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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 3

Steve Hayles (GBR) Navigator Rán Racing (SWE):
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“There is a lot to think about all the time here and there were a few opportunities to get it wrong but once we got out in front it is always going to be a lot easier. We had a good start, a good first beat and then it panned out really well. On the run we made a nice little gain and got inside Phoenix. There are just little bits of pressure out there. The time of day makes a big difference here. On the building part of the sea breeze compared with what happens later in the day is very different. 
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"Early on in the day the left side of the course is normally quite strong just the way the sea breeze evolves, effectively, and then the sea breeze tends to rotate to the right. So it favours the other side of the course later in the day. But sometimes it is just 20 or 30 seconds of good pressure. You just gybe at the right time. We were coming across to Phoenix and we just had 20 or 30 seconds of nice pressure and that was just enough to get inside them. 
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"We say it all the time. It just comes down to metres. Our speed was good and we had a good long look at ourselves after yesterday and we were mightily unhappy with what we achieved yesterday. It was a good sit down. A lot of it is going back to basics. Yesterday we concentrated on the afterguard totally. We have lots of different ways of debriefing, sometimes the guys are looking at the video and seeing how they do manoeuvres for example in the middle of the boat, but yesterday we were trying to understand the specific mistakes we made but why they happened. 
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"It is about the process you go through. There is no point in sitting down and saying we should have done X when we did Y. It is about sitting down and saying the style of our sailing was wrong, it was about the start, certainly yesterday it did not work. I cant think of a worse day with this team. It was nice to come back today, back to basics, we made sure the communication was very very strong, stating very basic obvious things, that is all we really set up what to do.
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"It is a tough battle when two boats of the quality of Quantum Racing and Azzurra get locked together in a battle, and the chances are then that they will go backwards in the fleet.We are obviously chuffed to bits today and it gets us back in the game.”

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“It was a tough day and with this course and this race we knew there was going to be a lot decided after the first run. That is basically what happened. We got a nice start and got rid of Phoenix, they tacked away. I would criticise the fact that we tacked probably about 30 seconds too early and just fell out of the breeze to windward that Rán stayed in and that was a big loss. And that got us back in traffic. 
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"From there we had a fairly hefty battle going with Azzurra. The first long beat that we had they rode us out to the left hand side. And we did really nice work to pass two boats, we passed them and Provezza. That is not way would have sailed it. I don’t look back that much and potentially that is a mistake. I am focused on winning the regatta not beating one boat. 
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"You have to ask them why they chose that strategy but it would not have been mine. I would have chosen to extend and try and get out in front and let our speed work. We are going quite well. That is how we got around them. They tacked on us probably six or seven times and every time they tacked on us we gained. Every time they sent us the wrong way we gained. 
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"So our boat is going through the water quite well upwind. Downwind we are still feeling the year and a half that some of the boats have on us. But we have no excuses. On the second up with Azzurra about eight or nine lengths behind us we had decision to go to windward of the maxi boats or to leeward. And we chose to go to windward and we lost. It is frustrating. It is not terrible. But the nice thing, if you like, about getting your teeth kicked in is what we do better tomorrow. 
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"Ed and Warwick and Lorenzo and Brett have the boat going through the water really well so it is down to us. In saying that all the other guys have raised their games today, Phoenix was going really well today and the Gladiator, these are just conditions they just slide along quite nicely upwind and downwind. You cant take anything away from how the others sailed, Rán sailed a great race today for sure.”

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