52 SS, Royal Cup día 1. Quantum y Ran se reparten los triunfos del día

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Palma, 11 de julio de 2012

El reinado de la Royal Cup en liza

El líder de la clasificación general de las 52 Super Series ha demostrado hoy por qué es el equipo a batir tras ganar de manera aplastante la primera regata de la Royal Cup en Palma Quantum Racing obtuvo la victoria en la primera regata y se tuvo que conformar con la segunda posición en la segunda, por detrás del sueco Rán Racing de Niklas Zennström.

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, por su parte, tuvo un día de altibajos, tras tener que remontar en la primera ceñida de la primera regata después de que los estadounidenses les obligaran a virar en su búsqueda del lado izquierdo del campo de regatas. Los italianos llegaron a navegar en séptima posición, pero finalizaron segundos para culminar la remontada de la jornada. En la segunda regata fueron terceros, posición que ocupan en la general del evento.

Ed Baird, patrón de Quantum Racing ha afirmado después de la regata las dificultades a las que se ha enfrentado la flota en el primer encuentro: “Ha sido una de esas regatas en las que te haces cada vez más fuerte una vez te colocas delante, además hemos mejorado en la maniobra y hacemos las viradas y trasluchadas mucho mejor que al inicio de la temporada”.

Quienes sí han sufrido han sido los equipos nuevos, Aquila y Provezza, que se han encontrado con que aún les falta para alcanzar el nivel de los más fuertes. Gladiator, que cada día navega mejor, ha hecho un buen papel, hasta que en la puerta de barlovento de la segunda regata, han cometido un grave error en la arriada de spi cuando navegaban terceros, lo que les ha costado más de cuatro minutos.

El patrón del equipo británico, Tony Langley, ha explicado lo sucedido: “Ha sido un error en la arriada y a este nivel no puedes cometer ninguno, si te equivocas, aunque sólo sea un poco pierdes una o dos posiciones. Si cometes un error como el nuestro, acabas el último”.

La tercera regata de la Royal Cup, que se disputa en el campo del regatas del Real Club Náutico de Palma, comienza mañana a las 13.00horas.

Regata 2

Race 2, Rán Racing wins

July 11, 2012

Rán Racing broke their winning drought on Wednesday, claiming line honours in the dramatic second race of the Royal Cup in Palma, Mallorca that was marked by crew error.

It is the first time Ran have celebrated victory since winning race five of the first 52 Super Series events, the Trofeo Conde de Godó de Vela regatta, which was held in Barcelona in May.

Quantum Racing finished second, followed by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, Aquila, PowerPlay, Provezza and Gladiator, who failed to recover from losing their kite overboard to finish 4.37 minutes behind.

It was a nightmare start for series newcomers Provezza, helmed by double Olympic 470 silver medallist Nick Rogers, who were recalled after jumping the start.

Again, it was Quantum who made the perfect start, jumping from the boat end of the Palma Bay start line with near optimum speed in about 11 knots from the southwest.

But, as the breeze continued to shift, the teams played each other more than the wind in a conservative first leg race to the top mark, which was won by Rán Racing’s owner-driver Niklas Zennström.

Just 12 seconds later Quantum rounded in second place, followed by Gladiator, Azzurra, All4One, Aquila and Provezza who fought back from their horrendous start to gain a position on PowerPlay.

Zennström, determined to be one of the best ranked teams not just the best owner-driver, held strong downwind, before drama struck Gladiator. The British team edged into second place at the second mark but soon lost it when their spinnaker ended up in the water.

The boat ground to a halt and the crew were forced to watch every yacht in the fleet sail around them as they struggled to get their sail back on board.

Meanwhile the fleet raced with moderate speeds up wind, and Ran held off all challenges to win.

Regata 1

Royal Cup, Quantum clinch commanding Race One win

July 11, 2012

Quantum Racing claimed a commanding victory in the opening race of the Royal Cup at Palma, Mallorca on Wednesday, sounding a warning to any team considering challenging their overall 52 Super Series lead.

Audi Azzurra Sailing Team finished second just 58 seconds behind, followed by Rán Racing, Gladiator, Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One, Provezza, PowerPlay and Aquila

The defending champions gained an early jump, starting closest to the pin end of the line, while it was less than a dream start for Rán Racing, who were forced to duck behind the fleet and head to the right side of the course.

All4One charged unchallenged and with pace from the boat end of the start to remain Quantum’s biggest challenger on the opening 1.8 nautical mile leg in a moderate south-southwest breeze in Palma Bay.

But after 20 minutes intense upwind racing it was Quantum who led the fleet around the crucial first mark rounding, followed just 37 seconds later by Azzurra, then All4One, Rán, Aquila, Provezza, Gladiator and PowerPlay.

Quantum extended their lead downwind to 55 seconds over Azzurra at the second mark, while Rán reveled under spinnaker as predicted by her owner/skipper Niklas Zennström to edge into third place.

As the wind continued to switch right forcing race management to change and shorten the course, Quantum continued to stamp their dominance and clinch an opening win that extends their overall lead in the 52 Super Series.

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