Sunday, March 12, 2017

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Miami Royal Cup - Final Day

Jordi Calafat (ESP), Strategist, Platoon (GER):
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“When we first line up this morning it was looking very random. During the line ups there were elevators [big lifts] on both tacks. Just like everyone we were trying to do a cleaner start and decide when you put in your first tack. It was more settled during the racing. I guess like all the week, we never know if it’s going to be a lefty or a righty. So a lot of it was starting in a clear lane and sailing straight, and deciding when you when tack. We managed to do this today. And then we had that first downwind, that help us. It was a good day, today and yesterday.
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It seemed that there was a lot of interest in the left, both upwind and downwind. What were you seeing there?
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"It was quite shifty. You have to keep tracking what is happening. Sometimes it was light more than anything. Sometimes it was really powerful, like the last run. It was a powerful move not to be in the left corner, right corner looking downwind. It you do a clear start, things are much more easy."

But the team, overall, has to be happy with two seconds in the two U.S. events?
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“I think it’s a learning curve for all of us. We bring in a new mainsail trimmer with new ideas of how to mode the boat. This has been a very big step forward. John is very good for Harm and I think we’re growing. But the most important thing is to past the downs quickly, when you have a bad day, you go through it as quickly as possible. That’s probably the key.”

New main trimmer?

“He came with new ideas on how to sail the boat. The Vrolijk boats are slightly different, and in some conditions they are hard to sail. He came with new ideas and worked with a different team on the sails and it seems to be paying off. We are still feeling that the Vrolijks in some conditions are hard to sail, and that’s our goal – to minimise the bad days; to go through the bad days as best we can and minimise the points.

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) & Guillermo Parada (ARG), Tactician & Helmsman, Azzurra (ITA):
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“Obviously it’s a good relief because we had a hard time in Key West. We didn’t feel very fast, especially in certain conditions. So we work and we make a lot of changes. This week we have a completely different boat because every time that Vasco and Cole position ourselves in the proper place we immediately gain, which wasn’t the case last time. 
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"As I said a couple days ago, ‘glory doesn’t last forever’, but at least we make it last for two months, which is the biggest break of the season. Obviously now we need to enjoy and relax a little bit and in a couple of days keep working on analysing the whole data of the week, because, for example, today we didn’t feel very quick downwind. We need to keep working and pushing because we are sure everybody else will do the same.
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“I am always looking for the little bad things because I’m already thinking about the future. Obviously we need to enjoy today. We need a beer, for sure. A martini, Panini. We need to start thinking about the future because this fleet is working hard and if you’re asleep, you’re in trouble. I’m already concentrating on the next event feeling we need to work harder because the other good teams will work harder than what we did in the past regatta. I’m sure that we need to improve.”
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Not a good regatta for Quantum?
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“No. But sooner or later this has to happen. This is sport. This is a difficult sport. It’s not that you have to run 100 meters and you run 10 seconds every time. This is sailing; it is a difficult sport. Everybody during a season can have a bad week, but I’m sure if I know properly Terry, next time he will be stronger than ever.”

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