Monday, August 4, 2014

Quantum Racing Leads 52s at Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 1

Palma de Mallorca, 4 August, 2014

Quantum Racing dominated the first day of racing at the Copa del Rey while second-placed Ran is tied on points with Azzurra Racing in third,
Photo: © Martinez
The 33rd Copa del Rey Mapfre, the third stage of the Barclays 52 Super Series, kicked off today on  the Bay of Palma. Two windward/leeward races were held in a southerly sea breeze between 11 and 13 knots that was marked by tough to decipher wind shifts. The entire fleet had a mixed day except for Quantum Racing who were the most consistent and scored a second and a bullet.
Photo: © Martinez
In the first race Ran crossed the finish line first followed by Quantum Racing with Azzurra just five seconds behind the American boat.
Photo: © Martinez
In the second race, Azzurra got off to an excellent start but the wrong choice of sail kept them  from the leaders. Azzurra launched a battle for third place against Phoenix and Provezza but slipped to fifth at the finish. Quantum got the gun followed by Gladiator, which was able to make up for their withdrawal from the first race while Ran had a shocker to finish in seventh place.
Photo: © Martinez
Racing resumes tomorrow with two more windward/leeward races with the first signal scheduled at 1:00 pm local time.
Photo: © Martinez
“This first day shows that Quantum are sailing at a higher level than everybody else, however we have to look at ourselves and avoid making mistakes. Today we made the wrong choice in one of the sails in the second race and that cost us, because we also had a very good start. Seeing the glass half full, we know where we went wrong and we will not repeat the mistake. As for the rest, we have a week ahead of us and the chances of recovery are there,” said Azzurra's tactician Vasco Vascotto.
Photo: © Martinez
Standings Barclays 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey Mapfre

Overall standings after two races

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

Lulu Roseman

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