Monday, August 4, 2014

Quantum Racing Dominates 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey, - Day 1

As the Bay of Palma delivered typically glamorous sea breeze conditions to open the 33rd Copa del Rey, the third regatta of the Barclays 52 Super Series, Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing proved best able to maintain the highest level of consistency on a race area which places such a high premium on winning and using the key left flank of the upwind track.
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With Ed Baird driving two crisp, clean starts Quantum Racing scored a second and a first to lead the seven boat fleet by five points. Reflecting the real mixed fortunes which seemed to prevail otherwise, Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing won the first race but then dropped to a seventh in the second windward-leeward but still hold second place overall on eight points, sharing the same points aggregate as Azzurra who scored 3,5 for the day.
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In the fundamental battle for the preferred left side of the first upwind, it goes almost without saying that the starts were absolutely key and Quantum Racing’s were good enough both times that they were able to twice lead around the first windward turns.
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Rán Racing were able to slide down inside them on the first run to earn the prime choice of leeward gate mark. From there Zennström’s crew were able to extend to win comfortably from Quantum Racing and Azzurra.
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Ever the perfectionist Quantum Racing’s Terry Hutchinson may have come ashore to the Real Club Nautica de Palma mildly perturbed, feeling that he had rather let Rán Racing off the hook in the first race, but he was nonetheless pleased to have come away with a pair of good results to start Quantum Racing’s defence of the Copa del Rey title.
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“I am kicking myself a little bit for the first race. We had an opportunity about three minutes into the leg to take a step up to Rán Racing and pound them and we didn’t. The leg played out with a little right shift on the way out to the port tack lay line and it played a little havoc for us. And Rán were just in that 13kts windspeed where they go quite nicely downwind and I got mad at myself for not being more proactive down that first run, getting Ed down to put the squash on them, Michele was harder than I was in enforcing, but we bounced back and had a good second race.”
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“But, you know, it is a long regatta. Nine races to go from here,” he cautioned.
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Tony Langley’s Gladiator messed up their kite drop at the leeward gate and paid a heavy price when they trawled it behind them, but to their credit they were straight back on to the horse for the second race.
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They absolutely nailed the start on the pin end of the line. They had to accede to Quantum Racing’s slight speed edge but held on for a good second place across the Race 2 finish line. In contrast this time it was Rán Racing which was not so good off the start line and that put the Race 1 winners on the back foot round the first circuit. They had worked up to fourth or fifth whenthey had to take a penalty for infringing Paprec which dropped them back to a seventh placed finish.
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Quantum Racing lead the regatta by five points but there are only two points separating second from seventh, showing just how close racing is in the regatta’s premier class.

Barclays 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey Mapfre

Overall standings after two races

Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (2,1) 3pts
Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (1,7) 8pts
Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,5) 8pts
Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (6,3) 9pts
Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (5,4) 9pts
Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (DNF/8,2) 10pts
Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin FRA) (4,6) 10pts

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