Saturday, July 21, 2018

What Ray Davies and Philippe Presti Said - Day 4, Rolex TP52 Worlds - Cascais

Ray Davies (NZL), Tactician Sled (USA):
Sled Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
“A great day for us with a second and a third, so we’re stoked. Mr. Okura did a great job in very trying conditions, I think he was using all his strength to get the boat around the course today and he got rewarded for working extremely hard. We had an incredible comeback in the second race from last to 3rd, that’s been our race of the regatta, and to do it in 25knots, the team is very pleased… we’re pumped.
Sled Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
"It had been a pretty good trend that the first boat to tack onto port was in the top three, until the last race, when we were the first boat to tack onto port and we were last! So it was a more even racecourse today, big breeze, and the position of the racecourse evened it out a lot.”

On the overall 2018 season:

“We’re very pleased. To be just over halfway and be in 2nd place – it’s better than we expected. We’re still getting better, but we’re very happy with where we’re at. We’ve had some lucky breaks along the way and we know how things can change pretty quickly so we’ll just keep our processes going, good debriefs and we have a fantastic crew so we’re not wishing for anything, just have to keep the momentum going.”

On Quantum Racing:

“There is obviously a nice advantage to the pro driving. Deano is doing a nice job, certainly in these conditions, it’s very challenging. And we’re seeing a very polished team at the top of their game and their putting points on the fleet quite comfortably at the moment.”

Philippe Presti, Coach Luna Rossa:
Luna Rossa Photo: © Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series
How does the team approach a windy regatta differently than a light air one?

To finish first, first you have to finish. That’s one. So you have to take care of all the gear, but also you have to push the boat a little bit harder. It’s more physical, obviously, and looks from afar like a Melges, but you have to realise that a 50-footer is pretty heavy! Today was a good day for us, we could have had a 2nd, but we made a slight mistake, but we are still pushing for the podium and we can make it happen.

Andi Robertson / 52 Super Series Media

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