Sardinia Cup - Azzurra takes second place
by Giuliano Luzzatto on 15 Jun 2012
In the 2012 Audi Sardinia Cup, the TP52 of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was the protagonist of a photo finish in the second race with Quantum, winner of today's two races in light and shifty conditions. Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, together with the Soto 40 Alegre, takes Italy to the lead of the overall leaderboard of national teams.
Audi Azzurra - Sardinia Cup 2012 Alessandro Spina/YCCS
Guillermo Parada, skipper: 'It was important to start racing after spending two days ashore because of the mistral. Today, Quantum had an excellent day and knew how to read the light breeze in the day's two races. We will wait for tomorrow's races in order to attack.'
Vasco Vascotto, strategist: 'As always, you risk a lot in these light conditions. We are in second place, under attack by Quantum, but Italy is in the lead, thanks to Soto40 Alegre's two bullets. However, for us this is not enough, we want the whole thing and we'll try to sail well tomorrow.'
Francesco Bruni, tactician: 'We had two excellent starts, in the first race we had a tremendous opportunity in the first run, nevertheless, we shouldn't have followed Quantum in the gybe set but we should have done like Gladiator that, by sailing straight ahead, finished second. In the second race we wanted the left and got it but we should work a bit more on our upwind setup in light winds. Quantum was a tad faster. From a tactical point of view it was an excellent race, despite the very complex race Azzurra website