Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What The Sailors Said After Practice Race at Audi MedCup Marseille

Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Adrian Stead (GBR) tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 

"We were pretty comfortable today in the lighter winds. It was all pretty tricky out there. Container were in the left hand corner early on and could not get their way out, Audi Azzurra went for the breeze on the early right and that definitely held long enough to get them across, there were plenty of little, subtle things going that were very easy to miss or lose two or three boat lengths very quickly, but also to get it back.

"It felt like we were going reasonably well upwind and down, but we certainly see eight very competitive boats and I think it will be how you start and how you get the most out of it around the race track. There were opportunities on each of the beats and on each of the runs. It was good where the race course was located, close enough to the islands to have an influence on the bottom third of the course. It was good fun. Audi Azzurra sailed well and were able to keep themselves out there at the front.

"To be honest going sailing in the lighter airs here we are all learning at the same time. We missed the light air day in Palma but I think that every minute you spend on the boat is valuable, but that is just the same for the guys on Container, on RAN, all the guys are saying the same. We just have to use our time the best and make sure we can get the best out of equipment. It is going to be good.”

Nikklas Zennstrom (SWE), skipper, RÀN (SWE-GBR):
Photo: © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“These are very different conditions, with very light winds. It´s a whole different set up, that´s why it was so good that we´ve had two days to practice in order to get into this lighter mode. Everything´s been fine, we´ve had good control of the boat, good a crew maneuvers and good speed. We haven´t made many changes in the boat because we were pretty happy with it in Cascais, only a few things that we had in our to-do list, but only small tweaks, nothing major. What´s interesting is that you have three different hull shapes, and ours should be better off in lighter air, it was interesting to see that we sailed quite fast upwind even in this conditions”

Francesco Bruni (ITA) tactician Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA): 
Photo: © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We had good speed but in fact we went to the good side of the course early. We tacked immediately after the start and went right for one and a half minutes and gained enormously. We were the only ones to go right early and that gave us a good early advantage and at the first crossing we were three lengths ahead. The boat is good and so we are full of optimism. In Cascais we were superstitious and did not cross the finish line of the practice race and we did not really have a great week after that, this time we took vote and we chose the opposite. So we will see how it goes."

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Everything worked quite well, although is not good to win the race before the regatta begins, it´s good to do it when you are racing. I voted not to cross the line in the first place, I´m 100% Italian for this kind of things. The rest of the guys decided to cross it and see what happens since we didn´t do it like this in Cascais and we weren´t that lucky there. We´ve done many things the right way and the boat has been sailed well. We´ve made some changes and it seems that they are working, we are happy with them. Our attitude is the right one now, when you make mistakes you have to look at yourself in the mirror and try to correct the things that you didn´t do right. The boat sailed fast, even in these conditions, but we know that the difference between teams is really small. The regatta is still open, Quantum are consistent , always ahead, they are the favorite team to win this season, but we are going to be there, ready to attack when they make a mistake”:

Gonzalo Araujo (ESP), skipper, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: © Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It´s been a training day with little wind. At one point we got back in the fight with some pressure that we caught at the right, but then we were caught in the Russian´s dirty air, went to the other side and lost two or three places in the race. We´ve used old jibs, genoas and spinnakers because we didn´t want to damage the new ones. The boats are still very close, with small differences, it will be important to start well and watch the tactics. Apparently, in lighter conditions our boat could sail faster than others, but that´s not our feeling right now. We´ll see when the regatta starts. In Cascais we should´ve performed worse than we did but the truth is that we didn´t have many problems and sailed as well as the others.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

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