Saturday, August 22, 2009

Quotes of the day

Richard Walch/Audi MedCup

TP52 MedCup Portimao: Day of no wind no race, but the sailors have something to say...

Paul Cayard (USA), tactician on Artemis (SWE):
" Mathematically it is a good thing for us because the odds of winning improve but it is always a shame when we are all here to race and it doesn’t happen. That is one of the realities of dealing with mother nature.
Now that we have had six good races we would rather stay ashore rather than tainting a good regatta with crazy races. I think the race committee keeps that in mind. It is not a matter of trying to run four more races, it is a matter of running good races."

Ray Davies (NZL), tactician Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
" It's mixed blessings really. Overall we don't want to start losing any more points on the lead, we want a keep a nice healthy overall lead overall in the Circuit, but we also want to win this regatta too, so I think we'd like to get out there and race, I hope there's enough wind tomorrow for at least one race, but it never feels good to have a race decided with no final actual race so it would be good to get out there and finish it on the water. If there's only one more race it's going to be exciting. We'll keep them awake all night in New Zealand."

Javier Goizueta (ESP), owner of Caser-Endesa (ESP):
“To win a championship, in any sport, you have to compete, so in that sense it's not good not to race, since if you have a nice boat, and a nice crew, you have more opportunities to win. But a day like today, with such changing and light conditions, you risk a lot - it's like a lottery – so I'd rather not risk anything today and then go out tomorrow and play the game till the end.”