Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza
The fourth and final stage of the Barclays 52 Super Series took place on the beautiful Spanish island from September 17th to 21st.
Partnered by Zenith, official timekeeper, the Barclays Super Series brings together some of the best sailors in the world, who are well-known for their achievements accomplished in the context of the America’s Cup or the Olympic Games, aboard type TP52 yachts. Fifty-two foot long (15.85 m), streamlined and elegant, swift and responsive, these thoroughbred racing yachts have been created with a single aim: taking part in close race strategy regattas, hugging the coast, in short, intense regattas.
At the end of the first three events of the season, the American Quantum Racing Team, skippered by Ed Baird led the championship ahead of the Swedish crew Rán Racing (skipper Niklas Zennström) and the Italians from the Azzura Team (Guillermo Parada). The Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza was the last of the four stages of the TP52 annual circuit.
For the occasion, and in addition to the all-pervasive race fever, Zenith treated 100 guests including journalists, retailers and end clients from all over the world to a weekend in Ibiza on motor yachts for an insider experience of the race. They enjoyed the benefit of a sailing expert on board each yacht providing technical sailing details. After returning to the Marina Ibiza, guests were also given a chance to spend some time with the sailors, tacticians and managers themselves.
Quantum Racing secured the 2014 Barclays 52 Super Series title of the Zenith Royal Cup Marina Ibiza regatta and won the Ibiza event, their third regatta title of the season.
Held at Cappuccino Café in the Marina Ibiza, the closing ceremony of the Barclays 52 Super Series brought an impressive finish, crowned by the prize-giving, at which Aldo Magada, President and CEO of Zenith, presented the prestigious cup to the winner, the American Quantum Racing Team.