Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sailors Dockside Chatter - TP52 Worlds - Day 2

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Ignacio Triay (ESP), Project Manager-Trimmer Paramount Park Murcia (ESP):
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“We had a good day, we had to wait a few hours. Our start was not very good but we started in the position that we wanted, a little bit late but in the position we wanted. We just got ahead of the bow of Ran at the top mark and from then on it was just good sailing, the boat is fast in these conditions and we had a good race although we could improve a little bit on the start.

“We are first now but the windy days will arrive and our boat is not the fastest in the fleet on windy days, we know that.”

Chris Larson (USA), Tactician Gladiator (GBR): 
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“We are pretty happy coming off the water today. We had one of the best starts ever for the boat, a bit conservative coming off the middle of the start line, but the unfortunate part was the right side coming in strong and we were kind of on the outside of that, but we were OK with that we were sailing a nice conservative race, then we salvaged a fourth getting Quantum Racing on the last run. 

"Upwind and downwind the right was favoured, basically on every leg as long as you were in the vein of puffs you were making good gains. We gybe set after having a big lift on starboard coming into the windward mark, and so we gybe set. Quantum set and then they gybed underneath us and we rolled them because we had the puffs and they had to gybe out and they got lighter sooner. But everyone on our boat has been sailing really, really well. It is kind of a new team and we are sort of feeling our way round, the guys have done a super job getting the sails up and down we have really had three really nice races. 

"Right now everyone is full of energy because we did well yesterday and had a solid race today. Success breeds success and hopefully we can come up with a good finish at the end of the event. Two races tomorrow, with 2.5 points on the table and light to medium in the first race and more than 15 in the second. I told the guys on the way if they knew they would be in second after the second day of racing they would be pretty darn happy.”

Ed Baird (USA) Skipper-Helm Quantum Racing (USA):
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“As always sea breezes which build late in the day can build and be beautiful or they can build and then start to get crazy, and this one was a little shiftier than expected and full of pot holes. It was a pretty hard track to pick your way around. We did a reasonable job up the first leg and then it got a lot harder after that.

"We are disappointed that we were up in the 1-2-3 at the windward mark first time up but then faded after that and you don’t like to drop places after the first mark, as in any other sport. If they do two races tomorrow, windward-leeward and the coastal then that is a lot of points, but every day is a big day. But today it was a little frustrating not to end up with what better than we did.”

Bruno Zirilli (ITA), Navigator Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
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"We think that the committee boat was moving a little bit, that can happen with 60 metres of water depth. We trusted too much in our position of the boat, and when we realized that we were early, we had ALL4ONE under us that was luffing, so when there were only 20 seconds to go, we have decided to go around the commitee boat."

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