Coastal Race52s,
Saturday 14th: WL Races and prize giving ceremony

52 SUPER SERIES
Standings after 4 regattas, (pts BCN, Ibiza, Palma and total)

1 Quantum Racing (USA) 18, 21, 20, – 59pts
2 Azzurra (ITA) 22, 29 42 – 93pts
3 Rán Racing (SWE) 21 43 29.5 – 93.5pts
4 Gladiator (GBR) 35 28 59 – 122pts
5 Rio (USA) 45 52 51 – 148pts
6 Interlodge (USA) 35 51 62.5 – 148.5pts
7 Provezza (TUR) 48 47 54.5 – 149.5 pts
8 Paprec (FRA) 64 53 81.5 – 198.5 pts

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