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52 Super Series Royal Cup - Rán Racing surge to victory

'Royal Cup 2012 final day'    Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries    Click Here to view large photo

Royal Cup 2012, the third regatta of the inaugural 52 Super Series, final day of racing was held in Palma, Mallorca today, Saturday 14th July. Rán Racing claimed the Royal Cup and their first overall victory in a testing day’s racing that victorious skipper Niklas Zennström described as being 'as good as it gets'.

Zennstroms’s team surged to victory in a 30-plus northeaster at speeds in excess of 24 knots, finishing second across the line in the final race of the day to clinch the overall win.

World champions Quantum Racing finished second in the cup after they were forced to retire from the first of two races on Saturday, when they broke their headstay ram, headfoil and jib in the near gale force conditions.

The team’s shore crew sent an urgent dispatch of supplies to effect on water repairs between the two races. The crew successfully raced the clock and returned Quantum to the second race, but it just wasn’t their day.

Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One rounded out the Royal Cup’s podium, a result that pleased four-time Olympic medallist and twice America’s Cup winner skipper Jochen Schümann despite having entered the final race with a one-point lead.

Having won the first race today, All4One entered the final race at the top of the leaderboard with a total of 20 points, while both Quantum and Rán were just one point behind on 21.

Each team had crunched the numbers and knew exactly where they needed to place to clinch the coveted Royal Cup Challenge Trophy, but only Rán were able to execute their plan with success.

Zennström said the conditions in Palma Bay were challenging but very rewarding.

'These conditions are fantastic, you’re going downwind doing 24 knots, you’re doing nine knots upwind and still you’re doing boat on boat racing,' he said.

'Crossing the finish line and seeing Quantum ahead of All4One was just awesome, it’s as good as it gets. Quantum are really the class act, beating them today was really, really awesome. They’re hard to beat and that makes winning even sweeter.'

It was more a bittersweet day for Quantum’s crew, having entered the final day’s racing with a six point buffer and a lead they had held since the four day regatta started on Wednesday.

Tactician Andy Horton said the crew knew that their chances of clinging to their lead was compromised the minute they heard a massive 'bang' when their headstay ram broke and they saw their jib tear in the opening nine minutes of the day’s first race.

'I’ve never seen anything like it,’’ Horton said. 'But this is a great group of guys, there wasn’t anything said, it was just a freak accident. This is tight racing. You have to be good enough to win despite something like this happening.'

There was a surprise of a different kind for the crew on board Audi All4One, who exceeded even their own expectations to score third in the Royal Cup.

Schümann said being the 'underdogs' helped his crew race under the radar, uninfluenced by the other teams’ intentions.

'We’re quite happy, finishing third is more than we expected coming here, but that’s what we dreamed of,’’ he said. 'This is our first regatta together as a team. We really enjoy racing together and I think when you see the results getting better and better that reflects it.'

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team finished fourth in the Royal Cup, followed by PowerPlay, Gladiator, Provezza and Aquila.
In the overall 52 Super Series Quantum Racing leads with 53.5 points, followed by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, 59.5, Rán Racing, 69.5, Gladiator, 93, Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, 111.5, PowerPlay, 121.2, Provezza, 131.5, Aquila, 140.5 and Paprec, 150.5.

The teams are now turning their sights on 31st Copa del Rey where eight 52 teams will have a chance to race their grand prix yachts in a highly competitive event that won’t count towards the 52 Super Series points.

The next 52 Super Series point scoring event is the Valencia Cup, from September 19-22.

Ranking
1. Rán Racing 23pts
2. Quantum Racing 24pts
3. Audi All4One 24pts
4. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team 27pts
5. PowerPlay 41.4pts
6. Gladiator 44pts
7. Provezza 47pts
8. Aquila 56pts

Royal Cup 2012 final day -  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries   Click Here to view large photo

Royal Cup 2012 winners -  Xaume Olleros/52 Superseries   Click Here to view large photo

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