|Sail Number:||USA 52018|
|Yacht Club:||Macatawa Bay YC|
|Design:||Botin Partners (2018)|
|Builder:||Longitud Cero Composites S.L.|
Doug DeVos’ USA flagged Quantum Racing team are four times overall champions, circuit winners in 2013, 2014 2016 and 2018 to Azzurra’s record, triumphant in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
They finished the foreshortened 2021 season just one point behind champions Sled and that hurt, so close and yet so far. But nothing will have changed much for the 2022 programme. Under meticulous tactician Terry Hutchinson the Quantum Racing team are usually experts in risk reward and playing the long game, that is to say staying patient and chipping away with top three, top four results in as many races as possible, the aim being to be in the frame come the start of the Barcelona regatta in October.
The Quantum Racing team is comprised of an extremely potent mix of experienced America’s Cup and Ocean Race winners and Olympic medallists, now with a very good, dynamic age range. After Hutchinson and a number of other sailors left temporarily for full time service with American Magic, the NYYC America’s Cup challengers of which DeVos is one of Principals, they returned in 2021 for the short season. Joining up in 2021 as strategist was 470 Olympic bronze medallist Lucas Calabrese who at 34 years old, brings young ‘Latino’ blood to the American flagged crew. Michele Ivaldi, the very dependable, more reserved Italian navigator is also an accomplished tactician in his own right and so able to add that perspective to his input. Along with super coach James Lyne they run probably the most comprehensive data collection and performance analysis programme on the circuit, working to the benefit of team Vayu and Interlodge which are both part of the Quantum programme this season.