[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] Nine teams with 45 world-class sailors from 10 nations will lock horns from the 5 to the 8 of February, under the gaze of the towering downtown city skyline with the support of Host Venue Partner Aberdeen Asset Management. With just one week to go, here’s a lowdown on the teams and their line-ups.
THE LINE UP – ACT 1 SINGAPORE:
GAC Pindar (GBR)
Skipper Seve Jarvin returns for his second season on the circuit, this year sharing duties with four-times World Match Racing champion Ian Williams. Aussies James Wierzbowski and Tyson Lymond both return to the GAC Pindar line-up, and the team welcomes Aussie 18-foot skiff champions Jack Macartney and Marcus Ashley-Jones.
Skipper/Helm: Seve Jarvin (AUS)
Tactician: Jack Macartney (AUS)
Mainsail Trimmer: James Wierzbowski (AUS)
Headsail Trimmers: Marcus Ashley-Jones (AUS)
Bowman: Tyson Lamond (AUS)
Gazprom Team Russia (RUS)
Russia’s 2014 Olympic Laser sailor Igor Lisovenko leads the team flying his home flag in his second season, this time with three Russians onboard including newcomer Alexander Bozhko. Kiwi match racing supremo Phil Robertson will remain at the helm, with his Waka Racing teammate Garth Ellingham continuing as the teams Trimmer.
Skipper/Tactician: Igor Lisovenko (RUS)
Helm: Phil Robertson (NZL)
Mainsail Trimmer: Garth Ellingham (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Alexander Bozhko (RUS)
Bowman: Aleksey Kulakov (RUS)
Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA)
A new syndicate for 2015, the Italian team is led by Lorenzo Bressani, who has twice been nominated as ISAF World Sailor of the Year. Bressani and the Italian crew of Enrico Zennaro and Gabriele Olivo have an impressive combined CV that includes 20 World Championship titles across numerous classes, while Adam Kay and Tom Buggy from the UK will provide valuable Extreme 40 class insight in Singapore.
Skipper/Helm: Lorenzo Bressani (ITA)
Mainsail Trimmer: Enrico Zennaro (ITA)
Headsail Trimmer: Gabriele Olivo (ITA)
Bowman: Tom Buggy (GBR)
Floater: Adam Kay (GBR)
Oman Air (OMA)
Another new face to the tour is 49er World Champion Stevie Morrison, who will take the reigns of Oman Air and will be joined by his Team GB teammates Ed Powys and Nic Asher. Ted Hackney and Ali Al Balashi return for their second year with the Omani syndicate bringing their knowledge from the previous season.
Skipper/Helm: Stevie Morrison (GBR)
Tactician: Nic Asher (GBR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Ed Powys (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ted Hackney (AUS)
Bowmen: Ali Al Balashi (OMA)
Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
Red Bull Sailing Team will bring in some fresh blood with Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailor Jason Waterhouse as skipper. The team will continue to be spearheaded by the Austrian double Olympic gold medal-winning duo Hagara and Steinacher, with New Zealand’s Stewart Dodson and the UK’s Shaun Mason both now in their second year on the circuit.
Skipper: Jason Waterhouse (AUS)
Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT)
Tactician: Hans-Peter Steinacher (AUT)
Trimmer: Stewart Dodson (NZL)
Bowman: Shaun Mason (GBR)
SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
The Danish-run SAP Extreme Sailing Team are back for their fourth year on the circuit, with co-skippers Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner. Brad Farrand and Thierry Douillard will continue their tenure, with Mads Emil Stephensen, a silver medallist at the 49er Worlds, adding to the line up.
Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN)
Mainsail Trimmer: Mads Emil Stephensen (DEN)
Headsail Trimmer: Thierry Douillard (FRA)
Bowman: Brad Farrand (NZL)
Team Aberdeen (SIN)
The local entry supported by Aberdeen Asset Management includes some of the hottest international sailing talent. Skipper Nick Moloney is joined by America’s Cup and accomplished dinghy sailor Adam Beashel; experienced Extreme 40 trimmer and a former Team GB sailor Tom Dawson; UK high-performance dinghy sailor Freddie White and Asian Games gold medallist Justin Wong.
Skipper / Helm: Nick Moloney (AUS)
Tactician: Adam Beashel (AUS)
Mainsail Trimmer: Tom Dawson (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Freddie White (GBR)
Bowman: Justin Wong (SIN)
Team Turx (TUR)
A brand new syndicate for 2015, Extreme 40 veteran and class co-creator Mitch Booth and world-class multihull sailor Edhem Dirvana will share skipper duties. Turkey’s national sailing team members Selim Kakış and Anıl Berk Baki and Portugal’s Diogo Cayolla will all embark on their first full Extreme 40 season.
Co-Skipper/Helm: Mitch Booth (AUS)
Co-Skipper/Floater: Edhem Dirvana (TUR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Selim Kakış (TUR)
Headsail Trimmer: Diogo Cayolla (POR)
Bowman: Anıl Berk Baki (TUR)
The Wave, Muscat (OMA)
The team from Oman are two-time overall Series winners and 2014 runners up, led by British Olympian Leigh McMillan. McMillan will field the same crew as 2014, with British Extreme 40 heavyweight Pete Greenhalgh, double Olympic gold medallist and the only female in the circuit Sarah Ayton, America’s Cup sailor Ed Smyth and Omani national Nasser Al Mashari as the team look to reclaim their title, with McMillan vowing to settle “unfinished business”.
Skipper/Helm: Leigh McMillan (GBR)
Tactician: Sarah Ayton (GBR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ed Smyth (NZL/AUS)
Bowman: Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)