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Friday, June 13, 2014

What The Sailors Said - AUDI TP 52 Worlds - Porto Cervo - Day 4

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
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“When we went out this morning having only done two races over the last three days it felt like we had already sailed a regatta. You have to take your hats off to the Phoenix team they showed today what 2015 is going to be about and its awesome. They have a nice piece of equipment but sailed a really good day. They were fast and just a click of boatspeed goes a long way in this fleet.
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"But on board Quantum Racing Ed and the guys executed two really good starts and in the first race Rán sailed a good race and we sailed well to get a two in that race. In the last race we sailed a very good race to get a two but our best start of the day we got a three out of it and that was a bit about the over stand, being forced out to the left side, and Azzurra and Phoenix were allowed to play through and that allowed them into the race really.
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"But it was a hard day. I think in so many ways that last race was a really good confidence builder for us. We got tangled up a little bit after the start but we had a glamour first run, the boat was going really well, probably the best we have gone all season downwind, so that was very encouraging but there you go, some days you are the bug and some days you are the windshield, and we survived Friday the 13th quite well.”

Santi Lange (ARG) Tactician Phoenix (BRA):
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“It was a special day, especially for Eduardo, we are all happy to have a good day. I think we did everything right to win in this fleet at this level. Our whole team did an excellent job. We started well and had clear lanes and we did not make mistakes and so were able to hold these lanes. Everyone in the team did their bit.
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"We are conservative at the starts, that is the way we need to sail. We are new, we are finding our level and we are learning our methods and our geometry before the start. I always ask for clear lanes and that paid off for sure. The boat is going very, very well. I don’t feel in certain moments that the top guys are fast and that for sure we are good. I assume we are quicker.
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"They are sailing better than us and have been sailng better than us. Sometimes we are the same and sometimes faster. So for sure we have a good package. I think we have to go step by step. We go one stage at a time and sail the best that we can and just see what happens. I haven’t thought about winning. We all want to win of course but we go step by step.”

Adrian Stead (GBR) Rán Racing (SWE):
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“We started off well with the win in Race 3 and were pleased to keep Quantum Racing behind us. The second race we got a bit pinned out to the left hand side and rounded sixth, recovering to fourth. We were scratching at the heels of third so that was OK. And then going into that third race we were one point off the lead but were called OCS, over the start line.
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"Our 1,4,4 for the day keeps us in the hunt and we go into tomorrow three points off the lead with two or three races. I am happy with the way we are sailing. We were over the start line by one second and that is how close the fleet is. We are pleased to get a fourth out of that. Phoenix are really starting to understand their boat. They keep out of trouble, once they got the first corss they were in control and these guys are sailing the boat well. It is certainly a good boat. They are just one point ahead of us, and two points off the lead and so potentially any one of the three of us could win."

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