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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quantum Extend Lead Further at Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 4

They have done it before and will doubtless do it again before this Barclays 52 Super Series is out, but today on the Bay of Palma Quantum Racing produced a timely reminder of their champions’ hallmarks when they dug their way out from an early fifth place to rescue a valuable second around a windward-leeward course which others might have regarded as lacking in such recovery opportunities.
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Quantum Racing’s coach and project manager Ed Reynolds even described the lane of breeze that they rode across to the right of the course, on the second beat of Race 7 of the Copa del Rey Mapfre, as a private benefit as they broke away from the conventional thinking.
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But their move was enough to bring them back on terms with Brazil’s Phoenix at the final turning mark of the day, where they stole ahead to restore their consistent record, adding a fourth second place from the seven starts so far.
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As Rán Racing took the winning gun, Quantum Racing ensure their lead is now six points ahead of Niklas Zennström’s crew, with two days and four scheduled racing left.
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As is often the case on the leftmost course at this regatta the key battle was for the left side of the track and the ability to jump off the pin end of the start line gave a useful initial gain.
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In the first race of the day Ed Baird and the Quantum Racing afterguard set the benchmark and after just a few minutes of the first windward leg, the 2013 52 Super Series champions were already 20 metres or so ahead. While Azzurra managed to get through Rán Racing to take second place, Quantum Racing’s win was never really in doubt.
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Next time Zennström’s crew matched Quantum Racing’s start for timing and speed off the line, and they were also able to build a nice, comfortable lead before the windward mark. Indeed Quantum Racing were squeezed away from the preferred lane here and found themselves in the traffic.
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Double Olympic medallist Santi Lange read the breeze well and had Phoenix rounding the first turn just on Rán Racing’s tail. The runs proved mainly processional with few opportunities to break away and make gains. And when Phoenix and Gladiator took their duel for second to the left of the course, second time up, Quantum Racing broke to the middle right where they found this beneficial lane of breeze.
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With seven of the eleven schedule races now sailed, Quantum Racing lead by six points ahead of Rán Racing who have now won three races but count a seventh and sixth in their aggregate, whilst Azzurra’s fifth in Race seven means they are now nine points off the lead and they have Gladiator poised two points behind them.
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Overall Standings after seven races Barclays 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey Mapfre

1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (2,1,2,2,6,1,2) 16pts
2. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (1,7,6,3,1,3,1) 22pts
3. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,5,4,1,5,2,5) 25pts
4. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (DNF/8,2,1,5,3,4,4) 27pts
5. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (6,3,3,6,2,5,3) 28pts
6. Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (4,6,5,4,4,7,6) 36pts
7. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (5,4,DNF/8,DNS/8,7,6,7) 45pts

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