Sunday, August 28, 2011

What the MedCup Sailors Said From The Dockside

Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), Skipper, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“I´m very happy, both for me and for our teammates. This year we´ve worked really hard and we have been rewarded because we´ve been able to see that with a good boat we are able to be there with the best, something that we didn´t have last year, and that made us feel impotent. I was not in the team when the last trophy was won here in Cartagena, but it´s very especial, because the level here, it´s as high as it can get. 

"The fact that we won in Spain makes it really special because there is so many people that you know around. José Cusí, the owner, deserves this trophy because he´s made a great effort to have us here, sailing with a new boat. He also has an unbelievable career behind him, so he deserves this and a lot more.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), strategist of Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
Azzurra leading Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
"We look at the good things, I think we have done our best regatta of the year, and already in Cagliari we did a good job showing that we are alive and fighting. We recovered in a good way after the bad luck of yesterday, not giving away even a metre. Maybe we could do something more today, but the fact that we were 6th on the top mark, and we finished second passing Quantum on the line, it's a signal that I like more than any other. Until now we are always been on the podium, third in Cascais and Marseille, and second in Cagliari and here. We don't say anything, but if in Barcelona would arrive that result that misses, we will have a double surprise.”

Marcel Van Triest (ESP), Navigator, Bribón (FRA):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“It feels great, we´ve been progressing during the season. I remember that we had some issues in Cascais, we started doing better and recently we won the Copa del Rey, and it was really good for morale. We did some good things here, we are really happy about that. There´s really not a specific reason why we sailed so clean and consistent all week, we like it when it´s not a one-sided race course because it suits us fine. I don´t know about us sailing that clean, we took a penalty in this event. You need some good luck, of course, it´s important that things go your way. As I said, we are happy with our boat´s speed, it´s going really well. As a team we´ve always been a good team, with a great atmosphere and I think that it eventually pays off”.

Ignasi Triay (ESP), Trimmer, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: © Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
“We are very happy, because believe it or not, the last time that we won an Audi MedCup Trophy was right here, in Cartagena, three seasons ago. We´ve been fighting and fighting for so many years with this crew, that they deserve this for all the hard work they´ve done for such a long time. I personally want to dedicate the victory to them, because it´s tough to keep the chemistry and a good atmosphere when you are not getting the best results, that´s why this goes to them. As a team, we´d like to dedicate the Trophy to our owner, José Cusí, because unfortunately he couldn´t be here with us today and share with us such beautiful moments.”

Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“Bribón and Azzurra sailed very well this week, consistently, they stepped up to it, and we´ve had good races and bad races. Today we´ve had some problems, because we basically broke our primary winch in both races. Down the last run we actually couldn´t gybe at times, we gave away a first, and that made it really hard. We still up there in the Circuit, we need to stay solid and begin to think about the next event with a new approach. As far as I´m concern we are in front here and we are going to stay in front."

Markus Wieser (GER) skipper-helm Container (GER):
Container  Photo: Nico Martinez/Audi MedCup
"We are disappointed, no doubt. Very frustrating trophy for us. We sailed not good, because we were not fast enough and that makes you loosing your confidence in your strategy and your tactics as well. Our change to a light wind set-up didn't really worked out. We definetely lost ground to most of the other boats. Than you get mentally under pressure to do better, but negative pressure is the last thing you need to be successful. It's a shame in the overall circuit ranking, but we should keep in mind that we are newcomers in this class. Myself I had never steered a TP 52 before Cascais. So there's plenty to learn for us and we have to analyze our mistakes and fight back strongly in Barcelona always keeping in mind, it's not over until its over."

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