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Friday, September 18, 2015

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series Cascais Cup - Day 3

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Tactician Azzurra (ITA):
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“I think that we had a very nice day. When you have a crew like we do I think it is easier because you are confident to do every single maneuvre at the top mark or one more jibe than everybody else because you are just confident that that jibe will be good and you can push harder at the bottom mark and jibe with just thirty seconds to go and take the right marker. 
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"So I think that this kind of result is because we have a fantastic crew that have the right attitude for every single minute and for me it is becoming easier. I think we also sailed well today because I think that we made the right call in the last race to start at the pin it was light wind on the right and we started going right at this time and there was a lull on the right so the pin was the favourite so you have to take a risk to win the pin in this kind of condition. 
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"We have two different strategies compared to Quantum. Quantum starts on the committee and tack, still the right is favourite but you need to be sure to stay inside the wind and I think that we did a great job. Everything works very, very well. I think it is great fun and also watching this kind of regatta with 25kts at the top mark or more, 28kts we saw. I think that Guille drove the boat very well and everybody put the right amount of strength to try to win this.
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"I don’t care if its tomorrow or the day after the important thing is that it happens because for us, I think the Roemmers family have put a lot of effort to try to win this circuit and if that happens it will be fantastic for us, we will have a nice night all together.”
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Ed Reynolds (USA) Team Director Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“It was a tough day and it happens almost every event with all the boats, you have a great day and then the next day – It’s up and down so the most important part is jjust keeping a smooth steady attitude through it. Tomorrow is another day, today I think was a little frustrating because we got what we wanted off the start, ended up getting called for a penalty. 
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"I think people thought we were OCS but it was a penalty. Which, I think, that one we were set-up to get what we wanted off to the right and then the second race- the right was still right, the pin was so favoured. The right has been so strong, we got a perfect start headed to the right but it was just the one time it completely caved in. It’s easy to look back and say it was a mistake but it was pretty much just playing the same odds that we have been using most of the week so sometimes it bites you and sometimes it doesn’t.
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"Tomorrow it’s just the same thing, they [Azzurra] have got the momentum and they’re pretty loose, they really have nothing to lose at this point. We’re kind of locked in where we are I think, the points are pretty strong. We would like to win the event and we’re really focused on winning the event so it’s frustrating to take a step back but tomorrow is another day and yesterday showed we are capable of getting on a run and doing pretty well.”

Tony Rey (USA) Tactician Provezza (TUR): 
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“We had a great day. Honestly if you had told us we’d cop six points at the end of the day we would be ecstatic, it’s a hard battle out there We actually lost a place in each race which is frustrating and we will debrief the hell out of it I’m sure tonight but to be honest I let the guys down a little bit on a few lay-lines. We have got a new navigator here this week and we’re learning how that works together and by Sunday we’ll be tight. It’s going to take us until Sunday to work it out though.”
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What made the difference today?

“Andy and the guys did a great job on the starting line and typically our boat handling has been a weakness in this type of condition and the guys honestly did a great job, everyone was excellent and we pushed the boat harder than we have and we came out with a reasonable race. We hope we have another windy day tomorrow.”
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Having John Cutler in the coach boat?

“It’s been great because he [John Cutler] knows the boats but he’s been outside enough that he has a really clean perspective on things and it’s been a pleasure to have him here and the guys are loving it. He’s a tactician so most of his input tends to be tactical. He’s been great he’s given us a really good all round spectrum on the set-up and just the general differences. It’s been really helpful on just a few little things around the boat and keeping it light too, he’s got a great spirit to have as part of our team.”

Markus Wieser (GER) Tactician Platoon (GER): 
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“So it is all good……for the moment. We feel more comfortable in the breeze. The boat moves a little better in the breeze and we struggle in the light winds when the positions are shifting up and down with the pressure we struggle a little bit more. But today we had a game-plan and we executed it very well.
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"For sure that was to go right, we had average starts but we had a really good boat speed and we came through the middle a little bit and we were fourth on the upward mark in the second race today. Downwind we sailed very conservatively because we wanted to avoid the other boats so we sailed a bit slower so we were fighting upwind and then downwind we were just defending our position a little bit and it worked out very well today.
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"Our upwind speed is very good, our starts were a little bit average today but our upwind speed was very good. It’s about the feeling of the boat if it’s loaded up Harm likes it on the helm. If it’s light we are still struggling with the boat a little bit but it’s our first year in a TP together and we learn every day.”

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