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03-07-2017, 05:14 PM
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Race 1 – Gulari Shows His Mettle As Quantum Racing Claims Race 1
There may have been a new hand on the helm, but Quantum Racing started the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup carrying all momentum from their impressive 2017 52 SUPER SERIES opening win at Quantum Key West Race Week six weeks ago.

Bora Gulari, the team’s newest addition, moved from the strategist role to the helm for this event and showed that all his time sailing foiling moths and Olympic cataramans has prepared him well for driving these 52-foot thoroughbreds in some challenging conditions off Miami Beach.

The breeze was between 15 and 20 knots and the sea state quite aggressive. Quantum Racing was among a handful of boats, including Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon and Tony Langley’s new Gladiator that controlled the front row off the starting line. Azzurra, with Guillermo Parada at the helm and Vasco Vascotto calling tactics, didn’t have quite the same freedom early in that first leg, but made the critical call to hit the left side of the top portion of the beat and squeak past Quantum Racing around the first mark.



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Those two boats battled nip and tuck down the first run, with Azzurra holding the lead and choosing the left side of the next leg. But the right side paid off and Quantum was able to take over the lead when the boats converged halfway through Leg 3.


Two boats struggled to get around the leeward mark, which is always the most dangerous portion of the race in these conditions. Vladimir Liubomirov’s Bronenosec had a strong run to move into the top five, but lost its spinnaker over the side during the douse. By the time they got it back on board, the fleet was halfway to the final windward mark. Peter Harrison’s Sorcha, sailing their first race of the 2017 season after skipping Key West, showed a little bit of their rust as they hit the top mark and then struggled with the spinnaker drop at the bottom mark.



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Azzurra pushed Quantum Racing hard on the final run, closing to within a boat length, but the American team held on for the win. Platoon was third with Rán Racing fourth and Provezza rounding out the top five.






Race 2 – Platoon Grabs the Win and the Overall Lead After Day 1
Harm Müller-Spreer’s Platoon team displayed poise under pressure to win Race 2 of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup and grab the overall lead after two of 10 races in the second event of the 2017 52 SUPER SERIES circuit. The finish of Race 2 couldn’t have been much closer with Platoon finishing four seconds in front of Azzurra and six seconds ahead of Provezza. The Roemmers family’s Azzurra finished second in both races and will start Day 2 on even points with Platoon, though the German boat will sit alone at the top of the scorecard courtesy of a tiebreak.

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Quantum Racing, winners of Race 1, had to fight for every spot in the second race after not getting the start they wanted. The defending champions can never be counted out and the fourth in Race 2 places them just one point back in the overall standings. Provezza stands fourth overall with Rán Racing, who suffered a gear failure on the final run, in fifth.
The big development of the race however, occurred near the end of the first beat when Sled, on port tack, clipped the transom of Gladiator, on starboard. Both boats had to withdraw from racing. It’s not yet clear whether the collision will impact their ability to race tomorrow.

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The hard-luck boat of the race was again Bronenosec, who was in – or near – the lead for the first half of the race before coming up just inches short of making the second windward mark. The penalty circle for hitting the mark cost them a shot at the win and some much needed redemption after the botched takedown.




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03-07-2017, 05:56 PM
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Damage to the shiny new Gladiator...



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El Capitan
03-08-2017, 08:20 AM
Didn't they just launch Gladiator?

Prince of Whales
03-08-2017, 08:48 AM
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Yup.

Bummer in a big way!

At least the got that 1st car door ding out of the way and wont be fretting over little scratches anymore!

Charlie Tuna
03-08-2017, 09:46 AM
They got the back up boat in the starting blocks!

Buzz Light Beer
03-08-2017, 10:07 AM
Doogie gets er done!

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03-08-2017, 01:13 PM
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After a collision with Sled during Tuesday's 2nd race in Miami knock the brand new Gladiator out of the
competition, the crew rallied together and got the old Gladiator out of storage and refit her and have relaunched
their hopes of getting some racing in in Miami!

Carl Spackler
03-08-2017, 01:28 PM
That was quick.

Note to self: "Always bring a spare boat to the Super Series"

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03-08-2017, 05:09 PM
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Double Top Azzurra Work Their Miami Magic
(Wednesday 8th March, Miami) – Azzurra may have had to wait until the second day of the Miami Royal Cup, the second event of the 52 SUPER SERIES season, to score their first race wins of 2017, but two well earned victories off Miami Beach Wednesday sees the Roemmers family team step eight points clear of Platoon at the top of the regatta standings.

The crew that sails for the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's perfect pair of wins reflect excellent crew work, good starts and speed in the choppy seas and SE'ly winds, which seemed to be changing all the time in terms of strength and direction. Tactician Vasco Vascotto was on top of his game, winning off the pin end of the line and gaining early on the left of the first race then completing a thrilling come from behind second win only on the final quarter of the last run of the day.

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Gullermo Parada, skipper-helm of Azzurra concluded:

"We are happy because we have recovered our upwind speed so that gives us confidence to do whatever we need to do on the racecourse, now able to trust that the speed will be working for us. I think it's a positive day, especially for that. We had two clean starts, Vasco made some very good choices and the crew did its work properly. All in all, everything clicked and it's one of those races you need to enjoy because tomorrow we start again and it can easily go the other way. So we need to celebrate, but only for a little while, because glory doesn't last forever."

After starting the day level on points with Azzurra, Harm Müller-Spreer's Platoon are now second while a solid 3,4 day for Ergin Imre's Provezza sees the Turkish-flagged team leapfrog Quantum Racing, who did not start so well and scored a sixth and seventh.


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All Photos © Nico Martinez / Martinez Studio / 52 Super Series


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Race 3: Azzurra Goes Wire to Wire for First Win of 2017
The Italian/Argentine combination of owner Alberto Roemmers Jr., helmsman Guillermo Parada and tactician Vasco Vascotto on Azzurra came out blazing in Race 3, winning the pin end and earning the early advantage on the left side of the first upwind leg. Following closely on their heels was Provezza, who rounded second. Bronenosec, who started closer to the committee boat, was able to work the top left of the first beat and gain a slight edge over a pack of boats in contention for third place. Day 1 leaders Platoon, and series leader Quantum Racing both struggled off the starting line and rounded in the bottom half of the fleet.

Azzurra tried in vain to break away from the group, building its lead to as much as 150 meters at times. But in the shifty, puffy conditions — the breeze and sea state both noticeably reduced from Tuesday — there were opportunities aplenty, chances to surge forward and threaten the overall lead.

Around the final windward mark, Azzurra had a solid lead on Bronenosec, with Sled, Rán Racing and Provezza rounding out the top five. But Bronenosec, helmed by Vladimir Liubomirov, fought all the way down the run, closing the gap and at times appearing to take the lead.

The Azzurra crew kept their composure and won the race by a scant 4 seconds over Bronenosec, identical margins to Day 1's slender margins. Provezza moved up to third at the finish with Rán Racing in fourth and Sled taking fifth.


Race 4: Seemingly Untouchable Azzurra Step Clear
When Vasco Vascotto is hot, the fiery Italian tactician for the Azzurra team can seem at one with the wind; and he's nearly impossible to beat. The Azzurra team seemed to have every base covered, right side, left side, middle—and in every position from first to last. But when it came to the finish line, it was Azzurra taking the gun, their second back to back win, and a commanding 8-point lead in the overall standings after four of 10 scheduled races.

Azzurra had another great start at the pin end of the line and after less than a minute of sailing was able to tack and cross the fleet. But halfway up the beat, with the left side seemingly winning out, Vascotto had second thoughts. He tacked back to the left, leaving Alegre and Rán Racing, both of whom had second-row starts, all alone on the right side. Those two boats, in that order, led around the first mark with Bronenosec in third and Azzurra fourth.

The Italian/Argentinian team jibe set, but the right side of the course, looking upwind, wasn't profitable on the run and halfway through that second leg Azzurra was mired in last, 300 meters or more behind the lead group. Alegre and Rán Racing led through the gate, followed by Provezza, Sled and Platoon.

It was on the second lap where Vascotto worked his Miami magic, picking his way through the fleet, rounding the final windward mark in third and then nailing the last quarter of the run to take the win. Platoon also rebounded from an eighth in the day's first race and deep in the fleet of the second race to take second. Rán Racing was third and Provezza continued their steady sailing to finish fourth. Alegre was fifth while Sled, in position for a top five finish, dropped to ninth after being whistled for a foul just meters from the finish.

Working round the clock through Tuesday night and all the way through Wednesday seems set to pay off for the Gladiator team. After their new boat was badly damaged in a collision on Tuesday their industrious shore team and crew had their substitute boat – their 2015 red Gladiator – re-rigged and ready for delivery to Miami from West Palm Beach, aiming to be ready to resume racing Thursday. They will be granted redress for the races missed.




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03-10-2017, 09:12 AM
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Quantum Racing Win But Azzurra Hold Firm
(Thursday 9th March, Miami) – Quantum Racing won the only raced sailed today at the 52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup, but with regatta leaders Azzurra crossing the line in second place, the team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda lead by 11 at the half way point of the event with eight points. Provezza are tied on 19 points with Quantum Racing.

The 52 SUPER SERIES champions who won four out of five regattas last season, Quantum Racing, today came right back after a poor Wednesday when they added 13 points to their aggregate. With TP52 newcomer Bora Gulari steering, and Terry Hutchinson on tactics they made their small speed advantage in light airs work for them on the first beat and stretched out a good early lead, winning comfortably.

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"In Key West, and now in Miami, we had bad Wednesdays. We are asking that we no longer race on Wednesdays." Quipped the Quantum Racing project director Ed Reynolds.

"But seriously once again I am proud of how our team came back. I think in flat water like that today and light airs we always seem to have good speed and that was what made the difference. It was never going to be easy bringing in someone new into a fleet of this calibre. And the subtleties of communication in the starting period, the little nuances, are maybe where that tells. We always knew we would stub our toes a few times like we did Wednesday. And for missing out on training days before the regatta because of the weather did not help us."

Quantum Racing's Terry Hutchinson – the racecourse Houdini among South Beach's world of Lamborghini, Martini and Bikini – did excellent work in sniffing out the best lanes of pressure on the first beat, seeming happy to take a couple of extra tacks to eke out the strongest shift and wind strength.

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Their lead at the top mark was already telling, while behind them the scene – as the overlapped line up approached on the starboard tack lay line in a very gentle breeze – became ugly.

Azzurra, Sled and Provezza called it best, stayed clear, or took early note of the potential for pile ups, and rounded the top mark in second, third and fourth.

Hutchinson, Quantum Racing's tactician explained:

"Racing these boats in those conditions is very, very difficult. We're going through a learning curve to help make the whole team better, so it all comes with understanding. There's a lot of things we could've done better yesterday. Last night we got back, had our standard debrief, coach gave us everything he thought we did well and did poorly and came out today and tried to have business as usual."

Peter Harrison's Sorcha team, with Nic Asher and Joe Glanfield on tactics and strategy, worked well for fifth.


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Sorcha's project manager and navigator Campbell Field commented:

"It was very positive. We're kind of relieved that we could stick with the pack. It was a little bit more straightforward for us today with flatter water and it became a bit more cerebral rather than wrestling the boat around the racecourse through the conditions. We found it a bit tough in the choppier conditions that everyone else has been used to sailing in. We're very happy with our speed. We held our cool as the excitement levels got up toward the finish of the race and defended quite nicely against Gladiator."

Tony Langley's Gladiator crew took a well earned sixth, 48 hours of incredible work to mobilise their substitute TP52 from West Palm Beach, may have seen some red eyes matching the colour of their hull, but all credit to a remarkable piece of team work to get their other boat in the match after their new boat was holed in the second race of the regatta.


52 SUPER SERIES Miami Royal Cup
Standings after five races.
1. Azzurra (Roemmers family, ITA/ARG), (2,2,1,1,2) 8 points.
2. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA), (1,4,6,7,1) 19 p.
3. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR) (5,3,3,4,4) 19 p.
4. Platoon (GER, Harm Müller-Spreer), (3,1,8,2,7) 21 p.
5. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), (4,8,4,3,10) 29 p.
6. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS), (10,5,2,6,8) 31 p.
7. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA), (6, DSQ12,5,9,3) 35 p.
8. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA) (8,6,7,5,9) 35 p.
9. Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR) (9,7,9,8,5) 38 p
10. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR) (7, RDG8, RDG8, DNC12,6) 41 p.
11. Paprec (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) (DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12) 60 p


Quotes:
Terry Hutchinson (USA), Tactician, Quantum Racing (USA):

"Yesterday was a bunch of things. Racing these boats in those conditions is very, very difficult. We're going through a learning curve to help make the whole team better, so it all comes with understanding There's a lot of things we could've done better yesterday. Last night we got back, had our standard debrief, coach gave us everything he thought we did well and did poorly and came out today and tried to have business as usual.

We wanted to go left from the windward position. We didn't execute a great start, but we were going better today. I think in the flat water, it's easier for Bora to lock in and keep the boat going and that's a condition that historically we've been quite slippery in. It was good it came our way a little bit, but we still had to fight for it at the end of the beat. A couple good placements and tacks and got around clear and had a good run.

Once we were leading we just put ourselves between the man and the hoop, no more complicated than that. At that point we were winning the race so we just wanted to make sure what happened to the group would happen to us as well. So we didn't sail a great right number right at the end of the first beat to put ourselves in front of them, but it was good enough."

Vasco Vascotto (ITA) Tactician, Azzurra (ITA/ARG):

"I think that we had a very nice race, the best race we sailed this week. I'm very, very happy about how we managed to sail the boat. We did a better job compared to the previous day. The reality is that in light air, still we need to improve a little the speed upwind. Downwind I think that we were fast enough to play games against the others. Upwind we still need to improve. We made a step forward, so we are very happy, but we still need to improve a little bit our speed in order to be competitive in light air against Quantum, that still is a little step ahead us.

That was a tough beat. We did a very nice start. I think Quantum did a little worse on top of us to windward. They tacked up the beat to the right. I think they used their speed [to get past us]. We are speaking about little differences. We need to play this kind of game in the future, work on our speed compared to him.

Campbell Field (NZL), Navigator, Sorcha (GBR): "It was a bit of a split left and right on both of the beats. One side was stronger than the other at times. We kept our cool. Everybody else got themselves all tangled up a bit at the top of the first beat, which gave us an opportunity to slot ourselves into the middle of the fleet. We just hung in there."

Q. A few works about Nic Asher and Joe Glanfield?

"Nic and Joe, they sort of put their heads together and have a little whisper around themselves. They are very level headed, which was nice. The communication with them and the rest of the crew is improving every day that we go sailing. It's great to sail with them. They probably look at the course a little bit differently. I think Joe's still getting used to sailing on a boat longer than 4.7 meters. But it was good fun."

Tony Rey (USA), Tactician, Provezza:

"We actually wanted the right. One of the things we work on hard is to make sure we're happy with the strategy, even in the pre-start. We changed the plan once yesterday in the middle of the pre-start and it worked and we did it again today. I was pretty happy to be to the right for the early pressure. In the end we all arrived to the mark at around the same time, which is what happens when it's shifty out there.

After that it was just a really fickle breeze because we were expecting as far right as 130 and as far left as 90, which is a massive swing. But it was really more about the pressure than anything else.

Q. What happened at the first windward mark?

The breeze went the most left we've seen and got just a little bit lighter so the boats start sailing wider angles and we think there was a bit more adverse current, northwest flowing current, at the top than there was at the bottom and we all got a bit caught out. One boat tacks just on layline and everybody else ends up under them. We benefitted greatly from that too, we probably jumped from fifth up to third at the mark just by tacking back off the layline at the right time.

Q. What about on the downwind legs?

"We've all sort of realised that for some reason there's more pressure on the left hand edge looking upwind. There seems to be pressure that lives there, which is funny because it doesn't seem to play out upwind but downwind there seems to be pressure on the layline so that's why you're seeing a lot of boats jamming up that bottom layline on port jibe. It's unclear why, it could have something to do with the current coming into Bear Cut [between Virginia Key and Key Biscayne] there, but it certainly not a simple race track."

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03-10-2017, 09:20 PM
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Azzurra On the Cusp of Miami Royal Cup Win?
(Friday 10th March, Miami) – Azzurra carry a ten points lead into the final day of the Miami Royal Cup and are looking to reprise their last 52 SUPER SERIES regatta title when they won the last event of 2016, the EGNOS Cascais Cup.

In light winds off Miami Beach the emblematic Italian team which is skippered by Guillermo Parada with Vasco Vascotto as tactician won their third race from five starts before posting an eighth and breaking an otherwise impeccable string of first and second places, to lie comfortably ahead of Ergin Imre's Provezza super consistent Provezza crew.


"If someone offered us the possibility of starting the last day 10 points ahead, for sure we're going to be very happy to be in our position." Azzurra's Parada commented on the dock in the Miami Beach Marina, "We need to keep doing what we are doing and every day we keep working to improve our light air speed, which was our weakness in Key West."

When three boats were over the start line early, before the gun for Race 6, including champions Quantum Racing, Azzurra quickly capitalised and were in control of the fleet by the first turning mark. By the second circuit they were more than 150 metres ahead while Vladimir Liubomirov's Bronenosec made a worthwhile gain at the top of the second beat and went on to take a second place, their best finish of the event so far.

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On the left of the first windward leg of the second race of the day, a trio profited from their sharp starts and benefited together Sled, steered by owner driver Takashi Okura, was strong all the way up the beat and was first at the windward turn, with Tony Langley's Gladiator second.

Provezza once more underlined their so far unerring ability to stay regular, converting a fifth at the first turn to third across the finish line.

Now Provezza, in second and one point ahead of Platoon, have a chance to atone for a costly flatfooted start on the last day in Key West which left them too much to do to secure the podium place they seemed to have been assured of. A hard lesson has been learned.


Peter Holmberg, Provezza's helmsman since the start of this season, recalls:

"The mistake on the last day was trying too hard to nail it. Hindsight, we should've just had a decent start and kept ourselves with options to maybe have a good result."

But of their second place standing going into Saturday's showdown he says:

"I like it like this. We're not going in leading and defending. We're hungry and we want to have a good final day. Light air is not our strong point. But I think we're doing a great job with what we've got."

Holmberg concludes:

"That was our goal coming in here to have good consistent results. Nothing brilliant, but nothing bad. I think the team's doing a good job."

Azzurra's scoreline so far is almost a replica of their winning run in Cascais, where they also had a bogey race just as they did today. Parada, who skippered the team to win the overall title in 2015, continued:

"The second race? As I said earlier in the week glory doesn't last forever. We still had an OK start. We squeezed Provezza to the right, we went to the right afterwards and we went into a little bit of a hole in the breeze. The boats on the right gained on us and the boats on the left gained on us and we were left there in the middle of nowhere. From there on it was an uphill battle. I think that we lost 2 or 3 points to Platoon and Provezza."

Lying in fourth overall Quantum Racing are 16 points off the regatta lead but just five points behind third placed Platoon. Tony Langley's Gladiator crew, with Ed Baird on tactics, hold fifth place, mid fleet. Considering their upheaval and efforts to replace their new boat after being holed on Day 1, Langley, Baird and crew have worked a few small miracles.


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52 SUPER SERIES
Miami Royal Cup
Standings after four of five days, seven races sailed.
1. Azzurra (Roemmers family, ITA/ARG), (2,2,1,1,2,1,8) 17 points.
2. Provezza (Ergin Imre, TUR) (5,3,3,4,4,5,3) 27 p.
3. Platoon (GER, Harm Müller-Spreer), (3,1,8,2,7,3,4) 28 p.
4. Quantum Racing (Doug DeVos, USA), (1,4,6,7,1,9,5) 33 p.
5. Gladiator (Tony Langley, GBR) (7, RDG5.5, RDG5.5, RDG5.5,6,7,2) 38.5 p.
6. Bronenosec (Vladimir Liubomirov, RUS), (10,5,2,6,8,2,7) 40 p.
7. Sled (Takashi Okura, USA), (6, DSQ12,5,9,3,6,1) 42 p.
8. Rán Racing (Niklas Zennström, SWE), (4,8,4,3,10,8,10) 47 p.
9. Sorcha (Peter Harrison, GBR) (9,7,9,8,5,4,6) 48 p
10. Alegre (Andrés Soriano GBR/USA) (8,6,7,5,9,10,9) 54p.
11. Paprec (Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, FRA) (DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12, DNC12) 84p


Hamish Pepper (NZL), Tactician, Sled (USA):

"This fleet is so competitive, it's so close, you can be easily last in one race and first in the next. It can flip around on you very easily. Today we had a good day. [In the first race] we didn't have a good start, but we kept our head, kept on chipping and managed to get a sixth. We're pretty happy with that considering the start. The last race we had a great start and just managed to stretch our legs and have full control of the race. It wasn't too much going on in terms of pressure and shifts, it was a pretty straightforward course.


You favoured the pin in both starts. What did you see on that side?

"We obviously wanted to have a clean start and we were liking the left, we weren't too confident in the early right, but happy to then chip up the middle and work on our position plan after that and see where we ended up."


We feel the boat is going very well in this light air. Don [Cowie, mainsail] and Battler [Robbie Naismith, jib] and Mr. Okura, and [spinnaker trimmer Toshiro] Honda have the sails trimmed nicely and the boat going fast so we feel confident in the boat speed.

How do you chip back after a bad start?

"You're kind of dictated a little bit by where the fleet goes. You've just got to sail in as much clear air as you can and take what shifts you can get and position yourself well relative to the other boats and make little gains here and there. There's always potential at the top mark for big gains. You've just got to keep away from the corners and just take the little gains."


Why is there so much opportunity at the top of the beat?

"Coming to the top mark often the fleet will play whoever is around them a little bit and try and position themselves well so they led that boat around the top mark. It sometimes opens the door for boats coming in on the left or coming in from the right. If you're in the right spot at the right time it can be all you need."


Is that unique to this regatta?

"I think it happens throughout most regattas, there are opportunities there. The last couple of days, because it's been light air, doing extra tacks and this and that and people overstanding because they're trying to protect their position on them, it can change around pretty quick and—where as in the breeze you tack all the time and you only lose half a length—in the light you're losing two lengths [when you tack]. Sometimes the dice rolls your way and sometimes it doesn't. It can look very easy sometimes and incredibly hard other times. No two top marks are the same."

Why is everyone so strong on the starboard layline heading away from the top mark?

"The tough thing about when you exit the top mark there's a void of wind for a long time after the top mark because all the boats have gone past it and it's just gassy. So it's very difficult, you've got to wait a long time in this lighter air for that clean air to come back through. The majority of the time it's a lot of that. And then other times, that left hand side [looking upwind] has been reasonably strong downwind, so you have to see something pretty special to be jibing away straight away."


Peter Holmberg (USVI), helmsman, Provezza (TUR):

"That was our goal coming in here to have good consistent results. Nothing brilliant, but nothing bad. I think the team's doing a good job."


What's the secret to your consistency?

It's Tony Rey and myself as far as the decision-making. I'm having to remind myself not to go for a kill, just go for good consistent speed and maneuvers. And same with Tony, I think he's doing a good job not swinging for the corners or the fences. OK, you're not a star, but you're not in the back either. That was one of our goals coming in here and I think we're both executing our plan.


For me, it's the starts, just clean starts. Doesn't have to be brilliant, to be the start of the day.

[Tony Rey, tactician] tells me how bad he wants something and that's how much risk I put on it. Just really want to get off the line with all options open. So far we've done that OK. Then just all the maneuvers, all the situations with other boats, we make sure we're clean and I think that's what is going to be good for us at the end of the day.

What was the debrief after Key West?

"Mistake in the last day, exactly this, trying too hard to nail it. He liked the left and we felt vulnerable in light air and he regretted making that call because he thought he had to do something special to win it and then I went into a tough spot to try to achieve it. Hindsight, we should've just had a decent start and kept ourselves with options to maybe have a good result."


What's the game plan for tomorrow?

"I like this. We're not going in leading and defending. We're hungry and we want to have a good final day. [Light air] is not our strong point. But I think we're doing a great job with what we've got."


They said:
Guillermo Parada (ARG), helmsman, Azzurra (ITA):

"I think overall it was an OK day. It just shows how difficult it is in this light and patchy breeze. Obviously we had a very good first race. The second race, as I say, glory doesn't last forever. I think that we lost 2 or 3 points to Platoon and Provezaa so we are now 10 and 11 points clear in the overall. That's life and it's OK. It someone offered us the possibility of starting the last day 10 points ahead, for sure we're going to be very happy to be in our position. We need to keep doing what we are doing and every day we keep working to improve our light air speed, which was our weakness in Key West."

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