USA. Skippers and crew recall a really tough leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2006
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Paul Cayard (USA) – Skipper, Pirates of the Caribbean: “We are somewhat happy with third place. It is tough for us to get used to as we are all very competitive and we want to win. Movistar did a great job hanging onto ABN AMRO ONE and sailed a really good leg.”

“We are happy to finish third and to be on the podium. I think our points will see us drop to fourth overall but we have closed the gap on second place so we are pleased with that.”

Jerry Kirby (USA) – Bowman, Pirates of the Caribbean: “Of course we would have loved to have won this leg but ABN AMRO ONE has amazing power in reaching conditions. Our overall aim is a podium finish and challenging movistar, who we see as our nearest rival. It will be a hard job to catch ABN AMRO ONE but there is going to be some really tough competition fighting for the remaining podium positions.”

Torben Grael (BRA) – Skipper, Brasil 1: “It was very hard leg for us. We made some mistakes early on and did not start the leg very well. We have had some great battles with many of the other teams and are very tired at the end of this leg. We have slept very little especially through last night as we were keeping a very close eye on Ericsson and ABN AMRO TWO.”

“It has been very close all the way up the Chesapeake and a very tough finish. It was really good for us to beat Ericsson on this leg so we are pleased with that.”

Marcelo Ferreiro (BRA) – Trimmer, Brasil 1: “It has been a tough old leg and we have had every type of condition – thunder, lightening, no wind, too much wind and rain, but it is always good to finish on a positive note so it was really nice to get in front of Ericsson and we just kept on fighting all the way to the finish.”

“We are disappointed not to be on the podium, it should have been Brasil 1’s conditions in the light airs so we have a few things we will be looking at whilst we are here in Baltimore such as our sail plan.”

John Kostecki (USA) – Skipper, Ericsson Racing Team: “It was a tough finish for us. Yesterday was really tough day when we saw 55 knots of wind and ripped our sail. It took us time to recover and we lost out to Brasil 1.”

“All in all it was a good race. We fought hard and I feel good about the result and how much we have improved as a team and moved forward. We were always in the hunt. It was a long race and a long drag race and we didn’t get dropped off the back which is a big improvement.”

Steve Hayles (GBR) – Navigator, Ericsson Racing Team: “This kind of racing is pretty hard to beat. We have been out there sailing 5000 nautical miles and have seen another team every day of racing. It is simply fantastic racing and quite addictive.”

“The result is obviously disappointing but we felt positive about how the boat was going. It was good to be in the hunt and racing hard against the fleet.”

“You always try and improve your team in races like this. Everyone is making massive improvements and you need to make the same improvements if you want to keep up with them and make even bigger ones if you are off the pace in the first place.”

Sebastien Josse (FRA) – Skipper, ABN AMRO TWO: “It has been a really close battle but it is not really a good result from us. We sailed really well the first few days but then lost a lot of places in one moment on about day three of the leg and we never really come back from that.”

“The reason I can not be too disappointed is because our crew work was excellent and I think we sailed better in this leg than in any other, so I can not be disappointed in that respect.”

“I am not too worried with the result as the race is not finished yet and there is still plenty of it left.”

“I really enjoyed the closeness of the racing. It is something that I am familiar with in the single-handed sailing I do and I find it very exciting. It gives us motivation and makes us push that little bit harder.”

Simon Fisher (GBR) – Navigator, ABN AMRO TWO: “It was a tough old journey. The boys did a great job sailing the boat but it was a leg where the rich got richer all the way to the end and there was not enough time to get back in it.”
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