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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dock Talk - 52 Super Series, Valencia - Day 4

Morgan Larson (USA) Tactician Rán Racing (USA):
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"In this fleet there can be just a couple of very small things that make the difference between a good day or a bad day. After yesterday we acknowledged that starting up in the middle of the line was not paying and so we took the leeward end in the first race and the windward end in the second race. Both (ends of the line) were strong positions. 
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"There is something special to this venue when you are starting off the top of the line you get a little lift on starboard and then once you grow a little distance to leeward you can really grow your VMG numbers. We are all learning what is the best speed numbers to sail the boat. 
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"And in the leeward position you are able to sail your numbers without being affected by other boats. Those two boats have typically been a couple of boat lengths ahead at the top mark. I believe there is such a small difference between the top three boats and the bottom three boats.
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"I think we go out and sail our best two race and the rest will take care of itself. The fleet is as strong as ever I remeber and it is nice to see there are more than ten boats. They are really fun boats to race when there is a good sized fleet. Hopefully we will gain a couple of more boats."

Ross MacDonald (CAN), Tactician Sled (USA): 
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"We battled today which was tough to do because everyone I think had the same idea which was to keep an eye on the left today. So I think credit is due to Mr Okura for driving the boat well. We had a great start in the first race and that made it that much easier and even in the second race when we did not have such a great start, it was not terrible but we were a little bit behind but we managed to get right back into it which was good.
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"Everyone is trying to get enough space to be able to put the bow down in the last 30 seconds to accelerate quickly and to be close hauled and on the line when the gune goes. And so all that elbowing is happening in the last minute to create that space and that is where all the communciation takes place, not only between myself and the driver but also with the trimmers, the coordination with the sails really makes a difference.
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"For us the big difference is Mr Okura, he is quite bold on the line. He is smooth on the helm. We accelerate nicely and that makes a difference. He is a natural sailor.
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"I think the wind fills in from that left side. As the day goes on it slowly twists around to the right, but it takes so long to get there that I think the pressure on the left just wins out. The further offshore you are the more left it is, but you kind of have to get out there to get it. At times the right can look quite good until you get finally out to the left and it all kicks in.

"We are trying hard right now to just make sure we are a contender. We are just looking to be doing everything we can as best as we can. And hopefully as the season rolls on we have a foot in there that we can start to think about finishing on the podium. It is heartening that the set up, the boat, the sails are all working as they should. With everyone more or less having new boats there is always a question mark until you are on the race track."

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