Russell Coutts, ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS
On the predicted flood tide changing tactics: “Wind shifts will still be important upwind and downwind. Quite often there’s more wind on the outside of the racecourse, particularly at the bottom end. So there might be some advantage to stay out of the current down there. But the difference in performance in a multihull in a little more wind is hugely significant, it completely overturns the advantage of slightly less current. Judging the approach to marks is going to be challenging as well. If you get that wrong and have to do extra tacks or jibes it’ll be expensive, but I’m looking forward to it.”
John Kostecki, ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL
On what he’s looking forward to this week: “I’m looking forward to showcasing the America’s Cup World Series to people here in the Bay area. I think it’ll be pretty cool going to Marina Green and watching the racing. It’s a unique racecourse because we’ll be racing parallel to the shoreline. I think it’s going to be exciting. With the addition of few more teams for this event, I think there’s going to be a lot of close situations and possibly some more capsizing like we saw last week and some collisions as well.”
Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL
On racing in front of the home crowd: “It’s huge. We had the final event of the last AC World Series in Newport, and I reckon one of the key things to winning there was the support we got in Newport. It was overwhelming; everyone behind us cheering and waving the team flags and really getting behind us. That just lifts the guys. Now that we’re back in our hometown in the Bay, we’d like to kick off this World Series the way we finished the last one. I really want to see everyone coming down here and getting into it.
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