Friday, February 12, 2010


Here's what some of the guys had to say as they arrived back at the boatyard base after winning race one of the 33rd America's Cup Match.

Jimmy Spithill, skipper and helmsman of USA, on his feelings on the day: “This was one of the hardest days I've had on the boat with the pressure and direction changes. But all in all it was a good day. I'm sure there are some improvements we can make, but obviously it was great.”

Larry Ellison, team founder and afterguard member, on what he saw today: “Russell and I decided to get off the boat, to sail with as few sailors as possible. So we were watching and that’s always more stressful than actually sailing… We thought we’d be good in strong breeze, but it shocked us to do this well in lighter wind. 

“But Alinghi is the America’s Cup champion and we need to win two races, not one. We’re taking nothing for granted. I’m so proud of the guys who designed the boat, the guys who built the boat, the shore team, the sailing team. All of these guys have worked so hard for two and half years. Now we need to do it again on Sunday. It’s going to be ‘all-on’ on Sunday.”

Russell Coutts, team CEO, on the result today: "It was a great race for the team today certainly. It was a good day for everyone. The wing sail was great. The team was great and the guys sailed a really good race. No complaints."