Friday, September 16, 2011

Dockside with MedCup Sailors - Day 4

Photo: Guido Trombetta_Studio Borlenghi/Audi MedCup
Adrian Stead (GBR), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
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“We had good steady conditions today and we felt pretty strong today about coming in in a good place. We had two good races, we sailed well right from the start and put the question mark on somebody else. In the first run of the first race we managed to get away from Bribón a little, and at the end that help us to get a couple of points from them. In the second race we caught pretty strong waves but managed to get through and lead the bunch around the top mark, so we wanted to stay in that condition and we did. It´s been a very solid day which puts us at the top of the standings for the Audi MedCup. Right now there are 14 points between us and them with a maximum of 16 points on the table, so we are in reasonable shape. We are going to go out there tomorrow with the goal of winning the regatta closer. We need to stay focused, be smart and sail the same way that we did today”.

Kevin Hall (USA), Navigator, Quantum Racing (USA):
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“The first race was the best race that we´ve done so far this season. We were worried about pressure in the beat but we were strong, especially with ALL4ONE. We had to fight our way through to take the lead and keep it. It´s been a positive day that puts us in a good place. We were happy after the first race, but we still knew that we had a long way to go. We came out with a goal: to sail focused in our boat. We thought that if we did that and Bribón won both races, then so be it, and the result´s been really positive.”

Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), skipper-helm, Bribón (ESP):
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“It has been a tough day, we knew it would not be easy. When we entered in the fight, other’s boats strategy between us has changed. The true is that we have fought as we could. At both races Quantum has reached a favourable position at the start and that has determined a little the races. They have complicated our life with a serie of tacks. This has been the general trend. During the second race we had a problem in the windward buoy and that cost a couple of points, but it is normal to compete in a pointing fight like this one. In the end, we should try to win the regattas we have left. In the last race we will see the considerations we need, control and attack considerations, depending on the way things are.”

Morgan Larson (USA), Tactician, RÁN (SWE):
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“The day unfolded the way that we all thought, with moderate wind and pretty flat seas. There were a lot of races in one race. Quantum was keeping its eyes on Bribón and as well Azzurra, for the overall. We were just thinking about sailing the regatta and hopefully beating Bribón. We had a bit of an unfortunate start in the first, we battled back, but Bribón did a good job of pushing us back. We recovered nicely and did a good job, we were close to Gladiator and Container, we lost one point. With five points down with Bribón into the second race we knew that Quantum was going to help us with them. Niklas had a great start and we were able to preserve our lead for the fleet. Bribón had a lot more trouble than us. For the last day Quantum is close to locking the overall regatta and Bribón has a chance to fight for that and this trophy. It´ll have to do a lot with how many races take place. Like I said there are going to be a lot of races within the same one. After a great 38 year career, Bribón is going to have to earn it to win here at their hometown.”

Ross MacDonald (ESP), Tactician, Bribón (ESP):
Photo: Ian Roman/Audi MedCup
“You want to do the best you can on a day like today but there are so many things that have to be done in order for us to get the first place… We got to think about what we´ve done so far and where we are now. All things considered it was actually not a bad day for us, could´ve been a lot worse. It´s great that RÁN´s doing well, we´d like to sail like that too. We´ll have to see how tomorrow goes and try to win this thing. It´s going to be tough for us to win the overall with this point difference right now. All they need is to have one boat in between of them in tomorrow´s races, so it´s going to be a tall order for us. We´ll do our best and we´ll see how it goes. We are excited about finishing up in a high note and as best we can. I´m happy that Bribón´s days are ending with things the way they are.”

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