sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Audi TP52 World Championship - Quantum Racing claims early lead
Audi TP52 World Championship - Quantum Racing claims early lead

'Quantum Racing - 2014 Audi TP52 World Championship'    Martinez Studio/52 Super Series

Two weeks of pent up frustration at their disappointing third place result in Capri’s first regatta of the Barclays 52 Super Series, not to mention two hours waiting this afternoon for a decent racing breeze to arrive on the beautiful blue waters off Porto Cervo, Sardinia, almost certainly contributed to the speed that Quantum Racing sling shot themselves off the start line for the first race of the Audi TP52 World Championship.

The black and green hull of the American-flagged three times world champions came off a strong mid line position with clear air and speed, to jump out to a clear lead at the start of the 15 miles coastal race but even so there was very, very little in at the top turn.

The margins were tiny at the windward mark of a 1.5 mile ‘pipe opening’ sprint leg, but they really set the hierarchy there and then. Local favourites Azzurra had to duck leader Quantum Racing on the very final approach to the turn downwind, and simultaneously Niklas Zennström’s title holders on Rán Racing had to duck them both, but that the was the order emerging at the first turn, and so it was too at the finish line two hours later.

In the light, seven to nine knots E’ly breeze, there were some small options on the five miles downwind leg to a turning mark by the little Tre Monte isle. But from there it proved to be the proverbial ‘soldier’s course’, marching in file, following the wake of the boat in front on a speed test which saw few changes through the nine boat fleet from seven different nations. From the leeward turn it was a one tack beat or very tight reach to turn for a six miles fetch to the final corner and a short downwind in the fading breeze to the finish line.

Azzurra, winners in Capri last month and victors when the 52 Super Series was here last September, kept the pressure on Quantum Racing to the finish, but the crew which represents the hosts the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda had to be content with second. Rán Racing took third and Eduardo de Souza Ramos new team on Phoenix fourth.

'When Azzurra’s breathing down your neck on their own home waters you know it is never over.' Said Quantum Racing’s Terry Hutchinson, 'And right up to that last mark when we went from a 95 deg wind reaching across to a 130 true wind, you are just thinking ‘well Vasco has one more rabbit in his bag of tricks there’. The mistake would have been to think it was over. It was a bit of a procession after we got around the leeward mark in ‘bomb alley’ down there. So we had a straight upwind reach and then a six miles reach to the last mark, but all the time Azzurra were right there and always ready to capitalise on any mistake.'

Quantum Racing and Azzurra - 2014 Audi TP52 World Championship -  Martinez Studio/52 Super Series  

Up to three coastal races are planned at these Audi Tp52 World Championships with light winds due to continue for the next couple of days.

Results: AUDI TP52 World Championship - Porto Cervo, Italy

Overall after one race

1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (1) 1pt
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (2) 2pts
3. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (3) 3pts
4. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (4) 4pts
5. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (5) 5pts
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (6) 6pts
7. Hurakan, ITA, (Giuseppe Parodi ITA) (7) 7pts
8. Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin FRA) (8) 8pts
9. B2, ITA, (Michele Galli ITA) (9) 9pts

Terry Hutchinson (USA) tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 'It was a very interesting coastal race. Hats off to the race committee for persevering and waiting and waiting and waiting to make sure we did not have a bogus coastal race. And it paid off. There was a time when it did not look very promising and they continued to patience it out and here we are with one race under our belt. Ed and Foxy and Juan did some really nice work on our time and distance. We went upwind and just at five minutes and changed our game plan from wanting to be the left most boat to starting exactly where we did. It was a balance between pressure on the left hand side and the beat being short enough that we could control from that windward position.

As you would imagine we were all quite critical of our performance in Capri. And to be quite honest one race does not justify the six that we did not do very well in in Capri. A win is a great start to the regatta, but there things we can do better boat handling wise and some things we can do better tactically. Without question we are going to keep forging ahead.

When Azzurra’s breathing down your neck on their own home waters you know it is never over. And right up to that last mark when we went from a 95 deg wind reaching across to a 130 true wind, you are just thinking ‘well Vasco has one more rabbit in his bag of tricks there’. The mistake would have been to think it was over. It was a bit of a procession after we got around the leeward mark in ‘bomb alley’ down there so we had a straight upwind reach and a six miles reach to the last mark, Azzurra were right there and always ready to capitalise on any mistake.'

Rod Davis (NZL) coach Azzurra (ITA): 'The course was a bit of a soldier’s course. Passing was very difficult to do. But we are happy to take our second from it. That was kind of in our game plan in the first race, to finish in the top three. After a decent start you don’t want to double bogey the first race. There were not really any opportunities after the top mark. You could have forced something, but it was too big a risk. So after the first mark it just stayed in that order.

It adds a little bit of pressure on the guys to be here on home waters, really. But, that is OK, we are just going to keep sailing the boat the way we do. We sailed a good regatta in Capri. We need to keep that momentum going here. We made some changes to our sail programme in Capri, a change in philosophy in mainsails and stuff. That was definitely an improvement since Key West and Miami. We feel like we have come a long way since then. Things are rumbling along.'

Niklas Zennström (SWE) owner-driver Rán Racing (SWE): 'The race was to the bottom mark and then really there was no passing lanes. Third is OK. We almost crossed Quantum Racing at the top mark and then had to duck both them and Azzurra as a result and then it was pretty hard to get around them. A third in the first race is OK. We are here to win but you don’t need to win every race.'

52 Super Series


by 52 Super Series


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=123161

7:06 PM Tue 10 Jun 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

10 Jun 2014  Audi TP52 World Championship - Azzurra ready for Porto Cervo battle
10 Jun 2014  Audi TP52 World Championships - Ready for action in Porto Cervo
10 Jun 2014  Audi TP52 World Championship - Rán ready to defend title + Video
04 Jun 2014  Barclays 52 Super Series: Racing of a different flavour in Porto Cervo
02 Jun 2014  Barclays 52 Super Series - A ‘New’ Paprec to lead TP52’s into 2015
25 May 2014  Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Victory for the YCCS's Azzurra
25 May 2014  Barclays 52 Super Series - Azzurra claims top honours in Capri
25 May 2014  Barclays 52 Super Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi
24 May 2014  Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Conditions fail to co-operate on Day 2
24 May 2014  Barclays 52 Super Series - Will the underdogs have their day?
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



































































Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day   
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT