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Sunday, June 14, 2015

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Settimana delle Bocche, Porto Cervo

Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
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“I actually think we sailed the boat pretty well. When you consider that Doug has not raced a boat in 18 months and we were two points up going in to today, it was always going to be a challenging day. In retrospect this is a great result considering the time that Doug has steering the boat. He did such nice work. He is so intense and focused on steering the boat and he allows me to stay on him and we have a great relationship like that. And then you look through our team, seeing how good the team is from front to stern. It is an awesome week of sailing. It is hard to complain.
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"We have some development to take place in mainsail world that I know they have been working on, there are developments to take place in jib world. I will not be on the boat at the TP25 World Championships, Ed Baird will steer and Ado Stead will do tactics. I will sail at the Copa del Rey when Doug steers. How we finished here exceeded our expectations. I’d have said finishing on the podium then we would have sailed well, and I base that on my time investment sailing the boat, and Doug’s time sailing the boat.
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"We are so fortunate having Warwick Fleury and Brett Jones, Lorenzo Maas and Greg Gendell and so forth and so forth, they make up for a lot of our average mistakes shared between Doug and I. But, there you are, you get a little bit of a taste of the honey and you want more and more. It is a dangerous thing. The Azzurra guys sailed well. We jagged a win yesterday but if you think about it in terms of swings and roundabouts…well the fifth we turned into a first did not deserve to be and a first, but I don’t really think we deserved sixth today.
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"I am impressed with the evolution that has gone into the sail programme. I know they were just feeling a little behind the eight ball with the boat being late and so on. But there are a couple of things in the configuration that show a lot of promise. But they take a bit of time to evolve. We have been fortunate to have Ed Baird in the coach boat, taking everything in. That just shows us the strength of the team.
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"I am making a conscious effort to not do as much sailing, and to do the best job I can with my kids and to be at home. You just know that if you can’t be at 100 per cent, and there is someone like Warwick trimming the mainsail, then you have to be at 100 per cent. You can apply the same logic through the team and so if I can only be 80 per cent. It is not fair on the team. So I will go home, I will do some Wednesday night racing. I will probably mow the lawn. It is my daughter’s birthday Sunday when she turns 14 and I will be home for that.”

Michele Ivaldi (ITA) Tactician Broenosec Gazprom (RUS): 
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“Our most optimistic ambition for this regatta was third, so we are really, really happy. Unfortunately we started bad and finished bad. In the middle we did some great racing. We did some good coastal races and showed the fleet what we can do. We just need to keep improving. We still have some things we can do to clean up. We have all the right tools and all the right people to better. Our goal is to keep chipping away, keep improving. 
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"Our package is good, the rig, sail and boat is fast. Our speed is really good. Upwind in 12 kts we are within the top three – I would put Azzurra and Quantum as the best overall in this fleet. For sure they are the team to be copied. 
We did no start so well but had great days in the middle, we won three races, two coastals and then we made a few mistakes on the final day which leaves us with a bit of a sour taste in the mouth, but overall third, for a new team, is very, very good.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), Tactician Azzurra (ITA): 
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“It was a tough regatta, the new boats are so competitive. To win in the breeze is a great feeling too. I said yesterday I hoped we would sail like we did yesterday and that is exactly what we did. I think we deserved to win this event. It is also true that realised we can do a good job. We have good preparation. The boat is fast. The shore team did an amazing job to prepare the boat and that makes it easier for me as the tactician to do a good job.
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"In fact I have never sailed with that true wind direction on that are before. It is new for me and I have sailed here for 25 years. My first regatta here was in 1991. We tried to understand what was best here very quickly. We chose the left because there was half a knot pushing with us in that corner against half a knot of current the other way in the other corner. There was more split breeze, more left on the beginning of the left. It worked and we are happy.
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"It is a fantastic result for the club but I am especially happy for the Roemmers family who put so much effort into this class. And to Guillermo Parada, he had a hard time and worked very hard after Valencia and we are rewarded.”

Guillermo Parada (ARG) Skipper-Helm Azzurra (ITA): 
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“We worked very hard to make this happen this week. We knew how important it is as an event. We really wanted to win and for one reason or another we were not making it happen. So today we left the dock and decided to give it our all. Ansd we knew the conditions would be tough and we would have only one chance. So we need to make sure we made the best of it. We made it happen and it feels nice to win here for the second time and give the Yacht Club, the boat, the team a victory in home waters. We are very, very happy winning the regatta and now leading the 52 SUPER SERIES circuit in front of the yacht club in front of our families. It is very special.
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"I think we really wanted it. Yesterday when the breeze came on we were on it and leading the race but we missed the win by a couple of metres. I think Quantum Racing grabbed that opportunity. Today we won the pin went left and then managed to control the boat in the hard conditions. We were leading in the second race too. It was good to cancel it as there was a lot of risk coming in, but for us it to be leading it too proved we were in control.
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"Our strengths are that we are a very, very tight group with different culture to everyone else. And so when it all kicks in we are tough. That same thing is our weakness. We are Latinos and so we get overexcited, we overdo things a little bit. But that is the way we are. We need to exploit our strengths as much as we can and we try to keep our weaknesses under control. We are feeling very, very good this year. We have a very, very good boat. It is not a coincidence that it is King Marine boats which lead the circuit in the top two places. And one of our strengths is we know how to celebrate as a team.”

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1 comment:

Linda said...

Wonderful post; beautiful photos!