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Thursday, June 30, 2016

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Porto Cervo - Day 3

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“We met our goal over the day, eight points or less, but not in the prettiest of ways. But all in all it’s a good day. We are fighting to stay in it until Saturday. It was not done in the prettiest of fashions and I expect more of myself in the decision making elements. You hate to be the one costing the team points but at least we know where the problem is.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
It is such a close a regatta. That is why we are fighting to stay in until Saturday. I give the guys high marks for the boat speed we have and the boat handling component is really strong. And I know you cant get it right all of the time. But if we don’t learn from my mistakes then you would be complacent.”
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Steve Hayles (GBR) Navigator Rán Racing (SWE):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“This fleet can make you look pretty stupid very quickly. It is so easy to have a bad day like we had yesterday. It is always the small differences. People ask what we do differently and we talk about it a lot and the answer is nothing. We sail with the same plan, sail the same way.
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"The coastal race was a nice one, not too long, and so two second places in this fleet is a good day. Everybody focuses so much of their training, their practice and their line ups on starting and rightly so. Today Niklas did an awesome job off the start line in winning us the spot we wanted.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
"The start, honestly, was the key on the coastal race. It was an interesting coastal race. Too often they are a soldier’s course, one following the other without passing opportunities. But this one panned out for us. It is down to metres here and there.”

52 Super Series Media

Quantum Takes The Lead in Porto Cervo - 52 Super Series - Day3

The overall regatta lead at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche regatta on the Costa Smeralda has changed with each and every race so far. But by winning the second race today, a windward-leeward, Quantum Racing take a clear two point lead at the top of the standings at this second regatta of the 2016 52 Super Series season.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
So far Bronenosec, Provezza, Azzurra and Quantum Racing have all led the table and the points remain extremely tight. Quantum Racing, with Doug DeVos on the helm, achieved their own points goal for the day. Their target was to add eight points or less from the 12-miles coastal race and one windward-leeward contest. With a sixth and first that was achieved but tactician Terry Hutchinson came ashore chastising himself for some of his decisions that he felt contributed to their sixth place.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“I expect more of myself in the decision making elements. You hate to be the one costing the team points. But at least we know where the problem is,” Hutchinson said.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
He was especially angry to have gybed too early at the offset mark of the first upwind on the coastal race, placing the boat in bad air when they should have been accelerating away in clear. And they lost XIO on the final approach to the finish line. He paid a glowing tribute to the Quantum Racing team for keeping to their task, keeping the boat fast and some great crew work which gained back places.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
”But, all in all it’s a good day. We are fighting to stay in it until Saturday. Today it was not done in the prettiest of fashions,”  he added.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Top boat of the day was Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing. They bounced back from a poor Wednesday to post a pair of good, solid second places. They chased coastal race winning Provezza hard around the course which took the fleet downwind to a turn at Tre Monte – some four miles into the Maddalena straits – back out upwind for a short upwind-downwind to finish.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
And in the windward-leeward race they lost Quantum Racing in the first beat, but Rán’s second second of the day was never in doubt and they now lie second overall.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Azzurra drop to third overall after their 4,6 for the day. But there is only three points between first and third and Bronenosec are prowling, making 3,4 from the two races.
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Audi Settimana delle Bocche standings after five races:

1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1,3,6,1) 20pts
2. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6,10,2,2) 22pts
3. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4,1,4,6) 23pts
4. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3,11,1,8) 26pts
5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11,8,3,4) 27pts
6. XIO Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13,2,7,5) 33pts
7. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (7,2,7,9,9) 34pts
8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8,4,8,11) 36pts
9. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (11,7,6,10,3) 37pts
10. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5,9,5,DNF/13) 42pts
11. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9,12,11,7) 43pts
12. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (12,10,5,12,10) 49pts

52 Super Series Media

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Azzurra Takes Advantage of the Best Breeze on the Costa Smeralda - 52 Super Series - Day 2

In a shifting, challenging light-breeze which kept tacticians and the race officer on their toes, home favourites Azzurra scored their first race win of the 52 Super Series season and now earn a share of the lead at the Audi Settimana delle Bocche.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
The gentle breeze moved 50 degrees right over the duration of the race, requiring successive changes to the course axis on each leg of Race 3 of the series. It proved a good day for the underdogs too as XIO and Paprec, two of the oldest boats in the fleet, scrapped over the early lead.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
But Azzurra’s tactician Vasco Vascotto managed to judge the changes best for Azzurra, got nicely to the right of leader XIO at the top mark on the second beat and the home team were able to convert a small lead into their first win of the season.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Azzurra swapped their rudder overnight. Strategist Cole Parada shaved off his beard last night in the simple pursuit of a change for the better. It is not really clear which alteration contributed more to Azzura’s win today, but certainly the mood is lifted in the home camp.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Meantime XIO’s shore team had worked through the night to repair their port second spreader which broke in Race 2 yesterday, re-rigging their boat by 0700hrs this morning. Their second place finish is their best result yet on the circuit.



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“We are the last boat to arrive in the class and we have an older boat and a smaller budget and so it is nice to get our best result yet on the 52 Super Series. We have done modifications little by little. It is difficult to be here and race against the best guys in the world. But when you do well, it makes it double the pleasure.” said Gabriele Parodi.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
So both were rewarded for their endeavours as the Italian teams made a one-two with Quantum Racing staying consistent in the tricky conditions taking third to lead overall on countback. Platoon lie third.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Racing was delayed until the breeze built and settled enough. But it was fading fast down the final run and by the time the fleet had finished there was not enough wind for a second race.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
”It is our first good result of the season which is good. If you were to get to 20 races of the season and still not have won one then there is something wrong, so it is good to get the win. It looks like we have discovered what was wrong," said Vasco Vascotto, tactician on Azzurra.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
"We have made some changes and we have to keep making changes to stay competitive. It is important to feel you have enough speed to be able to not have to make decisions simply because you need to do something different. The most important thing for us is to stay safe and just wait to make the best choices,” he added.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
52 Super Series – Audi Settimana delle Bocche - Standings after Day 2:

1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1,3) 13pts

2. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4,1) 13pts

3. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (7,2,7) 16pts

4. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3,11) 17pts

5. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8,4) 17pts

6. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6,10) 18pts

7. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11,8) 20pts

8. XIO Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13,2) 21pts

9. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5,9) 24pts

10. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) (11,7,6) 24pts

11. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9,12) 25pts

12. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (12,10,5) 27pts

52 Super Series Media

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Day 1 - Porto Cervo

Cameron Dunn (NZL), Tactician Sorcha (GBR):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“It was a fun day. We are really happy. There are lots of things to work on but we are really pleased with how things are going. We made improvements through the day and in fact in the second race we sailed the boat better. I made a few mistakes. We had a good feel for the breeze in the first one and it worked out.”

Tony Rey (USA), Tactician Provezza (TUR):
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“We were able to stay in the top three in both races and that always feels good. But as everyone was quick to remind me on the way back in there are eight more races. I felt good for ten seconds and now we are just thinking about tomorrow. There were some ups and downs today and it is all about not having the big bad results.”

Doug DeVos (USA), Owner-Driver Quantum Racing (USA):
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“No matter what you do you can’t ever get a feel in practice for what it is like in a real race. With the closeness of the racing, with boats around you, just trying to do manoeuvres then the dynamic is different. And you are trying to think through things rather than just trying to feel it. After some coaching after the first race, I felt better in the second. I would have loved to have had the practice race.”


52 Super Series Media

Provezza’s Triple Threat - Day 1 - 52 Super Series - Porto Cervo

Provezza finished last month’s Scarlino Cup regatta under a cloud. On the last run of the last race they slid down the leaderboard from a respectable fourth to a disappointing eighth. 
Ergin Imre’s team bounced right back today opening the Audi Settimana delle Bocche regatta with a nice pair of solid third places to lead the regatta, the second of the 2016 52 Super Series season.
Provezza Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“The only way to approach this today was to say Scarlino never happened. We de-briefed it to death. And we went out today with a plan and we executed and the plan was about right,” said Provezza's tactician Tony Rey.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
After two good races where Porto Cervo delivered a consistent 9-11 knots of NNW’ly breeze and warm sunshine, Provezza leads Rán Racing by two points. Niklas Zennström’s crew finished second behind Bronenosec in the first race and sixth in the second race that was won by Quantum Racing.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Monday’s practice race had to be cancelled because the Mistral wind was blowing too strongly, which did nothing to help owners Doug DeVos and Peter Harrison. DeVos was back on the helm of Quantum Racing for the first time since January in Key West while newcomer Harrison was steering his first ever races in the 52 Super Series with Sorcha, on the well optimised and prepared four year old, former Synergy.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Their fortunes contrasted only slightly. Sorcha started Race 1 well, tactician Cameron Dunn taking them to the favoured right side of the course. Quantum Racing were not quite so good, slightly slowed off the start line, they finished ninth. But Sorcha had slotted smartly into the tight first windward mark line up, tacking under the bow of Rán Racing to round third and finish in a very respectable fourth.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
It was Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec which won the first race. They led a group of four to the right side, into a better lifted pressure, to round the first mark with a small lead with Provezza in second. Rán Racing passed Sorcha and Provezza on successive legs, finishing second. 


Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
After debriefing Race 1 swiftly with tactician Terry Hutchinson, strategist Ed Baird and navigator Ian Moore; DeVos nailed the second start better and Quantum Racing were able to hold a good lane out to the left. They lead at the windward mark and were never really challenged, Harm Müller Spree’s Platoon taking second. 
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
Bronenosec sadly suffered one of the those “Penthouse to Outhouse” kind of days. From winning the first race they dropped their kite over the back of the boat and spent many minutes trying to recover it, resulting in an 11th place.
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“Well it was a tale of two races. The first race was hard to get back into. The second we lead wire to wire. What a great day with awesome competition. It was just great to be out there on the water,” said Doug DeVos, owner-driver, Quantum Racing

52 Super Series – Audi Settimana delle Bocche



1. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3) 6pts

2. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6) 8pts

3. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (7,2) 9pts

4. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1) 10pts

5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11) 12pts

6. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4) 12pts

7. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9) 13pts

8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8) 13pts

9. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5) 15pts

10. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (11,7) 18pts

11. Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13) 19pts

12. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (12,10) 22pts

52 Super Series Media

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Magic Carpet Cubed Takes Line Honours in Giraglia Rolex Cup

Lindsay Owen-Jones 100-ft Maxi Magic Carpet Cubed (GBR) has claimed line honours at the 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
Crossing the finish line in Genoa at 15:02:56 CEST today (Thursday), Magic Carpet Cubed completed the offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France in 26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
The time is someway off the 14 hour, 56 minute and 16 second race record set by Esimit Europa 2 in 2012. Magic Carpet Cubed celebrates a second line honours victory at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The first was in 2013, and was followed up last year with an overall win on corrected time. Whether this year’s performance is good enough to secure overall victory for a second time remains to be seen.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
“We’re delighted. We knew before the race we had a good chance at line honours. I have to say we sailed a far better race than 2013. Marcel (Van Triest) and Ian (Walker) made the right choices. Every single move we made happened to take us to where there was wind, maximizing the speed of the boat,” said Owen-Jones.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi;
“We made a risky start. We took the pin end and everyone else was at the committee boat, but there was a massive windshift and we were about half a mile ahead after the first mile and a half of the race," said Ian Walker, Tactician.

“We’re a big heavy boat and if we stop it takes a while to get going. Marcel did a great job to keep us out of trouble. After that it was a questioning of defending Jethou. We knew that whoever was first to the rock would win so that was great.”

“Yesterday morning’s change to shorten the course to avoid the military exercise opened the possibility to come across from the Giraglia to the finish in the south-easterly. This made the last section pretty straight-forward," Marcel van Triest, Navigator said.

“It was unfortunately light coming into the rock so we lost a few hours relative to the weather and we were slower to the finish than hoped, but overall it was a good race,” he added.

Second on the water, and 38-nm from the finish, is Sir Peter Ogden’s Maxi 72 Jethou. 16 yachts have rounded the Giraglia, with Magic Carpet Cubed the first at 08.16 this morning.

268 yachts started to the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race on Wednesday, 15 June. The prize giving will be held on Saturday, 18 June at the Yacht Club Italiano clubhouse in Genoa.

Event Media

Friday, June 10, 2016

RQYS Olympic Team Members - Update - World Sailing Cup - Weymouth & Portland, UK

Foggy, light conditions made for a mixed day of racing at Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland overnight. While the breeze started at around 10-12 knots, this dropped to 5-6 knots as the day progressed, and a shroud of fog created difficult sailing conditions.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Men’s 470 event, RQYS members Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are currently third overall, after they too had a mixed day of racing. The Aussies crossed the finish line with a 7th and 14th in the first two races of the day, but came back in the final race to win.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was a pretty tricky day. We had 5-8 knots at times, really shifty and a lot of fog in the morning, making the visibility really low. We just tried to get a free lane and stay out of everyone’s way. We won the last race, which was really good and I think as the day went on we certainly adjusted pretty well and we had good speed at the end,” Belcher said.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“For us it’s not so much about the result, it’s always been about our performance. We are just trying to race as well as we can and get ourselves into good racing shape,” added.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Finn class, RQYS member Jake Lilley is currently lying seventh overall, after posting 9, 2, 10 in today’s three races.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was looking pretty promising this morning, with a lot of fog and a fair bit of wind, but by the time we got out there the wind had dissipated and we were left with a lot of sea-state and light winds. The top six or seven guys who are here are of a really high standard and definitely players in terms of the Olympic Games. So, the quality of racing is super high,” Lilley said.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Women, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan (RQYS) are currently in eighth overall, after posting results of 9, 13, 4 in today’s three races. With only 15 competitors in their event, scoring is quite close amongst the top crews.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 29th overall, after posting 34, 28, 18 today.

Racing is planned for tomorrow through until Sunday 12 June when Medal Races will be held. These will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv

Australian Sailing Media

Mixed Day For Aussies at World Sailing Cup - Weymouth & Portland

Foggy, light conditions made for a mixed day of racing at Sailing World Cup Weymouth & Portland overnight. While the breeze started at around 10-12 knots, this dropped to 5-6 knots as the day progressed, and a shroud of fog created difficult sailing conditions.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
The Aussies had mixed results in the conditions, with Tom Burton leading the way for the Aussies in the Laser Fleet. Burton is currently first overall, after coming second and first in the day’s first two races, then a tougher third race saw him cross the finish line in 17th.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“There was a lot of fog and some breeze when we arrived at the venue this morning,” said Burton at the conclusion of racing. “We started out with around 10 knots but this dropped as we got out to the race course, and the last race of the day we sailed in around 5 knots. Most of the top guys are here, so competition is high.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Men’s 470 event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are currently third overall, after they too had a mixed day of racing. The Aussies crossed the finish line with a 7th and 14thin the first two races of the day, but came back in the final race to win.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“It was a pretty tricky day,” said Belcher as he came off the water. “We had 5-8 knots at times, really shifty and a lot of fog in the morning, making the visibility really low. We just tried to get a free lane and stay out of everyone’s way. We won the last race, which was really good and I think as the day went on we certainly adjusted pretty well and we had good speed at the end.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
“For us it’s not so much about the result, it’s always been about our performance. We are just trying to race as well as we can and get ourselves into good racing shape.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Finn class, Queensland’s Jake Lilley is currently lying seventh overall, after posting 9, 2, 10 in today’s three races.

“It was looking pretty promising this morning, with a lot of fog and a fair bit of wind, but by the time we got out there the wind had dissipated and we were left with a lot of sea-state and light winds,” said Lilley at the end of the day. “The top six or seven guys who are here are of a really high standard and definitely players in terms of the Olympic Games. So, the quality of racing is super high.”
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Women, Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan are currently in eighth overall, after posting results of 9, 13, 4 in today’s three races. With only 15 competitors in their event, scoring is quite close amongst the top crews.
Photo: Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Nacra 17 class, Sydney-siders Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are lying ninth overall. Their fleet finished four races today, with the Aussies scoring 9, 6, 6, 8. The Canadian team of Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke is currently leading that class.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the 49er FX Olivia Price and Eliza Solly are currently in tenth position overall. Their fleet sailed four races today, and an incident in the first race saw them carry a ‘discretionary penalty imposed’ result of 11.8; however they came back to finish with 14, 4, 11 in the final three races of the day.
Photo: Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
In the Laser Radial event, Ashley Stoddart is currently lying 29th overall, after posting 34, 28, 18 today. In the 49er Men, Australia’s Sam Gilmour and Cameron Seagreen are 22nd overall, having scored 4, 24, 24, 23 today.

Racing is planned for tomorrow through until Sunday 12 June when Medal Races will be held. These will be broadcast live on the World Sailing TV YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/worldsailingtv

Austrialian Sailing Media