In preparation for the 2016 52 SuperSeries, nine of the TP52s, including Quantum Racing, refined their settings and crew work at Gaastra Palma Vela regatta in Mallorca, which concluded May 8. In the end, it was Quantum Racing that captured the win. The regatta was the perfect opportunity for teams to re-group in a full-on racing environment, and of course, the first chance to measure up against the opposition.
During the event, Quantum Racing debuted its new afterguard with Ian Moore stepping in for Juan Vila this season to work with tactician Terry Hutchinson and America’s Cup winning helm Ed Baird.
The Quantum Racing team also spent several days in two-boat testing alongside the new Platoon owned by Harm Müller Spreer of Germany. Platoon is equipped with Quantum sails this year. Platoon, a new Vrolijk design, launched in Dubai in February. After a seven year hiatus, the German owner has been drawn back to the class by the high level of racing and excitement.
Müller Spreer says the move to Quantum sails was not an easy decision because he had been sailing with North Sails for years. “I have seen the performance of Quantum and the Quantum Sail Design Group for the last several years. Working together (with Quantum Racing) doing two-boat testing is perfect for improving our own skills and that was a major idea behind us changing to Quantum.”
Müller Spreer adds, "Honestly, we're just not a number, we are a customer. From my point of view it's a feeling as a customer that we have full support. All the time, these guys are asking me, 'Can we do something better?' so I feel very happy right now."
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The first race of the 2016 52 SuperSeries will take place May 25-29 in Italy during the Scarlino Cup.