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Saturday, May 28, 2016

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Scarlino Cup - Day 4

Gerry Mitchell (GBR) mainsail Trimmer Alegre (GBR):
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“We’re pretty happy with today. It was one of those races where anything can happen. The wind was very strange even when we did race. We expected more breeze than that from our forecast, but you’ve got to go with what you’ve got and we were pretty happy with the result. We’re very happy with our position going into tomorrow. We’re in podium position right now – easily in touch with second.
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"It’s going to be a different day tomorrow I think, so we’ll see what we can do. We were in a similar position last year. We seem to come out of the box pretty well. I think a lot of other boats have been training this year. We trained a lot early on last year. A lot of other guys have been out there with us this year, so we’re pretty happy to be where we are.
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"I think the key to our preparations has been about getting onto the water early enough, looking at all of the new gear early enough. But from here you’ve got to try and improve as the season goes on. We had some changes and things last year, and other people caught up to us a bit after Valencia. We’ll just try to take it one step at a time, and keep on top of the game.”

Markus Wieser (GER) Tactician Platoon (GER):
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“Sometimes you have to be more lucky than good and that was today to some extent. We got a penalty in the pre start. And we had to do another penalty turn close to the committee boat. We could just get under Paprec and so we could get to the right side which is what we wanted. But we were well back in the fleet. And then we got a nice right shift and got a clear lane. 
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"We had a lift all the way and got to sixth or seventh but had closed back on the fleet. Everyone gybe set but we went for a bear away set which was the right call because the others were all slowing down. We gained a lot, third at the leeward gate and then we caught Alegre which was perfect because we are very close together on the overall rankings. Second is good for us. Considering how we started the day to end up second is amazing.”
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Terry Hutchinson (USA) Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):

“The goal for the day was three points a race or less and so we miss that goal by a point but neither did we shoot ourselves in the foot. This venue is proving to be quite challenging. We had a long debrief this morning about the coastal race. Ed and the guys got us such a good start and I gave back three points we did not have to. 
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"And then you have a day like today which in fact is the same result and you feel so much better about the result because we were a little bit back, we had a nice clearing rack off the start. Rán tacked to leeward of us.
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"Ed and the guys were doing their thing and the boat was going really, really well. It is going way better than last year. We got a little bit tangled at the top with Paprec. It feels a bit like holding serve today but with three races tomorrow I would rather be sitting where we are than where anyone else is.”

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