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TP52 World Championship in Cascais

 
Quantum Racing, the American-flagged team of Doug DeVos, won the world title by four points

With Dean Barker steering and Terry Hutchison leading a concerted, big Quantum team effort, they mastered what proved a challenging, breezy race area, which often favoured the opportunists.

With nine boats racing, all brand new this season, and all with an equal chance of winning, there is widespread acknowledgment that Quantum Racing were a step ahead in their execution throughout the five day championship.

Several times, searing downwind sleigh rides saw gains and losses of hundreds of metres at times, during what proved a thrilling world championship.

There was little scope for precision, percentage sailing and over the last five races Quantum Racing sailed 1,5,1,5,1 to second placed Azzurra’s 6,1,5,1,2.

An exciting, engaging battle between owner-drivers Andy Soriano and Sled’s Takashi Okura, saw Soriano and Alegre win out, but only on the last day of what was a great duel.

Alegre take third in the world championship – their first podium this season with Sled in fourth.

Quantum Racing lead the 52 SUPER SERIES season standings now by 19 points, having come to Cascais leading by just four.

Platoon dropped most, from a share of second along with Sled to now be 33 points adrift of Quantum after three of five regattas. Sled are second for the season now.

Rolex TP52 2018 World Championship Overall Standings:

1st. Quantum Racing (USA) (Doug DeVos) (2,1,3,4,1,5,1,5,1) 23 pts
2nd. Azzurra (ARG/ITA) (Alberto and Pablo Roemmers) (1,2,2,7,6,1,5,1,2) 27 pts.
3rd. Alegre (USA/GBR) (Andrés Soriano) (4,4,5,1,4,7,7,2,3) 37 pts.
4th. Sled (USA) (Takashi Okura) (8,3,7,2,3,2,3,6,4) 38 pts.
5th. Luna Rossa (ITA) (Patrizio Bertelli) (10DNF, 6,1,3,5,3,4,7,6) 45 pts
6th. Platoon (GER) (Harm Müller-Spreer) (3,5,6,6,9,8,2,3,8) (2 penalti) 52 pts.
7th. Provezza (TUR) (Ergin Imre) (5,9,4,5,7,4,6,8,5) 53 pts.
8th. Phoenix (RSA) (Hasso/Tina Plattner) (6,7,8,8,2,6,8,4,7) 56 pts.
9th. Onda (BRA) (Eduardo de Souza Ramos) (7,8,9,9,8,10,10,10,10) 81 pts.

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