by Irena Bistričić
Q: Is this your first time that you are in Split?
A: It's our first time here in Split and we are really impressed. The size and the quality of the onshore activities and the atmosphere here, is amazing as well as the history. We’ve really enjoyed it so far. We’ve enjoyed the sailing however we didn’t have the results we’d like but we’ve learned and hopefully we’ll be back next year and improve.
Q: Could you tell us, what are your speculations about the winner?
A: No, we are trying to make the semifinals but we need some results to go our way. As for the winner, we still have a chance to win, but if we don’t win there are other great guys that are racing, and we like all of them.
Bertrand is a legend of the French and World match racing and the winner of the ACI Match Race 2004 edition.
Q: You have more experience here in Split than any other contestant this year?
A: Yes, but I didn't have many races for a while, because of the America’s Cup, so I’m just back on the track for this event. This year we have new sails and better sailing conditions. We don’t have any expectations, we only want to give our best and we will see what happens.
Q: What do you think about the organization?
A: The organization is perfect this year and we appreciate everything very much. There are a lot of improvements and you’ve done a good job with the boats. They are much better than the last year. The new sails are very important because all boats are at the same speed. Unfortunately there is no wind today, but these things happen sometimes.
Q: So far you are the only one who has won the dual with Sébastien Col?
A: Yes, but that was just one race. We won yesterday but there are more races waiting for us tomorrow. I don’t know which decision will Race Committee make for tomorrow. At this stage we are in the semifinals and that was our objective, but we’ll see what happens.
ACI Match Race Cup