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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dock Talk - 52 Super Series Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 2

Guillermo Parada (ARG), Skipper-Helm Azzurra (ITA):
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
"Thanks to this win we have turned things around. Yesterday we didn't sail well and we also just weren't very lucky. Let's hope that this win will help us improve our sailing here at the Copa del Rey, we are going to have to fight hard to win. 
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
"There are lots of variables that are beyond our control, but we have to start again here in Palma knowing that we did our best to win. In the first race we weren't lucky, we started off well, but we couldn't tack when we wanted to because we were covered by another boat. We didn't manage to get back in the game in spite of our efforts.”

Tom Slingsby (AUS) Tactician, Gladiator (GBR):
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
“It was a better day for us. We had a very good start in the first race but it was very shifty we got to second around the top mark and caught Quantum Racing down the run and then it was back and forth up the final beat but we were able to hold on. 
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
"I think it is our first win this year and hopefully not our last. We were up and down in the second race. Up the second beat we got it a bit wrong and dropped to fifth, but overall things are going better. We are happy. We halved our points from yesterday so it is encouraging.”

Ed Baird (USA) Skipper-Helm Quantum Racing (USA): 
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
“We are very happy to have extended our lead just a little bit today. It was a tricky day. Out in the middle of the Bay both sides influence what happens, trying to go to the left on the left side and trying to go to the right on the right side. 
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
"You are never sure which is going to pay off and so we are really happy to come away with a couple of second places. In the first race we tried to use the starting line bias on the port end as our first shift, we got off the line pretty well and were able to cross the group and there were some lefties (left shifts) in that race in the first half. 
Photo: MartinezStudio.es / 52 Super Series 
"In second half it started to fall apart, the breeze started dying and it got a little scarier. And that is where we got passed on the first run because we were playing the shifts based on the last hour of windshift and we had some 25 degrees new right shift on that first run and Gladiator got around us with a more aggressive strategy on the other side of the run.”

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