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    110 Boats Racing In Palma Vela Regatta

    110 BOATS RACING, PHOENIX LEADS TP52S




    The second day of the 16th Sail Racing PalmaVela saw the fleet on the Bay of Palma grow to 110 boats as the ORC and One Design classes started their racing programme at this key event which raises the curtain on the Mediterranean mixed classes regatta season.


    There may be just two big boats duking it out in the IRC class, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones Wallycento Magic Carpet 3 and the Reichel Pugh 83 foot one off Vera which has Bouwe Bekking as strategist. The sleek blue hulled Wally had the upper hand during the first two races – a coastal yesterday and first windward-leeward today, but Vera (formerly My Song) rallied to win the second windward-leeward today and so lies just one point behind their rival.

    The ten strong TP52 fleet are in full dress rehearsal mode, preparing for the start of the 52 Super Series in Mahon, Menorca next weekend. According to many sailors in the fleet the high octane tight racing on the Bay of Palma over these four days is proving every bit as close to what will be experienced at the Menorca 52 Super Series Sailing Week.









    After four races Tina Plattner and crew on Phoenix, winners of the first race yesterday, hold a small lead at the top of the standings. Phoenix sailed a 4,1 today to keep the 52 Super Series champions Quantum Racing, which is steered by Ed Baird who was tactician on Phoenix last year and who very much mentored Plattner through her first steps in the class a couple of years ago. Quantum Racing could not better Phoenix scores for the day, gaining a first and fourth.

    On a typical Bay of Palma early season sea breeze day starting and the first shift were key and Phoenix started well both times.

    Phoenix tactician is Adrian ‘Ado’ Stead, long time TP52 ace who has sailed on many different teams including world championship wins with Ran Racing and Quantum Racing. He combines with Italian Michel Ivaldi as strategist on Phoenix, reprising a partnership from Bronenosec two years ago.

    Ivaldi commented after racing. “ We have been here for a while and we know we have all the pieces in place to do well. The boat is going very fast. We are quite complete in terms of crew wise, manoeuvres we are very good, boat speed, driving, it is all good.”












    He is one who believes that racing here closely mirrors his expectations of the first days of the 2019 Super Series season:

    “I think this is very close to what we will see in Mahon. Everybody is using good sails, pretty close to their final configuration. Racing is incredibly close and it is often down to the shift at the top mark.”

    Ivaldi, also a sometime Quantum Racing alumni adds, “We are starting well. We got the first shift in both races. We have been practising starts but you can never have done enough, you have to keep going, keep driving. And Ado is putting the boat in the right spots, we have had very good final launches and the race becomes a little easier when you get off the line well.”

    Race 3, the first of today saw new tactician Cameron Appleton score his first win with the Quantum Racing. They started smartly and escaped to win.

    Appleton said this morning, “I think we are ahead of where we thought we would be. There is a lot of room for improvement. That is the beauty of the sport, that you never stop learning. I know my role I will morph into better and better each day. I can improve by painting the picture better and what communication keys are important and just simplifying things as much as possible.”
    “ Quantum have gone for a new film which we are using which has stepped up the whole level, the smoothness and the fairness of the shapes. Brett (Jones, designer) has been quietly working away in the background. But we are all looking forwards to Day 1 of the 52 SUPER SERIES but this is a pretty serious dress rehearsal here, everyone is putting in a big effort, everyone is at a very high level, probably the highest yet.”

    Andy Soriano’s Alegre and Harm Muller Spreer’s Platoon are tied on 17 points, both sharing rights to third place. Platoon had to take a penalty as they pushed the risk margin in the first race and finished ninth but resumed normal service in Race 4 of the series with a second. Their Víctor Mariño explained:
    “We picked the wrong side of the course and then on the run we took a big risk, trying to tack to leeward of the fleet and it did not work we got in a spot and took a penalty that cost us. We took more risk because this is a training regatta, more risk than we would take in the Super Series. This is a training regatta and here we are pushing to find our limits. We are taking risks in all the areas, that is how you learn. We are very happy with the boat speed. We have changed some small things at the back of the boat for the runners, so we are finding the way to do things at 100%. These are little things which change the way to do the manoeuvres, this is the regatta for that.”

    The RORC’s CEO Eddie Owen leads the Dragon class on Mercury after two first places and a fourth,
    Owen said, “ It was very shifty today. It started with 14 knots and I was a little bit nervous, but it was really good fun. I did part of the Dragon circuit three years ago and then we stopped. Now we rented this boat from the 8th Dimension in Portugal. It's great to be back in Palma and racing. I love being here: you go out there and you go 'wow, this is brilliant'."












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    Quantum Racing Win TP52 Class at 16th Sail Racing PalmaVela



    (Sunday 12th May, Palma) – With just over one week before the TP52 class starts racing on nearby Menorca for the first points races of the 2019 52 SUPER SERIES, the 16th Sail Racing PalmaVela has been an intense, no compromise warm-up for the highly competitive, very evenly matched fleet of 10 boats.


    Quantum Racing, the 2018 circuit champions, have made five changes to their title-winning line-up but proved they are adapting fast and are in much better shape to defend the five regatta series than some might have expected.











    With America’s Cup winner Ed Baird back in the skipper-helm role they never finished worse than a couple of fifths to win by six points ahead of Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon. The German-flagged team struggled with an ill-timed port tack approach to the top mark in the second race, which resulted in a seventh.

    Platoon also had to make a penalty earlier in the event, resulting in a ninth in Race 3. Both errors might be down to pressing the risk factor harder in what is seen by all as a valuable training regatta.

    Azzurra, the Roemmers family’s TP52 which races for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, finished third overall executing the strongest second half of the podium placed teams, sailing 1,2,3,2 from the last four of the eight races sailed.





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    Winning skipper-helm Ed Baird was delighted to register the first regatta win of the season but was more pleased that the Quantum Racing team have improved their crew work and executions with each race:

    “We made some mistakes here and there but I am excited that everyone on the team is working so hard. It is different with new guys on board. It is about learning communication, timing, just understanding how the person next to you operates is so important during races that are won by a few metres here and there.

    I told the guys before the start of sailing today ‘sure we are going to try and win the regatta, that is what we would to like have happen, but to me the success of the week has been to improve with each race. That is not necessarily improving the result each race, but that we improved how we operated and that is the greatest feeling.”

    “It is so exciting that a class like this which has been around for a while now is still relevant, we can go out and have these amazing races and all come back having had such a good time.”











    But the clearest indications emerging from the four-day regatta – during which the ten boat TP52 fleet contested eight windward-leeward races – are that any one of the top five or six teams here could harbour realistic hopes of winning in Menorca.

    Azzurra started modestly but finished strong and confident. Takashi Okura’s Sled delivered a very strong scoreline, two firsts, two seconds and two fourths, but misses a day of racing due to a crew illness that required a medevac before the start of racing on Day 2.

    The 2019 52 SUPER SERIES season is due to start shortly. Racing at the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week starts on Tuesday 21st May and finishes on Saturday 25th May. The boats can be tracked online or via the 52 SUPER SERIES app with live commentary and expert analysis throughout each race.


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