Go the Quantum
Back on the waters where they won the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit title a little less than a year ago, Terry Hutchinson and the crew of Quantum Racing gave themselves the best possible tonic, after their disappointing seventh place finish last month in Sardinia, when they won the first two races of the Portugal Trophy regatta today, then fought back to a well earned fourth place in the third contest to lead the event by three clear points. Terry Hutchinson, skipper-helm of Quantum said “It was all in all a good day. We got off the line in the position we wanted to and our goal this week is to start in a way that allows Morgan and Mark to execute our game plan and we did that. In the last race we didn’t start that well but Morgan and Mark, and really every body on the boat, did really a brilliant job to getting us back into the fleet so well.”
Ray Davies, tactician Emirates Team New Zealand: “The offshore breeze is very shifty and puffy. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to have too big a lead. We rounded the mark in average pressure and all the boats behind us jybed with us then there’s groups splitting and so we covered one group and the other group made a massive gain, like half of a mile. When we missed one big puff and four boats got passed us.”
Tornbjorn Tornqvist owner-helm of Artemis: “ It was a good day for us today, we were pretty consistent and we sailed well. I think we performed well it was a beautiful day. We haven’t had many chances to train, and in the second race, even if we did a penalty turn, and we still came fourth in that race so it was particularly satisfying.”
Ross McDonald tactician of Bribón: “It’s been a good day, we are happy. With flat seas we can perform better. If the boat slams in choppy water and waves, because of the position of the internal ballast on our boat then our boat is not so competitive. So the day has been good, we are happy, we did two good starts in the last two races we could have gained the right side very quickly since it clearly paid. But I didn’t want to go that far and wanted to play the little shifts in the final approach. The runs were very difficult since there were lots of holes and gusts. Pic from Richard Walch and more here.