Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Ibiza - Day 1

Terry Hutchinson (USA) tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
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“The goal today was six points or less and we thought there would be only two races. The breeze filled in a little bit nicer than we anticipated so to come off the water with six points from three races is a good day. High marks to everybody on the boat. It was not an easy race course. 
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"The most straightforward part was the middle race for us. You have to give Rán Racing high marks for the first race, they snuck around us downwind and we snuck back around them upwind. And we kept backing ourselves on our decisions downwind and in the second run to the finish it went quite well.
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"In the second race we gybed with a minute and half to go to the left gate and both Sled and Rán went behind us and Sled got ahead of us. There are a lot of little subtleties in the breeze here which we learned last year. And the point that we gave up there, we got back in spades in the last race. 
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"We liked going right from the position we did. And oddly enough the left ended up winning the beat from a boat which came from about 100 metres behind us. I did not back myself hard enough after looking at the first half of the beat to just send it into the left corner. To get a third out of that was good because there was a time when we were probably last.
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"That first race we had a plan, executed it and it worked it. In the second race same thing. In the third race we got the start we wanted, we had a discussion about being one more boat up but in these lighter conditions being leeward boat is such an advantage, you get something for it. It was a little bit of swings and roundabouts.”

Marc Blees (NED) Owner-Driver Gaastra Pro (NED): 
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“It is a good feeling to win. We deserved it. The first two races were difficult. We were top three and lost out. We were good upwind and not struggling we had the same speed. Downwind it was difficult to keep with them. And so we did a good job in the third race. It is a good feeling for the moment to have won one. I think it is good for the class to have three different boats winning. It shows for sure that the older boats can compete in this class.”

Ross MacDonald (CAN) Tactician Sled (USA): 
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“We are here just trying to be in the mix. It was nice to get that win in the second race. Everyone is doing a really good job on board. Mr Okura is steering really nicely, getting off the line well which makes it easy for me. 
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"We have done four events on the east coast of the USA and a couple of offshore events as well. So I think that has really helped us and we have kept the same team. Everyone is pretty familiar with one another and the boat. It was all on that first run, we had a little more pressure and we just got stronger and stronger as we got nearer the bottom gate and we had a clear exit. That was that.”

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