Awesome Soto 40 Racing at the 2015 Copa del Rey

Sailing with a full set of Quantum sails, Noticia IV managed a 3-point victory over Glen Ellen at Copa del Rey last weekend, take the top two spots in a strong, 6-boat fleet.

Quantum’s Adrien de Belloy raced on Glen Ellen, using Quantum’s J1.5 and mainsail. He said the switch to Quantum sails was obvious. “With the old kites on board, we struggled for speed downwind, but [with the Quantum sails] we were the quickest upwind, to the point of nobody willing to start to windward of us.”

Quantum’s Soto 40 sails have taken charge this season, keeping Noticia IV and Glen Ellen in front of the fleet. “Over the past three regattas, Glen Ellen won the first event and finished second at the others, swapping with Noticia IV. Quantum sails are proving fast in any sailing venue.”

Congratulations to both teams!

For full results from Copa del Rey, click here.

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Spotlight on a J/109 Champion

For the owner and crew Caminos, winning the J/109 North American Championship at Block Island Race Week earlier this summer was a family affair.

Don Filippelli’s Caminos had long been a threat in the J/109 fleet, but had never won a big regatta, let alone a North American Championship. After recently switching to Quantum Fusion M sails, Caminos, skippered by Filippelli’s son-in-law Ryan Dempsey, finally brought home a long-coveted trophy at this year’s Block Island Race Week in Rhode Island.

Dempsey, a former University of New Hampshire sailing coach, really got into racing when his family bought a J/80. When he met Filippelli’s daughter Tina, he asked her to go sailing, but at first she refused—she didn’t gravitate toward the sport as a kid. Eventually she relented and honed her racing skills on the J/80 before starting to race on Caminos, first in the sewer and now as pit, a position she’s held for the past three or so years.

To call tactics, Dempsey called on his long-time J/80 sailmaker Terry Flynn of Quantum Seabrook. “It was my first time sailing with Terry. He was exactly what we needed. Personality-wise, I knew he’d fit in well with the crew,” said Dempsey.

And, Caminos was due for a new set of sails. “We’d been with North for a long time, but we felt we were ready for a change, and it was a good opportunity to get Terry on board,” said Dempsey.

The new sails were delivered only a couple of weeks before the regatta, and they only had one opportunity to put them up, just to make sure everything fit. “When we got to Block Island we went through the tuning guide that Quantum provides and went out sailing,” said Flynn.

The Caminos crew had two days of practice on Saturday and Sunday before five days of racing kicked off on Monday—there are three buoy races most days, with one 23-mile round the island race. During the week, the racers faced just about every feasible condition, with postponements on a couple days due to light wind, to gusts to 30 knots during the round the island race.

It was the first time Dempsey and Flynn had sailed together, and most of the crew was new to the boat, including a squirrel they picked up on a crew board in Annapolis, but Dempsey said he had a feeling everyone would get along well.

“I enjoy putting teams together and I like to think I do a good job of it. Not just in terms of finding people who are good sailors, but people who would work well together,” he said.

Dempsey’s knew his main and jib trimmers Mark Gorman and Bruce Sawyer, through J/80s but had little experience sailing with them. “I had confidence with Terry on the boat, that he could help out trimmers. With that knowledge Bruce would be able to execute it,” said Dempsey.

“Terry was really the show on the water, I need to give a lot of credit to him, and Tina does a great job with setting the groundwork. She’s a clinical psychologist and she really appreciates how setting the stage goes a long way to getting everyone to work together as a team quickly,” he added.

Don no longer races the big regattas due to Parkinson’s disease, but he was at Block Island to watch. While the practice they had before the regatta was important, a race like Block Island is a marathon not a sprint and hydration and food is critical. Tina says her parents serve as their “shore crew” organizing accommodations and meals. She told the East Hampton Star, “Having Mom and Dad there with us allowed us to just focus on sailing and racing well.”

What the race came down to said Flynn, was that they didn’t make any big mistakes. Caminos was the only boat in the top four that wasn’t over early at least once. “I think that helped build the points spread. It’s tough to get back through the group. It allowed us to be a little more conservative.”

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Quantum Racing Crowned Kings of Copa del Rey

Quantum Racing may have won the premier class at the 34th Copa del Rey MAPFRE, TP52s for the third time in a row when they won the final race but tactician Terry Hutchinson considers today’s victory in the fourth regatta of the 52 SUPER SERIES their hardest won and by far their most satisfying.

Victory in the Mediterranean’s showcase regatta was a real family affair this time. Son Dalton DeVos steered the first two days of the regatta before father Doug DeVos took over for the final days. "That was by far the hardest Copa del Rey that we have won," grinned Hutchinson on the dock at the Real Club Nautica de Palma, wiping the sweat from his forehead, "it is a rewarding day and a rewarding win."

As much as the DeVos family have given us over the eight years, what an awesome, awesome day for Quantum Racing. To do it with our inspirational leader Doug and his son Dalton doing the first two days of the regatta… would say we did not do it the easy way. And yet it is by far the most rewarding.

Terry Hutchinson, tactician, Quantum Racing

Doug, one of the founding fathers and shareholders of the 52 SUPER SERIES, took over the helm on Thursday and made a shaky ninth and fifth, incurring a penalty on the first race, but came back strong thereafter winning today’s on race showdown when all the pressure was on, to seal the regatta title three points clear of Azzurra.

Quantum Racing’s first regatta win of the 2015 season was clinched by a 5,2,1,1 sequence. Indeed after their nine points aberration the 2014 52 SUPER SERIES champions amassed only nine points over the last four races.

Four boats were in the frame for the Copa del Rey title, Azzurra went afloat with a one point lead ahead of Quantum Racing and Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon, with Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec just one more point behind.

A delay preceded the sea breeze build. And when it came in it was shifty and fitful. A first start was annulled when a 35 degree shift skewed the start line.

But when the showdown race did get away, the 6-9kts breeze as far right as it has been all week, at 235 degrees, it was Quantum Racing who executed perfectly. They worked the right side of the course, avoiding the initial light patch to the right of the committee boat and stayed patient to earn the winning dividend, leading all the way around the course. Azzurra rounded the top mark in sixth after choosing the pin end, left side option. They then dropped two places on the run and recovered to fifth. The world champions finish runners up to Quantum Racing with Platoon finishing on the third step overeall, the German flagged team’s second podium in succession.

Once again one of the hallmarks of the Quantum Racing team was their ability to bounce back after a bad day.

Correspondingly Platoon had a day of two wins during the week but then finished 4,8,10. Azzurra may rue their wrong choice today but they leave Palma having extended their lead on the season long 52 SUPER SERIES championship by another point, heading to Cascais in September with 35 points of a margin.

Source: TP 52 Super Series


Final Standings 52 SUPER SERIES at 34th Copa del Rey Mapfre, Palma de Mallorca

  1. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) (3,4,2,9,5,2,1,1) 27pts
  2. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) (1,1,5,3,4,6,5,5) 30pts
  3. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) (6,3,3,1,1,4,8,10) 36pts
  4. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) (10,5,1,4,2,3,2,11) 38pts
  5. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) (2,2,6,5,10,9,3,7) 44pts
  6. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) (5,7,8,2,9,5,4,4) 44pts
  7. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) (4,11,10,6,11,1,9,6) 58pts
  8. Spookie, USA (Steve Benjamin USA) (7,10,4,11,8,10,7,2) 59pts
  9. Paprec FRA (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin FRA) (8,9,11,7,3,11,11,3) 63pts
  10. Xio/Hurakan, ITA (Guiseppe Parodi ITA) (9,8,7,10,7,8,6,8) 63pts
  11. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) (11,6,9,8,6,7,10,9) 66pts

52 SUPER SERIES Rankings, Top 6 overall after 4 Regattas

  1. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) 140pts
  2. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) 175pts
  3. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura JPN) 188pts
  4. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) 189pts
  5. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) 199pts
  6. Platoon, GER (Harm Müller-Spreer GER) 204pts
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