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Copa del Rey Mapfre - Quantum Racing squash the challenge in Palma

'2014 Copa del Rey Mapfre - 52 Super Series, Quantum Racing'    Martinez Studio/ Copa del Rey Mapfre    Click Here to view large photo

There was to be no succession at the 2014 Copa del Rey Mapfre. Rán Racing may have gone into the final day of the Mediterranean’s showcase regatta with designs on the King’s Cup, just three points behind reigning champions Quantum Racing, but the defending champions squashed the challenge from Niklas Zennström’s team on the start line of the final and rolled out overall winners in Palma for the second season in a row.

For Doug DeVos’ American flagged team which is lead by America’s Cup winner Ed Baird it was their second Barclays 52 Super Series event win in a row, adding to their victory in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

They denied Rán Racing their crack at the Copa del Rey title on the start line of the last race. Quantum Racing set themselves into Rán’s lee bow in the final seconds, bouncing them out to the less favoured side of the course. Zennström’s team rounded the top mark in sixth while Eduardo de Souza Ramos’ Brazilian crew on Phoenix streaked away to win ahead of Azzurra.

While Quantum Racing came to Palma with the winning momentum after taking the world title in Porto Cervo six weeks ago, Rán Racing scored two poor results back-to-back over the first and second days. After a long, hard debrief the Rán crew transformed themselves and scored four race wins, more than any other team, and between then and today’s finale in 15-20kts of SE’ly breeze, outsailed their rivals, in part thanks to a small but telling speed edge downwind.

2014 Copa del Rey Mapfre - 52 Super Series -  Martinez Studio/ Copa del Rey Mapfre   Click Here to view large photo

Quantum Racing’s Terry Hutchinson extended his personal tally of TP52 wins at the Copa del Rey to three but on sweltering hot, busy dock of the Real Club Nautico de Palma, affirmed that this was the hardest.

'At the moment I feel relieved rather than any sense of elation. Rán Racing had us under pressure for sure.'

'This time was the hardest. I have done this regatta three times. Once I steered Desafio and twice I have done tactics on Quantum Racing and all three have had the same result. And this one was by far the hardest. We lead a lot of times at the top mark and Rán would pass us. They have a nice boat and they understand the boat and its modes and the interesting thing about racing on this course with the Maxi boats is that the courses are two or three tenths of a mile longer than those which we are normally using. And that allows them a pretty good opportunity to reel us all in. And today we sailed above our sweet spot and we went away from them downwind.'

Copa del rey 2014, Palma de Mallorca, Spain - Azzurra -  © Jesus Renedo  

Azzurra finished second today to finish third overall just three points behind Rán Racing and seven points behind the regatta winners.

In the overall Barclays 52 Super Series standings Quantum Racing have stretched their lead to eight points over Rán Racing, doubling their cushion since the start of the Copa del Rey. Azzurra are just four points behind Rán Racing.

Results: Barclays 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey Mapfre

Final standings after 10 races

1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (2,1,2,2,6,1,2,2,4,3) 25pts
2. Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (1,7,6,3,1,3,1,1,2,4) 29pts
3. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (3,5,4,1,5,2,5,4,1,2) 32pts
4. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (6,3,3,6,2,5,3,3,3,1) 35pts
5. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (DNF/8,2,1,5,3,4,4,5,7,5) 44pts
6. Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (4,6,5,4,4,7,6,7,6,7) 56pts
7. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (5,4,DNF/8,DNS/8,7,6,7,6,5,6) 62pts

Barclays 52 Super Series after three regattas, Capri, Porto Cervo, Palma

1. Quantum Racing 58pts
2. Rán Racing 66pts
3. Azzurra 70pts
4. Phoenix 77pts
5. Gladiator 102pts
6. Paprec 130pts
7. Provezza 130pts

Ado Stead GBR tactician Rán Racing: 'We knew that with just one race they would come looking for us and so it was a case of trying to minimise the damage. We managed to chase them into the start line with 15 seconds to burn. We needed probably 10 or 15 seconds so we could give them a push rather than them control us. We just missed it by five or ten seconds. We were forced off to the right and thought we would have a go out there. We got through to fourth. After that start we were looking for something on the right. We have won the most races out of the fleet. We have achieved many top threes. What we have to work on is just being that bit more consistent. A sixth and seventh earlier in the week hurt us and if we could have gone in today level or ahead, who knows?

We are pleased with where we are in the season, we are not too far behind Quantum going in to Ibiza. We have put a few more points on Azzurra. We are pleased.'

Terry Hutchinson (USA) tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 'This time was the hardest. I have done this regatta three times. Once I steered Desafio and twice I have done tactics on Quantum Racing and all three have had the same result. And this one was by far the hardest. We lead a lot of times at the top mark and Rán would pass us. They have a nice boat and they understand the boat and its modes and the interesting thing about racing on this course with the Maxi boats is that the courses are two or three tenths of a mile longer than those which we are normally using. And that allows them a pretty good opportunity to reel us all in. And today we sailed above our sweet spot and we went away from them downwind. It is a little bit of a game of swings and roundabouts.

I give high marks to our crew all week. If I was to rate my own performance I would give myself six. I would say that Michele Ivaldi did awesome work sliding in to Juan Vila’s shoes. He is a great tactician in his own right and a great navigator. It was a big ask for him to come in and fill in for Juan Vila. When you talk about navigators then without doubt Juan Vila is the best in the world. But Michele is also a great tactician and it is good to have the tactical support too. And I am quite confident that if we had Michele doing tactics and Juan navigating this week we would have had the same result!'

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