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    The Big Squeeze, Podium Battle Escalates as Luna Rossa Lead in Valencia.




    (Thursday 20th September, Valencia) –Although it proved to be the best day of the season for Eduardo de Souza Ramos’s Brazilian crew of Onda who – as best boat of the day – sailed to a second, a first and a third from a demanding three-race day at the 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week, regatta leaders Luna Rossa have now stepped three points clear at the head of the event standings and the three-way scrap for the second and third step on the season-long championship podium has become ever closer.

    “It was great day for us.” Smiled Robert Scheidt, the proud Onda tactician, “It was great to win a race for Eduardo who has given us such a fantastic opportunity but I was as proud of that third in the third race because we came from behind with a good move at the top mark and we felt we were racing on even terms with the big guys, Quantum Racing and Luna Rossa. So we need to go out and try again tomorrow.”






    With just two days of competition left of the five-event 2018 52 SUPER SERIES season, Azzurra compromised their second place position in the championship when they landed a penalty in the third race of the day.

    While they dropped to a seventh place finish, the race was won by closest rivals Platoon. Harm Müller-Spreer’s German-flagged team, who finished runners up last year, load more pressure on Azzurra and the podium fight looks set to go to the wire, as it has done for the last three seasons.

    Azzurra now have only three points of a cushion over Platoon and eight points on the Valencia regatta leaders Luna Rossa who seem to be replicating the same form that saw them win the Zadar Royal Cup earlier in the season in very similar streaky sea breeze conditions.

    Platoon staged a remarkable recovery in the first race. Called over early on the line they had to return and start 11th, but they – once more – showed an almost unerring ability to work their way through the fleet and finished fourth. Even at three points behind Azzurra, Platoon’s tactician John Kostecki, who won the 34th America’s Cup on these waters along with Platoon core crew Dirk de Ridder and Ross Halcrow, insists he will not, and does not like to look at the standings.

    “I haven’t looked at the points I probably won’t even look at them until tomorrow, I don’t want to get too wrapped up into it. The good news is I know Harm is probably leading the owner-driver, and I think we probably we still have a shot at the podium overall if we sail really well. We’ll look at it tomorrow night but I’m not much of a points guy because I think it affects you out on the race course. The more and more experienced I get the more and more I don’t look at the points.”











    Azzurra’s penalty in the third race came just at the wrong moment, tactician Santi Lange explaining:

    “We got a penalty in the last race that we think was unfair, we’ll go back and look at the drone footage to see what happened as we don’t know why the penalty was on us. The rest of the day was tricky. Apart from that we sailed good enough, but with a penalty at the top mark we then turned around a good race. But we still turned around what could have been a very bad race to pass some boats, so we need to keep pushing. It’s all about racing well every single day, you could see today Onda had a really good day, and anyone can be up there, but it’s about starting well and sailing well, and we have to keep focusing on that.”

    The championship standings see Azzurra on 179 points, Platoon on 182 points and Luna Rossa now fourth on 187 points.

    Meantime Quantum Racing go into the penultimate day of the season with a margin of 27 points. They looked more assured in the third race of the day when they were second, but were sixth twice and lie sixth in the regatta. The streaky, patchy breeze – with difficult to read lanes of pressure – is not suited to the percentage, low risk strategies that have served the champions elect so well this season.

    52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week
    Regatta standings after day 3
    1. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (6,1,1,3,4) 15 p.
    2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (1,4,4,8,1) 18 p.
    3. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto & Pablo Roemmers) (2,3,3,5,7) 20 p.
    4. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,5,5,4,5) 23 p.
    5. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (10,8,2,1,3) 24 p.
    6. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,2,6,6,2) 24 p.
    7. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (5,10,8,10,6) 39 p.
    8. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (9,11+ 2 penalti,7,2,9) 40 p.
    9. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (3,6,9,12RET+2 penalti, 11) 43 p.
    10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (7,9,11,7,10) 44 p.
    11. Paprec (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin) (11,7,10,9,8) 45 p.




    Quotes:
    John Kostecki (USA) Platoon (GER):

    “It’s tricky out there, we haven’t figured it out and I’m sure nobody else has! There’s not a lot of consistency out there. Robert Scheidt and the Brazilians did really well today though, they had it most figured out today, they sailed really well it was cool.”

    Santiago Lange (ARG) Azzurra (ARG/ITA):

    “We got a penalty in the last race that we think was unfair, we’ll go back and look at the drone footage to see what happened as we don’t know why the penalty was on us. The rest of the day was tricky, apart from that we sailed good enough, but with a penalty at the top mark we then turned around a good race because we went from what could be a very bad race to pass some boats, so we need to keep pushing.

    It’s all about racing well every single day, you could see today Onda had a really good day, and anyone can be up there, but its about starting well and sailing well, and we have to keep focusing on that.”

    Dean Barker (NZL) Quantum Racing (USA):

    “The focus this week has been to have another good solid event here. It’s tricky conditions, you get penalised for mistakes, so we’re trying to not take any high risk strategies and chip away where we can, but its going to be a hard event. We are just trying to stay away from the edges where we can, there’s some big gains and losses and some of the boats have more to gain then others so they’re probably prepared to take some more risk, and we’re just sailing a good conservative series so far. We know we’ve probably lost a few too many points but there’s still a few races to go so hopefully we can get back into it and have a good result at this event. It’s a case of doing well in this event, if we do well then the season takes care of itself.”

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    2018 Super Series Ends With A Wind Strike




    Quantum Racing 52 SUPER SERIES Champions for 2018, Luna Rossa Win Valencia Title
    (Saturday 22nd September, Valencia) – Quantum Racing may have won the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES championship title, but unsailable light winds on the last day of the 52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week denied them the chance to pitch for their fourth regatta win of the season. Luna Rossa, the Italian America’s Cup challengers of record, lift the Valencia regatta title, which they add to the Zadar Royal Cup, which they won in Croatia in June.

    And there was no deciding race to unlock the tie for second place on the 52 SUPER SERIES circuit podium for 2018. Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon and the Roemmers family’s Azzurra finish on exactly the same points aggregate after the 42 races and five regattas of this season. But the German-flagged team, which draws on an afterguard comprising John Kostecki and Jordi Calafat, both winners of successive America’s Cups on these waters, are credited with second on tie break. The deciding factor being which team finishes in front of the other in the last regatta of the season.


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    In truth, the Quantum Racing win – by 37 points – was born one year ago to the day. In Menorca they were bitterly disappointed to finish third after leaving too many points on the water at different regattas. “That hurt. It really did,” recalled Quantum Racing’s unflappable veteran director Ed Reynolds today after the champagne was sprayed at the dock in the Marina de Valencia, which formerly housed the 11 America’s Cup teams of the 32nd America’s Cup.




    “Dip me in cream and lock me in a room full of kittens,” quipped Terry Hutchinson, the uncompromising, hard-bitten Quantum Racing tactician and skipper smiled, the relief palpable, “This is the day we have been waiting for, for a year. We made it tough on ourselves last season, we sat down and everybody committed to making this season better.”

    Quantum Racing won in Sibenik and Valencia, and landed the Rolex TP52 World Championship in a windy Cascais with Dean Barker driving, but Hutchinson confirmed his highlight of the season was winning the Puerto Portals regatta with talismanic owner-driver Doug DeVos on the tiller. DeVos could not be in Valencia as planned after the recent passing of his father, Rich.

    “The highlight of the season was winning in Portals with Doug, without a question. He is Doug. He is our guy. Understanding what has gone on with him the past month and the passing of his father, we can’t help but feel he is here with us this time. Doug is one of these guys who is so committed to the sport of sailing. To win that regatta with him steering, there is no better feeling than that this season. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

    For Luna Rossa, their second regatta title of the season comes after an incredible recovery in what proved to the be final race of the event, yesterday climbing from 11th to second to win the Valencia title by just one point. Underlining again how close the fleet is, Luna Rossa won by just one point from Quantum Racing with Platoon in third, one more point further back.











    “We are so happy to win here,” Vasco Vascotto, the Luna Rossa tactician said, “I feel like we lost a lot on the last day in Portals, 17 or 18 points on one day. We tried to have the opportunity to fight for the podium and we said to the team ‘let us go to try and win the last event and see what happens. We have done that, but unfortunately the podium is still some points away from us. But I think we are proud to have won two regattas from five. We have some very young guys on board. It is a great opportunity for us to learn how to sail together, how to pass the bad days together to be relaxed and enjoy it when we have the good days. I am very positive about our future. We know we lost some points on the courses, but that is life. It is sport. But the great thing is this circuit is the best in the world.”

    Harm Müller-Spreer, the German owner-helm wins the owner-driver prize for the regatta and for the season, finishing runners up for the year as he and his Platoon team did in 2017 behind Azzurra. He said:

    “I think the competition was even harder than last year. It is a similar situation to last year, with us squeezed in between Quantum Racing and Azzurra in second. I am so happy with that result to be in among these top professional sailors, I am still a ‘normal’ sailor. We have sailed now for four years together and we made some small adjustments this season.”

    52 SUPER SERIES Valencia Sailing Week Final Standings
    1. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (6,1,1,3,4,6,8,2) 31 puntos.
    2. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (8,2,6,6,2,1,4,3) 32 p.
    3. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (1,4,4,8,1,3,7,5) 33 p.
    4. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto Roemmers) (2,3,3,5,7,8,1,9) 38 p.
    5. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,5,5,4,5,7,10,6) 46 p.
    6. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (10,8,2,1,3,11,5,8) 48 p.
    7. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (5,10,8,10,6,5,3,1) 48 p.
    8. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (9,11+ 2 penalti,7,2,9,4,6,4) 54 p.
    9. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (3,6,9,12RET+2 penalti, 11,2,2,11) 58 p.
    10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) (7,9,11,7,10,9,9,7) 69 p.
    11. Paprec (FRA) (Jean Luc Petithuguenin) (11,7,10,9,8,10,11,10) 76 p.

    2018 52 SUPER SERIES Overall Standings
    1. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) 160 p.
    2. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) 197 p.
    3. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto and Pablo Roemmers) 197 p.
    4. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) 203 p
    5. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) 211 p.
    6. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) 230 p.
    7. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) 239 p.
    8. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) 261 p.
    9. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) 290 p.
    10. Gladiator (GBR) (Tony Langley) 344 p.
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