At Quantum Key West, reining 52 Super Series 2012 champions Azzurra have started the 2013 season in superb form after taking victory in four out of ten races sailed, overcoming their early adversities on day one to take and hold the lead in the final phase.
Azzurra in action during the Quantum Key West Race Week - 52 Super Series
Azzurra’s victory in Race 9 was the fourth of the ten races sailed here, but was earned in part by the attrition among their rivals, as this race featured some uncharacteristic failures and errors among two otherwise seasoned teams. First there was a headsail failure on Quantum that occurred within the first few minutes of the race, and took that sail out of play for not only the remainder of Race 9 but Race 10 as well.
Then at the bottom gate it was Rán Racing’s turn for bad luck, as their gennaker fell over the side, stopping the boat dead in the water. Unable to retrieve it, it was abandoned for the chase boat. Having had a share of the regatta lead this morning, the resulting sixth place effectively stalled Niklas Zennstrom’s crew in their quest to win the first regatta of the season.
Azzurra celebrate 2013 52 Super Series victory at Quantum Key West
But in the second race it was Interlodge, one of the two new US teams entered in the 52 Super Series, who led from start to finish to get their second well-earned race win at Quantum Key West 2013. Their impressive 2-1 finishes on the day have given them an invitation to the second step on the podium for tonight’s awards, with Rán finishing in third overall.
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