Congratulations to Quantum Racing, now a three-time winner of the world's leading high-performance monohull circuit, the 52 Super Series. The team’s 2016 victory was secured by winning four of five regattas this season AND having the sure footing of SeaDek non-skid marine decking provided by Performance SailTools.
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Quantum Racing Crowned 2016 Champions
Winners of four of the five regattas this season, Quantum Racing were crowned 2016 52 SUPER SERIES champions in Cascais, Portugal on Saturday evening. The American-flagged team - who has also won the circuit in 2013 and 2014 - secured their third 52 SUPER SERIES title on Thursday with two days to spare, finishing Saturday with an overall aggregate of 140 points after 45 races contested in Scarlino (Tuscany), Porto Cervo (Sardinia), Puerto Portals (Mallorca), Mahon (Menorca) and Cascais (Portugal).
But last year's champions Azzurra denied Quantum Racing their coveted clean sweep of all five titles. When they won the final race of the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup in bright Autumnal sunshine and 11-14kts southerly breezes, Azzurra won the EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup and finish second overall for the season, 59 points behind Quantum Racing.
Niklas Zennström's Ran Racing Team take third step on the season's podium after a nervous final day showdown against Ergin Imre's Provezza and Harm Muller-Spreer's Platoon. Ran Racing fought back spectacularly from a penalty at the final mark that dumped them into last place, but quickly rallied to a critical fifth place, which ensured they take third for the season.
EGNOS 52 SUPER SERIES Cascais Cup Final Standings
Standings after day 5 (8 races):
1. Azzurra, ITA (Pablo/Alberto Roemmers ARG) 19 points
2. Quantum Racing, USA (Doug DeVos USA) 27
3. Sled, USA (Takashi Okura USA) 31
4. Platoon, GER (Harm Muller-Spreer GER) 38
5. Bronenosec, RUS (Vladimir Liubomirov RUS) 41
6. Ran Racing, SWE (Niklas Zennstrom SWE) 50
7. Provezza, TUR (Ergin Imre TUR) 52
8. Alegre, GBR (Andres Soriano USA) 58
9. Gladiator, GBR (Tony Langley GBR) 59
10. Phoenix, USA (Richard Cohen USA) 65
2016 52 SUPER SERIES Final Overall Standings
After 5 regattas:
1. Quantum Racing, 140 points
2. Azzurra, 199
3. Ran Racing, 241
4. Platoon, 245
5. Provezza, 248
6. Bronenosec Gazprom, 251
7. Sled, 275
8. Alegre, 283
9. Gladiator, 342