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Thursday, September 17, 2015

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series Cascais Cup - Day 2

Guille Parada (ARG) Skipper-Helm Azzurra (ITA):
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“I think everything is going pretty much according to plan. We said that we wanted to survive the first day and make sure that we get as close as possible to sealing the deal of the season which obviously our main objective, and once we are there; try to be as close as possible to the regatta leadership in order to fight for the regatta. 
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"So two second places today i think was wonderful for us and also today we sailed the boat a lot better so I think it is all positive. Congratulations to Quantum, they had a very good day, they sailed brilliantly, they won both starts and did everything right but fortunately we were always able to keep them tight and we are only away by two points so we are only three away for the overall regatta of Cascais so everything is looking good.
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"The reality is that we are not pushing a lot, we are relying on having all the basics well covered. As I have said before we have the boat which is going fast, the crew is doing a wonderful job with all the maneuvers. We are always going forwards today we gained one position on the final run. Then having clean starts, no fouls and enjoying the boat speed lets Vasco play his game and I think by doing that we are already in good shape. If we need to take risks we will analyse it at the situation but the concept of this regatta is low risk.
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"We are 32 points ahead and divided by 12 points we are 3 races clear so there are still a couple of races before we can say it is done but hopefully we are a big step closer now. I think that with only sixth places we are champions. So it is all good and positive for us but we need to keep concentrating and pushing till the end because we are fighting against a very, very good team.”
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Ado Stead (GBR) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“With a windward-leeward to start with and then a short coastal where we managed to lead from the start we’re really pleased with how it went today, our goal, ‘plan A’ was committee boat end first and early on to port. There was a bit more current relief on the right and it certainly seemed to work. They’re [the currents] a little bit streaky but at times up to 0.7 and other places a bit less but the right was strong for most of the day and it’s a question of how you play the right and how much you took it before the breeze ran out.
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"The boat is going really well and once we are out we are going really well both upwind and definitely downwind we seem to have a pretty good technique because we’re going pretty well downwind.
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"We certainly settle quickly. We settle, we look for the first wave and try to find the rhythm and the rhythm might be different from jibe to jibe. Even after you jibe you just have to settle into that mode, get the boat going, get the crew weight up and just get the thing going, get the apparent wind forward. I think as soon as you have to start watching someone else or sailing to someone else’s mode then that’s when you’re losing VMG. If you sail out in a nice clear lane then you’re in good shape.
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"If you can get yourself clear then you can use the first wave, that gets you that little bit in front which means you can pick your time to jibe, you can pick your time for each wave and get yourself going.
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"We’re all sort of working together, we’re all conscious of what mode we are trying to sail and there’s a very big difference between 13kts and 9kts, we’ve still got the same size of waves but a lot less pressure of how you get on them and how you long stay on them and how much the breeze moves forwards once you’re going so it’s just coordinating all of that and reacting to what you’ve got.”
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Preference? Sailing as tactician with Ed Baird steering or as strategist with Terry Hutchinson as tactician?
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“I like both. I would say with Ed driving and me as tactician we’re hitting the gears now, we’re pleased with how we’re sailing, we’re very consistent but at the same time, sailing with Terry as strategist on the 52 and also on the Bella Mente it’s been pretty good. It’s a good relationship that works very well.”

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