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Thursday, June 11, 2015

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series, Settimana delle Bocche - Day 2

Michele Ivaldi (ITA) Tactician Bronenosec (RUS):
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“We have been working on our starts and we got a great start and we had wanted the left and that is what we got and from there we went all the way left and managed to cross the fleet. That was a big part of the race. We know this place well, and we have a couple of guys on the team who know it especially well, this wind direction there is usually more pressure out there and the shift is quite small. 
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"The people underneath us to our right were dropping out of the pressure ever so often. We had a good lane and then after the top mark we decided to gybe early and start playing all the points. As we were going inside the Straits we were getting more and more pressure, the rich were getting richer and from there we had the luxury of being able to play the points as we wanted.
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"For sure we are all happy and this gives us a lot of confidence but it is a long series with seven or eight races still to go, but it gives a lot of confidence after the first race yesterday (when they were ninth). We enjoy the moment.”

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“It was a good race. There were a lot of opportunities, we got some of them right and some of them wrong. We got round the top mark second and then gybed straight away and then got engulfed a bit in to the fleet and came out of that with only two boats behind us. 
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"We set the reset button and got a couple of good puffs downwind, we wriggled our way back up to fifth and then were there capitalise when Gladiator fouled Platoon and got fourth. So we hit our target for the day we were a little bit disappointed not to have stayed in second. But high marks to Doug and the guys for sailing the boat really well, we had the boat going really well up the first beat. We just ended up starting a little too close to Platoon.”

Tony Rey (USA) Tactician Provezza (TUR): 
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“We started a bit on the back foot just a little. I think it is clear to everyone that the Botin boats have a little edge pointing upwind, but when we go downwind it is better. It is a good thing that so many of these races finish downwind. We are certainly on the upswing as soon as we put a kite up. 
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"We did well downwind with Andy (helm Beadsworth) and Stir Fry (trimmer Simon Fry), who are doing a spectacular job downwind, just sailing the right angle at the right time. We have that whole package but took all of fifteen miles upwind to keep those guys behind us, it was not easy.
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"It is a good result for us. We seem to be good on the coastal races, the more coastal races the better. Keep going downwind as far as we can go, down to Bonifacio and we will be happy.”

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