Friday, June 17, 2011

What The Sailors Said After Day 3 at Audi MedCup Marseille

Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Chris Main (NZL), Tactician, Gladiator (GBR):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“There wasn´t really much to decide, RÀN were coming in at starboard, we were in for a dip and got behind them. Then they tacked, I think that they misjudged the position a little and we were left in a position where we couldn´t go below them. I tried to come above them but I couldn´t avoid them, so we had a collision. We are pleased to be in the race, if there are other boats around us we are happy. After these last days, the owner is very happy. I said to the owner, ‘look, expect to get last in every race and anything we do better than that would be a bonus. Anything we do better than that would be a bonus. We don´t have any new sails, he got a couple of his mates onboard and the crew´s coming good. Obviously, they haven´t had the practice of another MedCup regatta. The key is to stay in the pressure. If tomorrow´s coastal race is a speed race it won´t be good news for us“.

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA):
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“Today was a minefield out there, you have to give big props to Ado Stead, he avoided all the booby traps. Today with 10 points is really huge for us, because it could so easily have been a big points day . I think the guys have confidence now that we are pretty quick and don’t have to take a big risk. And hanging in with the pack I know there are times when he was disappointed. He thought there was a big gain and let go but it made sense to do what he did. I thought he sailed brilliant. It is amazing sailing, really competitive sailing.”

Jochen Schumann (GER), Skipper, Audi Sailing Team Powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
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“It feels good to win our first race after some last places because we broke a bad record that we´ve held so far. Yesterday we had a taste of it leading most of the race and messed it up and finished third only. It´s great for the boat and for the team to bring home this first win, now we need to get one more. Sailing is pretty much the same every day, sometimes you do small things better and you win, some other times you make mistakes and you end up third after leading for three quarters of the race, like it happened yesterday. Today we had a great start and managed to keep the lead the whole time”.

Marc Lagesse (SOU), Navigator, Container (GER):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“So far this has been a tricky and somewhat tricky venue for us, but today we seemed to minimize the mistakes and we ended up having a very good day. It´s been hard because sometimes we look like winners and some other times we look like losers, we are not that happy with all our results. We might be one of the most consistent teams, but when do we want a race? It´ll come, it´s been a tough day where anyone can win at any moment, with big winners and big losers”.

Tim Powell (GBR), Mainsail Trimmer, project manager RÀN (SWE-GBR): 
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“We were doing quite well first, had a good two first races, but then in the third one we had an unfortunate accident with Gladiator at the final beat, a port and starboard instant, we tacked and they hit us from behind and got our boat damaged, so we´ll see if we can fix it overnight”

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