Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sailors Speak After Day 2 Audi MedCup Cagliari

Thierry Fouchier (Fra), Mainsail Trimmer Audi Sailing Team powered by All4One:
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"We've managed to improve our downwind speed. The differences between boats are minimal and the mark roundings are very interesting. It's easier for us here because we understand better this race area than the one of Marseille. The boat is very powerful and we've finally found the key points to sail it well. These results are very encouraging for what remains of the season, and we are in good spirits."

Jochen Schuemann (GER) Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4One: 
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“I would say this is us back to normal, I hope. We always believed that we had not mis-learned sailing completely after all the mistakes that we have made, and did not sail as well as we should have.
The result of today is not because we sailed brilliantly, but we took advantage of the mistakes of others.
There are certainly small differences in the way we sail the boat. Our boat is very wide and very powerful, you need to load it hard and early as possible and still create the same heel as other boats, which the boat does not want to do because it is stiffer. 

"We are trimming harder and adapting the heel. We are by far not the leading boat for speed. I think Quantum Racing, Container and the Russians are the fastest boats. We are going better and have recut all our spinnaker inventory because we had problems downwind and that used to be a strength of ours as last year we were one of the fastest downwind boats. We are much better than we were in Cascais, but still very average and it is hard to win races.

"We are not youngsters so we are not overrating being at the top of the leaderboard, but it is good for everyone at home, our friends, families and sponsors will like it but it is only after two days, and we are all aware there is a long way to go.”

Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
“Yesterday we were not as precise as we should´ve been, with my strategy and a few things on the boat. We had two very good starts, the boat was lined up very well and we executed things very well. I´m really pleased with how we got back into it today, it went quite well. We didn´t talk much about yesterday before the race, just a small headstay issue that we had to fix, that´s why we went out there early, to check it, so it was in the right place. It was a complete different day, I´m happy with how we sailed downwind today.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA), tactician of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
"Lot of mistakes, we didn't do well in all the roles: manoeuvres, speed, tactics. But I think we paid too many points for our bad day, the vote of everybody on board was we sailed a 5/10, but the teacher gave as a 2.”

Ignasi Triay (ESP), trimmer, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Overall, today it´s been a day where we didn´t do great at the start line, we were just average, even poor. We had to recover from the beginning. In the first one we reached the leading pack, but going downwind at the end we lost some places and finished fifth. In the second one, more of the same, a bad start, but we managed to go to the favored side and attacked from there, that got us with the top teams.

"Then we had a problem with our overdrive at the end of the first beat upwind and it broke. That meant that we didn´t have enough speed to hoist the spinnaker or gybe well, so we were going slow. We had to try to survive and attack a little if possible. David Vela did a great job to fix it, because in that leg there was a lot at stake for us. We manage to place ourselves behind Quantum, stayed there and finished a few inches behind them.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

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