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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sailors Speak at Audi MedCup Cagliari

Jochen Schumann (GER), Skipper, Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE (FRA-GER):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Cagliari seems to be a good venue for us. Last year we finished second here and at the moment we are also second. We won one race today, there are things that we need to do better, but we are quite happy and satisfied. In the first race we were not fast enough going downwind, I hope that we can improve that because it will help us repeat what we did in the second race. I think it´ll be windy the next days. The boat goes well in these conditions but we have to remember that we had these type of conditions in Cascais and we finished last. That means that we´ve learnt a lot about how to sail the boat, a lot better that at the beginning, which is a big improvement”.

Hamish Pepper (NZL), Tactician, Container (GER): 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"It was an excellent day for us when the cards just seemed to fall in our favour. We had a really good first race, third at the top mark with a really good layline to the bottom gate and got the lead. The boat is really humming downwind and Markus was doing such a great job steering. 

"A lot of this is about confidence, we have confidence in our boat. We know the boat performs well downwind and so we know that if we get to the top mark in reasonable shape the boat is good. In the second race we were last at the top mark first time up and we still got back into it, it is just so close in this class. We sailed well down that first run because we had the opportunity to gybe first and take the shift back to the left, then it shifted back to the left for us and we took that with pressure and we were back in it. The cards just fell for us, that is sailing sometimes. 

"Quantum Racing were a bit surprising because they are normally such a consistent team, but it is one of those things. Patience seemed to be key today. Good boat handling was important, keeping the boat up to speed and not making any mistakes, getting round the marks smoothly was important. We had a rip in the mainsail which we nursed up the final beat."

Ed Reynolds (USA) Project Manager Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Obviously we made a couple of tactical decisions that if we could re-run them we would not choose to do again, first time in the first race. Second race I was surprised because at 200 metres from the top mark I thought we were going to round second or third, we rounded fifth. So it was certainly not the day we wanted to have. The Cagliari Mistral has never been kind to the Quantum Racing Team here. I don’t know why that is. The guys on the edges seem to come out best today. We have always sailed working the percentages, there were a couple of times if the leg was 300 metres longer or shorter it would have been different, but our general mode of sailing, over the years, has not translated well. So, tomorrow a nice little sea-breeze, pointing the boat in the other direction, would be nice. 

"I don’t think anyone is too down. Some heads will be down and a few are angry for sure, but that is because they are professionals and care about what they do. But we have to just stay the course. The formula – good boat speed and relatively low risk manoeuvres has served us well over the years.

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"Everything was very bad today: in the first race we got a penalty and from a possible second place, we finished fifth. But you can't always just be strong and push hard to do well, you can also use the head. But today we sailed very badly, even if the boat was going better. We could have finished the day with two very good results, instead of the usualresults that we had. I repeat, today we sailed very bad! The results of Container are not a problem, we are worried just by ourselves: the others can make whatever they want, we have to think about us, trying to sail as we know we can

Niklas Zennstrom (SWE), Skipper, RÀN (SWE):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It was a tough day, really windy, full-on. It was also quite shifty, we were leading at the top mark in the first race and finished second but we are still happy about that. In the second race we didn´t get the right shifts in the beginning, we started well but didn´t get the right shifts. It was interesting to see how some boats like Audi ALL4ONE, who had struggled in the beginning, are so strong now. Then you have someone like Quantum who was very strong first and didn´t do so well today. This shows that the fleet is really close and getting more even every day.”

Federico Giovanelli (ITA), grinder, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Today´s evaluation is positive with such windy conditions. We had a problem in the first race, Azzurra left us a “present”, a piece of their kite, which got tangled up at the top of our mast. We had to raise our bowman up there downwind to take it out, so we lost speed and concentration. We´ve done good things upwind and downwind. The boat goes great downwind and our Skipper, Gonzalo Araujo, is very brave and knows what he´s doing. We did good considering these conditions, they honestly made it hard to sail here. It´s hard not to make mistakes when you´re going 25-27 knots. We´ve talked about all this and tomorrows we´ll try to improve what we did well.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

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