Race win moves Quantum Racing up to second behind Azzurra on Day 3
Quantum Racing won the only raced sailed on Day 3 of the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup, but with regatta leaders Azzurra crossing the line in second place, the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda lead by 11 at the half way point of the event with eight points. Provezza are tied on 19 points with Quantum Racing.
The 52 SUPER SERIES champions who won four out of five regattas last season, Quantum Racing, today came right back after a poor Wednesday when they added 13 points to their aggregate. With TP52 newcomer Bora Gulari steering, and Terry Hutchinson on tactics they made their small speed advantage in light airs work for them on the first beat and stretched out a good early lead, winning comfortably.
“In Key West, and now in Miami, we had bad Wednesdays. We are asking that we no longer race on Wednesdays.” Quipped the Quantum Racing project director Ed Reynolds.
“But seriously once again I am proud of how our team came back. I think in flat water like that today and light airs we always seem to have good speed and that was what made the difference. It was never going to be easy bringing in someone new into a fleet of this calibre. And the subtleties of communication in the starting period, the little nuances, are maybe where that tells. We always knew we would stub our toes a few times like we did Wednesday. And for missing out on training days before the regatta because of the weather did not help us.”
Quantum Racing’s Terry Hutchinson – the racecourse Houdini among South Beach’s world of Lamborghini, Martini and Bikini – did excellent work in sniffing out the best lanes of pressure on the first beat, seeming happy to take a couple of extra tacks to eke out the strongest shift and wind strength.
Their lead at the top mark was already telling, while behind them the scene – as the overlapped line up approached on the starboard tack lay line in a very gentle breeze – became ugly.
Azzurra, Sled and Provezza called it best, stayed clear, or took early note of the potential for pile ups, and rounded the top mark in second, third and fourth.
Hutchinson, Quantum Racing’s tactician explained:
“Racing these boats in those conditions is very, very difficult. We’re going through a learning curve to help make the whole team better, so it all comes with understanding. There’s a lot of things we could’ve done better yesterday. Last night we got back, had our standard debrief, coach gave us everything he thought we did well and did poorly and came out today and tried to have business as usual.”
Peter Harrison’s Sorcha team, with Nic Asher and Joe Glanfield on tactics and strategy, worked well for fifth.
Sorcha’s project manager and navigator Campbell Field commented:
“It was very positive. We’re kind of relieved that we could stick with the pack. It was a little bit more straightforward for us today with flatter water and it became a bit more cerebral rather than wrestling the boat around the racecourse through the conditions. We found it a bit tough in the choppier conditions that everyone else has been used to sailing in. We’re very happy with our speed. We held our cool as the excitement levels got up toward the finish of the race and defended quite nicely against Gladiator.”
Tony Langley’s Gladiator crew took a well earned sixth, 48 hours of incredible work to mobilise their substitute TP52 from West Palm Beach, may have seen some red eyes matching the colour of their hull, but all credit to a remarkable piece of team work to get their other boat in the match after their new boat was holed in the second race of the regatta.
52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup
Standings after five races.
1. Azzurra (Roemmers family, ITA/ARG), (2,2,1,1,2) 8 points.
2. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA), (1,4,6,7,1) 19 p.
3. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR) (5,3,3,4,4) 19 p.
4. Platoon (GER, Harm Müller-Spreer), (3,1,8,2,7) 21 p.
5. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), (4,8,4,3,10) 29 p.
6. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS), (10,5,2,6,8) 31 p.
7. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA), (6, DSQ12,5,9,3) 35 p.
8. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA) (8,6,7,5,9) 35 p.
9. Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR) (9,7,9,8,5) 38 p
10. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR) (7, RDG8, RDG8, DNC12,6) 41 p.
11. Paprec (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) (DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12) 60 p