Wednesday, October 13, 2010

From the skipper

Jimmy Spithill comments on winning the RC 44 Match Racing World Championship:

It feels fantastic. We had some good preparation beforehand with our coach, Philippe Presti, and our teammates on BMW ORACLE Racing. As a team we’re sailing a lot better than when we first entered the class this year. It’s very satisfying; we had some tough conditions and some top competition.

We changed our J2, which we think is a big improvement. We’ve also incorporated some new crew. We have Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen on the bow in place of Brad Webb, who did a fantastic job, but piet is new for the event.

Kyle Langford, who sails with us and Torvar Mirsky, has been more involved in the tactics, which has helped out. That allows Skip Baxter and I to work on boatspeed and tactics. All in all, it was just a solid effort from everyone.

It was a close finish. We wanted the right-hand side at the start. We got it and unfortunately he crossed out to left. The key in the last few days has been damage control; try and hang in there and when the opportunity comes try and jump on it.

I’m really pleased with how boys went.