Following a very intense five-race event on the beautiful waters of the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Quantum Racing claimed the Audi TP 52 World Championship title—its fourth World title since 2008.
The five-day event lost two days to very light winds but the five race series – two coastal races and three windward-leewards – still felt like a marathon for many of the nine teams from seven different nations.
Quantum Racing, the defending 52 Super Series champions—who also won the US 52 Super Series in their native USA earlier this season—scored consistently well across the two coastal races and the windward-leewards finishing no lower than third. They won the 31 miles coastal race and one windward leeward in their 1,2,2,3,2 scoreline to finish two points up on the fast emerging Brazilian team of Eduardo de Souza Ramos which has Santi Lange as tactician.
The new crew, which only came together when the boat was launched in April, won twice on Friday’s windward-leeward course to finish one point ahead of Rán Racing, Niklas Zennström’s 2013 World Champions.
On the final day, teams were kept waiting on tenterhooks in hot sunshine in a transition zone starved of breeze before being sent back to the docks with no racing to be had. Quantum Racing tactician Terry Hutchinson commented, “These are without question the hardest days because you are waiting around, and know the severity of a bad race. The conditions are going to be challenging at best. And so I think that if you were give out a game ball so to speak, you would give it to the race committee for their patience and perseverance and seeing the day all the way through.”
Speaking of the team’s win, Hutchinson says, “It was a great contest. And in the end we are just happy – probably more relieved than anything – that we sailed a good regatta.
Our bounceback after Capri is what we are probably going to be most proud of. Following that event, we had a good, honest debrief and made some refinements to our gear. In Capri, we probably cornered ourselves a little too far with our downwind gear and we have come back from that, more in line with what we know.”
With their victory at Worlds and third place finish in Capri, Quantum Racing leads the BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES by three points ahead of Rán Racing who in turn is one point up on Azzurra.
The next event in the 52Super Series will take place early August in Palma, Spain at the 33rd Copa del Rey.
Final Standings, Audi TP52 World Championship
Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA) (1,2,2,3,2) 10pts
Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA) (4,3,3,1,1) 12pts
Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström SWE) (3,1,1,4,4) 13pts
Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG) (2,5,7,2,5) 21pts
Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR) (5,7,4,5,3) 24pts
Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR) (6,4,6,7,DNF) 33pts
Paprec Recyclage, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (8,6,5,9,6) 34pts
Hurakan, ITA, (Giuseppe Parodi ITA) (7,8,8,6,8) 37pts
B2, ITA, (Michele Galli ITA) (9,DNF,9,8,7) 43pts
Overall Standings Barclays 52 Super Series
(After two events)
Quantum – USA (23 + 10) = 33 points
Rán – SWE (24 + 13) = 37 points
Azzurra – ITA (17 + 21) = 38 points
Phoenix – BRA (30 + 12) = 42 points
Gladiator – ENG (34 + 24) = 58 points
Provezza – TUR (35 + 33) = 68 points
VESPER – USA (21 + 50) = 71 points
Paprec – FRA (40 + 34) = 74 points
b2 – ITA (46 + 43) = 89 points
Hurakan – ITA (60 + 37) = 97 points
Full results and more coverage here on the 52 Super Series website.
Photos by Keith Brash for Quantum Racing.