Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sailors Speak Dockside After Coastal Race - Audi MedCup Cartagena

Francesco Bruni (ITA), Tactician, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“We don´t like to speak about luck when we lose places but this time was really something special. We broke the halyard of the main, the little part that holds the sail up, and then it came down. We were just one hundred meters away for the end and the race was over for us. It really felt as if it was God´s sign for us not to win the coastal. We are doing well, we have to remember that we did a great regatta and keep going”.

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“Last night it was just everybody just looking at themselves and us all saying ‘we are better than this’. The upside of yesterday was that we did not every mistake that was made, sometimes you are just ‘what the hell just happened today?’ but it was not like that at all. It was like, ‘this is what we need to do…..’ and so today they sailed very well. It was tough. There is a lot of luck involved in sailboat racing but you have to be good enough to take advantage when it happens. These guys fought and clawed their way up to be ready to take advantage.

“It was fun having Terry here. I think that, in no way, shape or form do I want this to be construed as an excuse, but I think that the sea conditions yesterday we have an amazing powerful boat, but I think we have had three or four knots more we would have been fine, but where we were, in that mode, we just for the first time this year we were not very fast upwind. We analysed everything and nothing stood out as broken, but I am not sure it is a coincidence that Synergy struggled too.

“It was an amazingly important day. When we came into this we thought Azzurra would come good. When we saw them struggle in Cascais we thought’ these guys are too good for this. Watching them on the race course they are amazing sailors and my personal feeling is that they have been the threat since Day 1. It was just a matter of time before they found the gears. At first there was maybe a lot of speculation that the Audi boats maybe questions over them, but I don’t think there are questions now.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA), Tactician, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA): 
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We don´t like to speak about luck when we lose places but this time was really something special. We broke the halyard of the main, the little part that holds the sail up, and then it came down. We were just one hundred meters away for the end and the race was over for us. It really felt as if it was God´s sign for us not to win the coastal. We are doing well, we have to remember that we did a great regatta and keep going.”

Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), skipper-helm Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Stefano Gattini_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“It´s been a tough day, we worked hard.We had a bit of everything, good and bad luck. We recovered and fought, and at the end we were rewarded. We had an incident with ALL4ONE, and after we protested, they were penalised. We were getting to the port and the tacked really close to us, which made us tack also sending us to shallow water area, we nearly hit the bottom. What happened to Azzurra is very bad luck, because they had done an almost perfect race. Our efforts were rewarded today.”

Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“The key today was to keep working and stay focus the whole day through. I probably underestimated a fact, and that is that we actually went out this morning to have a look at the current at the shore and there was not much running. By the time we got there in the race it was strong at that hurt us. All credit to the blue boat, they sailed very well, we kept the pressure on them. Unfortunately, they broke the main halyard, we know how that feels from when we broke the backstay. It´s been great racing, we struggled yesterday and certainly today we needed this kind of result. Last night we sat down in the container to talk, we change our shirts from white to black, which I have to say are bloody hot, and went out there today.”

Jochen Schümann (GER) skipper-helm Audi Sailing Team powered by ALL4ONE: 
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup;
"We had an almost perfect race from the start up to 2/3rds of it controlling everyone nicely. But when we opt on the long downwind for the A4 our strongest gennaker, we were simply too slow. The others took about 100 to 150 metres out of our lead first and finally overtook us. We kept the race quite open after rounding the island, but were quite frustrated still which might have caused our fault on BRIBON when we tacked on their bow. So we got the penalty and managed to stick to the podium only because of AZZURRAs bad luck at the end. Usually we should be happy with a top 3 finish which we are obviously not today."

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