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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Azzurra and Quantum Tied At The Top - 52 Super Series Cascais Cup - Day 3

Quantum Racing sealed the 2016 52 Super Series title when they crossed the finish line of the fourth race of the Egnos 52 Super Series Cascais Cup winning the overall season with two days of racing still to be completed.
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The American-flagged team has won four out of four regattas this season. And when they crossed the finish line in third late this afternoon with Azzurra in eighth, they now share the same points tally as the leaders of this final regatta this season.
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Hard driving tactician Terry Hutchinson acknowledged that their outstanding string of regatta wins this season owes a lot to the pain and frustration felt one year ago when they finished second overall to Azzurra in the chase for the 2015 title.
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“I think it took us getting smacked around a little bit last year to understand that we had got to get back to basics. We had to get back to hard work and due diligence, and to making sure that we put every possible amount of effort forward to be successful,” Hutchinson said.
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The 2016 title is Quantum Racing’s third since the 52 Super Series started out in 2012, adding to their series wins in 2013 and 2014.
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“It’s been awesome, such a solid team effort all along. For me, this was by far the most rewarding season we have ever had because we’ve shared the helmsman role between Ed [Baird] and Doug [DeVos], and it’s just been a solid team effort all season long,” Hutchinson continued,
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Quantum Racing will keep their celebrations on ice, reserved for Saturday night’s glamorous prize-giving. Meanwhile, they brought their clean sweep of all five regatta titles within closer reach when they returned a typical solid pair of two thirds from the testing windward-leewards. As erstwhile regatta leaders Azzurra sailed to a second and an eighth the two are now locked together on 12pts with two days of racing left.
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A delay to racing was rewarded with two competitive races, where opportunities for gains and losses were always available in the shifting westerly to nor’westerly breezes which varied from seven to 10 knots.
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Azzurra sailed the first beat of Race 3 best and led around the top mark with Bronenosec second. Quantum Racing were hard on their heels but lost slightly at the windward mark when they found themselves shy of the final layline, having to shoot the turn downspeed. Bronenosec gained on the right on the first downwind to lead at the leeward gate holding on to win ahead of Azzurra with Quantum Racing third.
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The breeze was slightly further right for Race 4 meaning the course was closer to the shore. Bronenosec led at the top mark from Quantum Racing and Sled. But on the second, final run tactician John Kostecki and strategist Jordi Calafat held Platoon out to the right of the downwind and made a gain from fourth to first.
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Azzurra and Quantum Racing are now tied on 12 points, Takashi Okura’s Sled are third also posting a six point day, sailing to fourth and second and Platoon move to fourth overall for the regatta.The tussle for third step on the 52 Super Series podium sees Rán Racing holding a four points lead over Provezza now. Platoon lie fifth and are now just nine points behind Provezza.
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Egnos 52 Super Series Cascais Cup - Standings after Day 3, four races.

1. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (1,1,2,8) 12 pts
2. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (4,2,3,3) 12 pts
3. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (2,6,4,2) 14 pts
4. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (5,7,7,1) 20 pts
5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (8,8,1,4) 21 pts
6. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,4,9,6) 22 pts
7. Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (7,3,8,5) 23 pts
8. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (6,5,10,9) 30 pts
9. Alegre, GBR (Andrés Soriano USA) (10,10,5,7) 32 pts
10. Phoenix, USA (Richard Cohen USA) (9,9,6,10) 34 pts

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