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Friday, January 20, 2017

On The Dock - 52 Super Series - Key West - Day 5

Doug DeVos (USA), Owner-Driver, Quantum Racing (USA):
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“It’s just wonderful [to win Key West]. And it’s always because you know there’s such great competition and there are so many great competitors. And you have a chance to sail against the best sailors in the world on this boat, which is an incredible platform. To be able to win in this environment is wonderful, but it’s short-lived because the next regatta you start from zero again.”

Niklas Zennström (SWE), Owner-Driver, Rán Racing (SWE):
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“Such a fantastic week, and this really showed the quality of this fleet, I think it was five boats within two points. There were so many boats that could win and it was just amazing racing. We went into today saying we don’t have the pressure on us because we were kind of two points behind the lead. Of course we said we want to have a great race to have an opportunity to finish on the podium and also keep a low score for the season. Coming out of this one on third place, we’re quite happy.”

Bora Gulari (USA), Strategist, Quantum Racing (USA):
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“Big relief. I felt like I made a difference and that was good. I had a positive contribution. I think the points were close enough that it was basically who-beat-who. It was more not worrying about points, but just having a second race. Second lap we started looking where people were. But it was pretty easy, obviously, once we’d sniffed our way to the front. Every day I go out sailing [in the 52 Super Series fleet] I’m more impressed. Everyone is so good. It’s just incredible.”

Peter Holmberg (USVI), Helmsman, Provezza (TUR):
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“We decided we really wanted to go for the pin, try to win the pin. Unfortunately one other guy also wanted it badly, so it’s high risk. He just did a better job than I did of wiggling the boat, getting it in position and really just left with no speed, nowhere to go. It’s pretty easy to see my mistake. When one guy is turning left, you need to be turning right. If he gets in sync with you, he’ll stay close to you. That’s how it worked out.
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"We were a couple of inches from beating Azzurra at the finish and that would’ve put us second. But honestly, onboard, a lot of positives for the week, so we’re trying to keep our heads up. The boat was great today, fast [in light air], that used to be a weakness. Manoeuvres were all really good. General feeling on board is good. But it’s tough to sniff the win and fall to fourth.”

Harm Müller-Spreer (GER), Skipper, Platoon (GER):
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“[Second place overall] is pretty fine. If somebody would have asked me in advance if I would take a second place overall, I would say yes, definitely yes. I’m not disappointed. We are on a really good track and I can see big potential in this team, this boat. So looking forward.
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"For us the good news is I’m not expecting a season like last year where Quantum is so far ahead of everyone and only a few guys are fighting for second, third and fourth. I think this season is much more open than last year.”

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