Tasar World Championships—Interviews from Race Day One
Carol Buchan: Anthony, after three first place finishes today, can you tell me the secret to you success?
Anthony Boscolo: We were able to hold our lane upwind and keep our heads out of the boat, trying to stay in phase with the shifts. We used our compass, which is something we don’t usually do. The last race we just concentrated on boat speed, with the wind blowing that hard. You had to ignore how other boats were pointing and just sail the way we go fast.
Jonathan McKee: Here’s an example of Anthony’s speed—in the last race, rounding the last windward mark, Anthony and Haley rounded 8th and were in first place within the short run to the gate.
CB: Anthony, were do you think you made the biggest gains?
AB: Downwind we seemed to have good speed by staying in the pressure. Haley did a great job of looking for the puffs and I worked on keeping the boat free so I would be able to accelerate when the pressure hit.
CB: What is your all up crew weight?
AB: 288 pounds.
CB: Any last comment on what set you apart today?
AB: The top boats seemed to be able to change gears on the first beat between high or low as the wind strength changed.
Interview with 2nd Place team Michael Karas and Molly Jackson
CB: Michael can you tell us what was your advantage in the racing today?
Michael Karas: We made gains downwind. We also have about 6 weekends in Cascade Locks under our belt.
Molly Jackson: Most of our gains downwind came from putting the boat in the best pressure.
MK: Molly looks for the puffs downwind.
MJ: There seemed to be less current today than we are used to, which affected our starts.
CB: Are you hoping for more or less wind in the next few days?
MK: We want more wind. The fleet gets more spread out.
CB: What did you think about the courses?
MK: The course length seems perfect for a Worlds Championship. D Course was interesting, as we don’t usually do a lot of reaching.
Interview with 4th Place team Peter Hacket and Chris Dance.
CB: Where did you make your biggest gains today?
Chris Dance: Our first beats, we got to the weather mark first in all three races.
Peter Hacket: We had some good starts, but in the 2nd race we didn’t get a great start and hit a shift on the far right that got us back and we hit the last few shifts to be up in front.
CB: What do you think about your performance if we get lighter winds tomorrow:
CD: The lighter winds will make the fleet tighter and we will see more mixed results.
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Photo: Mike Sayre-Smith