Thursday, July 4, 2013

Quantum Racing Shine in Ibiza - 52 Super Series - Day 3

Quantum Racing's colours were proudly flown during the third day of competition at the Royal Cup in Ibiza on American Independence Day, July 4th, as the American flagged team became the stars of  the day with two wins and a fourth place to grab overall lead by two points ahead of Italy’s Azzurra.
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The day began under a cloudy sky in light breezes that peaked at 10 knots together with beautiful warm sunshine that allowed the 52 teams who represent six different nations to enjoy a full three race day schedule.
Quantum Racing won two races from three although their six points tally for the day was matched by the team which races for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Azzurra won the second race which they complemented with a second and then a third, only just losing out second to Ergin Imre’s Provezza on the last run of the day.
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Tony Langley’s Gladiator started the day as regatta leaders but was unable to retain the same level of consistency and has dropped back to third overall.
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The wind pattern on the race area fluctuated from race to race but in each it proved relatively easy for the leading boat to extend to build their margin by the finish gun. After a slow start to the regatta, Ibiza delivered a very acceptable trio of races today. Winds were a little stronger through the second and third races, but it is still proved a difficult and demanding arena.
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Quantum Racing won Race 4 from the left side of the track, holding firm for the stronger pressure and slight rotation of the breeze which gave them a comfortable lead by the first upwind mark. A good recovery to third on the final run left Gladiator still holding the regatta lead, but by only one point.
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Azzurra won their first race of the regatta when they started off the left hand end of the line also whilst Gladiator and Quantum Racing engaged from early on. Rán Racing pipped Rio on the start line to take second.
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In the third race Quantum Racing held hard to the committee boat end of the start line at the gun, coming around it with pace to win the right side of the course. That was enough to ensure they were unchallenged around the track while Provezza made good gains on the final run to secure second place.
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Friday is set to see the first coastal race of the season, likely to be between 25 and 50 miles depending on the wind strength and direction. Among the possible options in an easterly breeze is a course to Vedra island off the sou 'westerly tip of Ibiza, or to Tagomago on the nor 'east corner.
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The coastal race is worth the same as a windward leeward in terms of points value, but teams have put considerable time and resources into the specialist reaching sails which are likely to be used, as well as making reconnaissance missions on the possible course extremities.

Royal Cup Marina Ibiza, Ibiza, ESP – Standings after Day 3

1 Quantum Racing, USA, Doug DeVos 16 pts (1,5,4,1,4,1)
2 Azzurra, ITA, Alberto Roemmers, 18pts (5,2,5,2,1,3)
3 Gladiator, GBR, Tony Langley 21pts (2,4,1,3,5,6)
4 Rán Racing, SWE, Niklas Zennström 22pts (3,3,6,4,2,4)
5 Provezza, TUR, Ergin Imre, 30pts, (6,8,3,5,6,2)
6 Interlodge, USA, Austin and Gwen Fraogmen, 35 pts (4,1,8,7,8,7)
7 Rio, USA Manouch Moshayedi, 36pts, (8,7,2,8,3,8)
8 Paprec, FRA, Jean-Luc Petithuguenin 38pts, (7,6,7,6,7,5)

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