Photography by Nico Martinez / 52 SuperSeries
31 May 2022
Four times overall champions since the circuit started in Barcelona in 2012, Quantum Racing managed to impose themselves as the circuit visited the Atlantic coast of Galicia in Spain, responding best to the challenges and demands of a new, dynamic racecourse area.
The picturesque Ría de Vigo served up a welcome variety of wind conditions, from seven to 24 knots over the eight races contested. The first four days were sailed in northerly winds, but today’s showdown finale encountered a demanding south-westerly sea breeze.
With a hard won second place behind Andy Soriano’s Alegre in Race 8, Quantum Racing may have secured the Baiona regatta title by seven points. However, there were some distinctly nervous moments during Race 9, when the champions were judged to be over the start line early.
Rounding the top mark in ninth with Phoenix first, it looked like the regatta leaders had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory until the race was abandoned in the fading breeze.
The American-flagged team, which many consider to be the enduring benchmark operation over the ten-year history of the circuit, record their first regatta win since Cascais in 2019 and tactician Terry Hutchinson’s first TP52 regatta win since 2018.
With three wins and two seconds in their aggregate tally of 19 points from eight races, Quantum Racing are in excellent shape in terms of both boat speed and crew work.
“It is awesome to win, but the exciting part is that we have so much room to get better,” said Hutchinson.
“There are mental mistakes made, like that last one. We did not need it, we were starting loose to leeward and the last thing we needed was to do that. But these are things that will make us better.
“While it was self-imposed it is a sign of the team on board that we bounced back and we are not going to let that moment mar the success of the week. There is a lot of racing ahead of us now this season and this fleet is really, really good.”
Harm Müller Spreer’s Platoon remain consistent but count two fifth places in their scoreline and didn’t manage to make the top two often enough to challenge Quantum Racing. They finished just one point ahead of Tom Slingsby and a very strong Phoenix team who were harmed by one bad 14-points day.
“Second is a good result, even if it doesn’t always feel like that because we always want to win,” said Victor Marino, Platoon’s runners controller.
“But Quantum really sailed super strong. To be in the top three in this fleet and if we could be in the top three at every event this season, we would surely be in with a shot at the title.
“The conditions have been perfect, the race area was super open, options for everyone. I think it is a place we will come back to.”
Slingsby was sanguine at their third but is looking forwards to next month’s Rolex TP52 World Championships in Cascais.
“Unfortunately, we made a few too many mistakes on one day and that compromised us in the end,” Slingsby said.
“We lost a lot of points on that day but overall, I’m happy with the way we sailed on four of the five days. But we showed we are in the hunt.
“This is a beautiful venue, but the racecourse is tough. You have to keep your wits about you. Sometimes the corners worked, sometimes the middle worked. It was a very challenging racecourse. But hopefully we will be back here soon.”
1 QUANTUM RACING (USA) Doug DeVos 4,5,1,2,3,1,1,2 19
2 PLATOON (GER) Harm Müller Spreer 5,1,2,4,4,2,3,5 26
3 PHOENIX (RSA) Hasso & Tina Plattner 1,3,3,1,8,6,2,3 27
4 INTERLODGE (USA) Austin & Gwen Fragomen 6,4,4,6,2,9,4,4 39
5 ALEGRE (GBR) Andy Soriano 9,7,6,3,9,3,5,1 43
6 SLED (USA) Takashi Okura 3,6,5,7,7,4,4.5,7 43,5
7 VAYU (THAI) Whitcraft family 2,2,8,5,5,7,7,9 45
8 GLADIATOR (GBR) Tony Langley 7,8,7,8,1,8,dsq10(3), 8 60
9 PROVEZZA (TUR) Ergin Imre 8,10,10.10,6,5,6,6 61
The next event of the 52 Super Series 2022 will be held in the Portuguese town of Cascais. From 20 to 25 June, the Rolex TP52 World Championship Cascais will see the 2022 TP52 World title at stake. Takashi Okura’s Sled will defend the crown, won last November in Mallorca.