Friday, February 12, 2010

Quotes from James Spithill

On the pre- start: “We did a pretty nice job we were able to get the penalty and really had them on the ropes. But we got locked in to windward and tried to tack out but had a bit of a fumble and got stuck in the breeze. It didn't turn out the way I wanted it to! But leading up to that, the guys did a great job of putting us in a very powerful position.”

On the boat speed: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we'd be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind.”

On the second half of the race: “For the downwind sail combination, the trimmers and weather guys made a good call. We decided to run with the Code 0 downwind and it was definitely the sail. JK (tactician John Kostecki) and Matteo (Navigator Matteo Plazzi) did a great job of getting us on the layline.”

On his feelings on the day: “This was one of the hardest days I've had on the boat with the pressure and direction changes. But all in all it was a good day. I'm sure there are some improvements we can make, but obviously it was great.”

On needing one more win: “We're taking each race as it comes… There is stuff we can do to improve. Obviously downspeed we need some practice! We're excited to get this one in. It's full credit to the guys. For the shore guys and the guys who got it ready for us, today was a day where everything was great on the boat and that was really key for us as well.”

BMW Oracle beats Alinghi in the 1st race of the 33rd America's Cup. Valencia, 12 February 2010. Photo copyright Kaufmann / Forster

James Spithill does his magic and hands Alinghi a penalty. Valencia, 12 February 2010. Photo copyright Kaufmann / Forster

BMW Oracle beats Alinghi in the 1st race of the 33rd America's Cup. Valencia, 12 February 2010. Photo copyright Kaufmann / Forster

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At 7:19 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Suck it EB and the rest of the poodle's!

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Great job Pierre!

I love Butters answer: Did you see them come from behind us and go infront of us.......

At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah they just got lucky!

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone gets what he deserves
Have fun Bertarelli!

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did all the Alinghi-ists go?

At 1:24 AM, Blogger WetHog said...

One race down and one to go for BMWO. Anything can happen in race #2 and expect EB and friends to go balls out in the pre-start to help themselves out.

But its safe to say the old standby comment by some Alinghi friends on here that Uncle Larry has never won on the water is obsolete now. As of tonight Uncle Larry has won one race in the America's Cup. And it was an ass kicking.

At 1:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:52 PM
Nothing to declare.

At 2:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said... about... we was robbed!bmw is scared to sail on the water,rather win in court!

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Let us suppose GGYC is gifted with the title of ”Challenger of Record”.
The man that cause’s this should get his just due and fair say.

This perfectly oriented building on a tiny plot of city owned land continues to host great annual regattas. The race committee is well staffed and eager junior sailors man the concession stands every chance they get.
“Deep roots and good people”

The little club at the end of the road can and will host an AC regatta that will make all of us glad USA 17 wins.

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the Alinghi cartoonist is still in shock. I was expecting to see something new today, rather than a rehash of the court screen.

'Who is first? '
"The Americans"
'and who is second?'
"Your majesty, there is no second"

- - The Sailing Fool


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