Americas Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand post race quotes

Sunday, 24 June 2007

 

Tactician Terry Hutchinson: In the pre-start Dean did really nice work and we got exactly the start that we wanted, but as we saw yesterday after the start, the wind stayed in the left a bit longer than we would have hoped and they were ahead at the first cross. So, after that we just kept the race close, sailed some shifts and tried to take advantage of everything Alinghi gave us.

On the first run we picked some nice places to gybe and they didn’t really get away from us. On the run into the bottom, we gybed in a tough position for Alinghi and then they gave us the right gate when we had the left gate favoured by about 10 degrees.

Further up the leg we were coming at them on port. They tacked about a length to leeward of our sailing line and we were able to pin them there out to the layline.

The boat was going well but we did not lose concentration at any point in the race.

We know the chances are that the boat in the lead at the first cross will win.  Yesterday we sailed a really good race, but we didn’t win because the breaks went Alinghi’s way. Today one came to us and we took advantage of it.

Ray Davies: It’s been huge for the team to get a win on the board in the America’s Cup. It has been a long time coming for Emirates Team New Zealand.

It’s huge for the confidence of the team to come from behind. There’s nothing worse than to go into a day off on a loss because the best way to recover from a loss is to get back out there and redeem yourself.

It was a pretty tricky day out there today. It wasn’t one of those days where the right just got stronger and stronger. There were some big shifts with gains on both sides. It was more about staying in phase.

It was good for us that it was so shifty. The turning point was when we got the biggest left hand shift we’d seen all day and it was right when we needed it.

We were more than happy with where we started. Dean did a good job of starting with pace and heaps of separation. Normally you’d be able to last a long time with that sort of range. We were a bit surprised that we were spat off there and that Alinghi made more of a gain on the left.

Trimmer Don Cowie: As we said yesterday there are two very even boats out there. We didn’t learn a whole lot more today.

It’s like racing a one design. We thought we were competitive yesterday and we proved it today. We know it’s going to be a tight boat race.

Warren Douglas www.emiratesteamnz.com

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