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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères Reaches Critical Stage

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] Over 1,100 sailors are competing at the fifth and final stage of the 2013-2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup series and it was long day out on the water with the last race concluding at 20:01 local time.

Following a delayed start to the day a shifty 10-12 knot westerly breeze tested the sailors’ and the race committees. Minus one Nacra 17 race a full complement of gold fleet races concluded ahead of the penultimate day.

Finn

Pieter Jan Postma (NED) came from the brink of a near disastrous day to hold his lead in the 59-boat Finn fleet.

Postma finished 58th in the opening race of the day and explained what went down, “Today was something different. I was around tenth or 12th at the top mark and then my halyard broke,” Postma paused on reflection. He continued, “I tried to fix it as I went downwind and I finished the race but I only had three boats behind me.

“Then I needed to fix it and it took us 15 minutes or so and I only had one more minute before the race so it was really close. A lot of people helped and in that last race I was sixth. The points are getting close. It will be exciting tomorrow, I like some action and the heat is on.”

The day’s bullets went to Bjorn Allansson (SWE) and Thomas Le Breton (FRA).

Le Breton is second behind Postma and after racing the Frenchman said, “It was quite a physical day. I had good downwind speed and helped me win the last race. I’m a bit tired but that’s okay. The goal is not to have a bad race and I’m still in it and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic was the most consistent racer of the day and is third overall, a point behind Le Breton.

Finn Results

Nacra 17

Just two points separate the leading trio of Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA), Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) and Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) after two Nacra 17 gold fleet races.

By their high standards the leading three had some what of a disappointing opening race with an 18th for the Italians, 21st for the French and a 20th for the Australians.

On the first race Curtis said, “There was very little wind with massive pot holes and big streaky gusts coming through on the race course. We rounded the top mark in second last – we got stuck on the upwind. We were in a lot of trouble but we got the hang of the conditions throughout the rest of the race and we avoided those sticky situations. We managed to fight our away back so a good recovery, especially by Bundy from picking up on those shifts.”

Riou concurred with her opponent on the opening race, “We finished close with the Australians and Italians and we didn’t race the same race but we finished close together. It’s quite close but we race our races with the wind, not our opponents. We are happy to be in the top three at the moment with good and bad races.

The trio were back on form in the second race of the day and hit it from the off. Besson and Riou were rampant and took the victory by a minute over Luke Ramsay and Nikola Girke (CAN). The Australians came through in third with the Italians in fourth.

Bissaro and Sicouri have the two point lead over the French and Australia teams who are tied on 43 points and Curtis is looking forward to the fight for the medal positions over the next two days, “It’s so good to get this type of pressure and tight racing. We’ve got another three races to go before the Medal Race with all these points. It’s testing us and as a new combination it’s nice to be put through these situations early on. We’re loving it.”

Nacra 17 Results

Women’s 470

Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) held on to their two point advantage over Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) and Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) who are tied on 20 points in the 51-boat fleet.

Weguelin and McIntyre made it three wins on the bounce in Race 7 but finished seventh whilst the Kiwis took the final win of the day, recovering from a seventh in the first race.

“It was good to get some races in,” commented Aleh after racing. “It looked a bit suspect for a while with a delay and not much wind when we first got out but there were two good races. We stuffed up one of them but came through in the last one and it was good to get another win.”

The Kiwis are on course for their third ISAF Sailing World Cup gold medal following victories at Qingdao and Mallorca but every day is a learning curve for the ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year. Aleh concluded, “We came here to find out things to work on and we’re finding lots. The thing with sailing is that you’re always learning and you’ve never learnt it all. There’s always something new and the conditions change and the fleet change. Every day we get a bit out of it.”

The top three have put 27 points between them and Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA) who are fourth overall.

Women’s 470 Results

Men’s 470

The points are close in the Men’s 470 but it’s Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) who maintain their lead. The Aussies took the final bullet of the day whilst ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami gold medallists Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) picked up the first.

Bouvet and Mion are second overall, two points behind the Australians. Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis are third, two points off Bouvet and Mion.

Men’s 470 Results

Laser

Tom Burton (AUS) and Andy Maloney (NZL) are divided by a single point in the Laser as the 62-boat gold fleet concluded racing at 20:01 local time.

With nine races done and dusted in the Laser there’s very little to separate top four in the Laser. Burton sits on 31 points, Maloney 32, Robert Scheidt (BRA) on 36 and Rutger van Schaardenburg (NED) on 39 points.

Burton and Maloney have the most impressive score cards with only top eight results.

On the day Burton said, “It was a good day for me. I got some consistent results. The first race was a little bit tricky and the second race was even more tricky but it ended up well for me.

“It was getting late and everybody was getting pretty frustrated and everybody was pushing the starts pretty hard.”

The Kiwi racer added, “I was pretty happy to come away with another top ten result and I go into tomorrow with a good score line. I went in to the day second overall and just been trying to chip away and keep inside the top ten in every race and so far so good. Hopefully we’ll get another couple of good ones tomorrow and push on to the Medal Race.”

Laser Results

Laser Radial

Marit Bouwmeester (NED) advanced into the lead overtaking Evi Van Acker (BEL).

The pair have set the pace across the week but in the opening encounter of the day Bouwmeester came through in 30th with Van Acker in 23rd as they struggled in the light conditions.

As the breeze stabled they performed to their high standards as Bouwmeester took a second and Van Acker an eighth, which she counts having discarded her 23rd.

Bouwmeester now leads on 18 points and is four clear of the Belgian.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne gold medallist Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) held on to third overall with a final race bullet.

Paige Railey (USA) took the day’s other race victory and is ninth overall.

Laser Radial Results

49er

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) showed a fine display of racing on the 49er course to stay out of trouble, avoiding a double point score like many of their competitors succumbed to. A ninth in the opening bout was followed up with a fourth and a ninth and they have a healthy 22 point lead with two days remaining.

Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matthew Mcgovern held on to second overall but they found the going tough discarding an 18th and count a 15th and an eighth to trail the Kiwis on 72 points. They are just a single point ahead of Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL).

Germany’s Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel started the day emphatically in the gold fleet and in Race 10 narrowly missed out on the bullet to Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis (FRA) as they came through in second. In Race 11 they hit back hard and were truly dominant. Leading from the outset they never truly looked threatened and eased through to a 15 second victory overall Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS).

Unfortunately it did not go to plan in the final race of the day for the Germans as a 25th puts them in ninth overall.

The final bullet of the day went to David Evans and Ed Powys who are 11th overall.

49er Results

49erFX

Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) have opened up a 12 point lead in the 49erFX but there’s plenty still to play for with six races remaining.

The Brazilians picked up their third and fourth race victories and a final race seventh solidified their position atop of the pile.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) moved up to second overall with a consistent day of racing whilst Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen (DEN) took third with a final race bullet.

49erFX Results

Women’s RS:X

Poland’s Maja Dziarnowska advanced in to pole position following double bullets in the 59-boat fleet.

She opened her day with an eighth as her second and third race victories of the week flowed in. As she takes the lead she has Germany’s Moana Delle for company who is a point behind following a 2-3-2 score line.

Overnight leader Jiahui Wu dropped to third. A less than convincing day for the Chinese racer saw her struggle in the shifty breeze. She picked up a 13th, a discarded 19th and a fourth.

Women’s RS:X Results

Men’s RS:X

Piotr Myszka (POL) continues to lead following a 1-4-3 score line but the young Polish sailor Pawel Tarnowski and Dutchman Kiran Badloe continue to impress.

The young guns lead the likes of London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) who is fourth, bronze medallist Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) who is fifth and silver medallist Nick Dempsey (GBR) who is eighth.

Tarnowski is second on 45 points whilst Badloe is third on 50 points. Badloe is five points ahead of compatriot Van Rijsselberge,

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Team SCA sets off on first transatlantic

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Team SCA] On Thursday, April 24, Team SCA set off on their first transatlantic passage, sailing from their training base in Lanzarote, Spain to Newport Rhode Island, USA. The 3750-nautical mile passage is due to take about twelve days. The team will be sailing to a waypoint east of the Caribbean so that the last few days will be sailed in similar waters to Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA.

“This transatlantic sail allows us to put into practice all of the hard work that we have done as Team SCA over the past few months. We now have the full team more or less in place, the crew has their roles onboard and their areas of responsibility, so this passage and the return will give the opportunity to test the crew and boat in conditions that are more realistic for the Race itself,” commented Joca Signorini, Team SCA Coach from Lanzarote.

There will be twelve crew onboard, one more than is allowed during the actual race, as the team is also trailing Libby Greenhalgh (GBR). She will share navigational duties with Carolijn Brouwer (NED). Team SCA will also be trailing two OnBoard Reporters, Corinna Halloran (USA) from Lanzarote to Newport and Anna-Lena Elled (SWE) on the return, from Newport to Lanzarote.

The Team SCA crew ready for their first transatlantic crossing

“This is another important milestone in our project, and it comes at a very significant time for the team. Last Sunday we marked the anniversary of the death of our coach Magnus Olsson, so this offshore passage is a testament not only to his legacy but also to the eighteen-month training program from our base in Lanzarote,” commented Richard Brisius, Managing Director, Team SCA.

The team, supported by leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA, is due to arrive into Newport on Tuesday May 6. The return passage, which will essentially be a dry run of the seventh leg of the Race, will take Team SCA back across the Atlantic to a waypoint off Lisbon, before they sail south to their Lanzarote base.

Team SCA Transatlantic Crew – Lanzarote-Newport
1. Sally Barkow (USA) – Helm / Trimmer
2. Carolijn Brouwer (NED) – Navigator / Helm
3. Dee Caffari (GBR) – Helm / Pit
4. Sophie Ciszek (AUS) – Bow
5. Sam Davies (GBR) – Watch Captain / Person In Charge
6. Abby Ehler (GBR) – Boat Captain/ Pit
7. Stacey Jackson (AUS) – Bow
8. Annie Lush (GBR) – Helm / Trimmer
9. Elodie-Jane Mettraux (SUI) – Helm / Trimmer
10. Justine Mettraux (SUI) – Helm / Trimmer
11. Liz Wardley (AUS) – Watch Captain

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Consistent Peninsula Petroleum

Posted on 24 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: RC44]  A stiff breeze blowing along the coast, combined with an impressively large Atlantic swell made the opening day of fleet racing at the RC44 Cascais Cup a very tricky one, particularly for helmsmen.

In the three races sailed, consistency was difficult and of the 12 teams competing, John Bassadone’s Peninsula Petroleum was the only team to manage it. With a 3-3-1, the Gibraltar-based crew is now the runaway fleet racing leader, seven points clear of Chris Bake’s Aqua and Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev’s Synergy.

With three more days of fleet racing to go, Bassadone wasn’t celebrating just yet, but was pleased with their performance, as was Peninsula Petroleum’s Italian tactician, Vasco Vascotto, who commented: “It was a good day – we were proud about what we did. We sailed the boat with good power, good karma, good everything. The crew is happy and when that happens everything is a lot easier. Plus John is getting better and better, which makes my job easier.”

Vascotto managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat in the third and final race when they got off to a terrible start. But this ended up benefitting them as they found a nice lane once they’d tacked. “It was very clean,” Vascotto continued. “We didn’t rush, we waited for our moment, if others made mistakes, then we passed them…”

From their horrible start, they picked off the entire fleet until they were second coming into the finish line, ultimately surfing past Aleph Racing to take the win. “The guys on board did a fantastic job,” Vascotto added. “They pump on every wave, they push hard every single second and this is the way to do it.”

Aleph Racing had the most up and down day in terms of results. Finishing seventh in the first race, the French crew was then forced to retire from the second with a broken jib cunningham and then led the third until they were pipped at the post, by Peninsula.

“We managed to tack very early after the start because there was a cloud coming and I was expecting a wind shift to the right which happened,” described Aleph’s tactician Mathieu Richard. “We got a good lead from the shift and managed to stay ahead until the very end. It was REALLY frustrating to lose by half a boat length, but it was a good race.”

After a collision yesterday saw costly points deducted from its match racing score, Chris Bake’s Team Aqua came out of the blocks strongly today, winning the first race.

“We had a fantastic start and the fleet had the right side backed to pay and we were in smoother water, with a nice breeze line and were one of the most left boats,” said the team’s Cameron Appleton. The Kiwi tactician added that the day favoured more experienced drivers. “It was very much a helmsman’s day – the guys who could steer the best rose to the top, because of the cross sea and the boats getting corkscrewed around. Downwind it was all about your timing on how much how you had the boat loaded, when you chased a wave and when you didn’t. We are happy – we survived day one.”

After their strong start, Aqua was subsequently nailed in the second race when they were pinned out on the final run, causing them to finish in a disappointing ninth.

Winner of race two today was Vladimir Prosikhin’s Nika, sailing with his team’s new tactician, American Terry Hutchinson. “It is fun – a very high level indeed. I am learning a lot of things,” said Prosikhin of how he’s getting on with the former Farr 40 and TP52 champion. “All of our starts were good, we had good boat speed and Terry read the wind shifts excellently.”

In the race they won, Hutchinson said he felt they had started well mid-line but had played the shifts well up the first beat. In reality, Nika’s lead at the top mark was enormous, by far the biggest of any in today’s three races.

In his first fleet racing with the team, Hutchinson said he was pleased with their fifth place overall after day one: “It was hard. It doesn’t feel as good as that, but that shows there is room for improvement. If you had said to me this morning we would finish fifth, I would have taken it. Vladimir and the guys did good work in that middle race. In fairness, the first race we got a ‘well sailed’ eighth, the second race we won, and the ninth in race three, I was mad with myself over. We could easily have been sixth but we messed it up on the second beat.”

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Gold Fleet Racing Stirs Up Tense Competition At ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: ISAF] With a full complement of races completed thus far the leader boards are shaping up nicely with fine margins between the world’s top sailing talents.

After a short morning postponement the 1,111 sailors were greeted with an increasing 13-17 knot westerly breeze as well as a smooth sea state. Racing kicked off shortly after 12:00 local time.

49erFX

Brazil’s Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze displayed astute consistency in the 21-boat 49erFX gold fleet to move back into the leading position they lost overnight.

Grael and Kunze recorded a 5-3-8 score line and hold a two point advantage over Charlotte Dobson and Sophie Ainsworth (GBR) who had the lead coming into the third day.

After racing Grael said, “Today we had a tough day, the wind picked up a lot in the second race and then in the third there was a big drop. We were kind of always in the wrong gear but it was still a good day for us. It’s always good to get top tens, we had very good recoveries and we’re happy.”

Dobson and Ainsworth picked up a scoring penalty in Race 7 which they discard. They hit back with a ninth and a fifth and Ainsworth admitted they had a bit of an up and down day, “Today was a little bit frustrating for us. We were second in the first race but we were OCS so we can’t count that. Luckily we haven’t had a high score yet but we nailed that today but we had two consistent races in the second and third.

“We weren’t quite as on pace as yesterday. We felt like we had an edge yesterday and that made things a little bit tricky today.”

2013 49erFX World Champions Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) recorded their first race victory of the week and move up into third overall. The Kiwis rounded the first mark of the final race of the day in second overall. They edged out Denmark’s Maiken and Anne-Julie Foght Schütt on the downwind and held on to take the bullet by ten seconds.

On the race victory Maloney commented, “It was really nice conditions, a little more breeze than expected and it was nice to stretch out again. It’s always nice to get a bullet and it helps with confidence, it was a solid day and we’re looking forward to the next three days.”

The day’s remaining race victories went to Kate Macgregor and Katrina Best (GBR), who are eighth overall, and Tamara Echegoyen and Berta Betanzos (ESP) who are a place behind the Brits.

49erFX Results

49er

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) climbed back into the gold medal spot in the 49er and are followed by Ireland’s Ryan Seaton and Matthew Mcgovern who pulled into contention.

The Irish pair finished a disappointing 35th at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca but impressed in the gold fleet with a discarded tenth and two thirds. After racing Seaton said, “It’s the second regatta for us this year and we’re just getting back into it.

“It was a pretty solid day. We really wanted to get good starts and try to be consistent and it turned out to be quite a good day. It was very tricky with the fleet really close and the racing’s really good. Everybody’s trying to get prepared in the build-up to the Santander Worlds and the fleets getting more competitive.”

Burling and Tuke set the pace on the third day of racing and are 11 points clear of the Irish. “Gold fleet racing’s always the best, all the top guys in one fleet,” commented Tuke. “For us it could have been better but all in all not a bad day. We mucked up the last one. We went through qualification better than we did in Palma which was one of our goals so we were really excited coming into the day.

“Gold fleet racing is where it’s all at. It’s where the points are up for grabs and you want to get the least you can. It’s still all to play for.”

Overnight leaders Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) were consistent in their results but unfortunately they weren’t the steady string of results they’d have expected. A 14th in Race 7 was followed up with two further 14th places. They fall to third, a point ahead of Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL).

49er Results

Men’s 470

The first gold fleet Men’s 470 bullets were picked up by Joonas and Niklas Lindgren (FIN) and Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS).

Belcher and Ryan lead the pack whilst the Finnish team are fifth overall and chasing hard.

Having notched up two bullets the day prior the Lindgren brothers made it three in a row by taking the Race 6 honours and the Joonas is relishing the time in the French Riviera, “It’s going well and the boat is going quite fast, we’ve still got four races to go so we can’t celebrate too early.

“The podium is our goal. That’s something we desire the most as Palma didn’t end so well as I got sick at the end and that took us down so now it’s time to try again.

“Medium winds are our best and as long as it stays medium we should be at the top.”

Belcher and Ryan started the day slow with an 11th but hit back with a 22 second victory in the last race of the day. Ryan explained the day’s two races, “Today was pretty tricky, it was quite light winds and no one really knew what was going to happen. We were pretty fortunate that the breeze came in just as we were starting.

“The first upwind was really tight and we stuck with the French which didn’t turn out to be on the right side of the course so it was a pretty tough race. We gained a little bit at the end. It’s not a keeper but we bounced back.

“We were little bit more confident in our strategy with the experience gained from the previous race. We played it a bit better and stuck to our guns. In the end we came away with a win. The standard’s pretty high and with two more days we’ll see what happens.”

The points amongst the top six are tight with nine points splitting the bunch. Occupying second overall is Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) whilst home favourites Sofian Bouvet and Jeremie Mion (FRA) are third.

Men’s 470 Results

Women’s 470

Great Britain’s Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre shone in the French sunshine and breeze picking up a pair of bullets.

The Britons had Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) for company as they edged them out by 11 seconds in both races. Weguelin and McIntyre pull to within two points of the leading Kiwis after six races.

“It was a lovely day’s racing,” commented McIntyre. “It was quite difficult to start with, getting in the groove because it was building really quickly and every time it went up we were like ‘oh god it’s a bit different, let’s sort ourselves out’ but it was a lovely day.

“We kept it simple and it was one of those days that when you’re in the lead you can cover the fleet and you’re away.”

Weguelin added, “It was nice that the boat’s going fast and it’s good to be back on the water. To see that we’re a similar speed to the fleet is nice.”

Overnight leaders Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA) fall to third overall following a fifth and a sixth but they are 18 points clear of Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance (FRA) in third.

Women’s 470 Results

Finn

Pieter Jan Postma (NED) blitzed the 59-boat Finn fleet taking both of the day’s race victories. With devastatingly strong form Postma has opened up an 18 point ahead going into the fourth day.

Postma took the initiative from the off in both races and was at the front of pack from start to finish. The Dutch sailor has a strong advantage over Caleb Paine (USA) in second and Thomas Le Breton (FRA) who is a point off the American.

Finn Results

Nacra 17

The current top three teams in the Nacra 17 in Hyères all took medals at ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca. However the positions have changed with bronze medallists Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) leading the way.

Bundock and Curtis opened their day with a fourth and a third but an 18th, which they discard, is the only disappointment of an otherwise impressive string of top four results.

Mallorca gold medallists Billy Besson and Marie Riou had the lead coming into the day and whilst they were consistent with a 3-8-2, it nonetheless sees them slip to second.

Italy’s Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri were the recipients of silver in Mallorca and are on track for another World Cup medal in Hyères. The Italians doubled up with two race wins and a fifth to progress up the leader board nicely. They are eight points off the leading Australians with plenty of race action remaining.

Nacra 17 Results

Laser Radial

It’s a familiar picture in the Laser Radial with Evi Van Acker (BEL) and Marit Bouwmeester (NED) battling it like old times.

A second and a third apiece ensures Van Acker leads on nine points with Bouwmeester on 11 points.

Tatiana Drozdovskaya (BLR) holds on to third overall following a ninth and a fifth.

The day’s race victories went to Ashley Stoddart (AUS) in sixth overall and Annalise Murphy (IRL) who climbs up three to 12th.

Laser Radial Results

Men’s RS:X

It’s a Polish 1-2 with Piotr Myszka and Pawel Tarnowski leading the charge. Whilst the experienced Myszka runs away with the lead it’s the youngster Tarnowski who is the surprise package.

In the youth ranks Tarnowski was a formidable force as he became Techno 293 Under 17 World Champion in 2008. RS:X Youth World Championship titles followed in 2011 and 2012 and amongst a strong fleet of racers Tarnowski is shining.

The same can be said for Kiran Badloe (NED) who is third overall. Badloe competed against Tarnowski in the youth division and the pair are fighting hard to mix it up amongst Olympic and World Champions. After racing a delighted Badloe saw his name on the leader board and duly sent his Twitter and Instagram followers with the following update, “Had a nice day on the second race day. Even climbed to the 3rd place! 3 more days to go!! # worldcup…”

Six further fleet races and the Medal Race are to follow in the Men’s RS:X and despite Myszka leading by 14 points there’s still plenty of time for the chasing pack to reduce the deficit.

Men’s RS:X Results

Women’s RS:X

China’s Jiahui Wu took a pair of race wins a fifth to open up a 13 point lead in the Women’s RS:X. The Chinese racer has been strong from the start and only a 14th blemishes a healthy looking score card.

Moana Delle (GER) is second overall whilst Poland’s Maja Dziarsnowska is three points behind the German.

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David Gilmour to skipper GAC Pindar at the Extreme Sailing Series event in Qingdao

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: GAC Pindar] 22-year-old David, son of America’s Cup veteran Peter Gilmour, will take over the reins from fellow Australian Seve Jarvin as the team focuses on securing its first race victory. Jarvin will return to the Series later in the year. Gilmour made his Stadium Racing debut for GAC Pindar in Act 2 in Oman. He will be joined in China by experienced America’s Cup sailors, Sam Newton, Ed Smyth, Troy Tindill and 2013 18ft Female Skiff World Champion Alexandra South.

GAC Pindar Principal Andrew Pindar says: “One of the reasons behind the Team GAC Pindar / Team Australia partnership for the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series is our shared focus on developing the next generation of high level sailing talent. David is a great example of such talent and we are delighted to welcome him to our crew.”

Iain Murray, CEO of Team Australia, adds: “During the Extreme Sailing Series it’s likely everyone in Team GAC Pindar / Team Australia will be rotated. This certainly won’t be the last change during the series, as we want to expose the crew to different combinations, team cultures and structure. Australia is fortunate enough to have a lot of talented young sailors and we want to give them an opportunity to sail during this regatta.”

Gilmour, who won the ISAF Nations Cup in 2013 and will compete on the 2014 World Match Racing Tour, says: “I’m thrilled to be skipper for the Qingdao Extreme Sailing Series event, I really enjoyed racing with the team in Oman and learnt a lot from Seve and the crew. GAC Pindar has made steady progress over the first two Acts, and I hope to build on that and continue to improve on our results in Qingdao.”

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