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Sunday, July 24, 2011

MedCup Sailors Shoot The Breeze

Jochen Schuemann (GER), Skipper, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“First event win ever for this Audi team. Last year we finished second twice, so this is quite special for us. We´ve sailed really solid these last days. Today, we broke the spinnaker in the first race while hoisting, that was quite stupid and could´ve put us at risk but the second race was great. It feels good to win, not more not less, it will be hard next time. We had a good lead but we had three boats really close behind us for a while. It´s a very close competition and we are looking forward for the next regatta in Cartagena.”

Sébastien Col, Tactician, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“ It feels good to finally win a regatta. At the beginning of the race we didn't expect it. We wanted to do things well. This is a victory we will enjoy. In Marseille we knew already that that the potential was there and we've finally found the key points the get the boat sailing well, which gives us confidence for the upcoming regattas. In the next one we should find similar conditions but with a bit bigger seas. We will still learn things from the boat and we'll still discuss with the designers and our coach in order to get the maximum out of it. I believe we were at the maximum during the last two days, what's really satisfying".

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Over the years I don’t think we have had a breakdown, or done circles (penalty turns) and we end up with both on the same day. We came in and tacked too close to Synergy, it was not a cheap foul, it was one of those things. 

"You load these boats up so hard and although we check these things meticulously, it was the top terminal where it goes around the eye went. The guys sorted it really quickly. It is the first time we have had a major breakdown in the Audi MedCup Circuit. Container did not have the week they wanted, but the two Audi boats did a great job here.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“In the bad moments we always stick together and never give up. We finished second at this event it is almost a miracle. I am very proud of our shore crew we had some good meetings during the bad moments and that is the key, to keep working for the future. We are finally smiling. It’s a big move from last to second in two days, and gives us lot of hopes for the future. It’s also a message for the other teams: even if sometimes we are on the ropes we come back.”

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