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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 1

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
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“I think the word starting is the most appropriate today because Ed, Michele and Greg (Baird, helm, Ivaldi navigator and Gendell bowman) executed some really, really nice starts. I am kicking myself a little bit for the first race. We had an opportunity about three minutes into the leg to take a step up to Rán Racing and pound them and we didn’t. 
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"The leg played out with a little right shift on the way out to the port tack lay line and it played a little havoc for us. And Rán were just in that 13kts windspeed where they go quite nicely downwind and I got mad at myself for not being more proactive down that first run, getting Ed down to put the squash on them, Michele was harder than I was in enforcing, but we bounced back and had a good second race. But, you know, it is a long regatta. Nine races to go from here. 
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"As one sided as the track is out there, there are still a lot of subtleties. Hats off to Rán Racing for winning the first race. But then a good bounce back from Quantum in the second race. But Tony Langley and the boys on Gladiator sailed a really good second race. They did really nice work getting the jump on us off the start line, but we slowly got the boat up to speed and eked our way out from underneath them. And they put their bow down and reached through us but that shows how strong the left. All in all a good day, a good start, wouldn’t trade it. And some things we have to work on as well.”

Adrian Stead (GBR) Tactician Rán Racing (SWE): 
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“We had a lovely first race, knowing the left was quite strong. We were fighting for the pin with Quantum Racing. We knew we could not get it and managed to set up to windward of them and basically lead them round and then go round on their transom with Azzurra right behind us. 
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"We sailed a very good run and managed to sail deep and get inside Quantum to get the best mark at the gate. We felt the left was strong, the gate was square. I think we managed to work the depth from their leeward quarter wave and get down inside them which meant they could get their gybe in without infringing us. Once we got the right mark we felt we were in a reasonably strong position. We took the first chance to get up and just tick them off and then from there it was comfortable. 
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"The second race we did get ourselves back into it on the second run in fourth or fifth, but the Paprec guys behind caught some breeze and sailed right up to us. When we gybed we infringed them. We had to go then or be seventh. We did not make it stick. It was disappointing not to get a fourth or fifth. It was a brilliant first race, but the second race – well, it is tight – we all know the race course, everyone wants the left and it is how much you want to be in there, pitching for a start that will win you the race. 
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"And yet you get it slightly wrong and you are sixth or seventh off the line.
From here it is more of the same. We keep learning. We know we are going well upwind and downwind. And our starting philosophy if we can get a good start being away from the others then we do that, but we want to be in there fighting for what start will potentially win the race. That is our philosophy and we are just going to keep working at it.”

Tony Rey (USA) Tactician Provezza (TUR): 
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“It was a pretty positive day for us. Palma is tricky because everyone knows to go left. But often a lot of ways to win the left is from the right if you have a speed to live in the lane. It was a classic Palma day with the wind at 210 on the start line and 180 at the windward mark. We all know the left shift is there. It is just a question of setting up off the line and being able to live on starboard off the line long enough to get a taste of it. We had a terrible start in the first race. 
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"We had an easy foul with Gladiator but I could not get the tape off the protest flag on time, so they got away. But in the second race we were able to live in the lane to the right first beat second race and that set us up enough to get our elbows out on the faster boats. So a 5,4 for the day, we’ll take it.”

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