Team Synergy Takes Second at Sotogrande Cup, Advances to Second in Match Racing

The Quantum-powered Synergy Russian sailing team, led by Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev, took second place this past weekend at the RC44 Sotogrande Cup. Sailing for three days in brilliant sunshine with a slow-building, shifty, westerly wind, tactician Ed Baird, who also serves as helmsman for Quantum Racing, said good starts helped them sail consistently throughout the weekend.

“When we could get off the line clean and just play our own game, we could use the shift pattern,” said Baird. “When you get behind right away then someone always controls where you go and that doesn’t work out as well. It worked out. The guys sailed the boat really well today.”

Synergy won two races and finished second three times to claim an overall second place finish in fleet racing with forty-eight points, just three points behind first. The second-place finish gives Synergy five points, and third-place positioning, in the fleet racing portion of the event. In match racing, Synergy is also in second place, just one point behind the leader.

Also finishing well at the Sotogrande Cup with Quantum® sails was Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge. Kirill Podolskiy's training platform for the St.Petersburg Yacht Club gives Russian sailors ages 18-27 an opportunity to compete at international sailing events. Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge finished fourth in the fleet race.

Synergy will race again August 13-17 at the RC44 Marstrand World Championships at the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club on Marstand Island, Sweden. Congratulations, and good luck!

For Sotogrande Cup results, click here
For more information on Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge, click here
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