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Sunday, March 9, 2014

What The Sailors Said in Miami - Day 4 - 52 Super Series US Championships

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Tactician Azzurra (ITA):
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“We had a plan to go left, there was plenty of breeze on the left, there was less current and I was very confident in it. It was forecast to go left. There were many reasons to go left. We were very very happy after the start. Quantum Racing started badly and we were lifted and then we waited for the lefty but it never came. But that is part of the game, you have to trust in your plan but sometimes it does not work out. But tomorrow is another day.”

Gunther Buermann (USA) Owner-Driver Hooligan (USA): 
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“Nothing could be sweeter, especially after yesterday’s disaster when we had three people in the water and we created the new Hooligan swimming team. We lost a couple of guys overboard when the runner did not go off. Today was wonderful and I have to give credit to Kenny. We are going up the weather leg and he said ‘This is pretty complicated’ but he figured it out.

Kenny Read (USA) Tactician Hooligan (USA): 

“It was redemption for us for sure. Yesterday was quite humbling and we just make a bunch of errors as a group and literally paid for it. We broke the boat, we broke some people, and we decided late last night that ‘we are winning today, we were pissed at how we performed and we all wanted to do something about it. So I give the whole team a lot of credit. It would have been easy to pack it in, and have nothing to play for. But everybody was really into it. My brother Brad got us a great start and that made it a little easier.

"It was really shifty. When the breeze comes off the ocean like that, the Gulf Stream kind of stirs up the air and really makes it fluky and shifty. Maybe this is condition that we wish we sailed in a little bit more, this flat out boat speed stuff we have not quite proven ourselves in yet, but in these noce shifty conditions we did feel quite comfortable in. Tony Rey did a really nice job helping out on strategy. 

"The second beat had shifted to the right and so it was learning a whole new group of numbers, when you went on to port tack, and we felt comfortable and I relied a lot on Tony Rey and he was giving a lot of good input, every once in a while you guess right and we finally guessed right!
I was kind of part of the group that got the 52s going a long time ago and I have sailed around the world twice since I sailed a 52 so it is nice to be here. We have not really bonded as a team compared to other teams who have done this for a long time, so it is a learning experience but at the same time it is a lot laughs and a really good group of guys.”

Juan Vila (ESP) Navigator Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“For everyone it was a very difficult NE’ly, it was puffy with different pressure and subtle differences in the wind direction, the range went all the way from 35 to 60 and 70 degrees. The trick was not to get too extreme and to get into the top three and so we are happy with that.
The start was not really what we wanted but we quickly worked out that in this shifty breeze being one boat behind does not matter. Any small change in pressure can quickly make a big difference and at the mark roundings.”

“There could potentially be three races tomorrow, which can be a quarter of the points of the championship and so it is still very open.

“In these shifty conditions you cannot focus on one boat, you have to sail the wind. If you looka t one boat you just end up going behind and behind. Terry’s main worry was always where was the pressure, the puffs and what was the best way to get to the top mark.”

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