Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What the Sailors Said after Practice Race at Audi MedCup Cagliari

Steve Hayles (GBR) Ràn (SWE-GBR):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“The fleet is so very close. Obviously you have good and bad races. To be honest, we got a clear start and a good lane and were just in it enough and close enough to Quantum Racing to roll them on a gybe which happens all the time, one way or another. I think that everyone has really come together, even the boats which two regattas ago we thought were maybe not as quick are in there now. It really is very even.

"It is a nice thing for us today, a plus and puts everyone in a good mood. We have always known the boat is quick and so far have not performed to the level that we would have liked to. There are reasons for that and this is a tough fleet. So it is nice today to remind yourself that we can do it.”

Markus Wieser (GER), Skipper, Container (GER):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It´s going to be fast here. It´s quite shifty and the winds has gone up 25 knots here today. We all had our sails up today and had to be careful with them. It looks like we are going to have the Mistral this week so it´ll be fun.”

Ado Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We are pretty pleased about today, stayed first for most part of the race. We used an old spinnaker in the last run of the race. We got caught by RÀN but we were right there with them at the finish, which is good. I think that everybody, including us, are bringing new sails - the ones that they´d wish they´d have used in Marseille - so I think it´s going to be the most competitive regatta so far because everyone has been able to build the stuff that they realise they needed after Cascais. Audi Sailing Team is faster, Bribón is a really quick boat, RÀN, Container, Azzurra and Synergy. Actually, any of the seven boats have a chance to win it here.”

Audi MedCup Media Team

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