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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dock Talk - 52 Super Series - Royal Cup Miami - Day 2

Guillermo Parada (ARG), Helmsman, Azzurra (ITA):
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“In the second race we had a very good start we were able to tack and cross ahead of the fleet, but then we were stuck a little in the middle of the course and we got passed from the right and from the left. Then we caught a fishing buoy close to the top mark also that made our lives a little bit difficult again.
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"On the first run, we chose the left, that didn’t pay a lot, but then out of the gate we were able to hold into a very dirty lane behind Platoon because we were on a very big lift and we were able to hold there for three minutes and that was enough to grab the header and cross and position ourselves properly. We were lucky that it worked out.
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Vasco and Cole [Parada] did a very good job today, very smart reading of the puffs and the shifts. It was always a compromise between wind pressure and wind shifts and I think overall we did it pretty good.”
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About those first wins of the season for Azzurra?
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“A couple of times we were missing those five meters, so it’s good to have two of them straight away to begin [the regatta] with a nice scoreboard. Miami is very special because it’s very challenging not only for the wind; it’s the Gulf Stream, and with the tide here it’s a different timing on the start. So you need to pay attention to many, many things. But so far so good and now today the sun is out so we hopefully enjoy it a lot from now on.”

Nacho Postigo (ESP), Navigator, Provezza (TUR):
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“We were all expecting a little stronger breeze. It was in the lightest part of the range that we were expecting and then it was super, super inconsistent. It was right, it was left, big up, big down, suddenly you have two more knots of pressure. So it was a very tricky day to make decisions and decide where to go. I think that Tony Rey on our boat was super inspired today. It was very difficult to see because here you have a lot of different color on the water because you have the clouds making shadows and you have the water coming out of Miami is like one color and the offshore water is another one. 
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"It’s a bit confusing, so it’s very difficult to call the puffs and to see the pressure in a consistent way. We are very happy (with results so far). It was a shame yesterday, one race we were leading at 400 meters from the end and we lost two places. But this is the fleet; today it was the opposite way. We were sixth at 200 meters from the end and we ended up fourth. We are very very happy with the way we are starting and the boat is performing well and the team is very cool and everything seems like all the pieces have come into place and everything is looking good.”

Francesco Mongelli (ITA), Navigator, Bronenosec (RUS):
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“To be honest our first race was—I don’t want to say lucky—but we pushed a corner twice, twice we go into the right corner. When you do something so extreme a little bit of luck is part of the game. Of course, it happens because the crew is doing a very good job, a perfect job so you get around the marks well, so where you go is a piece of the whole result. In the second one we push a corner again and it was the wrong one. It’s part of the game. 
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"Today was quite typical here. For many reasons—big buildings and heating inside and blah, blah, blah—it’s very shifty. And the shifts are in terms of direction, strength and quite often only on the top of the rig so you see the shift on the instruments but in the end it’s not a real shift, it’s more shear, so this makes everything more complicated. It’s part of racing here.”

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