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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Portobello Wins Again Claiming Melges 20 Canadian National Championship

After two days of choppy seas, Cesar Gomes Neto and Portobello won again. Sailing with Quantum’s John Bowden as trimmer and Quantum’s Scott Nixon as tactician, Portobello never finished below second place to take the 2014 Canadian National Championship.

The Port Credit Yacht Club hosted the race, which featured lumpy seas and many changes in velocity and wind direction. The second day provided rough upwind conditions with amazing surfing conditions downwind for those who could plane their boats well. Neto did just that.

Sailing with stock 2014 Quantum® sails, Neto claimed the lead position at every first windward mark and finished day two with three first place spots. That was enough to win the overall title, giving Neto the 2014 Canadian National Championship. This is part of an impressive season for Neto, which also includes victories at the Lake Ontario Championship and the U.S. National Championship. Congratulations on a great season!

For full results of the Melges 20 Canadian National Championship, click here

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