I am more used to wind from the left so racing in wind from the right seemed a slight issue for me. I would have felt much better on the other tack. I still loved the conditions though because the waves brought a new element into the racing, a hard-core technical element. I think it is important to mix up the racing. I think we’re missing some excitement in the racing a little bit on tour with the usual destinations and light winds. I loved racing in the waves and 35-40 knot winds. It was fun, for how windy it was it was relatively flat. Don’t get me wrong, it was choppy, but for the amount of wind it was barely anything. In an open water situation it would have been apocalyptic, but because it is sheltered in Viana with the harbour walls it was still quite flat. It was very close racing for how windy it was. The big three, Iachino, Albeau and Mortefon came out on top again. The rest of us are idiots! (laughs). I made so many silly mistakes; I did not feel slower than anybody on the race course. That’s the same situation for virtually all the other guys who can challenge for the podium. The top three are just machines, they are the most on it and the most ready mentally. They just push through mistakes and keep confident. They do all the right things that we need to do as well if we want to reach the top. I believe my skill level and speed is there, but I need to put heats together from A-Z!
“ The waves brought a new element into the racing, a hard-core technical element. ”