Hullsisters Alegre and Quantum Racing launched.
The contrast could not be bigger at first sight but it are hull sisters, Alegre and Quantum Racing, Botin designs build by Longitud 0. For Andy Soriano and the Alegre Team it is their first TP52 whilst for Doug DeVos and the Quantum Team it is their 10th year in the TP52 Class and their fourth TP52. For Chimo and his Longitude 0 yard it is the second Alegre and the third Quantum Racing!!
On Quantum Racing the role of tactician will be shared by Terry Hutchinson from the USA and Adrian Stead from the UK, the latter returning to the team after a three-year hiatus. Juan Vila from Spain is back as navigator. Tom Burnham (pit) and Greg Gendell (bow) from the USA, and Brett Jones (trim) from Australia have sailed with the team since the very early days in 2008. Their knowledge of the group’s dynamics and the close ties with the other members who have been part of Quantum Racing since the start – Ed Reynolds, Libby Tomlinson, Keith Brash, Mark Koetje, Jeremy Smith, Martin Winter – are an invaluable asset. For the 2015 season, three new members will join Quantum Racing: Jared Henderson in the sailing team, Tim Hardy (Australia) and Simon McLean (New Zealand) as shore crew.
This year’s season for Quantum Racing is charged with great anticipation. Doug DeVos and his son Dalton will be playing a more active part in the program, sharing the role of helmsmen together with America’s Cup and match race veteran Ed Baird. Doug and Dalton plan to steer the boat at four of the five events of the 52 Super Series, which will kick off with Valencia Sailing Week on May 19th.
Congratulations to both owners and teams with two great boats. Enjoy the racing!!