Quantum Racing at Cope del Rey MAPFRE. Photo by Keith Brash.
With only four points between them, Quantum Racing and Ran Racing entered the third and final day of the 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE with the title up for grabs, but after ten races, experience trumped momentum as Quantum Racing claimed the King’s Cup for the second year in a row. The Barclay’s 52 Super Series win was the second consecutive win for Quantum Racing, adding it to their world title in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Before the final races began, Quantum Racing started with a team meeting. Team Manager and Quantum President Ed Reynolds said the team had one goal. “The King’s Cup was on the line,” he said. “We started out really strong, but each of these events ends up like this, with just a few points separating the top boats. The guys were ready. They’re pretty battle tested with this kind of thing.”
The last day of racing at the Copa del Rey MAPFRE in Palma, Spain boasted some of the hottest temperatures of the season as teams prepared to race for the King’s Cup. Swedish team Ran Racing had built momentum through the second part of the regatta and trailed by only four points. With brisk 17-20 knot conditions and steep, choppy seas, Quantum Racing was able to set themselves into Ran’s lee bow in the final seconds of the last race, forcing them to the less favored side of the course. Quantum Racing finished that race in third, but Ran Racing came in sixth, preserving Quantum’s lead and securing their back-to-back King’s Cup victory.
Quantum Racing, owned by Doug DeVos, is led by America’s Cup winner Ed Baird. Tactician Terry Hutchinson said this year’s race was the most challenging. “I’ve done this regatta three times, and this one was by far the hardest.
“We led a lot of times at the top mark then Ran would pass us. The interesting thing about racing on this course is that it is two or three tenths of a mile longer than those which we are normally using. That allows a pretty good opportunity downwind to reel us all in. Today we sailed above our sweet spot, and we went away from them downwind. It’s a little bit of a game of swings and roundabouts.”
The final event of the 52 SUPER SERIES, the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza, starts September 17.
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Leading the way at Cope del Rey MAPFRE. Photo by Keith Brash.