Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MedCup Sailors Talk Dockside - Barcelona Day 2

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Morgan Larson (USA), Tactician, RAN (SWE/GBR):
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“When you are having a tough time sometimes any change might freshen some things up, but it´s not really anything that I´ve brought. I kind of walked in into a nice situation. It feels really good to be sailing in the fleet´s first positions. Niklas Zennstrom has been doing a great job in these flat waters, he sets the tone. We can see that the conditions are really good for our boat and Niklas feels comfortable with them. So far this week we´ve been sailing at a high level which makes us feel positive because this is a tough race course. Things look good pretty good right now, I think that the team came here wanting to improve the work that was done over the season, trying to make it show in the overall standings, and so far we´re getting it done. Barcelona can be a challenging place to sail”.

Gonzalo Araújo (ESP), Skipper, Bribón (ESP): 
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“It´s been a good day, we are still on the right track, with good results. These are difficult winds, not a lot of wind, and everything´s well on board. We have a bigger advantage from the guys behind us and we are closer to the ones ahead of us, so it´s a really positive evaluation. The key is not to miss in many areas, a good start and good tactics. It´s a matter of not making many mistakes, a matter of doing most things well. Quantum and Azzurra have started the trophy staring a lot at each other, and that can hurt you regarding other teams in the fight, but there are still a lot of days left so we have to go a day at a time. There´s no other way. Each day there are a lot of points at stake, and you need to get as less as possible.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA), Tactician, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
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“We are putting our best against Quantum but we are paying for the way we´ve started in the races so far, it´s been really hard for us. I must say that Vasco and the rest of the team are doing a great job trying to come back and trying to reduce this bleeding. The only good thing is that it was only one point at the end. Of course, this is not how we wanted to start here in Barcelona, we were expecting something better, but we´ll be fighting until the end. Tomorrow is another day and we´ll start better than them. Also, Bribón is now a rival that we have to be really, really careful with.”

Ed Reynolds (USA) project manager Quantum Racing (USA):
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“Today´s racing sort of personified the whole year for us. We´ve done a couple good regattas and then a bad one. We maybe got a bit tunnel vision today but at the end of the day we came out with a better lead than we had yesterday, so we are pretty satisfied. It´s going to be incredibly tough, everybody keeps bunching up, we´re trying to see how it goes a day at a time. I think that for Azzurra, who came in as our closest rival, it´s been tough. They´ve been tacked on everywhere, the fleet´s been really hard on them this regatta, Bribón are doing great and managed to move in, now that they are closer to the top, I have a feeling that they are going to be closely followed.”

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