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Sunday, September 20, 2015

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

Guillermo Parada (ARG) Skipper-Helm Azzurra (ITA):
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“I am feeling really nice, winning the last race is a good memory for the rest of the winter.”
“The reality is that we are a complete team, the shore crew are part of our team. They suffer when we have a bad day and they enjoy it when we have a good day so all in all we are very close together. 
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"Also the design team led by Juan Garay and on-board Giovanni Cassinari the mainsail trimmer is a sail designer himself helping with the design of the mainsail and the spinnakers. Then Grant Loretz and Marco Cichetti taking care of their own sails it’s a big job that they are doing. 
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"The sailing team and also I don’t want to forget Marco Capitani and Guillermo Baquerizas our coaches who make sure we are on track and that we don’t lose focus and that we keep us on the right path, keep pushing, making sure we don’t get away from our daily routine, that we stick to our plan and stay as consistent as we can possibly be and I think that this has been one of the keys to our season, being very stable.”

Ado Stead (GBR) Tactciian Quantum Racing (USA): 
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“Last couple of regattas we have really shown our true mettle. It was good winning the Copa del Rey and here we have sailed very consistently and ended up with a nice eight point lead at the end. Our goal today was two solid races and we achieved that nicely- a second and a first, a few more points on Azzurra. Last race just taking it easy and making sure we got round and got a very nice third to win the regatta.
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"We were a little slow out of the blocks, a little late in terms of getting the boat ready and a little behind. It’s all those little things that you’re looking for that hurt you. I think that the strength of a good team is to be able to recognise its weaknesses and work on them and keep plugging away and that’s exactly what Quantum Racing has done this year and I’m incredibly proud of the year, second place, winning the last two regattas. We know that we are in the right place and heading in the right direction.
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"It’s been brilliant to have Dalton drive a couple of regattas, Doug as well and it’s the strength of our team is the ability to make that swap and that change in and out. I’m really pleased to be part of the team, this team has done amazingly well this year and we’re really definitely on the up and there’s still a bit more in the tank yet.”

Ross MacDonald (CAN) Tactician Sled (USA: 
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“We’ve had, to be honest, a pretty difficult week and some things have been probably a little bit luck related but most are probably within our control and we probably botched it up a bit towards the end but we stuck with our plan and we held together and we didn’t deviate and we were pretty confident in what we were doing and so we just needed to sail cleanly and do what we normally do and it all worked out.
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"The podium is huge but more important was the owner-driver category and it was a double win for us. We never expected to be on the podium but we definitely wanted to be one of the contenders in the owner-driver category so it’s a great result. I have to add that it is a little bit difficult when you are sailing to try and finish in these positions because normally you go to a regatta and you try to win or finish on the podium and here you’re dealing with a lot of math, high numbers. To go eight or ten races on the defence is a little bit difficult.”
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Compared with your rivals which are ‘new’ teams, Bronenosec and Platoon has your experience of the circuit been telling in the end?
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“New is a relative term, everybody has got some experience on-board (the other boats) but sure us all being a team last year and coming into this year with pretty much the same team really helps. You just know what you’re getting, everyone just settles into their positions and it’s a huge benefit.”

Gavin Brady (NZL) Vesper (USA): 
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“We’re very fortunate to be in this position and we just had couple of races out there this week where things sort of went our way. I was having a bit of a laugh with our navigator Steve Hayles on the first race saying even a blind squirrel can find an acorn every now and again and there again we crossed the fleet. That’s been our energy out there this week, we’ve kind of got nothing to lose and we’re enjoying it. It’s great to be here, nice people and great boats so I think that sometimes reflects in your results when you sail loose with nothing to lose so it’s a good thing to remember.”

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