Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What The Sailors Said - 52 Super Series - Valencia - Day 1

Guillermo Parada (ARG) Azzurra:
Photo: NIco Martinez
“Given the conditions we need to be happy with our results but most of all with the way we sail and the way we approach each race: the analysis before the race the decisions we do. Obviously overall we are happy. We had the chance of being in front in the first race, we had to make a decision approaching the top mark of whether we leebow or cross and try to cover from the inside, we decided the second and they were able to squeeze ahead.
Photo: NIco Martinez
"But given the conditions today we cannot complain. We need to stay calm, these things can happen, and keep thinking like this because conditions will be the same for the entire week. It’s going to be a long tense week and a lot at stake in between 2nd-5th overall. We need to be very smart in order to make the proper course. Today we achieved that goal and obviously we keep doing it the rest of the week.
Photo: NIco Martinez
"Winning this event would be a good bonus, and is the easiest way to secure the second position, but if it some stage we need to decide between, we would obviously hedge towards the season positions. But we need to wait a couple days, consider the options and reevaluate. For now the goal for this regatta is to do everything in our hands to consolidate this position.”

Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa:
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“I think what is good is that the boat speed is showing that we are going fast upwind and downwind, so we can have a very good week. The team is doing a very good job, we are all trying together to get to the podium overall and we’re going to do our best to get to that result. I think we can, we have very good potential, it’s the first time that this team together does the circuit and we are fighting hard for every point. 
Photo: NIco Martinez
"We have the speed to do it, the tactical abilities to do it, strategical to do it, so we can do it. The competition is very hard, Platoon had a good day as well, so we haven’t gained any points on them, but we gained points on Sled. Tomorrow is another day though, it’s a long competition but I have good positive vibes.”

How does the trifecta work between you and Vasco and Jimmy?

“The communication is getting better still. Last event Jimmy couldn’t sail because of some problems, and we missed him. I think to have him onboard is a big priviledge for all of us and he’s doing great. The thing is that the fleet is very competitive, and its a great exercise for us of the America’s Cup in such a high level field.”

About Platoon:

“I think Platoon today showed they have some pace in light wind, there is no doubt. It’s something that we have seen during the season, anytime that it is light they are very fast, catch boats, and if they are in the lead they just stretch away. We have seen it before, but in Cascais it was windy and they had some issues. Obviously it’s a great afterguard, but every team you see here has a great afterguard!”

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Racing at the Valencia 52 Super Series Sailing Week starts Tuesday and finishes Saturday with the end of season prize-giving on Saturday night. All of the action will be broadcast live at and via the app throughout the whole regatta on 52 Super Series TV with live commentary and expert analysis throughout each race. Shows start 15 minutes before racing is due to begin.

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