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Friday, August 8, 2014

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey - Day 5

Niklas Zennström (SWE) Owner-Driver Rán Racing (SWE):
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“It was great today. We were fighting really, really hard. We came out today wanting to get some points on Quantum Racing and we never gave up today. We also know in this wind condition we have a little bit of an edge downwind. So we just tried to sail our fast modes and pass a few boats.
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"We crossed the finish line with Quantum Racing and we looked at each other and no one knew who had crossed the finish line. It was that close. We thought we had a chance to catch them. We were getting stronger and stronger. It was just about having a better gybe and just catching a wave. It was awesome. Quantum Racing is such a hard team to beat so getting back a few points today gets us back in the game. We are well set up for tomorrow. We will be back out there fighting as hard as we can tomorrow.”

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
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“We made a dog’s breakfast of those races. We turned a 1,2 at the first marks to a 2,4. So……it was just not our Christmas Day. There are some things we will do better. It is hard to ignore Rán Racing’s speed downwind. They have sailed their way out of spots that we would not have sailed out of, just the difference in hull shapes and so on, that makes them quite slippery. That has been a standard thing since I have been racing against that boat. 
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"They use it as quite a powerful weapon and they do nice work understanding the mode of their boat. First race it was a tough one. When we came together we were ahead of them. But they executed a nice gybe and everything was still fine but they got on one wave and surfed in front of us. The next race we got around the top mark second. 
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"Through the bottom gate we had a big discussion about whether we could cross Rán and go to the right gate but we never had the discussion about where Azzurra was going and had we just said Azzurra are going straight in, right gate we would have taken the left gate. That is a straight, mental mistake on my part. I own that but tomorrow we will go out there and be better, because of it. 
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"But right now it is frustrating and angry. I would suspect that if we don’t raise our gain it is not going to be a happy ending. That is my assessment. I am pretty critical of my tactics today. But collectively as a team the guys are sailing the boat really, really well. So there is no criticisms there, we just have to raise our game a little bit.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Tactician Azzurra (ITA):
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“We are not happy. It is good that we won the second race but I think we did a better race in the first one. In the first three minutes after the starts we are just sailing very, very slow. We don’t know what is happening. That compromised the first race. We did a good job to stay as calm as we did to recover two or three places.
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"But that is the good point of the day. The second one was easier, nice start on the pin. We had a strong lee bow on Ran and Quantum forced them to bear away and so we gained the five metres that we needed to cross and from there it was another game. It is not a nice week for us. But we are learning. We have to analyse why we are so slow three minutes after the start. That is the most important thing. We need to improve our speed to be competitive.”

52 Super Series Media

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