07 May 2017

Quotes of The Day - FINAL

The winners of 2017 Sail Racing PalmaVela give their thoughts on the first big regata of the season in the Mediterranean.


Sime Fantela, tactician Nahita, winner Wally class:
“This is the first ever win for the Nahita. I feel really grateful to our boat captain who did an amazing job through the winter. We see today that all that hard work is paid off today. It was a good coastal race for us. We nailed the favoured pin end. We had good tactics for the start and went left and then it was standard Palma. We were first of the Wally 80s until the finish. We could see Ryokan behind after they were bad at the start. This is our third year together but even so I did not expect us to be winning in our third year but here we are, we followed our strategy of making the changes to the boat, working with the rating. It means a lot to the owner. He is new to sailing and this is his first boat and his first win, so it is great for him and for our whole crew.”

Morten H Kielland, owner Mathilde, winner ClubSwan 50 class:
“It is totally unexpected. This a totally new boat. I had never sailed this type of boat before. We have sailed together as a crew for just five days now, so it is all new. We are going to sail at Porquerolles Week, we will do the Rolex Giraglia event at Saint Tropez and will be back for Copa del Rey. We have a very good tactician and made a good start today.”

Christian Plump, owner Elena Nova, winner Swan 45 class:
"Great regatta, well organized, and it is a fantastic event."

Marcus Kemp, navigator Aegir - Seven Seas, winner IRC 1 class:
"We are an international crew, mostly based out of Palma. We are all mutual friends who have sailed together on a classic 12 Metre. We charter for this regatta. We have done this the last three years with different boats and love it. It is so different to the 12 Metre. We sailed in ORC and were fifth last year in a TP52. It has been very close racing. I think because we know and sail with each other as friends then it helps, some of us have sailed together for 20 or 30 years."

Ruedi Huber, owner Music, winner IRC 2 class:
"It means a lot to us to win here. We have the things we need to win, a fast boat, good rating, good crew, good communication. The competition is strong with the X 65 which is a much faster boat but all the time it was down to just a few seconds here and there. We have done this twice and won twice because the boat is well optimised for IRC."

Scott Beattie, owner Just the Job, winner ORC 2 class:
"We have a good crew, a good boat and it is testament to them, we had a slice of luck. It is our own fault if we don’t do well. We have won here twice now and are looking forward to Copa del Rey. The boat is rated slowest in the class, it goes well in eight to 12kts and flat seas, but when there is more than 15kts then the bigger boats punch through the seas better. We keep the boat at Andratx and race there in the winter."