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    Quantum Racing Show Early Form in Puerto Portals
    After the first day of racing on the 2021 52 SUPER SERIES Quantum Racing, steered by Doug DeVos, are on top of the nine boat leader board after sailing a strong pair of opening races – a second and first – on the Bay of Palma at the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week & 20th Anniversary Invitational.







    While it was the 2019 World Champions, Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon who scored the first race victory the German flagged crew were fourth in the next windward-leeward race to lie second overall by two points.

    With tactician Terry Hutchinson, now partnered by Argentinian 470 Olympic bronze medallist Lucas Calabrese at the back of Quantum Racing and Michele Ivaldi navigating, there were glimpses of the gold standard team performances that have in the past won four 52 SUPER SERIES titles.

    In particular they started well – DeVos has been doing a decent amount of racing with the Great Lakes 52 fleet and looked as sharp – and the afterguard did a good job of staying in the best wind pressure and away from the traffic. In both races they worked middle right and right off the start line – against the usual Palma conventions – and did well.

    Quantum Racing Navigator Ivaldi reported

    “It was a good way to start the regatta and the season. It was good to see Terry and Lucas always putting us in the best places on the race course and that was the key. There are still races left, but we come out of the first day with a lot of confidence”.

    In an 11kts sea breeze Platoon had the first race won by the top half of the first beat. With John Kostecki and Jordi Calafat working their usual magic on the bay where Calafat grew up, Platoon extended away on the second round especially and had a handsome margin by the finish.

    “We have all missed racing so much and Puerto Portals has an important place in the history of the TP52 in the Med and also our story as a team, winning the world championships here in 2019, so it was really great to start with a win. We have all sailed here so much but Jordi Calafat really knows the bay and is great on a day like this.”








    Platoon’s Victor Marino explained.

    After jumping the start gun on the first race and having to recross, Bronenosec atoned with a second in the next. Tactician Vasco Vascotto too was at his best on his return to the fleet, as – with Morgan Larson steering he brought the blue hulled Russian boat in from the left on a typically punchy but perfectly constructed port tack approach to round second.

    As the late afternoon sea breeze diminished and the old offshore gradient pushed back in from the north the last run was all but turned inside out. Speeds were down to two knots at times as Quantum Racing ghosted across the finish to a well earned winning gun from Bronenosec with Ergin Imre’s Provezza taking third thanks to a good recovery, reading the shifts well on the second round.

    Already there is a logjam in the middle of the standings table – Bronenosec, Provezza and Andy Soriano’s Alegre all finishing the day on a 10pts aggregate from the pair of races.

    The seven strong 20th Anniversary Invitational fleet had two good races which saw Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste triumph in both. Roberto Monti’s Air Is Blue lie second overall after a second and third. The most recent newcomers to the class THA 72, the boat which was formerly Team Vision Future and is steered by Don Whitcraft and led by Pom Green and Nick Rogers, lies third.







    52 SUPER SERIES, standings after two race

    Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,1) 3 pts.
    Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (1,4) 5 p.
    Bronenosec Gazprom (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (8,2) 10 p.
    Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (7,3) 10 p.
    Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (5,5) 10 p.
    Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso Plattner) (3,8) 11 puntos.
    Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (4,7) 11 p.
    Interlodge (USA) (Austin Fragomen) (6,6) 12 p.
    Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (9,9) 18 p.
    20th Anniversary Invitational

    Beau Geste (HK) (1,1) 2 pts
    Air is Blue (ITA) (2,3) 5 p.
    THA72 (THA) (4,2) 6 p.
    Zero Emission (FIN) (6,4.5) 10.5 p.
    XIO (ITA) (3,DNF8) 11 p.
    Arobas (FRA) (5,6), 11 p.
    Blue Carbon (ESP) (7,4,.5) 11.5 p.


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    Quantum Enjoys Quantum Lead In Mallorca


    Sled’s Race Win Moves Them To Second Behind Leaders Quantum Racing

    With the wind blowing offshore for the one race which was sailed at the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week & 20th Anniversary Invitational tacticians and strategists had a more challenging day than might be usually expected on the Bay of Palma.







    In the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet it was Adam Beashel supported by Jeremy Lomas at the back of Sled who made the most of the opportunities on the first beat and the team which conclusively won the Porto Cervo regatta in 2019 took their first win of the regatta to move into second overall.

    With the breeze at a promising 12-15kts on the start line it was the Plattners’ Phoenix which made the best opening at the pin end of the line working the early left along with Bronenosec and Platoon. But as this trio pressed each other across more to the right Phoenix left just enough of a gap for Sled and Quantum Racing to squeeze inside and ahead at a very tight first mark rounding.

    Takashi Okura’s team, which has Murray Jones steering this week and welcomes America’s Cup winner and double Olympian Josh Junior to the crew, were able to extend away to build a comfortable lead which proved more than enough as the late afternoon breeze dropped away and became even more unsettled. Phoenix was judged to have fouled Quantum Racing on the first run and had to take a penalty, leaving Quantum to a comfortable second which allowed them to extend seven points clear at the top of the leaderboard.








    In the 52 SUPER SERIES fleet it was Adam Beashel supported by Jeremy Lomas at the back of Sled who made the most of the opportunities on the first beat and the team which conclusively won the Porto Cervo regatta in 2019 took their first win of the regatta to move into second overall.

    With the breeze at a promising 12-15kts on the start line it was the Plattners’ Phoenix which made the best opening at the pin end of the line working the early left along with Bronenosec and Platoon. But as this trio pressed each other across more to the right Phoenix left just enough of a gap for Sled and Quantum Racing to squeeze inside and ahead at a very tight first mark rounding.

    Takashi Okura’s team, which has Murray Jones steering this week and welcomes America’s Cup winner and double Olympian Josh Junior to the crew, were able to extend away to build a comfortable lead which proved more than enough as the late afternoon breeze dropped away and became even more unsettled. Phoenix was judged to have fouled Quantum Racing on the first run and had to take a penalty, leaving Quantum to a comfortable second which allowed them to extend seven points clear at the top of the leaderboard.









    Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week & TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational 2021
    Event Results & Overall Ranking
    Pos TEAM R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total
    QUANTUM RACING 2 1 2 - - - - 5
    SLED 4 7 1 - - - - - 12
    ALEGRE 5 5 3 - - - - - 13
    PLATOON 1 4 9 - - - - - 14
    PROVEZZA 7 3 4 - - - - - 14
    BRONENOSEC 8 2 6 - - - - - 16
    INTERLODGE 6 6 5 - - - - - 17
    PHOENIX 3 8 7 - - - - - 18
    GLADIATOR 9 9 8 - - - - - 26
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      Sled Edges American Rival In Puerto Portals




      Sled Triumph In Puerto Portals at first TP52 SUPER SERIES regatta of 2021, Beau Geste Win TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational regatta
      Takashi Okura’s Sled team were crowned winners of the first regatta of the 2021 season, the 52 SUPER SERIES Puerto Portals Sailing Week, after conflicting breezes on the Bay of Palma meant no racing could be held on the final day. Sled triumph by just one single point at an event which saw five different teams win races and only six points separate the top six boats after six races were sailed.

      In six boat 20th Anniversary Invitational fleet, racing under IRC, the victors were the Beau Geste of Hong Kong’s Karl Kwok who has a long and proud history with the TP52 class, dating right back to the origins of the class on the Transpac race. Sadly neither owner could be in Puerto Portals to compete.











      As a celebration of the longevity and ongoing success of the TP52 class, both since it grew out of the Transpac Race and since it was adopted by the Mediterranean Fleet in 2004, the regatta was a great success, drawing 16 boats to race – nine in the 52 SUPER SERIES and seven in the invitational division. The highlight of the week in terms of sheer spectacle was Friday’s TP52 20th Anniversary WL day when the fleet combined for two great races. But for the 52 SUPER SERIES it was a stark reminder of how close and evenly matched these ultra refined these grand prix monohulls are, and how extremely close the racing is.

      Sled showed flashes of the speed and form which saw them whitewash the last regatta of 2019, a breezy finale in Porto Cervo, Sardinia when they won with a big points margin and took six winning guns.

      New faces on board, amidst a hugely experienced team included Finn Gold Cup and America’s Cup winner, Josh Junior with six times America’s Cup winner Murray Jones moving from the strategist’s role to steering. They were the only team to win two races but – in this white hot fleet – no team this time were able to avoid the big scores and Sled also posted two sevenths in the nine boat fleet. Correspondingly on Thursday, when there were three races sailed, Quantum Racing weighed their scoreline down with 18 of their 23pts aggregate.

      Don Cowie, mainsheet trimmer and project manager of the winning boat grinned, “Well this is our first win of the season obviously and only our second in seven or eight years and so we are delighted. For us as a team it is a great result. It is a shame Mr Okura’s not here to enjoy winning but we know he’s been back in Japan watching every step of the way so it’s a great win for the team.

      Of their winning edge in Mallorca he concluded,

      “I think we are all a tight unit, Murray and Adam Beashel and Jeremy Lomas, and Josh Junior did a really nice job on the race track. Unfortunately we didn’t get any racing today which made it a little bit easier. We knew the pressure was on today because the points are so close. Anything could have happened but we’re very happy to come away with the win. It was great to win in 2019, we had an edge there, but everyone has moved on. everyone has done something to their boats and the racing is still fantastic.”









      Of his first regatta back with the fleet since 2018, Quantum Racing’s tactician Terry Hutchinson was smarting – as ever – not to have won:

      “Obviously we came to win the event. But we did a little bit too much damage to ourselves on Day 3. We got a lot better after that day. Hat’s off to Sled, they sailed well. That three race day was a tricky day and they stringed together three good races and did what they had to do. But we look to the long game. You like to win all the battles but at the same time we have our sights set on the overall title and the world championships. This is a great baseline event for us because we haven’t sailed together really since the 2018 season. But we want to be better. The fleet is really close, really really even. It’s impressive to see how the boats are evolving. When I stopped sailing this boat in 2018 I felt like we had a really good speed advantage especially in the breeze and you see all the fleet coming very close to the same spot. The Vrolijk boats still hold an edge in very specific conditions, 12-13 knots in the flat water they’re very nice. And I think our boat is a good all round boat. But you can never blame your equipment so from there it feel’s like the fleet has all gravitated towards the same spot.”

      In the 20th Anniversary Invitational fleet Beau Geste, with Kenny Read steering were unbeaten. A collision with Phoenix during the big fleet start of the first race of the TP52 20th Anniversary regatta day knocked them out of contention for the day’s prizes. They were granted redress and topped the leaderboard comfortably, tactician and project manager Gavin Brady was effusive in his praise for the event and in his thanks to Mr Kwok for ensuring his boat raced and supported the class which is dear to his heart:

      “This was a really fun week for us. It was a real privilege to be invited to this anniversary event. We didn’t plan on sailing this year but when this opportunity came, Karl Kwok thought it was important to be here. He was one of the founding members of the class. We did our first Transpac together, I think we were Transpac 52 number 5 so it’s been a big part of the journey for us with the Beau Gestes, Karl’s had a number of TP52’s, some for offshore and some for inshore so it’s really neat to be here, hopefully we’ll be here for the 30th anniversary in 10 years time. And we were in a very fortunate situation to buy this boat, It’s a very special boat, when it became available we have all the options we could be super series or enjoy the boat by doing IRC racing. It’s great to have the option to join the Super Series, I know he (Karl) would really enjoy it. It’s a shame he couldn’t be here to enjoy this week to see what it’s all about and how professionally run this event is and see it in person. I think you have to be here to believe it. When you’re here in person you really get to feel the vibe and be around the best sailors in the world.”









      Final Results Puerto Portals 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week

      Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (4,7,1,1,2,7) 22 puntos.
      Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,1,2, 6,7,5) 23 p.
      Phoenix (RSA) (Tony Norris) (3,8,7,4,1,3) 26 p.
      Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (7,3,4,3,9,1) 27 p.
      Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (5,5,3,2,6,6) 27 p.
      Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (1,4,9,8,4,2) 28p.
      Bronenosec Gazprom (RUS) (Vladimir Liubomirov) (8,2,6,5,5,4) 30 p.
      Interlodge (USA) (Austin Fragomen) (6,6,5,9,3,8) 37 p.
      Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (9,9,8,7,8,9) 50 p.
      Final Results TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational

      Beau Geste (Karl Kwok, HK) (1,1,1,1,1,RDG1,RDG1) 7 p.
      Air is Blue (Roberto Monti, ITA) (2,3,4,5,3,1,2) 20 puntos.
      XIO (Marco Serafini ITA) (3,DNF8,2,3,2,2,1) 21 p.
      THA72 (Kevin and Tom Whitcraft, THA) (4,2,3,2,4,4,5) 24 p.
      Arobas (Gérard Logel, FRA) (5,6, DNC 8,4,6,3,3) 35 p.
      Zero Emission (Samuli Leisti, FIN) (6,4.5,5,7,5,5,4) 36.5 p.
      Blue Carbon (Tony Guiu, ESP) (7,4.5,6,6,7,DNS8,6)

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