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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quantum Racing Keep It Tidy - 52 Worlds - Menorca - Day 2

From a difficult, and at times confusing second day of racing at the 52 World Championship 2016 on the beautiful waters off Menorca, Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points at the top of the high calibre 12-boat fleet.
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After four races, three windward leewards and a 17-mile coastal race, the American-flagged team have finished no worse than second, today recording a first and a second. They were by far the lowest scoring team today, second placed Azzurra being next best with an aggregate eight points for the day.
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Wind conditions were lighter than Wednesday’s opening two races. The first windward-leeward saw 10-11 knots on the start line. The coastal race that followed – essentially one small windward leeward then a longer beat, a seven mile run and a final windward leg to finish at the entrance to Mahón harbour – started in a light 6-9 knots and was marked by a period of lighter airs. It finished in beautiful late afternoon sunshine and a more solid 10-11 knots on the line.
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Quantum Racing read the vagaries of the first beat of the first race best. There was a fine balance between using the starboard tack lift inshore and the stronger pressure offshore and Terry Hutchinson took the Quantum Racing crew faultlessly on this particular high wire beat. They led Niklas Zennström’s Rán at the top mark.
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Of the three boats which were called over early on the start line, Azzurra made a special recovery to fourth at the top mark. While Quantum Racing and Rán held solid at the front in first and second, the second beat saw a right shift which Azzurra got on the outside off, losing four hard earned places to cross in seventh. Beneficiaries of the right shift included Provezza which made third and Peter Harrison’s Sorcha which got fourth.
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Platoon led early in the 17-mile coastal race but on the longest leg they held too far offshore, looking for extra pressure perhaps. Harm Müller-Spreer’s crew took a big drop for their mistake. While the gains were inshore, very close to the land where the breeze was accelerating and heading nicely, they dropped back to a painful seventh.
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The leading battle all the way around the course was really between Azzurra and Quantum Racing. This time the Italian crews’ defences proved impregnable and they crossed the finish line just under 200 metres ahead of Quantum Racing. Tony Langley’s Gladiator were unlucky to lose third to Takashi Okura’s Sled in an upwind drag race to the line, but Gladiator share the same points tally as fourth-placed Provezza, a notable improvement for the British team so far.
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In the overall standings, Quantum Racing are 13 points clear at the top of the standings, Azzurra second and Platoon, 5-7 today, lie third.
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“It was hard all the way through the day. But it was exciting all the way through too. In the coastal race it was changing all the time. One minute you were looking good and the next you were in the cheap seats,” said Quantum Racing’s navigator, Ian Moore.
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52 World Championship – Mahon, Menorca Standings after Day 2, four races sailed.

1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (2,1,1,2) 6pts
2. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (1,10,7,1) 19pts
3. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (5,3,5,7) 20pts
4. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,7,3,6) 22pts
5. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (4,4,10,4) 22pts
6. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (9,2,2,10) 23pts
7. Alegre, GBR (Andy Soriano USA) (7,5,6,8) 26pts
8. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (3,DNF/13,8,9) 33pts
9. Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (12,6,4,12) 34pts
10. Phoenix, USA (Richard Cohen USA) (10,9,11,5) 35pts
11. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (8,8,9,11) 36pts
12. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (11,11,12,3) 37pts

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