Onorato Caps Golden Season with Melges 20 2014 European Championship as Quantum Takes Top Five Spots

With more than 90 teams from 12 countries competing in the 2014 Melges 20 events, it was Achille Onorato and Mascalzone Latino Jr. who took the title as overall European Champion.

The honor comes one month after Onorato places second at the World Championship in Italy. The nine-month season included eight sanctioned events, including the World Championship. Onorato raced well with many top finishes, giving him the title with 86 points, three points ahead of second place. He told the Audi Melges 20 fleet that:

"2014 is a year to be framed…The only set-back we had during the Audi-Tron Sailing Series was in Porto Ercole. The icing on the cake was our second place finish at Worlds, all special thanks to my team – Malcolm and Stefano, but most especially to our coach Marco Savelli. It's a great team and we're very close knit, which has helped us better react when things didn't necessarily go the right way. To win the European Ranking is a great honor and the culmination of a fantastic year."

The top five 2014 European ranking results are:

1 – Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino Jr. – 86 pts. 
2 – Dario Levi, Fremito D'Arja – 83 pts 
3 – Guido Miani, Monaco Racing Fleet– 82 pts. 
4 – Manfredi Vianini Tolomei, Maolca – 80 pts. 
5 – Wesley Whitmyer, Slingshot – 65 pts.

All top-five ranked sailors in the Audi Melges 20 European rankings used Quantum® stock class sails this season, which gave them a great advantage because of the easy access to speed and set-up information shared by Quantum teams throughout the fleet. Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season!

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Alberini Named Inaugural J/70 European Champion

After 10 races over four days, Carlo Alberini and the Quantum-powered Calvi Network won the European J/70 Championship in Italy this past weekend, becoming the first ever J/70 European Champion.

Thirty-three boats from eight countries competed in the inaugural event. Variable winds cause a brief delay in action, but the fleet managed to complete ten races throughout the weekend. Alberini fought hard to maintain a lead, but in the last race he won by a six-point margin, beating an Olympic bronze medalist and World Open Sea Champion to secure his title as the J/70 European Champion. Congratulations!

To see full results from the 2014 J/70 European Championship, click here.

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Quantum Racing Does It Again – Repeats Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES Victory

Photo by Keith Brash

 

Quantum Racing won the ZENITH Royal Cup Marina Ibiza last weekend, securing their win of the 2014 Barclays SUPER SERIES. This is the second SUPER SERIES win in a row for Quantum Racing, who claimed the victory by a 15-point margin.

After placing third at the Rolex Capri Sailing Week in May, Quantum Racing de-briefed and regrouped, coming back to win the World Championship in June, the King’s Cup in August, and the ZENITH Royal Cup this past weekend. They finished the series with 81 points, 15 points ahead of second place.

The Quantum Racing team, led by skipper Ed Baird and tactician Terry Hutchinson, includes more America’s Cup winners than any other team on the circuit, but their success is based on more than just their high level of experience. Baird told Barclays, “One of the super strengths of this team is that everyone on this team comes down here every day saying ‘how can I do it better today than yesterday?’ When you fight with that kind of mentality on your side, you just never allow yourself to back up, to do your job any less well than before. When you start with great guys, you have that fighting instinct on your side through good and bad. It is wonderful.”

Congratulations on another impressive season!

ZENITH Royal Cup Marina Ibiza

Quantum Racing, 23pts

Azzurra, 26pts

Rán Racing, 34pts

Sled, 36pts

Gaastra Pro, 38pts

Provezza 7, 40pts

Gladiator, 45pts

Phoenix, 47pts

 

2014 BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES

Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) 81pts

Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) 96pts

Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) 100pts

Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) 124pts

Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) 147pts

Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) 170pts

 

For more information on the Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES, click here

 

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