|Sail Number:||USA 52018|
|Yacht Club:||Macatawa Bay YC|
|Design:||Botin Partners (2018)|
|Builder:||Longitud Cero Composites S.L.|
The Quantum Racing Team is in essence the DeVos family’s team. Doug DeVos is one of the founder members, stakeholders and leading lights of the 52 SUPER SERIES and loves driving their TP52 race boat.
Quantum Racing are the 2018 52 SUPER SERIES champions and so have now won the circuit four times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016, so now one championship win ahead of Azzurra’s record, triumphant in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
On the back of disappointment at losing out to Azzurra in 2017, Quantum Racing charged at 2018 and made few mistakes under hard driving leader Terry Hutchinson. They won in Sibenik at the opening event of the season, triumphed at a windy, full on Rolex TP52 World Championship in Cascais and won again in Puerto Portals. They clinched the title in Valencia with a day to spare.
But 2019 brings a new set of challenges for Quantum Racing. Hutchinson has moved on to America’s Cup duties with the NYYC’s American Magic team. As Ed Baird returns to the skipper-helm role there are in total five crew incoming for 2019, although Baird and navigator Juan Vila have sailed to many successes with the Quantum Racing. Cameron Appleton is tactician and a newcomer to the team and to the 52 SUPER SERIES but was hand picked for his drive and his consistent levels of success on other grand prix circuits.