(Thursday 21st September, Menorca) – With the wind moving round today into a more reliable, dependable southerly direction, defending 2016 52 SUPER SERIES champions Quantum Racing bounced back from a modest, frustrating start to the season’s final regatta – the Menorca 52 SUPER SERIES Sailing Week – to return two second place finishes today and restore their pressure on title rivals Platoon and Azzurra.
While Quantum Racing’s four points aggregate for the day was the best, most consistent scoreline of the day, nemesis Azzurra were always in fightback mode, albeit relatively successfully, while Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon won the first race, but could only make a sixth from the second windward-leeward contest.
The net gain for the day was to the current champions Quantum Racing who have now closed back to be nine points behind Azzurra. And while Terry Hutchinson’s demeanour on the dock was somewhat brighter than yesterday when they went from first to seventh, this time it was his Latino rival Vasco Vascotto who was visibly frayed around the edges when he came ashore.
“I shall in fact be 48 years old in 15 days, but after a day like today I feel more like 75 years old. It is very difficult and so stressful. The wind is quite crazy.” Said Vascotto, “We had two very good starts in fact today, but it seemed like the guys who started worse but went right got a personal right shift and won the race. We tried to stay with them but we never got these shifts. It seemed like we lost today from the right and from the left. But in the second race we sailed well. In fact as a team we fought hard to come back and did a nice job in both races to make places. We managed quite well in the second race to just cover Platoon and to come back a little and gain some places behind Quantum Racing. The day was stressful, but we played it OK.”