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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series, Valencia - Day 2

Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS) Owner-Driver Bronenosec (RUS):
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"I am really happy to win our first race in this class. The boat is excellent and the team is great, a real dream team. For me it is a great feeling in this class, racing with a tiller in a big boat, different from what I did before and so we are improving every day. Now we have won a race, what more could you want for?
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"Some of the team have been with us three or four years with the Bronenosec team since when we started and two or three of them are with us here in the TP52. I have one of the best tacticians in Michele Ivaldi and some great trimmers. I am so happy to have them with us.
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"We started out with a sport cruiser Swan, did the RC44 and now we have the big, high performance grand prix boat, logically it is the next level, a high level of competition and it is interesting to drive. This is the top class that is why we are here.We had a really good groove, we made a really good start that is the most important thing and we were fast.
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"Our shore team have done such a good job getting us ready quickly. The builders King Marine did an absolutely excellent job. The boat comes third from the yard after Phoenix and Azzurra and now all the details are refined, it is so excellent."

Morgan Larson (USA) Tactician Rán Racing: 
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"We seem to be pretty fortunate, the guys did a great job of getting us off the start line. I feel like we are a little bit behind with speed upwind. But then downwind Niklas and Andy Hemmings just find the right heel angle and the boat design is maybe fast, but we are certainly cooking downwind!
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"These boats really, really need a little extra pressure and that is where the gains are. It is not so much about windshifts. We took a last minute decision at the finish to do two gybes just looking for more wind pressure and we gained more than we thought.
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"It is good place to be, at the top of the table, any time you can be in the top group you are happy. But two days into a five day event there is plenty to play for, but we know we have to keep learning, it is the first event of a long season and everyone is learning their boats, you needf to keep progressing and keep learning.
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"Starting is in this group is crucial. Niklas, Steve Hayles our navigator and SIlas up on the bow, the three of them have their communication dialled so well, we are trying to do a good job of keeping out of the fray and letting our boat its own speed."

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