ESS Muscat, día 3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team lidera por la mínima diferencia.


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10/03/17
SAP Extreme Sailing Team nudge ahead in remarkable penultimate day in Muscat

An epic finale to the opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ is on the cards following an extraordinary penultimate day in Muscat that saw the overall lead change seven times in nine nail-biting races.

Danish crew SAP Extreme Sailing Team, home team Oman Air and 2016 Extreme Sailing Series champions Alinghi all held the top spot at some stage during the third thrilling day of racing at Muscat’s Almouj Golf.

When the bumper day of super-fast foiling under Oman’s bright blue skies finally wound up it was the Danes who came away with the tiniest of advantages – a minuscule one-point buffer over arch rivals Oman Air.

A frustrating day for Austria’s Red Bull Sailing Team saw them slip out of the podium spots to be replaced with an on-fire Alinghi, who trail SAP Extreme Sailing Team by just four points.

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ESS Muscat, día 2. Oman Air nuevo líder.


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09/03/17
Oman Air go top as battle for Act 1 glory heats up

Home team Oman Air snatched the overall lead in the opening Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in a second day of intense action in Muscat today.

Phil Robertson’s men made amends for their slow start to the 2017 season opener yesterday with a masterclass of consistency, claiming one win and two runner-up spots over the five races held off Muscat’s Almouj Golf.

Their impressive record helped knock early leaders SAP Extreme Sailing Team off the top spot at the halfway mark of Act 1, the first of eight that make up this year’s Extreme Sailing Series.

Danish-flagged crew SAP Extreme Sailing Team looked set to retain their position at the head of the overall standings thanks to two race wins and a second as the fleet of nine crews enjoyed high-octane racing in near-perfect breeze of 12-14 knots.

But in the final race of the day they got caught in a patch of light wind and had to settle for eighth place, relegating them to third overall, tied on points with Austria’s Red Bull Sailing Team.

Meanwhile reigning Extreme Sailing Series champions Alinghi, from Switzerland, followed up three third-place finishes with their first race win of 2017 to go into the penultimate day of Act 1 just two points off the podium.

With two days of racing completed and two more yet to sail, Oman Air top the table by one point and just three points split the first four teams – a clear indication of how tight the Extreme Sailing Series is set to be this year.

Oman Air tactician Pete Greenhalgh said preparation was the key to their comeback.

“We didn’t really have time to get ourselves set up yesterday plus we had some gear failure so we made sure we learned from those lessons and it seemed to pay,” he said. “We still made a couple of little mistakes but we are happy, we sailed well and when we made mistakes we were able to recover them. We’ll now look at where we feel there are gains to be made and go front foot forward into tomorrow.”

Alinghi’s helmsman and co-skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis said his team found their form today after a few tricky races, culminating in victory in the last race of the day.

“In the first race we had some knots in the sheets and it wasn’t working very well so we had to sit down and say, ok let’s start again but more simply,” he said. “From there it went really well and we had a lot of podium finishes. In the last race we were ahead from the beginning so it was great to end the day like that.”

After impressing on their Extreme Sailing Series debut yesterday wildcard crew Team Tilt, made up of Swiss sailors under the age of 24, notched up their first race win when they stormed to victory in the second race of the day.

Skipper Sébastien Schneiter, who competed at the Rio Olympics in the 49er dinghy class, said his young crew will aim to replicate that success over the remaining two days of the Act.

“It was a really nice race for us,” he said, “but now we have to be a bit more consistent. Two of the races today were a bit average, but we learned a lot from them and we’re really happy. We’re here to learn as much as possible and we’re taking every race one by one, trying new things, and pushing as much as we can. We’re here without pressure, so we’re just going to give everything we have.”

The penultimate day of Act 1 will see racing resume tomorrow afternoon (GMT+4).

Fans around the world can watch tomorrow’s racing live on the Extreme Sailing Series YouTube or Facebook. Please check the official social media channels for further updates.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat standings after Day 2, 12 races (9.3.17)
Position / Team / Points

1st Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 117 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 116 points.
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Adam Minoprio, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Hervé Cunnigham, Richard Mason 116 points.
4th Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 114 points.
5th Team Tilt (SUI) Sebastien Schneiter, Jéremy Bachelin, Florian Trüb, Arthur Cevey, Jocelyn Keller 93 points.
6th Team ENGIE (FRA) Sébastien Rogues, Gurvan Bontemps, Jules Bidegaray, Antoine Joubert, Benjamin Amiot 93 points.
7th Tawera Racing (NZL) Chris Steele, Graeme Sutherland, Shane Diviney, George Anyon, Josh Salthouse 90 points.
8th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Owen Bowerman, Will Alloway, Adam Kay, Oli Greber 66 points.
9th NZL Sailing Team (NZL) Logan Dunning Beck, Harry Hull, Isaac McHardie, Matthew Kempkers, Luca Brown 60 points.

ESS Muscat, día 1. SAP Extreme Sailing Team al frente.


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08/03/17
Muscat ofrece excelentes condiciones en la jornada inaugural de las Extreme Sailing Series™

La temporada 2017 de Extreme Sailing Series comenzaron hoy de forma sensacional en la capital de Omán, bajo condiciones perfectas y con el telón de fondo de Muttrah, el casco antiguo de Muscat.

La flota de 9 equipos internacionales se enfrentó por primera vez en sus catamaranes GC32 sobre hidro-alas en aguas del golfo de Omán en la jornada inaugural de la undécima temporada de las Extreme Sailing Series en una brisa de 15 nudos y bajo un cielo azul.

SAP Extreme Sailing Team, con un flamante tercer puesto bajo el brazo tras el Campeonato GC32, se convirtió en la tripulación a batir al encadenar tres victorias. La tripulación danesa con el antiguo campeón de match race Adam Minoprio a la caña, probó su valía en una jornada impecable: “Al comienzo de la jornada sentimos que teníamos velocidad y que no estábamos cometiendo errores. Estar en lo más alto de la clasificación después de una jornada enfrentándonos a este nivel de equipos es una buena forma de empezar”, dijo el patrón neozelandés.

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ESS Sidney. Alinghi gana y se corona campeón de la temporada.


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Repetición completa del último día de regatas.

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11/12/16

Alinghi gana la final 2016 en Sídney y suma su tercer título de Extreme Sailing Series™

El equipo suizo Alinghi se coronó campeón de las Extreme Sailing Series 2016 tras una final a tres bandas en Sídney.

En una jornada final llena de suspense que se decidió en el último momento, los hombres de Arnaud Psarofaghis lograron sacar fuera del primer cajón del podio a sus archirrivales Oman Air, que tuvieron que conformarse con una segunda plaza en la clasificación de la temporada.

Se trata de la tercera ocasión en que Alinghi gana las Extreme Sailing Series tras sus victorias en 2008 y 2014 pero la primera que lo logran ‘volando’ en la nueva clase de catamaranes GC32.

La tripulación omaní comenzó el Acto octavo y final de la temporada con una ventaja de dos puntos pero Alinghi sabía que si podía ganar a la tripulación de Larson, lograrían coronarse campeones de la temporada.

Al comienzo de la última jornada los suizos adelantaban a los omaníes por 19 puntos y la estrategia de Oman Air no podía ser otra que arañar puntos manga tras manga y forzar a Alinghi a cometer errores y Larson intentó todas las tácticas a su alcance para intentar sacar puntos de ventaja a los suizos, pero manga tras manga los helvéticos reforzaron su dominio.

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ESS Sidney día 3. Gran día para Red Bull Sailing Team que trepa al segundo puesto.


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10/12/16

Extreme Sailing Series™ to go down to the wire after sensational penultimate day in Sydney

The battle for the Extreme Sailing Series™ title took a new twist today as Red Bull Sailing Team squeezed in between Act 8 leaders Alinghi and overall table toppers Oman Air on the penultimate day of the 2016 season finale in Sydney.

Roman Hagara’s Austrian crew had the pedal firmly to the metal as they notched up three impressive wins and three more podium finishes from the day’s eight races, revelling in the fresh 13 to 20-knot easterly breeze.

As Red Bull Sailing Team celebrated their trio of back-to-back victories it looked like they were on course to end the day in pole position until Swiss crew Alinghi upped the ante claiming honours in the last two races of the day, leaving Hagara’s men just six points behind.

Meanwhile overall Series leaders Oman Air were relegated to third place in the Act 8 rankings, 19 points adrift of Alinghi, following a mixed bag of results in which they only managed two podium finishes.

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ESS Sidney día 2. Oman Air recorta distancia con Alinghi, en un final de temporada apretado.


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09/12/16

Alinghi and Oman Air neck and neck at halfway mark of Sydney season finale

Just two points split Extreme Sailing Series™ title contenders Alinghi and Oman Air at the halfway stage of the final Act of the 2016 season as Sydney delivered another bout of epic racing today.

Swiss crew Alinghi remain in pole position after two days of breathtaking action on the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour, but it couldn’t be tighter at the top as the battle between the two Series frontrunners intensifies.

Bright, blustery conditions greeted the eight-strong international fleet as the big breeze from yesterday’s thrilling opener, which featured two capsizes, returned for another round.

With unpredictable winds gusting from 15 to 30 knots whipping across the Stadium racecourse the decision was taken to split the fleet in two for the first four races to ensure the safety of the crews.

The teams were then brought back together for two incredible full-fleet clashes right in front of the crowds watching from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, the hosts of the event.

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ESS Sidney. Alinghi domina en el inicio y dos equipos tumban espectacularmente.


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08/12/16

Dos barcos vuelcan en la primera jornada de Extreme Sailing Series™ en Sídney

Primera jornada electrizante de las Extreme Sailing Series en Sídney en la que dos equipos volcaron. El día comenzó con cielos despejados y la clásica brisa del noreste con 22 nudos que vio a los ocho equipos internacionales de la flota enfrentarse en el campo de regatas de la principal ciudad de Australia, en la octava y última prueba de esta temporada.

Los ocho equipos de catamaranes GC32 salieron a la arena del icónico puerto de Sídney a dar todo un espectáculo ante los espectadores y las docenas de medios que se dieron cita para seguir de cerca toda la acción, con velocidades de hasta 36 nudos en las que las tripulaciones salieron a darlo todo.

Los jóvenes tripulantes de Land Rover BAR Academy iban en segundo lugar de la clasificación provisional y salieron a por todas en la tercera manga del día cuando ambos cascos pincharon en la baliza de barlovento y terminó en un vuelco que dio la vuelta al barco completa. Minutos más tarde, Visit Madeira sufrió un destino similar en casi la misma posición y terminó volcando sobre un lado.

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