Please select your home edition
37th AC Store 2024-one-728X90 TOP

Terry Hutchinson will sail 2023 Rolex TP52 Worlds with Quantum Racing powered by American Magic

by 52 Super Series 8 Aug 2023 08:01 NZST 21-26 August 2023
Terry Hutchinson will sail 2023 Rolex TP52 Worlds with Quantum Racing powered by American Magic © Nico Martimez / Martinez Studio

When they seek to defend their world title in Barcelona in two weeks time at the Rolex TP52 World Championship in Barcelona, Doug DeVos' Quantum Racing powered by American Magic will have their five times 52 Super Series title winner Terry Hutchinson on board as tactician, substituting for John Kostecki who is still recovering from a medical procedure which he underwent in late May.

Hutchinson, who, as skipper/president of sailing operations of American Magic is presently based in the Catalan capital city, will reprise the role in which he helped guide Quantum Racing to Rolex World Championship titles in 2014, 2016 and 2018 as well as last year.

He will sail with 2023's team newcomer helm Harry Melges IV - himself a member of the American Magic afterguard - and young Victor Diaz de Leon reverting to his role as strategist, with Nicolo Sanfelice now coming in as navigator until the end of the season.

"We really have been trying to get to the original concept for Quantum Racing Powered by American Magic and so from that standpoint alone having Terry on the boat at the worlds will be great as the new younger members of the team will be able to directly benefit from his experience."

Enthuses Quantum Racing Powered by American Magic's team director Ed Reynolds.

Quantum Racing powered by American Magic currently lie third on the 2023 52 Super Series standings some 26 points behind leaders Provezza. They finished second by six points in Saint Tropez and were again runners up in Scarlino - where they missed victory by one point - but in Menorca finished sixth, 20 points off Platoon's winning aggregate.

Now the US-flagged team are also hoping a winning performance in Barcelona will reduce some of that points deficit. Kostecki is expected to be back on the boat as tactician at the final regatta of the season in Puerto Portals in September.

Reynolds muses, "It is interesting in that Saint-Tropez and Scarlino I think gave us an underserved optimism, but then in Menorca I think the afterguard's inexperience told. Now, this will be really positive I am sure. If you look at the results we have achieved with Terry over the years I think we have a good chance. He is the very best, and at the same time this will be the perfect opportunity to mentor the younger team members with his skills, experience and energy. Victor has been so impressive in the way he has adapted to the different demands made of him and he will enjoy sailing in his original role, working directly alongside Terry."

Hutchinson, confirms he has not done very much grand prix racing this season but is relishing the challenge. Know they will have to raise their game to win the world title, he comments, "We will have to be quick to match the 2022 success at this event. But I know the team will be up to the challenge.I have raced with Sarah (Stone) this winter and Harry is a team member at American Magic. I am really looking forward to racing and learning with Victor."

He has been monitoring their performance regatta by regatta, "I think they have sailed really well. It has been hard with JK's injury and it was great to see the team have a good event in Scarlino. The feedback from Menorca was that it was a tough event in what we know to be a tough venue. But they finished strong winning the last race showing good mental toughness."

He concludes, "Our approach has to be consistency. I have not been racing as much as I had last year and so our focus has to be boat speed leading to consistent decision making. We know how hard it is to be successful on the 52 Super Series. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be racing with Harry and Victor."

The Rolex TP52 World Championship runs from 21st to 26th August in Barcelona, based out of the Marina Vela by the W Hotel. The event will feature five days of Live TV.

Related Articles

Race Yachts Premium Brokerage - Winter Specials
The TP / IRC 52 Crush has so much pedigree This TP / IRC 52 has so much pedigree, built as Azzura then to become Shogun, Ichi Ban, Envy Scooters and now Crush. She has as excellent performance record under IRC and ORC and comes complete with an extensive up to date inventory. Posted on 20 Jun
XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy overall
Thailand's Whitcraft Family's Team Vayu win Team Vayu, the Whitcraft family crew from Thailand, kept their nerves and seized every opportunity they could, to win the XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport Trophy at the end of two dramatic last races contested in light winds off Newport, Rhode Island. Posted on 17 Jun
XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy Day 4
Quantum Racing powered by American Magic on the cusp of hometown win After no racing was possible today at the XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport Trophy due to insufficient wind Quantum Racing powered by American Magic will go afloat Sunday carrying a three points lead. Posted on 16 Jun
XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy Day 3
Back to reality for Quantum, the dream continues for Vayu For regatta leaders Quantum Racing powered by American Magic Thursday yielded a dose of 'back to reality' as they dropped to their worst score yet at the XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy regatta. Posted on 14 Jun
XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy Day 2
Super consistent Quantum Racing extend After winning the second race on Wednesday, Quantum Racing powered by American Magic have now taking three winning guns from four starts at the XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport Trophy to lead by eight points ahead of the Thai flagged Team Vayu. Posted on 13 Jun
XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy Day 1
Quantum Racing win two-from-two for perfect start on home waters With two wins from two light airs races Doug DeVos' Quantum Racing powered by American Magic crew made the best possible start to the 52 SUPER SERIES' first ever races to be hosted by their home yacht club, the New York Yacht Club. Posted on 12 Jun
XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy Practice Day
After a somewhat wet weekend, both sun and wind arrive on cue Just on cue, after a somewhat wet weekend, Newport RI turned on both sun and wind for the official practice race day for XS 52 SUPER SERIES Newport RI Trophy, the second event of the 2024 52 SUPER SERIES season. Posted on 11 Jun
XS 52 Super Series Newport RI Trophy preview
Racing at the historic home of US racing In the 13 year history of the 52 Super Series it is hard to remember a level of excitement shared so universally through the fleet ahead of next week's first ever circuit regatta to be hosted by the New York Yacht Club. Posted on 6 Jun
Palm Beach Motor Yachts and the 52 Super Series
Announced as official Motor Yacht partner for the regattas We are thrilled to share that Palm Beach Motor Yachts will be the official Motor Yacht Partner for the 2024 52 Super Series. Posted on 4 Jun
Bluewater extend support for 52 Super Series
World leader in innovative water purification and beverage solutions As the 52 SUPER SERIES gets set to visit new territory, the world's leading grand prix monohull racing circuit going racing in Newport, Rhode Island, long-time supporters and hydration suppliers Bluewater have increased their commitment. Posted on 28 May
Pocketspace Marine cabin 1456x180px BOTTOMDoyle_SailWorld_728X90px-05 BOTTOMPredictWind - GO! exec 728x90 BOTTOM