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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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America’s Cup Protocol: What Oracle was criticizing and what it is implementing

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Is it an irony that some of the most controversial aspects of the failed Protocol Alinghi and Ernesto Bertarelli tried to implement with the help of their sinister bedfellows of the Spanish Sailing Federation are now part of the America’s Cup Protocol? Is it a coincidence that Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts that so vehemently criticized Alinghi are taking a leaf or so out of their book?

We don’t think so because this is, after all, the America’s Cup. The Defender has one and only goal, to retain sailing’s most coveted trophy and will use all means within its power to do so. That also includes using the same tricks others tried to use to stack the cards in their favor, despite having criticized them so strongly for doing so. As long as there is a Challenger of Record that signs off the rules and a number of willing billionaires to play the game, the rest is superfluous.

Now that the 35th America’s Cup Protocol is a few weeks old, we thought it would be interesting to take a trip down memory lane and reproduce some of the statements that were made during the acrimonious litigation between Alinghi and Oracle that lasted nearly 950 days! This is by no means a justification of the shenanigans Alinghi and the Spanish Sailing Federation used through a sham yacht club to create a Protocol that had some irrefutably unacceptable clauses that gave unprecedented powers to America’s Cup Management (ACM), the organizers hired by Alinghi. ACM could at its sole discretion and for any reason they deemed fit, disqualify any of the competing teams. Let alone the fact that Pombo and Chirivella, respectively President and Vice-President, tried to masquerade a weekend Optimist training camp as the CNEV’s “annual regatta” or later staged a farcical Sailing Tour of Spain, in their second attempt to satisfy the requirements set by the Deed of Gift.

However, it does put things into perspective and shows that the America’s Cup is more than a simple sailing race. Excellent PR skills are as important as good design and sailing skills. It probably shows that Ellison didn’t really fight for the “rights” of the Challengers. Why on earth would anyone fight for their right of his competitors? Ellison and his team fought to win the 33rd America’s Cup and win they did.

The photos from the 33rd and 34th America’s Cups are courtesy of Juerg Kaufmann and Daniel Forster, through their Go4image website. Click here to access what is probably the richest online America’s Cup photo gallery, dating back to 1977!

The Defender racing in the Challenger Selection Series

The most radical change in this edition of the world’s oldest sports trophy is, undoubtedly, the participation of the Defender in the Challenger Selection Series. It is something Ernesto Bertarelli tried to introduce in the doomed Protocol of the 33rd America’s Cup and met with fierce criticism and resistance from both BMW Oracle and Mascalzone Latino, then its staunchest ally and future Challenger of Record.

Not only is it a departure from tradition, it also gives the Defender an undeniable advantage as they are able to gauge the challengers and race against the yachts that will, eventually, be raced in the actual America’s Cup Match. Whether it’s fair or not, isn’t something we will judge here, however it was a point that, repeatedly, Oracle pointed out as unfair.

The Challenger Selection Series will not even exist as such in 2017, at least up to the semifinals, but instead a certainly American-inspired terminology is being used. In 2015 and 2016, all teams will take part in the America’s Cup World Series, similarly to the previous edition. Racing will be held, again, in AC45′s but the overall score will do count towards the later stages as the top finishers carry points into the 2017 races. The idea is again for this circuit to travel around the world.

A new concept is introduced this time, the America’s Cup “Qualifiers” which in reality are nothing more than the usual Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin, with the obvious exception that Oracle Team USA will take part. No quarter finals are scheduled in 2017 and the top four challengers will then race in the America’s Cup “Playoffs” which until a few weeks ago were commonly known as the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals and finals. All racing in 2017 will take place with the brand new AC62′s, so not only will the Defender take part up to the Challenger Selection semifinals they will be able to race against the one and only AC62 the challengers will have!

The trimaran that gave Larry Ellison the America’s Cup. Valencia, 10 February 2010. Photo copyright Kaufmann & Forster / go4image.com

Here are just a few of the numerous statements Larry Ellison and the Oracle team published in 2007 and 2008, criticizing that same concept:

Larry Ellison in a letter to Ernesto Bertarelli, dated 17 November 2008, wrote: “You will say that, with only one boat per team, the Defender must be able to sail in the Challenger Selection Series. Fundamentally, we do not agree with this as there is a risk that the impact and suspense of the America’s Cup Match will be diluted. To have the Defender race in the Challenger Selection Series is a radical departure from the Cup’s long history and tradition and we need to be careful about making such changes.”

BMW Oracle press release, 16 September 2008: “Under Alinghi’s AC 33 protocol, the format and the schedule of all challenger racing is dictated by the defender for the first time in the history of the event. For the challengers in AC 33 it is therefore not “their” series any more as it was in all previous America’s Cups… However under the new protocol the defender’s ability to sail in the challengers’ series gives it very considerable new advantages. As they are already guaranteed a place in the America’s Cup, the defender can eliminate a team or influence the outcome of the series at no risk to themselves.

Before that, in October 2007, we had interviewed Alessandra Pandarese, legal counselor of Mascalzone Latino, and touched the issue of the alternative Protocol her team and BMW Oracle had prepared. Here’s our question and her answer:
Valencia Sailing: I also suppose that in your protocol the defender doesn’t have the right to take part in the Challenger Selection Series (CSS).
Alessandra Pandarese: That’s correct. Alinghi’s participation in the CSS is something we don’t accept.

It is true though that in the initial Protocol published by Alinghi, the Defender was to race up to the Challenger Selection finals, however we can’t understand why the “suspense” of the America’s Cup was in danger in 2007 and it won’t be from 2015 to 2017…

Who will take the America’s Cup from Larry Ellison? San Francisco, 25 September 2013. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / go4image.com

Date and Venue of the 35th America’s Cup

When Alinghi first issued their 33rd America’s Cup Protocol the date and venue, in addition to the boat rule, were not known. It was speculated that Valencia would again be the venue, probably in 2009, but that wasn’t reflected in the Protocol.

When the Golden Gate Yacht Club presented their surprise challenge, on July 11th, 2007, they stated that, “Furthermore, the race Protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup agreed to by the challenging yacht club CNEV and the defending SNG are invalid because they fail to specify the rules for the next competition by omitting a specific regatta date, location and class of boat. Without the basic elements of regatta venue, date and boat design rules as required by the Deed of Gift, the Alinghi Protocol provides no opportunity for a fair and equitable competition…”

Once again, the venue and date of the next America’s Cup still haven’t been decided but that doesn’t seem to be a problem. Not only that, for the first time ever, the “Qualifiers” (the CSS round robin) and the “Playoffs” (the CSS semis and finals) could, eventually, be held in different locations and just the top four challengers will got to the Playoffs.

The venue and dates of the Playoffs and the America’s Cup Match will be made public by the end of 2014 while for the Qualifiers, the Defender will have another month and a half, until February 15th, 2015, before it announces the date and venue.

Here’s another quote from the letter Larry Ellison had sent Ernesto Bertarelli on 17 November 2008: “As to the date of the next conventional Cup, this also should be agreed among all the teams, Challengers and Defender, by mutual consent. We would propose 2010 to get things back on track even sooner than the 2011 date we have seen floated in recent media reports by your side – unless 2010 is too soon now to allow teams, especially new or smaller teams, to get up to speed. Regardless, this can be decided by getting the teams together around one table as soon as possible.”

As per the 35th America’s Cup Protocol the venues and dates are at the sole discretion of the newly-created “Commercial Commissioner”, who is appointed and, eventually, replaced at the discretion of ACEA, which in turn is appointed solely by Golden Gate Yacht Club.

In a statement on November 13th, 2008, Tom Ehman, spokesperson of Golden Gate Yacht Club had stated that “for the first time ever, the Challenger Selection Series is under the complete control of the defender.” Doesn’t the same hold true this time? For the first time since the existence of multiple challengers, just the top four challengers will actually get to race in the America’s Cup venue! Isn’t that lopsided?

Why did Larry Ellison want to grant challengers such extensive rights in 2008 and denies them in 2014? Because he’s now running the America’s Cup, not challenging for it, and that’s what sets the America’s Cup apart from other events.

The venue and dates of the 2017 America’s Cup are foggy. San Francisco, 25 September 2013. Photo copyright Daniel Forster / go4image.com

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Alinghi win in Qingdao despite huge crash with Red Bull Sailing Team that knocked them out of racing

Posted on 04 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] On the final days racing at the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™, Act 3 Qingdao, the Olympic sailing city lived up to its reputation as a notorious and unpredictable racecourse. Even one of the biggest crashes in the Series’ eight-year history, that saw Red Bull Sailing Team T-bone Alinghi and knock the Swiss out of racing, couldn’t stop Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Nils Frei, Pierre-Yves Jorand and Yves Detrey, who took victory despite watching the final races from the dock, after the international jury awarded the he Swiss boat a redress, to helmsman Larson’s relief. “We were lining up at the start, and approaching the line with ten seconds to go and most of the fleet was on port. Red Bull ducked behind us, the winds were shifty and up and down, there was too much of a puff and they couldn’t get the bear away and T-boned us – it happens. It’s great to have won, we had such a great regatta that it was bittersweet to end that way, but I think we earned it so it feels good. We’re just glad that no one was hurt and that the boat is repairable – it will take a week in a good boat yard, but it will be back and ready to race.”

A change in race format saw the fleet race in groups of six for safety reasons with gusts up to 25 knots blasting across the racecourse, in what proved to be a day of mixed fortunes for the 12-boat elite level fleet. Realteam have been the model of consistency this week, staying out of trouble and keeping their noses clean to take a well deserved second place. Their skipper Jérome Clerc was beaming with confidence after racing, as he looked ahead to the rest of the season. “It’s a great result – it’s our best result since starting in the Extreme Sailing Series. The team was strong from the beginning of the event and we finished very well in these crazy conditions! We sailed the boat well, had good boat handling, good starts and we finished well. We have some stuff to improve on, we need to look to beat Alinghi who have taken the lead over everybody, and we want to reach the podium again.”

Massive collision between Alinghi and Red Bull. Qingdao, 4 May 2014. Photo copyright Xaume Olleros / Red Bull

The young guns on Emirates Team New Zealand have kept in touch with the top of the leaderboard all week, and Peter Burling, who took over from Dean Barker in Qingdao, kept a cool head today to hold off the defending Series champions The Wave, Muscat to take third place – the Kiwis now positioned nicely to topple the old order on the overall Series leaderboard. Burling commented: “We’re pretty stoked to get on the podium. I think going into today there was a bit of a battle between three of us to get into second position, and I suppose there’s a little disappointment that we couldn’t get there. Coming into the start of the week we would have been pretty happy getting a third, so as the week goes on you seem to up your expectations – but overall we’re really happy to come away with a podium and keep in contact with the top guys on the overall Series rankings.”

By most teams standards, a fourth place in a fleet of this calibre would be cause for celebration, but Leigh McMillan and The Wave, Muscat, who have been a dominate force in the class for the last two seasons, were left feeling despondent after missing out on the podium by just one point – the first time since Singapore in 2013 when the team haven’t been on the podium. The pressure is now on McMillan when the fleet head to Russia, with Alinghi now two points ahead on the overall Series leaderboard.

Gazprom Team Russia have been steadily improving as the Act progressed, and today mastered the challenging conditions and bigger gusts with ease, enabling them to pick up another place on the leaderboard to finish in fifth place. British helmsman Paul Campbell-James commented: “We took opportunities when they arose and we are still banging in second and thirds so it gives us confidence moving forward. It’s a nice position to be in and with Russia being the next event, being the home team it will be very exciting, and hopefully it won’t take us three days to warm up! Bring on Saint Petersburg. ”

The battle mid-leaderboard was fierce, with Oman Air leading the second half of the pack to wrap up the week in sixth place, despite missing the first day’s racing after a collision with GAC Pindar. In recognition of their effort get the boat back on the water, and their expertise in boat building, the Oman Air Shore Team became the first recipients of the Land Rover Above and Beyond Award this week, demonstrating a fine example of skill and sportsmanship. Read more about the award, here.

Today Ben Ainslie and his crew showed the gold medal winning form that they have struggled to find this week, with two race wins for the British team, who between them boast six gold medals, upgrading their position to seventh overall. Looking back on the week, and ahead to the rest of the season, Ainslie commented: “Every day there has been a completely new set of conditions to race in, the wind was always slightly different which made it a real challenge for all the teams. It is intense racing with the short races and courses and we are working together to master the style of racing. Overall this event we had some good days and some not so good days, today was obviously a really good day for us. We feel like we are slowly making gains and moving forward, which is what we want to do to be in the top half of the fleet at the end of the season.”

Arguably the best offshore sailor in the world right now, Franck Cammas, showed great form at the first two Acts of the Series in Singapore and Oman, but couldn’t replicate that this week in Qingdao, finishing the regatta in eighth place, just one point behind J.P. Morgan BAR. It was a tough end to the Act for the Austrians on Red Bull Sailing Team too, and after knocking themselves out of racing following today’s collision, the team had to settle for ninth place. SAP Extreme Sailing Team also struggled to master the tricky and challenging Qingdao racecourse this week, and never really got out of the starting blocks, finishing the Act one point behind the Austrians in tenth place, while David Gilmour the young Aussie team on GAC Pindar had a baptism of fire in their first full event racing together as a team.
The local boat Team Extreme Qingdao more than earned their Extreme 40 stripes this week, drawing in the home crowds and impressing, particularly on the opening day, where they finished the event in third, and skipper Mitch Booth was pleased with his teams performance. “The crew did a really great job considering we had limited training together. They were really mixing it up until the end, so we’re pretty happy with our result although we were in the middle of the fleet for most of the regatta, we finished down the back end – but still not out of reach. So all in all we’re very pleased with guys performance this week.”

The aftermath of the massive collision between Alinghi and Red Bull. Qingdao, 4 May 2014. Photo copyright Xaume Olleros / Red Bull

Over four days Qingdao has thrown everything at the fleet, and is not an Act that will easily be forgotten. Next stop for the fleet is Saint Petersburg in Russia, where the season will reach its halfway points, 26-29 June.

Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup standings after Day 4, 32 races
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 178 points.
2nd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Denis Girardet, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 168 points.
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 160 points.
4th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 159 points.
5th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 140 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 133 points.
7th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 129 points.
8th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 128 points.
9th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Stewart Dodson 126 points.
10th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 125 points.
11th Team Extreme Qingdao (CHN) Mitch Booth, Zhang Yiran, Liu Xue, Nick Moloney, Freddie White 111 points.
12th GAC Pindar (AUS) David Gilmour, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 98 points.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 overall standings
1st Alinghi (SUI) 28 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 26 points.
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 24 points.
4th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 22 points.
5th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 15 points.
6th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 12 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 11 points.
8th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 10 points.
9th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 9 points.
10th Oman Air (OMA) 8 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 3 points.

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Swiss dominate as Alinghi and Realteam lead the charge ahead of the final Qingdao showdown

Posted on 03 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series]  On a packed-eight race day at Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao, the battle lines were drawn between the 12 competing international Extreme 40 teams ahead of tomorrow’s final showdown on the compact stadium racecourse, which at times resulted in a few near misses, protest flags being pulled, a man overboard for SAP Extreme Sailing Team and a collision in the final race of the day between GAC Pindar and Team Extreme Qingdao, that will see the Aussie team with a night of repairs ahead. Alinghi – the team who have led the Act since race one – managed to cling onto a 10-point advantage at the close of play, but it was their fellow Swiss country men Realteam who had their strategy sorted, strengthening their hand with each race, including a win in the day’s opener, to head into tomorrow’s final showdown in China’s Olympic Sailing City in second place, to the delight of skipper Jérôme Clerc. “We started in fourth place today and we are now second so we are very happy. It shows that our strategy is working. We have stayed conservative all day and didn’t take too many risks, but at the same time have had good starts and our tactics were spot on. Tomorrow we will be happy if we manage to keep Alinghi behind us.” The defending Series champions The Wave, Muscat are just two points behind Realteam, and with up to 90 points for the taking tomorrow, and huge gusts up to 28 knots set to return, the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Qingdao is set to go down to the wire.

The first four races were played out in around eight knots of wind, and executing the starting procedure well was crucial, with decisions made in the pre-start often dictating the outcome of the race. On the short start line the fleet struggled to get away cleanly, with the on-water referees dishing out starting penalties including two general recalls, before the third attempt saw nine of the 12 boat fleet red flagged. After five races, there was a change in tempo, and a building southerly breeze outside the harbour brought with it big swell, that saw the teams punching through the waves in 12 knots of breeze. One team to relish the conditions was Emirates Team New Zealand, who finished the day strongly with two back-to back-wins, leaving them trailing the defending Series champions by just one point in fourth place. 22-year old Pete Burling, who has taken the tiller from Dean Barker this week said: “We started the day a little slow, but in the last three races of the day we really got off the start-line well which is the first time all week we have really managed to do that. I think the level is really high right now, we’re slowly getting better each day, and we’re happy with the boat speed and hopefully we’ll be able to give it a good crack tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll need to do the same as we did in those last races today – good starts off the line and consistency.”

The Swiss are now dominating after three days of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series. Qingdao, 3 May 2014. Photo copyright Lloyd Images

The battle mid-leaderboard is just as intense, with only 25 points separating positions five to eleven at close of play – little more than the difference of tomorrow’s final double points race with everything to play for. Red Bull Sailing Team lead the second half of the pack in fifth place with 105 points, with Gazprom Team Russia just nine points behind. Today was an important day for Oman Air, who needed to put points on the leaderboard to cash-in on the average points they were awarded after getting knocked out of racing on day one, and Rob Greenhalgh and his team did just that, winning their first race of the Act. The Omani team head into tomorrow’s final in a solid seventh place, two points ahead of Groupama sailing team, and Kyle Langford, who has joined the team this week as mainsail trimmer, commented: “It was our first proper day’s racing (after missing day one following a collision), and it went reasonably well. We had a race win which was good, and it was good to see that we can actually do it, so all in all it was excellent. It was easier for us to get in sync and figure out our manoeuvres. All of the races were the same so we could try to improve from each race. We’re constantly working hard and we’ll always aim to improve.”

Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR have not had the return to the 2008 Olympic waters they would have been hoping for at the start of the week, but the British team began to turn that around today, including a win in the sixth race of the day, giving the team a boost up the leaderboard to ninth place. Pippa Wilson, the team’s headsail trimmer who took up gold in the Yngling class in 2008 as one of ‘three blondes in a boat’, commented: “It was a bit of an up and down day, we had a sticky start and then got used to the conditions and got better and better throughout the day. It was a difficult day but we’re learning more about the style of racing as it’s quite different to anything any of us have ever done before, so it takes a bit of time to get into that and work out the trends of the day. I think we did well to get through the difficult conditions, and pulled out some good results in the middle. I think tomorrow will be quite a different day, it’s supposed to be quite breezy, so we will see what we get weather-wise in the morning and take it from there.”

The young Aussie team on GAC Pindar are really trying to hone their multihull skills this year and today began to match the more experienced players on the track with their best results of the week. It wasn’t all plain sailing for skipper David Gilmour however, and a collision in the final seconds of the final race with Team Extreme Qingdao has left them with a big gash in the stern of their right hull, and a night of repairs in the pitlane. Gilmour explained: “We were reaching downwind to the finish and we had the pontoon to the left of us, and Team Extreme Qingdao were sailing upwind and side on to us. They had right of way and in the direction they were pointing we would have to either sail into the jetty or into them – so we tried to get in between, hit them and ruined our boat a little bit.” Taking the positives away from the day, Gilmour continued: “Today we had a much better day than the start of the regatta. We’re really working together as a team and I’m starting to get used to these boats a bit more – it was really good fun today”

With up to 90 points up for the taking tomorrow, including the often game-changing final double points race, and with so little separation on the leaderboard, tomorrow really is anyone’s game. The rhythm is set to change again tomorrow for the fleet, with huge gusts on the forecast as China’s Olympic sailing city continues to throw everything at the elite level sailors.

Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup standings after Day 3, 22 races (03.05.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 133 points.
2nd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Denis Girardet, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 123 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 121 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 120 points.
5th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Stewart Dodson 105 points.
6th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 96 points.
7th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 92 points.
8th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 90 points.
9th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 85 points.
10th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 81 points.
11th Team Extreme Qingdao (CHN) Mitch Booth, Zhang Yiran, Liu Xue, Nick Moloney, Freddie White 80 points.
12th GAC Pindar (AUS) David Gilmour, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 66 points.

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Full pressure day as the Extreme 40 fleet battle huge gusts on the Qingdao stadium racecourse

Posted on 02 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] It was a full pressure day as the fleet moved into the stadium racing mode at the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao, described by the skippers as ‘radical’, ‘full-on’, ‘unpredictable’ and gnarly’, with gusts up to 32 knots weaving their way through the surrounding skyscrapers like bullets screaming across the stadium racecourse. The racing was right on the edge, and the teams used all their strength to muscle their speed machines expertly around the track, tackling a huge wind range of over 20 knots. The experience of both Alinghi and The Wave, Muscat was evident, and the teams relished today’s big breeze as much as yesterday’s light winds, remaining first and second respectively, while one first and two second places for the Kiwis on Emirates Team New Zealand upgraded their overall position to third, ahead of tomorrow’s penultimate day’s racing.

There was plenty of hull flying, bows down and extremely close mark rounding’, with the fleet reaching top speeds of 25 knots as they tried to predict the huge wind shifts which saw the breeze go from 10 to 32 knots in a second. Before racing, Race Management made the call to split the fleet, first into groups of eight, and then groups of four, to minimize the chance of collisions on the tight race track. Leigh McMillan, skipper of The Wave, Muscat who is out to defend his title in Qingdao, commented: “We like it when the breeze is up, today was pretty radical. Gusts and big shifts is quite a handful. But we’re happy to have made it through the day with no big collisions which is great – it was pretty full on out there.”

Today required a change in mindset for the teams, with the conditions a stark contrast to yesterday’s light wind, as acting skipper of Alinghi, Morgan Larson explained: “At times the boat that would come off the line last would go on to win races. That goes to show that today there was opportunity, whereas yesterday you needed to have a good start and the positioning needed to stay the same – with the shifty winds today it really created opportunity. Most of the time you have to be aggressive on these boats to do well, if you back off and be conservative that’s when trouble seems to happen. So balancing that today was really key and I think we did a good job – we positioned ourselves conservatively but we sailed the boat physically hard, and I think the results show.”

Strong breeze on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series event in Qingado. Photo copyright Lloyd Images

At the hands of 49er World Champion Pete Burling, Emirates Team New Zealand took their first race win of the regatta. Burling and headsail trimmer Blair Tuke are one of the hottest duos in sailing at the moment, having won both the Hyeres and Palma de Mallorca ISAF World Cup events recently, and showed their versatility alongside their Kiwi teammates, with their first race win of the Act helping to elevate their overnight position from fifth to third, four points ahead of the Swiss Realteam.

Another team relishing the conditions was the French Groupama sailing team, who after struggling to get near the top half of the fleet during yesterday’s Act opener, turned it around today with a win in the final race elevating them from seventh to six place, now three points behind the home nation entry, Team Extreme Qingdao. Groupama skipper Franck Cammas talked team tactics: “Today was difficult. After yesterday’s racing we had a debrief; we talk all the time and even after each race we try to talk through and analyse our performance. Sometimes it is hard to go into racing with a big plan as you have to react to the opportunities you are faced with at the time. It’s difficult, but our main goal is to be consistent, and then overall I think we will do well.”

The Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team were on form today, and even a collision in the first race of the day at the bottom mark with Realteam that knocked them out of the race with damage to their rudders couldn’t put them off their stride, going onto win their next two races. Skipper Hagara was pleased with his team’s performance. “Today was good (despite the collision). It’s really tricky sailing inside the stadium in these conditions, and we know this from past years – we just have to be focused on our skills, we know we have good crew work, our boat handling is good and you just have to make the right decisions. A good start helps, but it’s still tricky on the racecourse with the big gusts – we did well in the races and managed to win two so it’s great.”

Mistakes on the racecourse were punished hard, and misjudging the wind shifts and getting caught in a lull on the track left some teams frustrated. Two-times winner of the Series Paul Campbell-James, helm of Team Russia alongside native skipper Igor Lisovenko, felt that was the case for their team. “We’re a little bit frustrated to be honest. We were a bit lackluster in the first race, and we gave away two places in the last run after a stupid manoeuvre. We gave away two spots in the last race and lost two boats by about a metre so we turned what would have been a good day into an average day. We’re racing in the middle of a big city, with 90 degree wind shifts and breeze going from 5-25 knots – it’s good fun at the end of the day.” The Russian team are tied on points with SAP Extreme Sailing Team on 55 points, five points behind Groupama sailing team.

Following a night of repairs after yesterday’s collision with GAC Pindar, Oman Air were back on the water today and a protest hearing by the International Jury ruled the team will be awarded average points for the eight races they missed yesterday at the end of tomorrow’s racing.

Tomorrow the conditions are expected to abate for the penultimate day’s racing, and the fleet will likely race with all 12 teams, but Sunday’s final showdown looks like it could be played out in even bigger gusts then were seen today, with plenty more action and plenty more races still to be played out.

Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup standings after Day 2, 14 races (02.05.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 90 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 76 points.
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 73 points.
4th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Denis Girardet, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 69 points.
5th Team Extreme Qingdao (CHN) Mitch Booth, Zhang Yiran, Liu Xue, Nick Moloney, Freddie White 64 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Stewart Dodson 63 points.
7th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 61 points.
8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 55 points.
9th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 55 points.
10th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 50 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) David Gilmour, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 34 points.
12th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 16 points.*
*Team will be awarded average points for the races missed following tomorrow’s racing.

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Testing light winds on day one of Extreme Sailing Series event in Qingdao

Posted on 01 May 2014 by Valencia Sailing

Racing began in China’s Olympic sailing city today at the Land Rover, Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup, where five different race winners emerged from the eight races sailed, in a day that saw the fleet struggle for consistency and the leaderboard reshuffle after every race. On the open water racecourse, the Swiss team Alinghi dominated in testing light winds and strong tide, to edge ahead on the leaderboard at the end of day. But it was the local boat, Team Extreme Qingdao, who will be grabbing the headlines tonight after an outstanding debut performance sees the team in third place at the end of day one – the best ever performance by a home nation invitational team.

Unfortunately for Oman Air, their day was over before it had a chance to begin, after a collision with GAC Pindar in the start line tussle of the first race left the team with severe damage to their port hull, forcing them back to the pit lane. Rob Greenhalgh, skipper of Oman Air – who has welcomed the talents of America’s Cup winner Kyle Langford to the team this week – explained what happened: “Just after the start of the first race, GAC Pindar tacked onto port and misjudged the dip on us and T-boned us pretty hard – we have a pretty big hole in the side of the boat. These things happen unfortunately. The shore guys will work hard tonight and get the boat ready for racing tomorrow. We will lick our wounds and be back. It’s a disappointment – we were pumped to race.” The team will be given a redress and will likely be awarded average points from their races over the next two days by the international jury.

Light and tricky first day at the Extreme Sailing Series. Qingdao, 1 May 2014. Photo copyright Lloyd Images

The local boat Team Extreme Qingdao, is being led by co-skippers Mitch Booth and Yiran Zhang this week, and today the duo certainly had the golden touch. The team – who has only come together for this Act – posted a string of consistent results, keeping a cool head under the pressure, and even taught the more seasoned teams a few tricks, winning the fourth race of the day. Team Extreme Qingdao finish the day in third place, and a thrilled Booth commented: “It was a great day for us. We started really well, and our objective was to try and keep clear of everybody else, and not get into the traffic or into any situations that would put pressure on the guys. I think that strategy worked pretty well. We started well, had some clean lanes and overall, it was a great day of racing.” The local boat are just three points behind the defending champions – of both the Qingdao Act and the Series – The Wave, Muscat.

The Swiss light wind lake specialists Realteam were also impressive, showing a return to the form they demonstrated at Act 1 Singapore, and finish the day tied on points with Team Extreme Qingdao. Skipper Jerome Clerc commented: “We are really happy with today. The crew did a great job and our performance was better than in Oman where we struggled at the beginning – and now we’re in the game from the start. I think the crew are on fire.”

After damaging their forestay in the first race of the day, and making a ‘quick fix’ on the water, the Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team did well to continue putting points on the leaderboard, and a win in race six helped them on their way to sixth place overall. Their double Olympic gold medal winning skipper, Roman Hagara, commented: “It’s a tough game, you have to be right on the spot at the start and if not, it’s really hard to fight in amongst the fleet. In the last two races we didn’t manage to get good starts, which hurt. It was really good to get our first race win today – it’s much easier to sail at the front of the fleet – it was the perfect race for us.” The Austrian team are five points behind Emirates Team New Zealand, and one point ahead of the French Groupama sailing team, who posted a mixed bag of results that included two second places but also three finishes in the bottom three. The Russian team are a further one point behind Groupama sailing team in eighth place.

By anyone’s standards, two race wins on the Extreme 40 racecourse is no mean feat, but even that wasn’t enough for SAP Extreme Sailing Team to make it into the top half of the fleet today, who more often than not, found themselves trailing at the back of the pack and settling for ninth place overall. Co-Skipper Rasmus Koster explained what they need to change tomorrow: “We’re not too surprised to see that we are in ninth position. More or less anybody can win a race, but you need to be consistent. We didn’t achieve that today, we struggled at times to get off the line, but when we could, we posted some good results – it’s difficult as everybody is doing well out there. We’re not happy with ninth, but we are with the two race wins, so we will review the analytics and see what we can do tomorrow in stadium racing.”

J.P. Morgan BAR struggled on the Olympic waters their skipper Ben Ainslie and crew Paul Goodison and Pippa Wilson – all gold medallists from Beijing 2008 – know so well finishing the day in tenth place, as did GAC Pindar who struggled to compose themselves after their race one collision. With plenty of races still to come, the teams will be assessing their performance on the water today and planning their moves as Act 3 goes into stadium tomorrow.

Series Main Partner Land Rover also announced today the new Above and Beyond Award for competitors of the Series – a reward that recognises their sportsmanship, strength of mind and team spirit. The award has been established to reward the finest demonstration of going Above and Beyond – the ethos that lies at the heart of the Land Rover brand. At the end of the season an ultimate trophy will be presented to honour the most inspiring example of going Above and Beyond and the team will be rewarded with the use of a Land Rover in their home country in the following year.

Tomorrow the game changes as the twelve boat Extreme 40 fleet move into the stadium inside the breakwater and with the breeze expected to build overnight, tomorrow is expected to be a full pressure day. Despite his early lead, American Morgan Larson and Alinghi will be taking nothing for granted. “It will be different tomorrow. With more wind there could be potential for more collisions and more action. So tomorrow we will aim to stay out of trouble and focus on not getting into any wrecks, but in this field you have to push a little harder at the same time.”

Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup standings after Day 1, 8 races (01.05.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 64 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 50 points.
3rd Team Extreme Qingdao (CHN) Mitch Booth, Zhang Yiran, Liu Xue, Nick Moloney, Freddie White 47 points.
4th Realteam (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Denis Girardet, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 47 points.
5th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 45 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Stewart Dodson 40 points.
7th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 39 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 37 points.
9th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 33 points.
10th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 29 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) David Gilmour, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, Alexandra South 17 points.
12th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 0 points.

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Extreme Sailing Series – The fittest bowman

Posted on 14 April 2014 by Valencia Sailing

The Extreme Sailing Series strapped heart rate monitors on the chests of SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s Peter Wilbroe and Alinghi’s Yves Detrey and produced a very interesting video that really shows how demanding the role of a bowman can be on an Extreme 40. Even in light conditions, an Extreme 40 race is far from a walk in the park.

David “Freddie” Carr does an excellent job in commentating and going into the details of the action. This video proves that an eloquent, knowledgeable athlete is probably the best commentator, in any sport.

Hopefully, we’ll be seeing soon more videos like this one…

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Podium wide open ahead of Extreme Sailing Series Muscat final showdown

Posted on 22 March 2014 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Extreme Sailing Series] The punishing light winds and beating Arabian sun called for nerves of steel on the penultimate day’s racing of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, which saw a reshuffle of the pack and a shift in power on the leaderboard. Overnight leaders Alinghi managed to hold onto pole position and withstand the onslaught of pressure from the rest of the pack, but it couldn’t be closer at the top, with just 14 points between the top five boats – less than the difference of tomorrow’s final double points race. SAP Extreme Sailing Team did well to put themselves back in the game, heading into tomorrow’s final showdown in second place, but the team of the day was Ben Ainslie’s J.P. Morgan BAR, with three race wins for the Brits, who are now threatening the podium hard. Tomorrow’s final will come down to which team can withstand the pressure, and fans around the world can watch it live at a new time of 1500 local time/1100GMT/1200CET.

Alinghi marked their intent from the first start gun with a race win, but even the light wind specialists struggled for consistency in breeze of around five knots, and it looked like the tricky course may have finally got the better of the Swiss America’s Cup winners with a last place in race 16. Race 19 and the team turned it around, hitting the reset button and clawing back some valuable points, as helm Morgan Larson explained: “Things can come and go out there, you try and stick to the same objective and sometimes the wind doesn’t go your way or you get stuck in a tough spot. I think a lot of the other competitors that came out today had already figured it out, so we got caught up a little bit. You have to have the best day tomorrow, you can’t hold back.”

SAP Extreme Sailing Team played a steady game, keeping their heads cools and their concentration level, slowly chipping away at the points with consistent results throughout the day. A win in the final race elevated the team to second place, and their elated co-skipper and tactician Rasmus Kostner was thrilled with the comeback. “That was really close racing all day. We got some good starts, we got some good positions on the left hand side of the course – we are super happy. Four points (between them and Alinghi) is nothing, you can win or lose that in one race so it’s all on tomorrow. We just need to push on, get everything right – there’s no room for mistakes on a course like this.”

Ben Ainslie sits in fourth place at the Extreme Sailing Series event in Oman. Muscat, 21 March 2014. Photo copyright Lloyd Images

The Kiwis on Emirates Team New Zealand, who were the fastest off the startline today according to the SAP analytics, are breathing down the necks of the Danish, just one point behind, but the legendary America’s Cup skipper Dean Barker knows the team have more to give. “It didn’t feel like a good day for us to be honest. I think we made a couple of silly mistakes. The day could have gone a lot better, and tomorrow is going to be a very busy day. Whoever sails reasonably smartly tomorrow will have a good chance of being successful. You just battle for every point in every race.”

The four-times Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie and his team on J.P. Morgan BAR hit accelerate today, and really applied the pressure, coming together as a team with all the right moves to take three race wins. The British team upgraded their overnight position from sixth to fourth, and their tactician and Olympic champion Paul ‘Goodie’ Goodison is ready for the final battle. “I’m pretty surprised we’re as close to the leaders as we are, but it’s really good. It means there’s still a lot to play for and if we keep improving like we have done the last three days we should be doing alright.” Reflecting on the day, he continued: “I think we had a good set plan before the start. We wanted to be the first boat out on port heading into what we thought was more pressure, and it seemed to work most of the time. Apart from that, when things didn’t go well, we did quite a good job of pulling back. I think a lot of that is where we’re still learning to sail the boat and becoming a bit more confident in our skills, which is starting to show up.”

Realteam were also able to upgrade their overall position today, from ninth to seventh, seeing more of the form we saw at Act 1 in Singapore, where the team took third place, as were Gazprom Team Russia, who took their first race win this year, elevating them from tenth to eighth. “We’re starting to sail better, our starts are better and we’re a bit more in the mix now. Everyone was pretty pleased to get the first bullet, but hopefully it’s the first of many,” commented their helm Paul Campbell-James.

The light winds punished some of the teams hard, including the defending champions and the home team The Wave, Muscat and Groupama sailing team. Neither team were able to put in the consistent performance that will be needed if they want to be stood on the podium tomorrow, but they did enough to keep themselves well in the game – The Wave, Muscat in fifth place on 118 points and Groupama sailing team in sixth with 105 – three points ahead of Realteam. Meet Leigh McMillan and The Wave, Muscat team here.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 2, Muscat standings after Day 3, 21 races (21.03.14)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 132 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Peter Wibroe, Nicolai Sehested 128 points.
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 127 points.
4th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Matt Cornwell 122 points.
5th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 118 points.
6th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Sophie de Turckheim, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 105 points.
7th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem, Nils Palmieri 102 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 99 points.
9th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Nick Blackman, Stewart Dodson 96 points.
10th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Tom Johnson, Will Howden, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 88 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) Seve Jarvin, Troy Tindill, Ed Smyth, Sam Newton, David Gilmour 59 points.

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