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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Quantum Racing Clinch 2014 TP52 World Championship In Porto Cervo

Propelled by their anger and disappointment at a performance in Capri last month which fell short of their best, Quantum Racing bounced back to win the AUDI TP52 World Championship title from a very intense five race event on the beautiful waters of the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia.
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The five day event lost two to very light winds but the five race series - two coastal races and three windward leewards – still felt like a marathon for many of the nine teams from seven different nations.
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The waiting on the water was often as mentally taxing as some of the racing, not least today when the fleet drifted around for five hours waiting for a racing breeze to materialise. The hanging around, full of intent, was to no avail as there was no racing today.
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“The bounceback is fuelled as much by anger and rage,” Tactician Terry Hutchinson  joked. “But now it is goosebumps time.”
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The defending 52 Super Series champions, who also won the US 52 Super Series in their native USA earlier this season scored consistently well across the two coastal races and the windward-leewards finishing no less than third. They won the 31 miles coastal race and one windward leeward in their 1,2,2,3,2 scoreline to finish two points ahead of the fast emerging Brazilian team of Eduardo de Souza Ramos which has Santi Lange as tactician.
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The new crew which only came together when the boat was launched in April, won twice on Friday’s windward-leeward course to finish one point ahead of Rán Racing, Niklas Zennström’s 2013 World Champions.
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Double Olympian De Souza Ramos won the Owner-Driver award, leading a team which spans the age and experience range including Brazil’s 49er Olympic sailors, Volvo Round the World sailors and crew who have sailed with the owner in his previous Soto 40, Farr 40, Melges 24 and 32
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After the pressure of waiting in a transition zone, a calm, no go area where the confluence of the different winds kept the teams starved of breeze and on tenterhooks in the hot sunshine, thunderclouds building overhead just before racing was canned.
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“These are without question the hardest days because you are waiting around, and know the severity of a bad race. The conditions are going to be challenging at best. And so I think that if you give out a game ball so to speak, you would give it to the race committee for their patience and perseverance and seeing the day all the way through," Terry Hutchinson said.
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"And at the same time through the course of the regatta never really running any marginal races. It was a great contest. And in the end we are just happy – probably more relieved than anything – that we sailed a good regatta. The bounceback after Capri is what we are probably going to be most proud of,” he added.
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In the end there was just three points between the top three teams, local favourites Azzurra who won in Capri slumped to a fourth place on their own home waters, carrying two fifths and a weighty seventh. Now they will be looking to match this Quantum Racing bounceback at the third regatta of the Barclays 52 Super Series, Palma’s jewel in the Mediterranean Copa del Rey in early August.
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Overall Final Standings after 5 Races Audi TP52 World Championship - Porto Cervo, Italy

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

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