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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Oracle Team USA Set To Make A Splash On Super Sunday in Portsmouth

Oracle Team USA showed determination and fightback in claiming two second place finishes from the first two races at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth on Saturday.
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Unfortunately, in the third race, the team was pushed right to the back of the pack and couldn't recover. The results leave the team on equal points for third place with SoftBank Team Japan, just three points behind the leaders, Land Rover BAR and Groupama Team France.
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"It was pretty tough out there, with the light conditions and trying to keep clear of the other boats. I though we sailed better than during practice yesterday, but we still have a ways to go. We’ll go back tonight, look at our mistakes and tidy it up," said Skipper Jimmy Spithill after racing.
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In light winds ranging from 6-8 knots, getting off the starting line clear was critical but the team was over early and penalised off the line in each race.
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But the team showed great form in picking up places to earn second place finishes. One key was in keeping clear of the pack and sailing clean. In the third race, a tussle with Artemis Racing proved the wisdom of that approach as the incident left the team well behind the fleet.

"It’s difficult to make up ground," Spithill admitted. "The boys kept fighting. We had tough one in the last race, but it’s all up for grabs tomorrow. Three double-point races, maybe a bit more wind, it will be great if we can get the boats foiling. But either way we’ll be ready."

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Team Nika Victorious In Portsmouth

Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika today scored one of the biggest wins in the one design keelboat class' recent history when she claimed the RC44 Portsmouth Cup by a massive 14 points.
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Thanks to Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio and his world famous wind-seeking nose, one race was held today, on an otherwise wind-less Hayling Bay. Team Nika started with a 12-point advantage in the 11 boat fleet, so had all but won the regatta before this. As tactician Ed Baird explained: "The only way we couldn't win was if Team Aqua won and we had a collision and got penalty points."
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Following a 'keep out of harm's way' approach', Team Nika started on her own at the committee boat and headed right where Baird said they had spotted a cloud showing potential. "We went for that, got a nice 15° right shift that no one else did." Leading around the top mark, she sailed into decreasing pressure down the run causing the boats behind to close.
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Team Nika ultimately ended up finishing second giving her a massive 14-point victory: This year's first two RC44 regattas were won by just two and three points.
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"We definitely sailed well and the score shows it," enthused Prosikhin. "I believe we won because we decided to relax and enjoy it. I put too much pressure on Ed [Baird] before. We also didn't make so many mistakes, although we still had some problems…" Sadly, after Team Nika's disappointing non-discardable result at the RC44 Sotogrande World Championship, Prosikhin feels it will be some time before his boat again sports the 'golden wheels', the RC44's equivalent of the Tour de France's 'yellow jersey'.
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Boat of the day was unquestionably Alexander Novoselov and Vladimir Sokolov's Katusha, helmed here by Sokolov. After starting well, close to the pin, Katusha found herself caught in traffic and after further mistakes was last approaching the top mark. An early gybe saw her key into more pressure on the run pulling her up to fifth.
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Rounding the leeward gate coincided with a big right shift and she hung on to the unflavoured tack out to the right longer than anyone else, enabling her to catch Team Nika on the long port tack up to the top mark. In a three-way lunge for the line alongside Team Nika and Artemis Racing Youth, Katusha just managed to take the win.

"It was not an easy race, but it was a good fight, good fun," said Katusha's relieved tactician, Andy Horton.

Sokolov was also pleased. Two and a half years since he and his partner bought Katusha, this was their first podium finish. "It has taken us that long to build a team that works well, without any mistakes, like a Swiss watch. I am proud of the crew and Andy Horton, who is a magician. We were losing today's race and we finally won it – just because of them."

The real battle took place in the mid-fleet where just seven points separated seven boats. A last place finish today for Artemis Racing, after she was becalmed interminably by the leeward gate, saw her drop from fourth to seventh overall.

Conversely, a fifth place today was enough for Igor Lah's Team CEEREF, overall championship leader going into the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, to rise two places to sixth. However this wasn't enough for the Slovenian team to retain the 'golden wheels', which have returned to Chris Bake's Team Aqua, which now holds the lead by two points in the 2016 annual championship.

Team Aqua finished second at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup. "It didn't feel like we deserved that," admitted Bake at the prizegiving, held on the Flight Deck, the top floor of Land Rover BAR's impressive America's Cup base in Old Portsmouth. "It was a tough week for all of us - challenging wind, challenging tide and a little bit of weather to deal with. It was good sailing and I am proud of what the team has done again."

Bake was pleased to recover 'his' golden wheels, and was proud to have hosted the UK event. "It's a shame today we didn't get a more sailing in, but I think that the overall set-up was good and I'm happy with how it went. It's been a decent week."
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Pleasure and Pain at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup

Among the 11 teams competing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, seven have now won races, showing the level of cut-throat competition that exists in this one-design keelboat class that today sailed its penultimate day of fleet racing on Hayling Bay.
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Race seven of the series set off in an un-forecast southerly sea breeze. In this Artemis Racing, steered by Torbjörn Törnqvist, started well and pulled out a good lead to become the first boat to score a second race win at this regatta.
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"I think we sailed well," said Törnqvist. "It was great racing, absolutely fantastic. But it is difficult. There are quite a lot of shifts and you've got to get them right."
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Italian legend Francesco Bruni took over from Iain Percy calling tactics on board Artemis Racingyesterday and was pleased with the result of today's first race: "We felt that the boat was going well. We sailed that race very well, tactically, boat speed-wise and we didn't take too many risks."
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Artemis Racing was keen to repeat this in the next race, but proved overly keen and, along with Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec and the new Russian BlackWater team, started prematurely. As this start was held under a 'U flag', this trio was instantly disqualified from this race.
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Bruni, who will be helming the Artemis Racing AC45 off Portsmouth next week, is used to the shifty conditions in the Mediterranean, but he too is having his work cut out here and was kicking himself for the costly mistake: "We took a risk when we were in a good position and we shouldn't have."
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In the thinned-out fleet, race two was won by Charisma of Nico Poons, the experienced Dutchman's performance having been uncharacteristically up and down. This makes Charisma the seventh winner among the 11 teams competing here in Portsmouth.

Of their second race today, Charisma tactician Andy Beadsworth said that they had a great start, went the right way and didn't see another boat. However, like Artemis Racing yesterday, they sandwiched the win between a 10-11.

This is the first time in an RC44 for Beadsworth, a former America's Cup helmsman and he is impressed: "The stand-out feature for me in the class is that mistakes due to poor sailing are punished unbelievably aggressively - more than any class I've sailed in. It could only be worse in a bigger fleet… And if you're at the back of the fleet no quarter is given, because no one wants to be last. So you get smacked. Leading is a lot easier!"

As with today's second race, the third was held in a more typical southwesterly. In this Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika scored her second race win to consolidate her position at the top of the leaderboard, 12 points ahead.

Apart from Team Nika, among the best scoring boats today were those that hadn't won races, including Katusha, skippered by Vladimir Sokolov, with 11-3-2, and the Hugues Lepic's French team on Aleph Racing with 4-2-10.

"It is a very tight fleet and a challenging event, but, as usual, very interesting," said Lepic. "We had two good races. But in the last one we started well, then in the middle of the first downwind leg there was a big shift and everyone ended up going underneath which was unfortunate because we'd been third or fourth at the top mark and ended up 10th.

Among his crew are legendary four time America's Cup winning trimmer Warwick Fleury and another former Team New Zealander, Hamish Pepper, Aleph's tactician. Pepper has been finding the conditions tough: "It has been a tricky few days. You haven't been able to count your chickens before they hatched. No one race or one side is the same and in fact not even on two consecutive beats or runs, it is just very shifty conditions."

Of the 11 teams racing here none seem weak. The top scoring boat of the day could easily have been the Russian-owned BlackWater, co-owned by Alexander Zaytsev, Andreas Savvidis and Maxim Merzlikin, newbies to the RC44 fleet for 2016, had it not been for their over-enthusiasm in race two.

"It was very challenging in the beginning," said Savvidis, who was trimming today. "But after each race we gain experience and we can use that in the next races." Fortunately the Moscow-based trio are getting up to speed having many old Russian RC44 hands in their crew from previous Synergy or RUS-7 campaigns. "They have experience in the RC44, so they coach us," said Savvidis.

Zaytsev was helming today: "It was quite challenging and we were lucky with the wind and our tactician made some very good strategy and there was little bit of luck and all the team worked perfectly."

Going into the final day Team Nika has a solid lead, but in theory any of the top 10 boats could still win. But perhaps most impressive is the mid-fleet competition where seven boats lie within seven points of the podium.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Artemis Youth Has A Great Day - RC44 Portsmouth Cup

More wind and more stable conditions in Hayling Bay allowed for three races to be banged off in quick succession at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup today.
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While a 10th place in the first race finally put a blemish on the score line of Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika, the Russian team subsequently posted a consistent 2-2. As a result they continue to lead this third event in the 2016 RC44 Championship.
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But demonstrating how close the RC44 fleet is at this stage of their season, across the six races sailed so far, there have been six different winners. And even a boat which to date hasn't scored a race win at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, or indeed a second, was today's second top scoring boat.
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Artemis Racing Youth, skippered by Gustaf Lidvall and with a number of young Swedish sailors on board, had its best ever day racing RC44s.
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"We had two really good starts and another where we were over early, but we saved that by turning back before the gun. We did very well on the first beats. We were in phase with the wind shifts, had clear lanes and stayed out of traffic. We've had a couple of fours and fives before, but this is the best day we've ever had," Lidvcll said.
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Part of Artemis Racing Youth's secret lies in their tactician, three time Olympic medallist and winner of the Star gold at London 2012, Freddy Lööf. What went right? "It was a case of what didn't go wrong!" explained Lööf. "We just tried to sail consistently. Now we are beginning to have good boat speed. The crew is working well and is starting slowly to get familiar with the boat, me included. It was nice to have our work finally pay off."
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The strongest performance of the day was Team Aqua of RC44 Portsmouth Cup host, Chris Bake, which won today's final race, after a 2-8. Bake was pleased: "It was a tricky race course, but once we'd figured it out - the boat was going well, the team was working well together and I am quite optimistic. I am looking forward to the next two days."
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Team Aqua's Kiwi tactician Cameron Appleton said that today's success had come because in such a competitive fleet it has been necessary for the team to look closely at the minutiae of their racing. "I think we executed quite well today. The middle race was our worst race and in that we led around the top mark but then slide backwards, which shows you how deep and strong the fleet is. The depth is unbelievable. Everyone is sailing well and it's hard to be consistent. We had great starts, the guys did a great job of handling the boat and Chris did phenomenally well steering the boat."

Katusha also had a good day, claiming today's opening race. For this regatta, co-owner with Alexander Novoselov, Vladimir Sokolov is steering. As to how they turned on the afterburners today, Sokolov reckoned: "It is all thanks to the team which is performing extremely well. Everything is well organised – it is great conditions and that's why we are doing quite well."

Sokolov's crew won the first race after claiming the pin end at the start in a big right shift, and then after a long haul out to the left, perfectly picked up a reciprocal shift on which they tacked. This had them launched.

Their second race didn't go so well, as American tactician Andy Horton observed: "We got pinned by a couple of people out on the left. We went from first to last."

As to the conditions today, Horton said that they were easier tactically. "Yesterday there was this offshore gradient a little more to the right due to the wind fighting the thermal breeze. Today it was all a little further left and wasn't so shifty. Today was more about boat speed, good starts and normal things. It was shifting 15-20° whereas yesterday we had 60° shifts."

Torbjörn Törnqvist's Artemis Racing was today's third winner, but sandwiched this between two deep results.

Three more races are scheduled for the penultimate day of the RC44 Portsmouth Cup tomorrow. Follow all the acton live at www.RC44.com

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Team Nika Rocks The Fleet - RC44 Portsmouth Cup

Fleet racing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup began today on a new race course, laid further east beyond the Solent towards Hayling Bay. Despite this, conditions remained ultra-shifty, making for a challenging, high scoring day for all of the RC44 teams. Except Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika.
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The defending RC44 fleet racing champion somehow managed to put in a consistent 1-3-3 score despite the chaotic conditions that forced tacticians to make the most of their local knowledge, skill, intuition or sheer crystal ball gazing ability to anticipate what would happen next.
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"We had a bit better boat speed and the courses that Ed chose were the best," said a beaming Prosikhin of his tacticians, America's Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird. "And the whole crew was almost flawless." At present Team Nika is mid-fleet in the 2016 season ranking after a disappointing result in May's RC44 Sotogrande World Championship, so Prosikhin was ecstatic to be so on form today. "I want Team Nika to be back, badly. It is painful to win one year and to be so far behind the next year. I'm doing my best, as are the guys. Everyone wants to do their job well and we are very determined."
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'Man of the match' today, who made the most sense in the madness, was certainly Baird, althoughTeam Nika's first start didn't go to plan when they got their timing wrong and ended up second tier. Nonetheless, undeterred they fought back and ended up winning the race.
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"Clearly starts are over-rated," mused Baird. "We were lucky that there were big enough shifts and enough of them to get us back in the hunt on the first leg and then we could play the game from there. In reality Vladimir sails the boat really well and the course was reasonably open and when it's like that, provided we can find our way through and can keep the boat going fast, stay in clear air and play the shifts, then we are in the game."
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While today's races were ultra-shifty, each had different characteristics: For example the second had the most number of shifts over the race's duration, the third race having the biggest single shift. "It was an interesting day because you had to keep your eyes open," said Baird.
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Team Nika ended the day five points clear of Torbjörn Törnqvist's second-placed Artemis Racing on 12, two points in front of the present championship leader (and current guardian of the RC44 'golden wheels'), Igor Lah's Team CEEREF.

Just off the podium is Team Aqua of RC44 Portsmouth Cup host, Chris Bake, in fourth place on 15 points.

Both yesterday's match racing winner, Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec and John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum had the most extreme mix of fortunes. For Bronenosec in the first race a gybe set at the top mark went awry causing her to finish 10th. Yet in the next race, the Russian team slingshotted themselves around the committee boat end of the line, charged off to the right of the course in the lead, never looking back.

"It was one of those races when everything you did was good," recounted Bronenosec's tactician Michele Ivaldi. "We sailed all the way to the right where we found more pressure and from then on it was a little easier because of the big wind shift. Today was very tricky because the wind was 255 to 320°. It was hard to always be in the right spot."

At present, Bronenosec is sixth overall, but is tied on points with Peninsula Petroleum. In the case of John Bassadone's Gibraltar-based team, they hooked the weather mark in the second race causing them to finish last. They too then won their next race.

Bassadone recounted: "It was a very complicated day with tricky conditions and monster shifts. It was snakes and ladders-type sailing today. The second race was a bit of bad luck. Apart from getting stuck at the mark, then getting caught out on the wrong side of a monster shift, we didn't sail badly and it showed in the third race, where it was good to get a win. We didn't really do much different just that things went to plan…

"It was a good fun day. It is fantastic to be here. It is the first time I've sailed in the UK and I am so happy to be here. It is a fantastic event. Thanks to Chris Bake for putting on this show."

Racing continues tomorrow with three more fleet races scheduled. Follow all the acton live at www.RC44.com

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Team Nika Lead RC44 Portsmouth Cup

Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec Sailing Team was the class act on the opening day of match racing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup, notching up a perfect scoreline, winning all five of its matches.
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However, the Russian team was not as invincible as their score suggested. As Bronenosec's Italian tactician, Michele Ivaldi observed: "We had good starts, good crew work, good speed, good driving. In the race against Peninsula Petroleum when we were behind, we kept it close and at the first chance we pounced. Against Artemis we were behind, split gates and after a little fight at the top of the second beat we managed to sneak in front."
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Racing started straightforwardly enough in a 10 knot westerly, however later in the afternoonthe wind became erratic with the onset of a squall. As the skies darkened, the wind piped up to 20+ knots. In the gusty conditions several boats broached. Over the course of the day the wind speed ranged from 6 to 24 knots and shifted through almost 100°.
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For Ivaldi racing in the Solent is relatively unfamiliar and he is having to come to terms with the tide that today started slack before the eastbound ebb started building. "I understand the idea of it! It is great to add this third dimension to the racing."
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Igor Lah's Team CEEREF from Slovenia also put in one of the best match racing performances of its long RC44 career, today winning five of its seven matches. Lah admitted they had been lucky in the race against Peninsula Petroleum when John Bassadone's team had massively broached just ahead of them: "There were a lot of lead changes today - it was fun."
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However today's biggest broaching prize went to Team Aqua of Portsmouth event host and long standing RC44 supporter, Chris Bake. This occurred during their match against Team Nika, when after rounding the top mark they had lost control of their spinnaker during a routine set. As Bake observed 'the kite never really made it up. Then that was followed by a bit of a trawl. And then we tried not to sail over it and got caught with the spinnaker half up and were going sideways... It took a while to get it under control. And we also ended up with someone over the side. It was full on."
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That 'someone' was Team Aqua's long term tactician Cameron Appleton who was attempting to haul the spinnaker in, when the sail unloaded. "At that moment I had the first swim of my career!" Appleton recounted. "My first thought was to make sure I wasn't tangled, so I came up unscathed and the guys tacked around and came back and had me back on board in two minutes."

Team Aqua also gets today's prize for the most aggressive start when in their match against Katusha they performed a 'Harry Potter bus' manoeuvre, successfully squeezing through a gap that wasn't really there between the race committee boat and their opponent. Clearly the umpires didn't seem to think there was a gap there either and awarded Team Aqua two penalties.

"As always, it was pretty competitive, shifty and we had a few minor hiccups," summarised Bake. "The squall that came through was pretty intense, but the boats are so responsive. Today there were a lot of gear changes - we saw 24 knots at one point."

Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika lost just one of the five matches she sailed today and this was enough for to edge it into the lead of the rolling 2016 RC44 match racing championship that runs between regattas throughout the year, putting them one point ahead of Torbjörn Törnqvist's Artemis Racing.

Prosikhin's only loss today was to Peninsula Petroleum. He felt there were several occasions when he could have beaten them, but they had slipped through his fingers. "We could have won, but they sailed better! The other races were okay. We almost lost against Artemis, but there was a very big wind shift which we noticed earlier than they did, so we tacked immediately at the downwind mark while they hesitated for two seconds." This is the first occasion that Team Nika, with her America's Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird calling tactics, has led the RC44 match racing championship.

Today the RC44 Portsmouth Cup was joined by five Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust graduate volunteers, who were able to sail in the guest spots on board the RC44s. They had been invited to the event by Chris Bake, who is a supporter of the Trust: "Ever since I found out about the Trust I've been a big admirer and supporter. The work that it does with young people, putting them in a position where they can excel under their own ability and initiative and gain the confidence from that – I think it's just amazing."

Racing continues tomorrow with the first of four days of fleet racing at the RC44 Portsmouth Cup. Follow live at www.RC44.com.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Quantum Racing Triumphant in Fizzing Porto Cervo Finale - 52 Super Series

Quantum Racing won the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Regatta, the second event of the 2016 52 Super Series, out sailing Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing on a breezy final day of racing on the Costa Smeralda.
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When Zennström’s team faltered on the penultimate windward-leeward of the nine-race series, dropping a ninth into an otherwise impressive second half of the event, Quantum Racing’s stock stayed up, retaining their same solid, reliable consistency.
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The team lead by owner-driver Doug DeVos took away two third places from the last pair of races to win by six points overall. In so doing they also extend their lead for the season-long 2016 52 Super Series championship to 29 points over Rán Racing.
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The Mistral piped up to 25kts for a fizzing Porto Cervo finale, the TP52’s stretching their legs of over 20 knots downwind. The strongest breeze of the season so far penetrated any weaknesses in crew work or mechanicals.
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Azzurra escaped with third place overall from their home waters regatta despite having to retire from the last race when a pin in their hydraulic forestay system failed. And after a second place in the first race of the day Provezza’s momentum was halted by a main halyard failure, though they repaired and sailed for their 10pts.
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Wins were shared on the final day between Tony Langley’s Gladiator and Zennström’s Rán Racing, both winning by a decent margin on the best day of racing so far this season. Gladiator stepped clear of the scrapping at the first mark to sail away down the first run, while Rán Racing similarly were always ahead of the tussle between Andy Soriano’s Alegre and Quantum Racing.
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As has often been the case with previous Quantum Racing regatta wins, and this is their second of the 52 Super Series season, their powers of recovery are probably more valuable than their race win. When they were over the start line in Race 7 and re-started last, at least 30 seconds behind the last boat, then rounded the top mark in tenth, they pulled back to fourth by the finish line.
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But it is their tight, percentage sailing and lightwinds speed which is winning them regattas. It was noticeable in the stronger breezes of the last day that Vrolijk designs were first and second in the first race and won the last race.
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Owner-driver Doug DeVos enthuses and inspires his team to perform to the highest level. Not having steered the Quantum Racing since January – July if you are considering the 52 Super Series events – there was a shaky first race ninth, but from there the team hit their stride as usual – Ed Baird as strategist complementing tactician Terry Hutchinson.
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And once more the points in the middle third of the table are incredibly tight. Azzurra and Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon finish on the same points, 54, Provezza one point behind on 55, and Alegre and Marco Serafini’s XIO both on 59 and Gladiator on 60. Rán Racing step up from seventh in Scarlino to finish second and now lie second overall on the circuit standings.
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“It was a solid way to finish. But we feel we are just broad-brush stroking things when it comes to getting better. We are making our interaction on the boat better and making the interaction through the whole team better." Terry Hutchinson said.
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"We talked about the performance Rán had been making over recent races, a bit of a hot streak, and so we stuck to our daily goal of eight points or less and so they would need a five point day to beat us. We had a great start and got rid of Rán early on. We got a solid third and Rán a ninth and that gave us some breathing room," he added.
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"When the conditions came up the biggest mistake would have been to throttle back and so we stuck with the target and sailed a solid last race. We had a great start. We worked to protect the asset and not do anything stupid.”
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"Leads can evaporate so quickly. I think the best thing in this regatta was we had a helmsman swap, and it is great measure of the team and the platform he has provided for us, that he can step in and we continue to race at a high level. That is an indication of him as a sailor and the team from shore team to sail designers, to bow to back on the boat. Winning in Scarlino was great because we wanted to start the season on the right note and now the expectations we all have and we want to do right by Doug. It is awesome.”

52 Super Series – Audi Settimana delle Bocche final Standings

1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1,3,6,1,1,4,3,3) 31pts
2. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6,10,2,2,4,1,9,1) 37pts
3. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4,1,4,6,7,5,6,DNF13) 54pts
4. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (7,2,7,9,9,3,3,8,6) 54pts
5. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3,11,1,8,6,11,2,10) 55pts
6. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5,9,5,DNF/13,2,6,7,2) 59pts
7. Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13,2,7,5,8,9,4,5) 59pts
8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8,4,8,11,9,7,1,7) 60pts
9. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11,8,3,4,10,12,10,4) 63pts
10. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) (11,7,6,10,3,5,8,5,9) 64pts
11. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9,12,11,7,11,2,11,8) 75pts
12. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA)(12,10,5,12,10,12,10,RDG10.1,RDG10.1) 91.2pts

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