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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series World Championship, Puerto Portals - Day 1

Marcus Wieser (GER) Tactician Platoon (GER):
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“I was not sailing in Porto Cervo because I was sailing at the Dragon World Championships but in fact in Valencia we sailed well but just did not have the speed. We were a bit slow. In Porto Cervo they made the boat faster and now we are in the mix. We changed the mast rake in Valencia and got better and now we are faster still. 
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"It is a relief for Harm to win his first race, it is good for all of us. 
Our second race in fact was better than the first race, even though we won, because we had to gybe out and away from the start. We could not lay the pin and so had to go back and we had to tack up from the last position more or less, and so we sailed better in the second race. After we won the pin in the first race it was easy. We got the left side and the left shift. Second race we were coming in too late, under the lay line. We just could not lay the mark.
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"For me working with Seb Col as strategist it works very well because he is very analytic and I am much more about what I see and feel. The combination is good. But Porto Cervo was a tough week for Seb because I have known Harm for many years, I know how he thinks and I can look after him, you have to control him. He is a great helm and such a nice guy but he has his emotions and I have to manage that and expectations. 
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"But expectations are elevated now and so it is not easy. The standard is so high, there are some professionals driving the boats too and you can’t just come into the circuit and think you will be a top, top three boat. He did not sail for the last four or five years. We knew we can win races and do well. We knew we can beat the other boats we are a good team. But then it is all relative, you have a good day, you have a bad day. It is all relative. TomorrowQuantum Racing will be back.”

Ross Macdonald (CAN) Tactician Sled (USA): 
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“It was not easy at all today. Honestly we thought the wind would be a little stronger today and we thought the wind would shift a little right today. I think everyone went out with the same ideas. But it was typical Palma, anything can happen. But it is a fun venue, flat water. It was great.
I think there were boats getting in to trouble with (protest) flags. 
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"For us it about keeping the boat moving well, good driving, good gear changes and trying to stay in the lines of pressure. We had a few close calls. The second race everyone’s plan was for the standard Palma day, to go left, where the left is favoured. 
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"We started near the committee boat with the idea we would have a nice lane when we flipped on to port, thinking we would be happy to get around the top mark in the top five, but as it turned out we were a bit better than that. We played a few shifts on the way out to the left, and then on the way to the weather mark we were just a couple of centimetres ahead of the next guys. The thing about Palma is to expect the unexpected. Although it can look like a sea breeze and looks steady, it has a lot of anomalies mixed in to it. We are just trying to keep the averages down.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA) Tactician Phoenix (BRA): 
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“We had a bit of an up and down day. Fourth in the first race is another confirmation that the boat is going well. We did not have great starts but we managed to sneak through the fleet in the first race. We were third and finished fourth, all good. The second race we had a pretty bad start. We were pretty much in the middle of the fleet then I made a couple of mistakes. But tomorrow will be better.
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"In Palma once there is one side paying and everyone recognises it then it becomes very hard, not easy at all. It is super hard, you can see strong teams like Azzurra and Quantum Racing today being among the back markers and staying there.”

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