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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Dockside Chatter - 52 Super Series Cascais Cup - Day 1

Guillermo Parada (ARG) Skipper-Helm Azzurra (ITA):
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“I think we got through the first day very well. It was a very tough and challenging day with the breeze going up and down from 10 to 20kts, as far left as 210 and as far right as 320. For sure it was very challenging for the whole team and especially for Vasco to decide where to position the boat but the good thing is we made two good, clean starts. We were able to concentrate on the situations and make our own decisions. In the first race we made one [the decision] wrong unfortunately and lost a couple of points and then in the second we were able to stay ahead. It was a good day. The boat is going fast and the crew is working well so we are in good shape for the rest of the week.”
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How close were the sea and wind conditions to what you expected?

“We thought it was going to be different because we thought the front was going to cross earlier and we were going to have better sailing conditions. But it certainly wasn’t the case with everything a bit all over the place. All round I think it was a very good day for watching the race. It was very, very bumpy, I think a lot of people were sea-sick but it was a very good day for us. We are in touch with the leader of the regatta, one point behind Quantum so everything is looking good.”

Peter Holmberg USA Tactician Spookie USA: 
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“We had a tough first regatta there in Palma so we came in here hoping to do better. It was a very hard day with a lot of waves and not much wind. But we have got Steve Benjamin driving which is a nice thing and I think our boat likes the lighter air so it was a good day for us and we didn’t get in the way of the boats… so that was a good thing. First race was even sides but I think the it was the sides which were good so we picked the inside and first place came from the outside but it was very close. So I think just having a lane with the freedom to steer in those big waves was key so we got the (committee) boat in both starts which was a good thing.”
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And what was the debrief after Palma?

“We put everything on the table that we could improve upon and obviously there was plenty. The starts were the big thing for us and then downwind mode. It’s also your positioning so I have pushed ‘Benj’ to do a certain thing so my tactical options stayed open. Like just to stay in a low lane and not to be high so that we can dictate what we do and not be dictated to. But the start is still number one so ‘Benj’ and I have spent a little time talking about what we were going to do and then all the boat on boat situations and that was good.”

Ado Stead (GBR) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“We are pretty pleased with today. There was quite a lot going on, quite big shifts in the wind with the big front going past during the day and also very big sea- way out there so finding the mode upwind and downwind was quite tricky today and the guys on the boat did a very good job of nailing that. We had an okay first beat, at the top of the first beat in the first race, we managed to get ourselves out of trouble and go round third in the first race so that was good. Second race, we got a little bit caught up in traffic at the top but a good first run got us up to fourth and fifth and then we had an outside chance for second at the finish but third was pretty nice.
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"This was our first regatta here in 2011 with the old Quantum. It’s a good venue there’s lots going on, today we haven’t seen much current but we know there is current there as well, the sea-way had a huge effect today but for us it was a good opening day.”

Jim Swartz (USA) and Gavin Brady (NZL) Owner-Driver and Tactician Vesper:
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Jim: “It’s just good to be here in Portugal. We came here for the waves and the wind and we found it today, so perfect.”
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Gavin: “Normally here in Portugal it’s a bit of a right hand course and it’s a race into the beach and into the cliffs but that race we decided it looked a bit better on the left and we decided we have nothing to lose so let’s just go for it. Then in the second leg the right hand side worked so thank goodness for that, we just happened to be in the right place at the right time for that first leg and it was really nice.”
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Jim: “I think it’s a great fleet, to all intents and purposes the best in the world and we love it. It is Europe though and I do I like to spend my summers on Martha’s Vineyard so I can’t do all of them, so we like to come and do one or two of the races here and it’s a fantastic circuit.”

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