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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Consistency Pays Off For Rán - 52 Super Series, Valencia - Day 2

After a chilly opening day, the mercury rose up to a record a pleasant early season warmth and with the return of late Spring sunshine came the resulting reliable Valencia sea breeze.
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The steady 12-15 knot winds kept the action close and tight all the way down the 12 boat fleet. And as two different teams won Races 3 and 4 of the 10 race series – Andy Soriano’s Alegre and Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec – Rán maintain their high level of regularity.
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With Morgan Larson and Adam Beashel combining on tactics and strategy they restored themselves from sixth to third to second around the first race track of of the day and then chased the runaway Russians in the second contest to step three points ahead of nearest rivals Alegre which posted a 1,5 for the day.
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The leaderboard still reflects a good early showing so far from the 52 Super Series debutants. Alegre lie second overall while, thanks to their Race 4 win, Bronenosec hold third. Meantime the 2014 season’s top two teams - Quantum Racing and Azzurra – may find themselves currently scrapping over sixth and seventh, but at the same time so close are the points that both teams are only four points shy of the podium.
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Tactician Morgan Larson, who previously guided Rán to a regatta win in Barcelona, explains the reason for the Zennström crew’s consistency so far.
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"I feel like we are a little bit behind with speed upwind. But then downwind Niklas and Andy Hemmings just find the right heel angle and the boat design is maybe fast, but we are certainly cooking downwind," Larson said.
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Starting is in this group is crucial. Niklas, Steve Hayles our navigator and SIlas up on the bow, the three of them have their communication dialled so well, we are trying to do a good job of keeping out of the fray and letting our boat its own speed," he added.
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The hallmark of good regatta winners often is the ability to climb back up the fleet from a lacklustre race opening. Rán showed that in the first heat of the day when they fought back from sixth place at the first rounding.
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They made three places on the run and then proved the huge value of seeking extra wind pressure when they made two extra gybes at the bottom of the final run. That maybe taxed them distance to get there but the dividend was a big jump in windstrength, a slingshot to just pip the unfortunate Sled on the finish line. Only three seconds separated Rán from Sled.
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Takashi Okura’s Sled lead around the top mark first time up but Alegre slipped through on the run to take the lead. Andy Soriano’s crew became the only one to now have won two races. But their second start of the day did not match their pristine Race 3 effort, they had to take sterns off the line and could only add a fifth to their tally.
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Bronenosec, the last of the new boats to be commissioned and launched, won their first race of the 52 Super Series on only their second day of racing. The formula for victory looked simple; a clean, well executed start and a solid first beat, then just keeping Rán under wraps. It certainly was one that brought owner-driver Liubomirov back to the Veles e Vents dockside with a big smile on his face. He was not the only owner-driver to be wearing a huge grin tonight, so close and rewarding is the compeition on a top class race course area.
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52 Super Series, Ford Vignale Sailing Week.
After four races.

1. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,1,2,2) 7pts
2. Alegre, GBR (Andre Soriano USA) (1,3,1,5) 10pts
3. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (8,6,6,1) 21pts
4. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (5,2,7,8) 22pts
5. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) (7,11,3,3) 24pts
6. Quantum Racing, USA (Dalton DeVos USA) (4,7,8,6) 25pts
7. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (6,5,5,9) 25pts
8. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (3,8,11,4) 26pts
9. Interlodge, USA (Austin & Gwen Fragoman USA) (10,4,4,10) 28pts
10. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (11,9,9,7) 36pts
11. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (9,10,12,12) 43pts
12. XIO, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (12,12,10,11) 45pts

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