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Sunday, March 12, 2017

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Final Day

Jordi Calafat (ESP), Strategist, Platoon (GER):
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“When we first line up this morning it was looking very random. During the line ups there were elevators [big lifts] on both tacks. Just like everyone we were trying to do a cleaner start and decide when you put in your first tack. It was more settled during the racing. I guess like all the week, we never know if it’s going to be a lefty or a righty. So a lot of it was starting in a clear lane and sailing straight, and deciding when you when tack. We managed to do this today. And then we had that first downwind, that help us. It was a good day, today and yesterday.
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It seemed that there was a lot of interest in the left, both upwind and downwind. What were you seeing there?
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"It was quite shifty. You have to keep tracking what is happening. Sometimes it was light more than anything. Sometimes it was really powerful, like the last run. It was a powerful move not to be in the left corner, right corner looking downwind. It you do a clear start, things are much more easy."

But the team, overall, has to be happy with two seconds in the two U.S. events?
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“I think it’s a learning curve for all of us. We bring in a new mainsail trimmer with new ideas of how to mode the boat. This has been a very big step forward. John is very good for Harm and I think we’re growing. But the most important thing is to past the downs quickly, when you have a bad day, you go through it as quickly as possible. That’s probably the key.”

New main trimmer?

“He came with new ideas on how to sail the boat. The Vrolijk boats are slightly different, and in some conditions they are hard to sail. He came with new ideas and worked with a different team on the sails and it seems to be paying off. We are still feeling that the Vrolijks in some conditions are hard to sail, and that’s our goal – to minimise the bad days; to go through the bad days as best we can and minimise the points.

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) & Guillermo Parada (ARG), Tactician & Helmsman, Azzurra (ITA):
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Parada:

“Obviously it’s a good relief because we had a hard time in Key West. We didn’t feel very fast, especially in certain conditions. So we work and we make a lot of changes. This week we have a completely different boat because every time that Vasco and Cole position ourselves in the proper place we immediately gain, which wasn’t the case last time. 
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"As I said a couple days ago, ‘glory doesn’t last forever’, but at least we make it last for two months, which is the biggest break of the season. Obviously now we need to enjoy and relax a little bit and in a couple of days keep working on analysing the whole data of the week, because, for example, today we didn’t feel very quick downwind. We need to keep working and pushing because we are sure everybody else will do the same.
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Vascotto:

“I am always looking for the little bad things because I’m already thinking about the future. Obviously we need to enjoy today. We need a beer, for sure. A martini, Panini. We need to start thinking about the future because this fleet is working hard and if you’re asleep, you’re in trouble. I’m already concentrating on the next event feeling we need to work harder because the other good teams will work harder than what we did in the past regatta. I’m sure that we need to improve.”
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Not a good regatta for Quantum?
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“No. But sooner or later this has to happen. This is sport. This is a difficult sport. It’s not that you have to run 100 meters and you run 10 seconds every time. This is sailing; it is a difficult sport. Everybody during a season can have a bad week, but I’m sure if I know properly Terry, next time he will be stronger than ever.”

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Azzurra Crowned Royal Cup Kings of Miami - 52 Super Series

In winning the 52 Super Series second regatta of the 2017 season, the Miami Royal Cup, Azzurra proved once again that a team on the bounceback from a modest preceding event is often at it's most potent. The emblematic team of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda felt they were not at their best in Key West in January, lacking speed when they finished in fifth, seven points behind regatta winners Quantum Racing.
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But ongoing hard work, constantly striving to find that speed they felt they lacked, has been rewarded over the last five days of racing off the iconic Miami Beach, racing across a wind range of six to 22 knots, when they posted seven results in the top three – including three race wins – from the nine races series to win the top trophy by clear eight points.
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Their impressive 24-points aggregate from the nine races compares favourably with Quantum Racing’s 43 point tally over the ten races sailed in Key West.
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In seven to 14 knot E’ly winds Azzurra completed their winning scoreline with a third and a fourth today. The crew, led by Guillermo Parada with tactician Vasco Vascotto win their first circuit regatta since they triumphed in Cascais – the final event of the 2016 season – with a nearly facsimile run of points and final aggregate.
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Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon finish runners up just as they did when they were second behind Quantum Racing in Key West, so becoming the only team to have finished on the podium at both of this season’s events. Ergin Imre’s Provezza finish third despite a shaky eighth place in the last race of the regatta, but earn their third career podium place on the 52 Super Series.
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While the Azzurra team were certainly happy to pop the champagne and celebrate the win at Monty’s on South Beach, the knowledge that they will head back to Europe and the next regatta in May in Scarlino with the overall circuit lead and a boat that appears to have few weak points is even more comforting.
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“We had a hard time in Key West. We didn’t feel very fast, especially in certain conditions. So we work and we make a lot of changes. This week we have a completely different boat. As I said a couple days ago, ‘glory doesn’t last forever’, but at least we make it last for two months, which is the biggest break of the season.” said Guillermo Parada.
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A fast boat is one component to a regatta win. Another is a hot tactician and a cohesive crew. Vascotto was in step all week with the shifty South Florida wind, and while many of their competitors struggled at times with unforced crew work errors, the Azzurra team sailed cleanly throughout.

“Obviously we need to enjoy today. We need a beer, for sure. A martini, Panini. We need to start thinking about the future because this fleet is working hard and if you’re asleep, you’re in trouble. I’m already concentrating on the next event feeling we need to work harder because the other good teams will work harder than what we did in the past regatta. I’m sure that we need to improve,” Vascotto reflected on the week.
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Another boat that will head into the four European 52 Super Series regattas with confidence is Platoon. The incorporation of tactician John Kostecki and main trimmer Dirk de Ridder – both have won the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race – into the crew line up for this season is appearing to pay off, so too the solid skills of Spanish Volvo racer, Pepe Ribes, as boat captain. While the team isn’t convinced they have solved their issues in lighter air, they did make significant progress.
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“It’s a ‘work in progress'. We’re getting better every day. We felt pretty weak in the light air in Key West and fortunately we had some light air here and we were able to kind of get on top of some of our issues. We seem to be a lot better, so it’s pretty exciting,” Kostecki said.
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Meanwhile, Quantum Racing – the 2016 Champions – are on a learning curve with new helmsman Bora Gulari, who was steering his first regatta with the team. They will very shortly be back at their best, but were not at their sharpest off the start line and that made life tough at times in this white-hot fleet.
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Final Standings, 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup after 9 races

1. Azzurra (A and P Roemmers, ITA/ARG), (2,2,1,1,2,1,8,3,4) 24pts
2. Platoon (Harm Müller-Spreer GER,), (3,1,8,2,7,3,4,1,3) 32 p.
3. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR) (5,3,3,4,4,5,3,4,8) 39 p.
4. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA), (1,4,6,7,1,9,5,2,7) 42 p.
5. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA), (6, DSQ12,5,9,3,6,1,5,5) 52 p.
6. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), (4,8,4,3,10,8,10,6,1) 54 p.
7. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR) (7, RDG6,2, RDG6,2, RDG6,2,6,7,2,9,7,6) 55,6 p.
8. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS), (10,5,2,6,8,2,7,10,10,9) 59 p.
9. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA) (8,6,7,5,9,10,9,7,2) 63 p.
10. Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR) (9,7,9,8,5,4,6,8,10) 66 p
11. Paprec (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) (DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12) 108 p

52 Super Series Media

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Back At The Dock - 52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Day 4

Hamish Pepper (NZL), Tactician, Sled (USA):
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“This fleet is so competitive, it’s so close, you can be easily last in one race and first in the next. It can flip around on you very easily. Today we had a good day. [In the first race] we didn’t have a good start, but we kept our head, kept on chipping and managed to get a sixth. We’re pretty happy with that considering the start. The last race we had a great start and just managed to stretch our legs and have full control of the race. It wasn’t too much going on in terms of pressure and shifts, it was a pretty straightforward course.

You favoured the pin in both starts. What did you see on that side?

“We obviously wanted to have a clean start and we were liking the left, we weren’t too confident in the early right, but happy to then chip up the middle and work on our position plan after that and see where we ended up.

"We feel the boat is going very well in this light air. Don [Cowie, mainsail] and Battler [Robbie Naismith, jib] and Mr. Okura, and [spinnaker trimmer Toshiro] Honda have the sails trimmed nicely and the boat going fast so we feel confident in the boat speed.

How do you chip back after a bad start?

“You’re kind of dictated a little bit by where the fleet goes. You’ve just got to sail in as much clear air as you can and take what shifts you can get and position yourself well relative to the other boats and make little gains here and there. There’s always potential at the top mark for big gains. You’ve just got to keep away from the corners and just take the little gains.”

Why is there so much opportunity at the top of the beat?

“Coming to the top mark often the fleet will play whoever is around them a little bit and try and position themselves well so they led that boat around the top mark. It sometimes opens the door for boats coming in on the left or coming in from the right. If you’re in the right spot at the right time it can be all you need.”

Is that unique to this regatta?

“I think it happens throughout most regattas, there are opportunities there. The last couple of days, because it’s been light air, doing extra tacks and this and that and people overstanding because they’re trying to protect their position on them, it can change around pretty quick and—where as in the breeze you tack all the time and you only lose half a length—in the light you’re losing two lengths [when you tack]. Sometimes the dice rolls your way and sometimes it doesn’t. It can look very easy sometimes and incredibly hard other times. No two top marks are the same.”

Why is everyone so strong on the starboard layline heading away from the top mark?

“The tough thing about when you exit the top mark there’s a void of wind for a long time after the top mark because all the boats have gone past it and it’s just gassy. So it’s very difficult, you’ve got to wait a long time in this lighter air for that clean air to come back through. The majority of the time it’s a lot of that. And then other times, that left hand side [looking upwind] has been reasonably strong downwind, so you have to see something pretty special to be jibing away straight away.”

Peter Holmberg (USVI), Helmsman, Provezza (TUR):
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“That was our goal coming in here to have good consistent results. Nothing brilliant, but nothing bad. I think the team’s doing a good job.”

What’s the secret to your consistency?

"It’s Tony Rey and myself as far as the decision-making. I’m having to remind myself not to go for a kill, just go for good consistent speed and maneuvers. And same with Tony, I think he’s doing a good job not swinging for the corners or the fences. OK, you’re not a star, but you’re not in the back either. That was one of our goals coming in here and I think we’re both executing our plan.

"For me, it’s the starts, just clean starts. Doesn’t have to be brilliant, to be the start of the day.
[Tony Rey, tactician] tells me how bad he wants something and that’s how much risk I put on it. Just really want to get off the line with all options open. So far we’ve done that OK. Then just all the maneuvers, all the situations with other boats, we make sure we’re clean and I think that’s what is going to be good for us at the end of the day.

What was the debrief after Key West?

“Mistake in the last day, exactly this, trying too hard to nail it. He liked the left and we felt vulnerable in light air and he regretted making that call because he thought he had to do something special to win it and then I went into a tough spot to try to achieve it. Hindsight, we should’ve just had a decent start and kept ourselves with options to maybe have a good result.”

What’s the game plan for tomorrow?

“I like this. We’re not going in leading and defending. We’re hungry and we want to have a good final day. [Light air] is not our strong point. But I think we’re doing a great job with what we’ve got.”

Guillermo Parada (ARG), Helmsman, Azzurra (ITA):
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“I think overall it was an OK day. It just shows how difficult it is in this light and patchy breeze. Obviously we had a very good first race. The second race, as I say, glory doesn’t last forever. I think that we lost 2 or 3 points to Platoon and Provezaa so we are now 10 and 11 points clear in the overall. That’s life and it’s OK. It someone offered us the possibility of starting the last day 10 points ahead, for sure we’re going to be very happy to be in our position. We need to keep doing what we are doing and every day we keep working to improve our light air speed, which was our weakness in Key West.”

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Azzurra On the Verge - Miami Royal Cup - 52 Super Series - Day 4

Azzurra carry a ten points lead into the final day of the Miami Royal Cup and are looking to reprise their last 52 Super Series regatta title when they won the last event of 2016, the EGNOS Cascais Cup.
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In light winds off Miami Beach the emblematic Italian team which is skippered by Guillermo Parada with Vasco Vascotto as tactician won their third race from five starts before posting an eighth and breaking an otherwise impeccable string of first and second places, to lie comfortably ahead of Ergin Imre’s Provezza super consistent Provezza crew.
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“If someone offered us the possibility of starting the last day 10 points ahead, for sure we’re going to be very happy to be in our position. We need to keep doing what we are doing and every day we keep working to improve our light air speed, which was our weakness in Key West,”  said Azzurra’s Parada on the dock in the Miami Beach Marina.
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When three boats were over the start line early, before the gun for Race 6, including champions Quantum Racing, Azzurra quickly capitalised and were in control of the fleet by the first turning mark. By the second circuit they were more than 150 metres ahead while Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec made a worthwhile gain at the top of the second beat and went on to take a second place, their best finish of the event so far.
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On the left of the first windward leg of the second race of the day, a trio profited from their sharp starts and benefited together Sled, steered by owner driver Takashi Okura, was strong all the way up the beat and was first at the windward turn, with Tony Langley’s Gladiator second.
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Provezza once more underlined their so far unerring ability to stay regular, converting a fifth at the first turn to third across the finish line.
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Now Provezza, in second and one point ahead of Platoon, have a chance to atone for a costly flatfooted start on the last day in Key West which left them too much to do to secure the podium place they seemed to have been assured of. A hard lesson has been learned.
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“The mistake on the last day was trying too hard to nail it. Hindsight, we should’ve just had a decent start and kept ourselves with options to maybe have a good result.I like it like this. We’re not going in leading and defending. We’re hungry and we want to have a good final day. Light air is not our strong point. But I think we’re doing a great job with what we’ve got,” said Peter Holmberg, Provezza’s helmsman since the start of this season.
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“That was our goal coming in here to have good consistent results. Nothing brilliant, but nothing bad. I think the team’s doing a good job,” he added.
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Azzurra’s scoreline so far is almost a replica of their winning run in Cascais, where they also had a bogey race just as they did today.
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“The second race? As I said earlier in the week glory doesn’t last forever. We still had an OK start. We squeezed Provezza to the right, we went to the right afterwards and we went into a little bit of a hole in the breeze. The boats on the right gained on us and the boats on the left gained on us and we were left there in the middle of nowhere. From there on it was an uphill battle. I think that we lost 2 or 3 points to Platoon and Provezza,” Parada added.
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Lying in fourth overall Quantum Racing are 16 points off the regatta lead but just five points behind third placed Platoon. Tony Langley’s Gladiator crew, with Ed Baird on tactics, hold fifth place, mid fleet. Considering their upheaval and efforts to replace their new boat after being holed on Day 1, Langley, Baird and crew have worked a few small miracles.
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52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup Standings after four of five days, seven races sailed

1. Azzurra (Roemmers family, ITA/ARG), (2,2,1,1,2,1,8) 17 points.
2. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR) (5,3,3,4,4,5,3) 27 p.
3. Platoon (GER, Harm Müller-Spreer), (3,1,8,2,7,3,4) 28 p.
4. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA), (1,4,6,7,1,9,5) 33 p.
5. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR) (7, RDG5.5, RDG5.5, RDG5.5,6,7,2) 38.5 p.
6. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS), (10,5,2,6,8,2,7) 40 p.
7. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA), (6, DSQ12,5,9,3,6,1) 42 p.
8. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), (4,8,4,3,10,8,10) 47 p.
9. Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR) (9,7,9,8,5,4,6) 48 p
10. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA) (8,6,7,5,9,10,9) 54p.
11. Paprec (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) (DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12) 84p

52 Super Series Media

Friday, March 10, 2017

What The Sailors Said - Royal Cup Miami - 52 Super Series - Day 3

Terry Hutchinson (USA), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
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“Yesterday was a bunch of things. Racing these boats in those conditions is very, very difficult. We’re going through a learning curve to help make the whole team better, so it all comes with understanding There’s a lot of things we could’ve done better yesterday. Last night we got back, had our standard debrief, coach gave us everything he thought we did well and did poorly and came out today and tried to have business as usual.

"We wanted to go left from the windward position. We didn’t execute a great start, but we were going better today. I think in the flat water, it’s easier for Bora to lock in and keep the boat going and that’s a condition that historically we’ve been quite slippery in. It was good it came our way a little bit, but we still had to fight for it at the end of the beat. A couple good placements and tacks and got around clear and had a good run.

"Once we were leading we just put ourselves between the man and the hoop, no more complicated than that. At that point we were winning the race so we just wanted to make sure what happened to the group would happen to us as well. So we didn’t sail a great right number right at the end of the first beat to put ourselves in front of them, but it was good enough.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Tactician, Azzurra (ITA/ARG):
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“I think that we had a very nice race, the best race we sailed this week. I’m very, very happy about how we managed to sail the boat. We did a better job compared to the previous day. The reality is that in light air, still we need to improve a little the speed upwind. Downwind I think that we were fast enough to play games against the others. Upwind we still need to improve. We made a step forward, so we are very happy, but we still need to improve a little bit our speed in order to be competitive in light air against Quantum, that still is a little step ahead us.

"That was a tough beat. We did a very nice start. I think Quantum did a little worse on top of us to windward. They tacked up the beat to the right. I think they used their speed [to get past us]. We are speaking about little differences. We need to play this kind of game in the future, work on our speed compared to him.

Campbell Field (NZL), Navigator, Sorcha (GBR):
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“It was a bit of a split left and right on both of the beats. One side was stronger than the other at times. We kept our cool. Everybody else got themselves all tangled up a bit at the top of the first beat, which gave us an opportunity to slot ourselves into the middle of the fleet. We just hung in there.”

Q. A few words about Nic Asher and Joe Glanfield?

“Nic and Joe, they sort of put their heads together and have a little whisper around themselves. They are very level headed, which was nice. The communication with them and the rest of the crew is improving every day that we go sailing. It’s great to sail with them. They probably look at the course a little bit differently. I think Joe’s still getting used to sailing on a boat longer than 4.7 meters. But it was good fun.”

Tony Rey (USA), Tactician, Provezza:
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“We actually wanted the right. One of the things we work on hard is to make sure we’re happy with the strategy, even in the pre-start. We changed the plan once yesterday in the middle of the pre-start and it worked and we did it again today. I was pretty happy to be to the right for the early pressure. In the end we all arrived to the mark at around the same time, which is what happens when it’s shifty out there.
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"After that it was just a really fickle breeze because we were expecting as far right as 130 and as far left as 90, which is a massive swing. But it was really more about the pressure than anything else.

Q. What happened at the first windward mark?

"The breeze went the most left we’ve seen and got just a little bit lighter so the boats start sailing wider angles and we think there was a bit more adverse current, northwest flowing current, at the top than there was at the bottom and we all got a bit caught out. One boat tacks just on layline and everybody else ends up under them. We benefitted greatly from that too, we probably jumped from fifth up to third at the mark just by tacking back off the layline at the right time.

Q. What about on the downwind legs?

“We’ve all sort of realised that for some reason there’s more pressure on the left hand edge looking upwind. There seems to be pressure that lives there, which is funny because it doesn’t seem to play out upwind but downwind there seems to be pressure on the layline so that’s why you’re seeing a lot of boats jamming up that bottom layline on port jibe. It’s unclear why, it could have something to do with the current coming into Bear Cut [between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne] there, but it certainly not a simple race track.”

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Quantum Racing Score A Win But Azzurra Still Leads - 52 Super Series - Miami - Day 3

Quantum Racing won the only raced sailed today at the 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup, but with regatta leaders Azzurra crossing the line in second place, the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda lead by 11 at the half way point of the event with eight points. Provezza are tied on 19 points with Quantum Racing.
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The 52 Super Series champions who won four out of five regattas last season, Quantum Racing, today came right back after a poor Wednesday when they added 13 points to their aggregate. With TP52 newcomer Bora Gulari steering, and Terry Hutchinson on tactics they made their small speed advantage in light airs work for them on the first beat and stretched out a good early lead, winning comfortably.
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“In Key West, and now in Miami, we had bad Wednesdays. We are asking that we no longer race on Wednesdays. But seriously once again I am proud of how our team came back. I think in flat water like that today and light airs we always seem to have good speed and that was what made the difference,” said Quantum Racing project director Ed Reynolds.
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“It was never going to be easy bringing in someone new into a fleet of this calibre. And the subtleties of communication in the starting period, the little nuances, are maybe where that tells. We always knew we would stub our toes a few times like we did Wednesday. And for missing out on training days before the regatta because of the weather did not help us,” he added.
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Quantum Racing’s Terry Hutchinson – the racecourse Houdini among South Beach’s world of Lamborghini, Martini and Bikini – did excellent work in sniffing out the best lanes of pressure on the first beat, seeming happy to take a couple of extra tacks to eke out the strongest shift and wind strength.
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Their lead at the top mark was already telling, while behind them the scene – as the overlapped line up approached on the starboard tack lay line in a very gentle breeze – became ugly. Azzurra, Sled and Provezza called it best, stayed clear, or took early note of the potential for pile ups, and rounded the top mark in second, third and fourth.
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“Racing these boats in those conditions is very, very difficult. We’re going through a learning curve to help make the whole team better, so it all comes with understanding. There’s a lot of things we could’ve done better yesterday. Last night we got back, had our standard debrief, coach gave us everything he thought we did well and did poorly and came out today and tried to have business as usual,” said Terry Hutchinson, Quantum Racing’s tactician
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Peter Harrison’s Sorcha team, with Nic Asher and Joe Glanfield on tactics and strategy, worked well for fifth.
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“It was very positive. We’re kind of relieved that we could stick with the pack. It was a little bit more straightforward for us today with flatter water and it became a bit more cerebral rather than wrestling the boat around the racecourse through the conditions. We found it a bit tough in the choppier conditions that everyone else has been used to sailing in. We’re very happy with our speed. We held our cool as the excitement levels got up toward the finish of the race and defended quite nicely against Gladiator,” said Campbell Field, Sorcha’s project manager and navigator.
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Tony Langley’s Gladiator crew took a well earned sixth, 48 hours of incredible work to mobilise their substitute TP52 from West Palm Beach, may have seen some red eyes matching the colour of their hull, but all credit to a remarkable piece of team work to get their other boat in the match after their new boat was holed in the second race of the regatta.
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52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup - Standings after five races

1. Azzurra (Roemmers family, ITA/ARG), (2,2,1,1,2) 8 points.
2. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA), (1,4,6,7,1) 19 p.
3. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR) (5,3,3,4,4) 19 p.
4. Platoon (GER, Harm Müller-Spreer), (3,1,8,2,7) 21 p.
5. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), (4,8,4,3,10) 29 p.
6. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS), (10,5,2,6,8) 31 p.
7. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA), (6, DSQ12,5,9,3) 35 p.
8. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA) (8,6,7,5,9) 35 p.
9. Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR) (9,7,9,8,5) 38 p
10. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR) (7, RDG8, RDG8, DNC12,6) 41 p.
11. Paprec (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) (DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12) 60 p

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