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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What The Sailors Said - Copa del Rey, 52 Super Series - Day 1

Vasco Vascotto, ITA, Tactician Azzurra:
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“Guillermo did a great job with two very good starts. Thereafter everybody more or less did the same course but we had the better starts, that makes it easier for me. The boat is fast. I hope we can maintain these good results. 
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"I think we made some great work with the research in the set up of the mast and sails. I think our guys in the speed loop are doing a fantastic job because the race does not finish when we cross the finish line, for the next three hours we analyse everything, where and why we are fast and where and why we are slow.
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"Copa del Rey makes me sad in some ways. I started out so many years ago in 1991. I started sailing here with the Marina Militare for the first time then and I have so many memories about the Copa del Rey. And of course it is great to shake the hand of the King when you win.”
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Dalton DeVos (USA) Helm Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“First race we had a 15 degree shift at the start and we did not think Azzurra would lay the pin mark but they did and they had a better positioning than us and we ended up trying to foot off below them. It actually ended up alright for us. 
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"The second race was better. We started where we wanted to be. Gladiator had just a little bit of a better start that us but it felt good on the left side. It was a good day for us. We came back on target, seven points for the day.”

Peter Holmberg (BVI) Tactician Spookie (USA): 
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“It was a little bit brutal for us, we are a bit bloodied on the nose. But the practise days went well and it felt good going in to today, but everybody raises their game a little bit on race day. And that little bit makes all the difference. 
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"Coming in to the start a couple of inches makes all the difference. It all starts on the start line and you have to have a good start. If you don’t there is no easy way back. I give us a C for our starts. In this fleet you need a B or better. We are learning the boat and the attitude on board is good.”

52 Super Series Media

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