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Three-way shoot out at the top as Oman fly the flag on British waters

Posted on 25 August 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] Cardiff Bay saved the best for last for the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet, where Alinghi, The Wave, Muscat and J.P. Morgan BAR battled it out until the bitter end for the top positions, in one of the closest – and most exciting – three-horse fights seen in the Series, which resulted in a three way collision and three consecutive penalties too boot in the final race. You couldn’t have scripted a better final, with the three leaders leaning on each other hard as they tried to gain the upper hand and The Wave, Muscat took advantage of the tussle to sail away with the win at Act 5 presented by Land Rover – and importantly homing in on Alinghi on the overall 2014 Series leaderboard as a relieved McMillan commented: “We’re on track this season, there’s nothing more we can do that’s for sure. The competition is very tight and Alinghi have been really slick this year and have brought in some unbelievable performances. To get one over on them here kind of brings it back down by a point and if we are going to keep pushing them hard, and they do the same to us it’s going to go down to the crunch.”

That left Ben Ainslie and Morgan Larson in a straight shoot out for second, but the British skipper couldn’t break the domination of Switzerland’s Alinghi, with Larson snatching it from the grasps of J.P. Morgan BAR. Alinghi’s Olympic champion tactician Anna Tunnicliffe talked through the final race: “We were waiting for Leigh to tack and he drove us right into the boats rounding the mark and boats started coming at us head first. We ended up above the mark so we couldn’t bear away and at the same time, Ben (Ainslie) was coming round into the side of us and it all turned into a mess. All three boats were tangled on each other. It’s very frustrating, but hopefully we can learn from our mistakes, we’re still on top which is good – the damage could have been worse. We need to move on to Istanbul and refocus for that event.”

Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR were on fire and threatening all day, posting a steady stream of consistent results and slowly chipping away at the leading pack to put themselves in the running. Despite just missing out on second place, the team’s four-times Olympic champion skipper Ainslie was satisfied with the final position, who this week were joined by local lad, Bleddyn Mon. “It has been a great improvement to see us on the podium and great to challenge with the top teams today. It’s a big step forwards and hopefully we can continue this for the rest of the Series. Sailing with Paul Campbell-James was fantastic, he has taught us a lot about these boats and Bleddyn was a great addition, he worked incredibly hard. We are looking forward to sailing with Paul Goodison in Istanbul and as we develop further in the event.”

In traditional UK Bank Holiday style, the day started with an onslaught of rain, before the clouds lifted, the breeze picked up and the fleet played out the final races in a beautiful 15 knots of breeze, with lots of ducking and weaving, hitting top speeds of 20 knots. In a programme of eight races on the final day, Red Bull Sailing Team made a late surge with their best results of the week, including a pair of wins on the tight racecourse, to upgrade their overnight position from eighth, to fourth at the close of play. Their double Olympic champion skipper Roman Hagara commented: “We found out how to start well on the racecourse which was key. We had good boat work and were good at approaching the marks; we did almost everything right. We finished the Act in fourth so that’s a really good result for us, and looking ahead to Istanbul, we need to start the first day as we finished it here.”

A further four points back in fifth place is the Swiss Realteam – and significantly for them, a disappointing 11th place for Emirates Team New Zealand, has seen Jerome Clerc and his Swiss team leapfrog up the Series leaderboard, to third place.

The battle in the bottom half of the leaderboard was just as fierce, with only three points separating eighth placed Gazprom Team Russia to 11th placed Emirates Team New Zealand – and with Act 6, Istanbul less than three weeks away, you can bet that the there will be some stern locker room debriefs, before the teams meet again.

Cardiff has once again delivered an outstanding event, with 90,000 spectators getting front row seats to the action, as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival. Act 6 Istanbul takes place from the 11-14 September, and with news of a local team entry in the coming days, it will be a packed startline of 12 teams, as the fleet head to the city where East meets West.

Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 Cardiff, presented by Land Rover standings after Day 4, 33 races
Position / Team / Points
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan 210 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, 205 points.
3rd J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, 203 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, 186 points.
5th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, 182 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, 175 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner,  174 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, 154 points.
9th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, 154 points.
10th GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, 153 points.
11th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, 151 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) 47 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 45 points.
3rd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 34 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 33 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 25 points.
6th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 22 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 20 points.
8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 18 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) 16 points.
10th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 15 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 5 points.

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The Wave holds on to lead in Extreme Sailing Series event in Porto

Posted on 28 July 2013 by Valencia Sailing

To the say that Saturday was a challenging day on the waters of river Douro would be an understatement. Unfortunately, the forecast turned out to be true and already at noon it was becoming clear, Friday’s nice westerly breeze would’t materialize. Instead, a patchy southerly breeze complicated the situation even further as it blew across the river that runs from east to west. That is, unfortunately, the other side of the coin of stadium sailing. When the breeze is from the “wrong” direction, things get complicated.

Nevertheless, the Extreme 40 catamarans can sail even with the lightest of breezes to the delight of the thousands of people that crowded both banks of the river, even if at times it was difficult to understand what the race course was. In fact, one of the most frequent questions one could hear during the afternoon was “Daddy, who is winning?” and the reply was unequivocally “I don’t know”. Still, it’s not often than one can have a race right in the downtown area of a major city.

It was interesting also to observe that the vast majority of the spectators weren’t simple passers-by that briefly paused, had a look and left. They were sitting, many of them for hours, taking photos and cheering the Portuguese team. This, once again shows that a national team, crewed by nationals will always be cheered by the crowds even if they don’t understand much about the sport. In fact, Extreme Sailing Series organizers invite such a team in every event and Portugal, the local team is ROOF Cascais, a team of young Portuguese sailors that will also compete in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in September. Another young team present in Porto is Switzerland’s TILT and they will represent their country as well in the Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco.

Both young teams struggled under Saturday’s tricky conditions. The breeze would come in puffs of 10 knots that would send a boat flying while a mere 100 meters away the rest of the fleet would remain stuck in no wind. That was even more pronounced at the starting line where the pin end had breeze and the committee boat none whatsoever. Nevertheless, The Wave and Alinghi avoided committing any suicidal errors and stayed at the top, closely followed by Realteam. The podium however is wide open and if Saturday’s unstable conditions continue into Sunday none of these three teams have their spot guaranteed.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 5, Porto standings after Day 3, 22 races
1. The Wave, Muscat 179 points
2. Alinghi 169 points
3. Realteam 165 points
4. SAP Extreme Sailing Team 150 points
5. Red Bull Sailing Team 150 points
6. GAC Pindar 116 points
7. Team Tilt 108 points
8. ROFF Cascais Sailing Team 104 points

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

Second day of Extreme Sailing Series stadium racing. Porto, 27 July 2013. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / www.vsail.info

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OmanSail in 3 years عمان للإبحار في ٣ سنوات

Posted on 07 May 2012 by Valencia Sailing

OmanSail in 3 years عمان للإبحار في ٣ سنوات

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What is this?

Posted on 04 November 2010 by Valencia Sailing

We don’t have all the information yet on this Extreme 40 yacht training off the Malvarosa beach in Valencia, other than what can be easily observed in Port America’s Cup or on the water, courtesy of the iPhone of one of Valencia Sailing’s readers and friends.

The Italian yacht is docked in the Mascalzone Latino base but to the best of our knowledge it has no relation to the Challenger of Record of the 34th America’s Cup.

I know it’s taken from far away but can you tell what boat was sailing off the Malvarosa beach on Thursday?



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Extreme Sailing Series Almeria – Day 2: Big breeze and big action as Guichard retains top spot in the final…

Posted on 10 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] The second day of the final round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria delivered exactly what it says on the tin… Extreme racing, on the limit of control, with an abundance of thrills and spills. The thousands of Spanish public who flocked to the race village today were enthralled as the boats flew past within touching distance of the stadium walls: “It was unbelievable, the crowds give you a real buzz, it’s fantastic,” said Dean Barker, Team Emirates New Zealand skipper.

A consistent 20+ knots of breeze saw the Extreme 40s ‘fly’ along at boat speeds in excess of 30mph (46kmph). Today was about staying in control, minimizing mistakes and staying out of trouble… The race management decided that in light of the forecast the fleet would race in groups with no more than four boats on the race course at one time, set inside the tight confines of the port. Each group was determined by the current rankings after yesterday’s racing.

Dean Barker is now in his second day of learning how to beat James Spithill, approximately three years from now. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

In the end, it was Yann Guichard’s crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who did it best, winning three out of their four races, and increasing their lead to 59 points at the top of the leaderboard: “The committee made a wise choice by splitting the fleet,” said Guichard. “We showed that we had to be reckoned with even in strong winds, I think yesterday Paul said these were his conditions, but we proved they were ours too. We’re in the match and I’m sure it will all go down to the last race of the last day, just like last year.”

The Ecover Sailing Team posted two first places, a second and a third and this consistent performance keeps them in hot contention, just 6 points from the top spot: “It was very difficult today, conditions were very puffy, although we kept control throughout there was definitely the potential for either a nasty crash or worst still a capsize,” said Ecover Sailing Team skipper, Mike Golding. “It is nice flat water here which helps to keep the boats on their feet, but I think what is extreme here is the space, or lack of space! You make a mistake, you’re going into a concrete wall so it’s good to be back on the dock all in one piece.”

Yesterday The Wave, Muscat skipper Paul Campbell-James was relishing the prospect of stronger breeze but today their aggressive sailing nearly ended in disaster on two occasions – one a near high-speed collision with a wall and another near collision with teammates Oman Sail Masirah skippered by Loick Peyron: “We were three up coming into the downwind mark [Masirah, The Wave and Rumbo Almeria] and we were pushing hard to get the overlap,” explained Campbell-James. “We didn’t quite get it but we were in a position that we couldn’t really do anything else but go in there […to the mark]. We managed just at the very last minute to miss Masirah’s stern basically with our rudders out of the water before spinning round the mark. I’m looking forward to seeing the footage!” His team stay in third place but remain confident: “We didn’t make the most of today, it was windy and we’re normally pretty good in that stuff but we just didn’t sail very well, it’s as simple as that. But we’re still within punching distance and that’s the main thing.”

Second day of racing for the Extreme 40′s. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

The first three races were set over a windward/leeward course of three laps – even with the mainsails reefed and no gennakers, the Extreme 40s flew round the tight course, each race taking only 6-7 minutes, each leg approximately 60 seconds! Just watching was exhausting and nerve-wracking for the public; for the sailors the adrenalin was pumping and it proved hard to control their competitive drive as the crowds witnessed some aggressive tactics. Roman Hagara, Red Bull Extreme Sailing skipper: “The boats were really exciting today especially for the spectators. The guys love it too because there is so much action on the boat, so much speed.” In their penultimate race, Hagara and his crew caught the top buoy dragging it at least 200 meters off target – their competitors complied by rounding the ‘re-set’ mark on the final lap!

Franck Cammas seemed to relish the conditions today nailing two wins early in the day until a bad mark rounding and an OCS (on course side) upset their day: “It was intense, and a good thing to race four boats at a time otherwise the starts would have been a catastrophe for everyone. It was important to start well and to manage the moments of crisis, notably the bearaways which are always tricky on these boats. We are rather fast in those conditions, but today we made two mistakes, touching a mark and starting too early, which really doesn’t help on such short courses.”

The forecast for tomorrow is for less wind but that won’t take the heat off the skippers as they head into the penultimate day of the final round of the season.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Almeria Results after Day 2

1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Yann Guichard, 59 points
2nd Ecover, Mike Golding, 53 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat, Paul Campbell-James, 48 points
4th Oman Sail Masirah, Loick Peyron, 48 points
5th Groupama 40, Franck Cammas, 39 points
6th Rumbo Almeria, Guillermo Altadill, 33 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Roman Hagara, 28 points
8th Team Emirates New Zealand, Dean Barker, 24 points

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Extreme Sailing Series Almeria – Day 2: Big breeze and big action as Guichard retains top spot in the final…

Posted on 10 October 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] The second day of the final round of the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series in Almeria delivered exactly what it says on the tin… Extreme racing, on the limit of control, with an abundance of thrills and spills. The thousands of Spanish public who flocked to the race village today were enthralled as the boats flew past within touching distance of the stadium walls: “It was unbelievable, the crowds give you a real buzz, it’s fantastic,” said Dean Barker, Team Emirates New Zealand skipper.

A consistent 20+ knots of breeze saw the Extreme 40s ‘fly’ along at boat speeds in excess of 30mph (46kmph). Today was about staying in control, minimizing mistakes and staying out of trouble… The race management decided that in light of the forecast the fleet would race in groups with no more than four boats on the race course at one time, set inside the tight confines of the port. Each group was determined by the current rankings after yesterday’s racing.

Dean Barker is now in his second day of learning how to beat James Spithill, approximately three years from now. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

In the end, it was Yann Guichard’s crew on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who did it best, winning three out of their four races, and increasing their lead to 59 points at the top of the leaderboard: “The committee made a wise choice by splitting the fleet,” said Guichard. “We showed that we had to be reckoned with even in strong winds, I think yesterday Paul said these were his conditions, but we proved they were ours too. We’re in the match and I’m sure it will all go down to the last race of the last day, just like last year.”

The Ecover Sailing Team posted two first places, a second and a third and this consistent performance keeps them in hot contention, just 6 points from the top spot: “It was very difficult today, conditions were very puffy, although we kept control throughout there was definitely the potential for either a nasty crash or worst still a capsize,” said Ecover Sailing Team skipper, Mike Golding. “It is nice flat water here which helps to keep the boats on their feet, but I think what is extreme here is the space, or lack of space! You make a mistake, you’re going into a concrete wall so it’s good to be back on the dock all in one piece.”

Yesterday The Wave, Muscat skipper Paul Campbell-James was relishing the prospect of stronger breeze but today their aggressive sailing nearly ended in disaster on two occasions – one a near high-speed collision with a wall and another near collision with teammates Oman Sail Masirah skippered by Loick Peyron: “We were three up coming into the downwind mark [Masirah, The Wave and Rumbo Almeria] and we were pushing hard to get the overlap,” explained Campbell-James. “We didn’t quite get it but we were in a position that we couldn’t really do anything else but go in there […to the mark]. We managed just at the very last minute to miss Masirah’s stern basically with our rudders out of the water before spinning round the mark. I’m looking forward to seeing the footage!” His team stay in third place but remain confident: “We didn’t make the most of today, it was windy and we’re normally pretty good in that stuff but we just didn’t sail very well, it’s as simple as that. But we’re still within punching distance and that’s the main thing.”

Second day of racing for the Extreme 40′s. Almeria, 10 October 2010. Photo copyright Paul Wyeth/OC Events

The first three races were set over a windward/leeward course of three laps – even with the mainsails reefed and no gennakers, the Extreme 40s flew round the tight course, each race taking only 6-7 minutes, each leg approximately 60 seconds! Just watching was exhausting and nerve-wracking for the public; for the sailors the adrenalin was pumping and it proved hard to control their competitive drive as the crowds witnessed some aggressive tactics. Roman Hagara, Red Bull Extreme Sailing skipper: “The boats were really exciting today especially for the spectators. The guys love it too because there is so much action on the boat, so much speed.” In their penultimate race, Hagara and his crew caught the top buoy dragging it at least 200 meters off target – their competitors complied by rounding the ‘re-set’ mark on the final lap!

Franck Cammas seemed to relish the conditions today nailing two wins early in the day until a bad mark rounding and an OCS (on course side) upset their day: “It was intense, and a good thing to race four boats at a time otherwise the starts would have been a catastrophe for everyone. It was important to start well and to manage the moments of crisis, notably the bearaways which are always tricky on these boats. We are rather fast in those conditions, but today we made two mistakes, touching a mark and starting too early, which really doesn’t help on such short courses.”

The forecast for tomorrow is for less wind but that won’t take the heat off the skippers as they head into the penultimate day of the final round of the season.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Almeria Results after Day 2

1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Yann Guichard, 59 points
2nd Ecover, Mike Golding, 53 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat, Paul Campbell-James, 48 points
4th Oman Sail Masirah, Loick Peyron, 48 points
5th Groupama 40, Franck Cammas, 39 points
6th Rumbo Almeria, Guillermo Altadill, 33 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Roman Hagara, 28 points
8th Team Emirates New Zealand, Dean Barker, 24 points

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Near capsizes, the Italian style

Posted on 24 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Do near capsizes look more spectacular in Italian? There were plenty of them in the second day of Extreme 40 racing in Trapani as the 7 boats had to face winds of 20 knots with gusts that reached 25 knots. Thanks to our friend Mauro Melandri for providing the video and the passionate commentary.

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Near capsizes, the Italian style

Posted on 24 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Do near capsizes look more spectacular in Italian? There were plenty of them in the second day of Extreme 40 racing in Trapani as the 7 boats had to face winds of 20 knots with gusts that reached 25 knots. Thanks to our friend Mauro Melandri for providing the video and the passionate commentary.

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