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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

52 Super Series Dock Talk - Practice Race - Scarlino, Italy

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Terry Hutchinson (USA), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):
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“The margin between last year’s best team, which was Azzurra, and whatever the worst team was was, is a lot closer. I think you’re going to have to scrap and fight and claw for every single point. I mean you could look back on a regatta and think ‘boy we lost one boat down the last run’, that boat is going to be critical so you have to sail the thing right through until the finish.”

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), Tactician, Azzurra (ITA/ARG):
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“I feel like a kid on the first day at school. There are so many boats that can win races and can win the season. It is very tough and so many teams have made a big step forwards. We know that and we need to sail very well. We need to forget the little advantage we had last year and go sailing in a tough way.”

Francesco d’Angelis (ITA), Coach, Bronenosec (RUS):
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One of the beautiful things here is that the environment is so well preserved it is a nice place to go sailing and there is always wind. There are three main directions and each has its own features which are not easy to sort out. It is a great place to sail. It is a place where there are not usually big waves, tricky winds.”

Ross MacDonald (CAN), Tactician, Sled (USA):
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“We have gone in a slightly different direction with the sail design. We have looked at the upwind sails, we have put a little more attention to this. The whole game has moved forwards but we are looking for an easier boat to sail as well. The other things are small, rigging changes. The all important thing for us is the owner-driver trophy which we be big for us this year. I have been here a fair bit including some IMS boats, the Star worlds in the last century (1999) when we were second, one point short of first.”

Harm Müller Spreer (GER), Owner-Driver, Platoon (GER):
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“It is so totally different to last season. Last season we were a new boat and a new team. This year we have made some small changes to the crew, we have new sails (Quantum) and the set up is perfect. I am very happy. To see how the Quantum Racing guys work is great for us. They are totally open. We share all the information all the data.”

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