Marseille Day 2 – Audi MedCup 2011
The second day of racing for the Marseille Trophy for the 52 Series and the first day for the 40 Series and another day of light winds is expected as the Audi MedCup Circuit is due to race on the northern race course, the Rade Nord, today.
Quotes of the day
Kevin Hall (USA), Navigator, Quantum Racing (USA):
“It didn´t look good early on but at the end of the day it went well. We had a bad start in the first race, because we wanted to go left like everybody else but got caught. At least we managed to stay in the fight. In the second one, once we got the lead we found a way to stay there. We are still learning a lot about the boat, we ´ve been going really well upwind and the question is how we are going to do downwind. Today we did good there, so we just hope there´s more to come in the next days. Azzurra had a great first race and a tough second one because they got squeezed between us and another boat. You can´t make mistakes.”
Guillermo Parada (ARG), skipper-helm, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team (ITA):
“Well, it´s obvious that one race went well and the other one didn´t. We are satisfied because we are already reached a target for the week (to get to second on the Circuit standings) and we are already in the second place. We are going to leave Marseille after winning a race and closing the difference with Quantum Racing. What happened in the second race was that I made a mistake and we never had a chance to recover. It was my fault and I take the blame for it”.
Gonzalo Araujo (ESP), skipper, Bribón (ESP):
“The day went quite well, we sailed in a simple way. We made two clean starts, tactics and maneuvers were correct and the speed was more or less all right. We lost one position in the first mark, sailing really tight with Synergy, and in the second one we fought with Quantum. We sailed really close to them but we couldn´t catch them. The truth is that having five points, the same amount as the top team, is really a positive thing. The boats who managed to start clean, the ones who made the right decision, those are the teams who were on top at the end. Azzurra took over in the first one and didn´t choose well in the second start, so they got left behind. The differences between teams are tiny.”
Alicia Ageno (ESP), navigator, Patagonia by Negra (ARG):
“Being the first day, we had good feelings, because it was difficult, very shifty and with some pressure areas. The conditions on board were great, we raced very well. Some of the boats were out of line at the start, we weren´t and we managed to get to the better side easily and with clean air. We see that the fleet is tight, nothing will be easy. The speed of all boats is similar. Today was the lightest day since we got here, let´s just hope that tomorrow and the day after are windier. We´ve sailed with great conditions in Marseille before, and we hope to do it again”
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