This is what they said today at the end of Day 1 of 38 Copa del Rey MAPFRE.
Markus Wieser, tactician on Proteus, Mallorca Sotheby's IRC class:
“We were sailing on the far away outside course and it was very light and shifty. Sometimes the right was good and sometimes the left, but I think we read it well. There were a lot of gains and losses to be made. The second race we stretched a little. I think we are not yet where we could be boatspeed wise. We have a very small groove upwind and so the helm is up and down a lot, so we can and will improve this week. And the boat feels better is stronger winds. We have not sailed the boat a lot this season because we broke the mast in Antigua.”
Tomasso Chieffi, tactician on Cuordileone, ClubSwan 50 class:
“We some ups and downs and it was very shifty so in the end we have a good day. We were down in fifth I think at one point in the first race but worked our way from third on the second round to take the lead and win, just down to reading the shifts especially downwind. The second race we were fifth or sixth early on and then passed three boats on the second beat again, again we just used the shifts one after the other. That furthest away course has very little geographic influence. So two time we came from fifth or sixth to win using the shifts, a little bit of boatspeed and I suppose being smart. Second and a first like today should count for more usually but now you get to Thursday and it starts again, you can have none of your points cushion carried forwards. That can be very tough for the guy who has worked hard to build a points lead, but let’s see.”
Jeremy Robinson, tactician on Rowdy Too, BMW ORC 0 class:
“We are pleased with our day. We took the lead on the first downwind and sailed away a bit on the first run. There was a lot of dirty air to avoid from the other fleets. On the second race we had 10-12kts and were second at the top mark again, this time behind Team Vision Future, we passed them on the run, we made a mistake at the top of the beat and they got through us again, we passed them downwind and it was plain sailing after that.”