Thursday, August 23, 2018

What The Tacticians Said - 52 Super Series - Puerto Portals - Day 3

Vasco Vascotto (ITA), Tactician Luna Rossa (ITA):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week
“I feel that we are all stupid except the one who is doing just 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd. They are smarter than us! We are making so many mistakes this season, something that is not acceptable. But unfortunately that is what we are doing. So we need to analyse, be smart, go to our meetings, or maybe don’t do meetings. 
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week
"Maybe just go for a gin and tonic.Maybe that is the way to solve some problems sometimes. It’s a pity because I felt that today we had a little better speed, we analysed properly what was wrong yesterday, but we feel like sometimes we are so close to the perfection, but then it just disappears.”

Ray Davies (NZL), Tactician Sled (USA):
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week
“I think it’s a bit of the nature of the conditions out there. I think it’s quite hard to pick a side and get it correct. Even part way up the first beat of the last race it was looking like our side was going okay and then it all changed. and that was the same way in the first race, it wasn’t looking so special and then it all came good for us. It’s pretty hard, and the key is to be consistent and I guess we’re not exactly doing that. But I guess when you average out our day it was middle of the pack.”

On the race course:
Photo: © Nico Martinez / Puerto Portals 52 Super Series Sailing Week
"It’s been quite tricky. This time of year the water is really warm here, it’s like 26 degrees, so the wind lifts off it. So it’s not the standard Palma conditions we see earlier in the year with a really nice consistent sea breeze. Now it comes in and then lifts and disappears, it comes and goes, it’s quite a dynamic type of breeze this time of year. And we’re seeing that it takes a while for the wind to get going, then eventually when it does we still haven’t seen a good solid breeze yet, it’s just sort of coming and going.

Andi Robertson

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