Please select your home edition
Edition
MySail Crew

XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy Day 2

by 52 Super Series 12 Jun 21:00 PDT June 10-16, 2024

Super consistent Quantum Racing extend

After winning the second race on Wednesday, Quantum Racing powered by American Magic have now taking three winning guns from four starts at the XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport Trophy to lead by eight points ahead of the Thai flagged Team Vayu.

Sticking to their key principles of keeping everything as simple as possible, sailing low risk and using their excellent boatspeed the New York Yacht Club team were fourth in the first race which was won by the Whitcraft family's Vayu who were then tied for the regatta lead with the five times circuit champions.

But while Quantum Racing were able to take two places during the first round to go on and win, Vayu were closed out whilst pitching for the pin end of the start and then had to spend Race 4 fighting from the back of the fleet.

Conditions were nothing short of perfect, 12-14kts of breeze with warm early summer sunshine accompanied by some towering puffy cumulus clouds. Out there on a pristine day like this it is all too easy to daydream of the heydays of the J Class racing on these same waters at three America's Cups between 1930 and 1937 before being superseded by the 12 Metres which raced eight America's Cups out of Newport from 1958.

With Victor Diaz de Leon as skipper/tactician, Nevin Snow as strategist and Evelyn Hull navigating, Quantum Racing powered by American Magic started well in both races - never pushing one end of the line or the other - but then were always seemingly able to find their way up among the top two or three at the first windward turns. Even in this respect alone they are looking stronger and more consistent than at the first regatta of the season, last month's PalmaVela,.

So far so good

"So far so good, we have had a couple of days of awesome breeze and we have come good but reall were still just trying to put the pieces together as a young team and minimise the mistakes and get around the course fast. We need to just to keep racing all the time You see at all the mark roundings it is always so close you have to keep pushing all the time." Explains Sara Stone, Quantum's mid-bow. "We have a few more new people this year and so everybody is learning again how we all work together and that is about what information is needed when and who gives that information. It is a continuous process. We are getting better every day."

That poor second start saw Vayu take a ninth place which leaves them now just three points up on Tina and Hasso Plattner's Phoenix which lies third. Again each of the owners steered a race, Hasso the first and Tina the second, backed up by Ed Baird and Cameron Dunn tactician and strategist.

"We do have a bit on. Hasso has not done this for a while and Tina is learning to drive with the wheels but it is awesome to get a seven and three today in this fleet. We keep it relaxed. Tina is super chilled and comes in and does a great job, she has no warm up between races, Hasso is just phenomenal. We had a bad start but you just keep chipping away and on the last run we took three boats." Said strategist Dunn.

The first race saw Team Vayu and Jean Luc Petithuguenin's Paprec jump clear by the first top mark, earning an initial lead which the fleet could not close. Vayu's win is their third ever and second is the French team's best finish this season so far.

"Today was good. We had a little briefing this morning, I said 'OK boys now we need to play in the right division, the A group. We have spent a lot of time looking at the champions and the stars from behind them, now we need to be up there with them." Said their tactician Loïck Peyron.

Racing continues from midday Thursday.

Results after Day 2: (four races)

1. QUANTUM RACING POWERED BY AMERICAN MAGIC (USA), Doug DeVos, 1+1+4+1 = 7pts
2. VAYU (THA), Whitcraft family, 2+3+1+9 = 15pts
3. PHOENIX (RSA), Hasso & Tina Plattner, 6+2+7+3 = 18pts
4. ALEGRE (GBR), Andy Soriano, 5+10+3+2 = 20pts
5. SLED (USA), Takashi Okura, 3+8+8+4 = 23pts
6. PLATOON AVIATION (GER), Harm Müller-Spreer, 4+5+9+5 = 23pts
7. GLADIATOR (GBR), Tony Langley, 8+4+5+8 = 25pts
8. PAPREC (FRA), Jean-Luc Pethuguenin, 10+7+2+7 = 26pts
9. INTERLODGE (USA), Austin & Gwen Fragomen, 9+9+6+6 = 30pts
10. ALPHA+ (HKG), Shawn & Tina Kang, 7+6+10+10 = 33pts

Follow the daily live stream on YouTube.

Related Articles

Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex day 2
The wood is good, says skipper/owner Oivind Lorentzen The wood is good, says skipper/owner Oivind Lorentzen. His latest boat, the 43-foot Botin-designed Jax, was cold molded by Brooklin Boatyard in Maine, designed to plane in brisk conditions and intended to compete under ORC. Posted today at 4:03 pm
Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex day 1
Trimmers and tacticians battled light air and lumpy seas Day 1 of the 14th edition of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex was a challenging one as trimmers and tacticians battled light air and lumpy seas in addition to the competition. Posted today at 8:18 am
Rolex TP52 Worlds in Newport, RI Day 3
Platoon Aviation fly high with race win, Gladiator hold strong Harm Müller-Spreer's 2023 defending champions Platoon Aviation won the only race sailed at the Rolex TP52 World Championship off Newport, RI on Thursday. Posted today at 3:36 am
14th Race Week at Newport preview
TP52 Worlds, IC37 Nationals and the J/109 N American Championship are all on the line The 14th edition of Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex will feature some of the top sailing teams in the United States and from around the world. Posted on 18 Jul
Rolex TP52 Worlds in Newport, RI Day 2
Perfect pair from Gladiator sees them go top Winning both races today at the 2024 Rolex TP52 World Championship in Newport RI, Tony Langley's Gladiator team have now scored three back-to-back victories and top the worlds leaderboard with a four points lead after four races. Posted on 18 Jul
Rolex TP52 Worlds in Newport, RI Day 1
Sled's unmatched consistency sees them lead Takashi Okura's 2021 Sled, the 2021 world champions, made the best start to the 2024 Rolex TP52 World Championship Newport today as they posted two second places from the first challenging races which were contested on a Newport, Rhode Island race track. Posted on 17 Jul
Rolex TP52 World champion Practice Day
Final dress rehearsal ahead of tomorrow's start in Newport, RI Over two short, sharp one-lap practice races, final dress rehearsal ahead of tomorrow's start to the Rolex TP52 World Championship, Tony Langley's British flagged Gladiator were the most consistent performers, taking a 2nd & 1st in a fleet of 10 teams. Posted on 15 Jul
Rolex TP52 World Championship headlines Race Week
Sailing's premiere monohull fleet-racing championship taking place at Newport For just the second time in its 16-year history, the Rolex TP52 World Championship will be contested on American waters. Sailing's premiere monohull fleet-racing championship will take place as part of the NYYC's Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. Posted on 15 Jul
Rolex TP52 Worlds in Newport, RI starts Monday
Ten teams from seven different countries are set to compete There may seem to be the chance that it will be a team which has never won the world title before which stands on the top step of the podium next Saturday at the prize-giving at the NYYC's beautiful Harbor Court. Posted on 11 Jul
Optimising sail trim: Upwind vs downwind
Perhaps the single most important factor in boat performance Sail trim is perhaps the single most important factor in boat performance. Whether you're a weekend dinghy sailor or you sail on a 100-ft maxi, adjusting sail shape to maximise the wind that you have at your disposal is the name of the game. Posted on 10 Jul
Lloyd Stevenson - AC Alinghi 1456x180px BOTTOMSOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS728-X-90 BottomHyde Sails 2022 One Design FOOTER