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Quantum Racing Triumphant in Fizzing Porto Cervo Finale
Quantum Racing won the Audi Settimana delle Bocche Regatta, the second event of the 2016 52 SUPER SERIES, outsailing Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing on a breezy final day of racing on the Costa Smeralda. When Zennström’s team faltered on the penultimate windward-leeward of the nine-race series, dropping a ninth into an otherwise impressive second half of the event, Quantum Racing’s stock stayed up, retaining their same solid, reliable consistency.
The team lead by owner-driver Doug DeVos took away two third places from the last pair of races to win by six points overall. In so doing they also extend their lead for the season-long 2016 52 SUPER SERIES championship to 29pts over Rán Racing.
The Mistral piped up to 25kts for a fizzing Porto Cervo finale, the TP52’s stretching their legs of over 20kts downwind. The strongest breeze of the season so far penetrated any weaknesses in crew work or mechanicals.
Azzurra escaped with third place overall from their home waters regatta despite having to retire from the last race when a pin in their hydraulic forestay system failed. And after a second place in the first race of the day Provezza’s momentum was halted by a main halyard failure, though they repaired and sailed for their 10pts.
Wins were shared on the final day between Tony Langley’s Gladiator and Zennström’s Rán Racing, both winning by a decent margin on the best day of racing so far this season. Gladiator stepped clear of the scrapping at the first mark to sail away down the first run, while Rán Racing similarly were always ahead of the tussle between Andy Soriano’s Alegre and Quantum Racing.
As has often been the case with previous Quantum Racing regatta wins, and this is their second of the 52 SUPER SERIES season, their powers of recovery are probably more valuable than their race win. When they were over the start line in Race 7 and re-started last, at least 30 seconds behind the last boat, then rounded the top mark in tenth, they pulled back to fourth by the finish line. But it is their tight, percentage sailing and lightwinds speed which is winning them regattas.
Owner-driver Doug DeVos enthuses and inspires his team to perform to the highest level. Not having steered the Quantum Racing since January – July if you are considering the 52 SUPER SERIES events – there was a shaky first race ninth, but from there the team hit their stride as usual – Ed Baird as strategist complementing tactician Terry Hutchinson.
And once more the points in the middle third of the table are incredibly tight. Azzurra and Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon finish on the same points, 54, Provezza one point behind on 55, and Alegre and Marco Serafini’s XIO both on 59 and Gladiator on 60. Rán Racing step up from seventh in Scarlino to finish second and now lie second overall on the circuit standings.
52 SUPER SERIES – Audi Settimana delle Bocche
1 Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (9,1,3,6,1,1,4,3,3) 31pts
2 Rán Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennström SWE) (2,6,10,2,2,4,1,9,1) 37pts
3 Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (8,4,1,4,6,7,5,6,DNF13) 54pts
4 Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (7,2,7,9,9,3,3,8,6) 54pts
5 Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (3,3,11,1,8,6,11,2,10) 55pts
6 Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (10,5,9,5,DNF/13,2,6,7,2) 59pts
7 Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (6 DNS/13,2,7,5,8,9,4,5) 59pts
8 Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (5,8,4,8,11,9,7,1,7) 60pts
9 Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (1,11,8,3,4,10,12,10,4) 63pts
10 Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) (11,7,6,10,3,5,8,5,9) 64pts
11 Sorcha GBR (Peter Harrison GBR) (4,9,12,11,7,11,2,11,8) 75pts
12 Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA)(12,10,5,12,10,12,10,RDG10.1,RDG10.1) 91.2pts
52 SUPER SERIES Overall Standings
After 2 regattas:
1 Quantum Racing, 54 pts
2 Rán Racing, 83 pts
3 Alegre, 88 pts
4 Platoon, 89 pts
5 Azzurra, 99 pts
6 Provezza, 103 pts
7 Sled, 104 pts
8 Bronenosec, 109 pts
9 Xio/Hurakan, 122 pts
10 Gladiator, 133 pts
11 Sorcha 171 pts
12 Paprec 172.2 pts