Conditions were just perfect during the second day of racing in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, with blue skies, flat seas and a good breeze between 12 and 18 knots. It wasn't, unfortunately, a day to uncork champagne for Green Comm Racing, the Spanish 34th America's Cup challenger.
Having spent a mere four days sailing on their AC45, the team's Olympic champions still have a very steep learning curve ahead of them. Green Comm Racing has to face the world's best sailing teams, such as Emirates Team New Zealand that won the Cascais America's Cup World Series preliminaries even after one of its crew went overboard.
Today's schedule had in store a 40-minute fleet race and the so-called 500-meter speed trial where each team had three attempts to test its speed in 500-meter straight line sailing. Green Comm Racing showed good speed downwind but was, unfortunately, slower upwind. The problem has already been identified and the entire team went working on it the moment the boat crossed the finish line.
In fact, while the other crews were attending the post-race press conference, Green Comm Racing's Olympic champions kept sailing and testing until sunset!
With a helmsman whose motto is 'I might die but I will never give up' the Green Comm Racing guys will fight until the last minute of the last race next Sunday.The road to the America's Cup in San Francisco is very long and all races form part of the learning process.
Monday and Tuesday are scheduled as off days but the entire Green Comm Racing crew will be working hard to be competitive again on Wednesday for the fleet and match races. Quotes of the day
Luca Devoti, Team Sports Manager: 'It's been a tough day for us. Although we had good speed downwind, we were, unfortunately, slower upwind. We haven't been trimming well but we have identified the problem and we will be working on it tomorrow and on Tuesday, during what were scheduled to be off days.
These boats, and in particular the wing, are very complicated. They are completely new and you need at least 100 days of sailing and training to sail them competitively. We have only sailed four days, of which just two racing.
However, our crew is full of Olympic champions that simply cannot accept losing. While the rest of the teams are attending the post-race press conference our crew is still on the water, training. Every minute on those boats is crucial and that's what they are doing! '