Quantum Racing & Iberdrola Team are 2011 Audi MedCup Champions


Στο κοντινότερο φινάλε από το 2007 το Quantum racing εξασφάλισε τον τίτλο του πρωταθλητή για το 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit 52 Series στον προτελευταίο αγώνα της σαιζόν.
Έχοντας καθαρίσει τον ανταγωνισμό κυρίως του ισπανικού Bribon, απελευθέρωσαν τον καλό τους εαυτό και έκαναν τον καλύτερο αγώνα της χρονιάς κερδίζοντας την προτελευταία κούρσα και ταυτόχρονα και τον τίτλο της χρονιάς.
Μετά την 5η θέση στη Σαρδηνία το Quantum Racing δεν μπόρεσε να κάνει μια καλή και σταθερή απόδοση είχε πολλά σκαμπανεβάσματα που στοίχιζαν σε βαθμούς και ψυχολογία.

Τελικά οι Αμερικάνοί με skipper τον Ed Baird, νικητή του America's Cup με το Alinghi, μετά από πολλές δεύτερες θέσεις τα τελευταία χρόνια κατάφεραν και κέρδισαν τον πολυπόθητο τίτλο αφού πρώτα κατάφεραν να φτάσουν την σχεδόν 12 πόντων διαφορά που είχαν σε μόλις 3,5 πόντους δυο μέρες πριν το τέλος.  Αλλά μετά από τις δυο εντυπωσιακές μέρες το Quantum Racing έκανε τη διαφορά 15 βαθμούς και κέρδισε εύκολα το Ισπανικό Bribon που τελικά πήρε τη δεύτερη θέση και το Ιταλικό Audi Azzura Sailing Team που τερμάτισε τρίτο.
Τις εντυπώσεις στην τελευταία ρεγκάτα τις έκλεψε το Ran, του
Niklas Zennstrom, που παρουσιάστηκε σαν ένα διαφορετικό κότερο κερδίζοντας το Conde de Godo Barcelona Trophy.
Τελικά μπορεί το Quantum να κέρδισε το σιρκουί, το Ran να κέρδισε τη ρεγκάτα, τις εντυπώσεις και τα συναισθήματα τα κέρδισε το Bribon, έκανε μια θαυμαστή προσπάθεια να φτάσει στην 1η θέση, δεν τα κατάφερε, αλλά όλες οι ομάδες και οι φίλοι του Audi MedCup, τους αποχαιρέτησαν με έντονη την συγκίνηση, μιας και το Bribon στην Βαρκελώνη έδωσε τον τελευταίο του αγώνα. 
Ο ιδιοκτήτης της ομάδας Jose Cusi δήλωσε:
"Τα τελευταία 38 χρόνια δώσαμε στην Ισπανία πολλές στιγμές για να είναι χαρούμενη.
Το σκάφος θα παροπλιστεί..., αλλά εγώ θα συνεχίσω να τρέχω με πιο απλά σκάφη. Καθώς τερματίζαμε πήρα ένα τηλεφώνημα από τον Βασιλιά που μας συνεχάρη για την 2η θέση στην ρεγκάτα. Είμαι πολύ περήφανος που το πλήρωμα μου δώρισε τη σημαία του σκάφους, που περήφανα κουβαλούσαμε σε όλον το κόσμο και μέσα στην καρδία μας."
Το Quantum Racing ξεκίνησε με μια 1η θέση στο Cascais, συνέχισε 2ο στη Μασσαλία, 5ο στο Κάλιαρι και 3ο στην Καρταχένα. Ο Ed Reynolds, Quantum Racing’s project manager, χαμογελαστός στο ντόκο δήλωσε:
"Από όλα τα MedCups αυτό είναι το πιο ωραίο για εμένα. Η ομάδα όταν έπρεπε να δώσε τον καλύτερο εαυτό της το έκανε. Σιχαίνομαι να χάνω και νιώθω πολύ ανακουφισμένος που αποτελώ μέλος μιας τέτοιας ομάδας."

2011 Audi MedCup Circuit,
52 Series
 Final standings after five regattas
1. Quantum Racing (USA), 19 + 30 + 42+38,5+33= 162,5 points
2. Bribón (ESP), 47,5 + 38+37+25+30= 177,5 points
3. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA), 32,5 + 37+35,5+28+47= 180 points
4. Container (GER), 31,5+28,5+38+43+44= 185 points
5. Ràn (SUE), 40,5+41,5+43,5+48,5+28= 202 points
6. Audi Sailing Team Powered by All4One (GER/FR) 58 + 43,5+26,5+39,5+37 =204,5 points
5. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS), 37+39,5+44,5+43,5+44= 208,5 points
8. Gladiator (GBR), 85,5+47+85,5+85,5+61= 364,5 points

Owner Driver Trophy
Niklas Zennström (SWE), RÁN (SWE)
40 Series, Final standings after five regattas
1. Iberdrola Team (ESP) 13+14+9+17+15= 68 points
2. Noticia IV (ESP) 25 + 22+15+19+23= 104 points
3. Ngoni (GBR) 33+26+22+13+25= 119 points
4. Patagonia (ARG) 28 +17+42+32+43= 162 points
5. XXII (ESP) 23+26+24+39+64= 176 points
6. Cruiser-racer (ESP) 48+42+42+48+28= 208 points
7. Bigamist (POR) 48+42+42+48+34=214 points

Quotes:
Adrian Stead (GBR), tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
“It is awesome. It has been good, we have really stepped up at this regatta. To come here and finish it off has been great. It is one of the most hard fought titles there is, it is a long season and here you are sailing against some of the best sailors in the world. The boats are constantly changing. Everyone is always trying to get better and better and you are always thinking about how you outsmart everyone. It is a long season. You have to be on your game at every regatta.
It is absolutely brilliant now, though. We had some really tough times. In Palma pre season we broke the mast step of the boat we had to retire from that Palma Vela pre season regatta, regroup and rebuild the mast step. When everyone came to Cagliari they were pretty strong. I missed a couple of things there tactically and then we broke the backstay. But you just have to keep chipping away. I am sure that every boat here can now look back at their Audi MedCup season and see where they could have saved 10, 15 or 20 points. I look at Bribon in Cascais: they blew up their A4 kite, they were OCS by the skin of their teeth in one race going, and they had a red flag. The points situation has been interesting because Audi Azzurra, Container and us have been kind of see-sawing and Bribon were able to play through. They were always the boat we were happy to put between us and Container or Audi Azzurra and we get here and they were breathing down our necks.”

Ignacio Triay (ESP), trimmer, Bribón (ESP): “It´s really hard to explain. After 18 years, I remember when I began here in February 1994, just over there. It´s hard to say with words how I feel today being the last day. I think that it will take me a while to realize what we´ve done this season and this year, which has been incredible. The support by the media and our rivals has been really emotional for us. I want to congratulate those who won because Quantum deserve to win the championship and RÁN has done a great event here in Barcelona. We were sixth after the second event of the circuit and we´ve end up second. It´s gift for our owner and for His Majesty”.

José María Torcida (ESP), skipper-helm, Iberdrola Team (ESP):“It´s the end of the season, we saw that all the preparation work that we did paid off, especially with the sails, it was key for this final win. We were really focused from day one, we started doing a good job and managed to save our lead. We knew this was important because the rest of the teams would improve as the season progressed. Things have been a lot tighter in the fleet at the end. We are happy with our success and the teamwork that we´ve done, it set the basis for what came after. Great crew work, everyone has done their own job having a good time. The future is bright for this boat, it´s easy to sail and trim, and it´s very well built. It makes the competition interesting, we´ve seen this here. At the end the competition has been a lot harder. I think that a 10-12 boat fleet will be espectacular. Once we won the Circuit yesterday we wanted to win here, because we had not won in a Spanish venue yet. It was the perfect way to say goodbye and it became our goal. We kept an eye on both Iberostar and Ngoni, and things worked out the way wanted.”

Juan Luis Páez (ESP), Navigator, Ibedrola Sailing Team (ESP):“We are really happy about winning the Audi MedCup Circuit, because it was not easy. At the end, all the team work and our preparation since Christmas have paid off. We´ve worked a lot. In terms of logistics, having the best sails, and in terms of the team, creating a great crew, we´ve done great, these issues have been key in order for us to win this. This should help us for the future, this is a team that deserves continuity. We all know that it´s all about the sponsors and I think that Iberdrola is probably happy, because we´ve been very professional. The fleet has grown with the months, improving a lot. It has a lot of future. Things have changed a lot since Cascais. 2012 will be tough, I´m sure. Now the goal is to win this trophy because we are only two points ahead of the second team. It´s quite important for us to win here, we´ll fight hard for it.”

Niklas Zennstrom (SWE), Skipper, RÁN (SWE):“It´s been a good day, with really stressful racing. Quantum had a top start in the first race, leaving us behind, and Bribón managed to take a point from us. The second race was tough, Bribón also got in front of us at one point, but overall we went back to sailing the way we´ve done all week, relaxed and having a good time. We are really pleased to win the last Audi Med Cup event because it has shown us and everyone that we have been getting better through the season. I also want to congratulate Quantum Racing because they did a very good job”.
Quantum Racing & Iberdrola Team are 2011 Audi MedCup Champions Quantum Racing & Iberdrola Team are 2011 Audi MedCup Champions Reviewed by Panos Douros on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Rating: 5

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