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Friday, July 17, 2015

Dock Talk - TP52 World Championship - Day 4

Steve Hayles (GBR) Navigator Rán Racing (SWE):
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“It is such a tough fleet. People ask what we did differently and the real answer is nothing. We go out with the same mentality and try to do things in the same way but that is just how good the fleet is. Yesterday we put 21 points on the scoreboard and today it was three. And very honestly last night we sat down and everyone was a bit annoyed but nothing changes. The boats is the same, the people are the same and we all do our jobs and sometimes the chips fall your way, sometimes they don’t.
They have chosen the race course well. 
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"Sometimes it can be a bit one sided here in Palma but they have made it hard to guess. We had a long line up and had a long chat about our history here as a team and we have done a huge amount here and on this occasion it was right. We got plenty wrong yesterday but we were strong on that side, we made a good call. 
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"We did not get a good start and we were strong we wanted to go that way and so got second, and then the second race was just about a really, really good start. It is very subtle.It is not about 20 or 30 degree shifts it is about three or four degrees and a little more pressure. But we had sailed a long way up there and looked at the computer track and what people thought. But we are not trying to be clever because we got it hopelessly wrong the day before.

"We were ninth overall after yesterday. We had doubled our score in just one day. It is very, very tough here, but we know we are a good team, we won the first event and obviously today was fantastic. But we are a good team at bouncing back. The key is not to change too much. The key is to come out and trust yourselves as a team which is good, which has a history and all the work that has gone into making it good.

"For sure everyone will be a bit more upbeat, a bit more chirpy tonight. You can’t change that. It is human nature. Yesterday there was some honesty but really everyone wanted to get to bed and forget about it and start a new day today.”

Ed Baird (USA) Helmsman Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“In essence this is the first regatta I have sailed this year and this is the first event Ado and I have sailed together in four years, we are starting to get our rhythm down and understand what each other are saying when we speak. But the whole team is smoothing things out and improving. There is so much that goes on, just little subtleties are important. If there is any hesitation or confusion then other teams can get a jump on you so we need to be absolute, solid, really sure of what we are trying to accomplish. 
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"When I am driving you don’t see much of what is going on on the race course. So you have to have a picture painted for you. For the start I have to look at the whole process of what is going around me, how the team is working and the sails are being handled and our angles and what is the other boats and understand where we are in that rhythm. But on the race course my job is really to keep the boat at an efficient boat speed. If the last day goes like today I will be happy and if it goes like two days ago I won’t be happy.”

Guillermo Parada (ARG) Skipper-Helm Azzurra (ARG): 
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“For sure today was one dangerous day for us, one where we can have a big disaster but we made sure we stuck to the blue book, our routines and tried to avoid risks and to have two solid race, trying to control both corners, but be conservative and I think we achieved that.
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"We still managed to do our target of four points per race. Still, we went through a bit of a situation with a shift to the right which left us in tenth position at the weather mark but we were able to keep our heads cool and recover position by position. But it was a good solid day which is good for tomorrow.
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"We will stick to our rules, to go racing just like it was the first day of the regatta, keeping an eye on our closest rivals not just for here but for the season overall. It is a little bit of a cushion but it is not over until it is over.”

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