Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dock Talk - 52 Super Series - Ibiza - Day 2

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Tactician Azzurra (ITA):
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“We lost positions in the last race which was not good. We were fourth at the last top mark and dropped two places and that is not good, that is hard to take. That’s heavy for us. I need to figure out why the left was so strong downwind, nobody realised that on our boat. I am the tactician and I am responsible for that. I think on the start we have been happy. 
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"On average we are doing a very good job there. It is very difficult to control another boat here in Ibiza. When they gybe away you are no longer controlling them. In light airs it is tough. You need to decide which side you like, as we did in the first race, it worked out properly. But in the second race I did not do the same job.”

Ed Baird (USA) Skipper-Helm Quantum Racing (USA):
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“It proved to be a good day. I made a mistake and got off the line poorly in the first race and put ourselves at great risk. But Terry did a great job in getting us back into some strong positions. And the boys just kept fighting. And on that last run we had a chance to pick off a boat and we managed to do that and it was great.
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“We are excited that we have gained on the boats around about us for the season. But the reality is we are just trying to hang in there each race, to pick the right things to do at each start and at each mark rounding. So far it has worked out. It is difficult to read on the water. 
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"On most venues around the world you can see a little more texture on the water which tells you there is more wind there. Here where we see that texture it is often right in the glare of the sun. So you can’t trust it. And there are plenty of times where it looks lighter is actually where you end up finding the better pressure. It is hot. It is light. You really just need to pay attention to what lane you are in.
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“It has gone well so far. We are very happy to be able to keep speed in these difficult conditions. Terry is placing us well around the race course.
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“We are right on that point that every sailor understands, that cliff where half a knot more windspeed you are fully hiking, dropping the traveller down just a little bit and starting to be really comfortable. Half a knot less you are leaning in, you are looking for power and trying to keep the boat moving and that is what we are sailing in all day long here. It is challenging and the guys are doing a great job with that.”

Andy Hemmings (GBR) Trimmer Rán Racing (SWE): 
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“Quantum were a fair few points ahead going into this regatta and so it was going to take something pretty special by both boats to catch them. But Quantum Racing are sailing really well. They are just pulling away point by point leaving us to scrap over second. It is a very difficult race track to read. It is very streaky, not a lot of wind, and veins coming down the course. If you are in one you are gaining. If you are not, it is difficult.”

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