This is what they said today on Day 4 of Copa del Rey MAPFRE.
Federico Michetti, trimmer of Cannonball in Mallorca Sotheby's IRC class:
“We made a very good start and the boat was going very well, we had good tactics from Ed Baird and Michele Ivaldi who took us right and the breeze came up a little and we made an easy cross and then we could manage first place. We are very happy but the boat speeds are very similar so we cannot make any mistakes. It is very open and we are having fun.
"I like the new scoring system. It makes is challenging to the end and keeps the game open to the end. I will evaluate to see how it goes and might introduce it for our classes (Melges). The guys who are leading might not like it, but I think it is very cool and you need to keep pushing to the end."
Adam Minoprio, skipper of Team Oman Air in GC32 class:
“Today was a great day for Oman Air. We had three good races in good sea breeze, great foiling conditions with reaching starts and we managed to win all three races so we started off with a bang; from then the wind dropped off and got light and shifty and we moved to upwind starts and had good fights with the other teams and managed to secure a third and a second so on the whole it was a great day and we managed to extend our lead on the fleet."
"The plan for the next two days is to go out there and sail as best we can. We don’t want to be caught in a fight with another boat; we’d rather go out there and sail our own course as fast as we can and race as best we can in the beautiful bay of Palma.”
Jochen Schümann, tactician of OneGroup in ClubSwan 50 class:
"Nothing has changed. Now it is all about the finals tomorrow and Saturday. Now I think it as a good revenge on the black day we had yesterday. Yesterday to be quite honest with you, we started actually quite well but we struggled on the downwinds. And we had a protest which we lost. All in all nothing major but the scoreboard looks really ugly with 12th and DSQ so we dropped down a lot. So, the win today was good was a big lead. Today, we did practically everything right but there is no credit for extra lead. And the first place didn’t help us, we are still sixth which we were yesterday night. I think this is a normal situation, I think this is good. The first race of the Regatta being sixth and there is someone winning on one point. It is all good, no problem."
"Cuordileone has been sailing well for a long time, they are very good. I think they are very lucky, whenever they are behind they find their way back to the front again but I have been sailing so long too, so that I have seen that. It’s not over until its finished."