Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos, Alinghi gana el evento y la temporada.


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02/12/18

Alinghi gana la temporada 2018 de Extreme Sailing Series™ en Los Cabos

Por cuarta vez en sus ocho participaciones en las Extreme Sailing Series™, Alinghi ganó el campeonato tras completar una extraordinaria final en Los Cabos, México. Los suizos se convierten así en la tripulación más laureada en los doce años de historia de las Series junto con The Wave, Muscat.

Los hombres de Ernesto Bertarelli: Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey y Bryan Mettraux cerraron la gran final válida por doble puntuación por todo lo alto, ganando la última prueba del campeonato (también válida por doble puntuación) y pusieron el broche de oro a diez meses de tour alrededor del planeta. La victoria en Los Cabos es la quinta de los siete Actos disputados en 2018.

“Estoy feliz, aunque ahora mismo me siento aliviado. Estaba un poco estresado con la creciente presión para ganar la temporada aquí en Los Cabos. El equipo ha hecho un trabajo perfecto y me lo han puesto muy fácil. La clave ha sido mantenerse en calma durante todo el evento. Ganar el Acto y el campeonato es la forma perfecta de terminar el año”, explicó el co-patrón del equipo, Arnaud Psarofaghis.

Los suizos se hicieron además con el trofeo al mejor equipo de tierra del año, un nuevo premio entregado por el patrocinador de logística del evento, WTC Logistics.

Para los campeones de 2017, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, el Acto en Los Cabos ha sido una píldora difícil de digerir. A pesar del talento de sus cinco tripulantes, el equipo de bandera danesa no logró la consistencia necesaria para sumar una segunda temporada en lo alto del podio y encadenó una serie de resultados mediocres, que ayudó a abrir la brecha con los suizos, para terminar fuera del podio en México y en tercer lugar en la general. A pesar del resultado, fue el barco más rápido en las aguas de Cabo San Lucas, según datos del patrocinador técnico de las Series, SAP.

Red Bull Sailing Team navegó de forma consistente durante todo el Acto y consiguió una segunda plaza, su mejor resultado del año. “Estamos muy contentos con el resultado en Los Cabos. Alinghi mantuvo la calma en la última prueba porque sabían que habían ganado el campeonato. Nosotros mantuvimos la pelea con Oman Air y nos salió bien”, explicó el táctico del equipo austriaco, Hans Peter Steinacher.

Erik Brockmann, patrón de Team México, resumió así la experiencia en Los Cabos y en el año: “Ha sido una regata muy divertida. Cada día fuimos mejorando y hoy tuvimos buenos lugares a pesar de que la flota es dura de batir, pero fuimos competitivos y estamos contentos. Ha sido un año extraordinario y esto es algo nuevo en la vela en México, así que estamos contentos de haber completado la campaña”

Los Cabos pone el punto y final a una extraordinaria duodécima temporada de Extreme Sailing Series, que ha cautivado al público y seguidores en todo el mundo. El circuito pionero del formato estadio ha ofrecido, una vez más, una experiencia única para los equipos y los fans.

Para más información, visite la página web oficial.

Clasificación de Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Los Cabos, tras 4 días y 12 pruebas (02.12.18)
Posición / Equipo / Puntos

1º, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 141 puntos

2º, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 130 pts

3º, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 126 pts

4º, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 123 pts

5º, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Oli Greber, Mark Spearman, Joey Newton: 110 pts

6º, US Team Extreme (USA) Taylor Canfield, Riley Gibbs, Matt Woodworth, Scott Ewing, Brian Porter: 97 pts

7º, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Yanic Gentry: 92 pts

Clasificación general de Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018
Posición / Equipo / Puntos

1º, Alinghi (SUI) 92 puntos

2º, Oman Air (OMA) 83 pts

3º, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 83 pts

4º, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 72 pts

5º, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 70 pts

6º, Team México (MEX) 56 pts

Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos, día 1. Hat trick para Red Bull Sailing Team.


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29/11/18
Tres victorias para Red Bull Sailing Team en el primer día de Extreme Sailing Series™ en Los Cabos

Los austriacos de Red Bull Sailing Team vivieron una de sus mejores jornadas en el agua de la temporada con tres victorias en las tres pruebas disputadas en el primer día de Extreme Sailing Series en Los Cabos.

A pesar de un año turbulento, la tripulación liderada por los doble medallistas de oro olímpicos Roman Hagara y Hans Peter Steinacher logró encontrar el secreto del éxito en el agua. “Fue un día perfecto para nosotros. Nuestras maniobras fueron buenas y pudimos salir bien en cada una de las pruebas. Queremos ganar”, dijo Hagara.

Team México liderado por Erick Brockmann y con el olímpico de los Juegos de Río Yanic Gentry a bordo, logró resultados prometedores, a pesar de la colisión que sufrieron con el equipo británico INEOS Rebels UK: “Desde el agua podemos escuchar al público animarnos y esto siempre nos hace sentir mejor. Hoy el viento fue flojo pero estuvimos en la pelea. Sabemos que podemos tener buenos resultados. Esperamos tener un poco más de viento en los próximos días. La pena es la pequeña colisión que tuvimos con el equipo británico, pero estamos listos para mañana”, detalló Brockmann.

Para SAP Extreme Sailing Team, el día no fue tan halagüeño. Los daneses tienen como misión ganar a Alinghi en el Acto final de la temporada, válido por doble puntuación, y salieron al campo de regatas de Cabo San Lucas a intentar lograr su objetivo, pero no pudo ser y terminaron la jornada en quinto lugar, tras los británicos de INEOS Rebels UK.

La flota de los siete GC32 se enfrentaron a un día de vientos flojos que pusieron a prueba la destreza táctica de las tripulaciones, con la esperanza de que la previsión sea algo mejor para los próximos días.

Las pruebas continuarán este viernes a partir de las 1400 hora local (UTC-7). El sábado 1 de diciembre y el domingo 2 de diciembre, el directo podrá seguirse por Facebook y YouTube.

Para más información sobre las Extreme Sailing Series, por favor visite la página web oficial.

Clasificación de Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Los Cabos, tras 1 día y 3 pruebas (29.11.18)
Posición / Equipo / Puntos

1º, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 36 puntos

2º, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 31 pts

3º, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 31 pts

4º, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Oli Greber, Mark Spearman, Joey Newton: 26 pts

5º, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 25 pts

6º, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Yanic Gentry: 20 pts

7º, US Team Extreme (USA) Taylor Canfield, Riley Gibbs, Matt Woodworth, Scott Ewing, Brian Porter: 20 pts

Extreme Sailing Series San Diego. Oman Air se lleva el triunfo y rompe la racha de Alinghi.


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21/10/18
La última prueba de Extreme Sailing Series™ en San Diego decide la victoria de Oman Air

El último día de la competición de Extreme Sailing Series™ en San Diego transcurrió con el suspense en el aire sobre cuál sería el equipo ganador. Oman Air se alzó con la victoria y rompió así la racha de cinco victorias que Alinghi ha logrado hasta ahora en la temporada 2018.

El equipo omaní aplicó una estudiada técnica de match race a lo largo de la última jornada pero a pesar del duro trabajo a bordo, los suizos no fueron capaces de defender su liderazgo frente al campeón de match race Phil Robertson y su tripulación formada por Peter Greenhalgh, Nasser Al Mashari, Stewart Dodson y James Wierzbowski.

La batalla entre el equipo omaní y el suizo se encarnizó en la quinta y penúltima prueba del día. Ambos barcos forcejearon mutuamente para desplazarse hacia la parte menos favorable del campo de regatas frente a Harbor Island. Oman Air consiguió liberarse de la presión, con Alinghi al acecho. Al acercarse a la línea de llegada, los británicos de INEOS Rebels se aprovecharon de la lucha entre ambos y cruzaron la meta en primer lugar, seguidos de Oman Air. La última prueba del día, válida por doble puntuación, no fue menos tensa. Oman Air aventajaba a Alinghi por tres puntos. Los helvéticos aseguraron su liderazgo desde la salida, pero con Oman Air pisándoles los talones, sabían que la victoria solo llegaría si lograban interponer otro barco entre ambos. El orden de llegada en la última prueba fue Alinghi, Oman Air y SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Oman Air se convertía de esta manera en campeón del Acto en San Diego y se subía al cajón del podio por primera vez desde el Acto en Hamburgo en agosto de 2017.

“Estamos felices. Hemos esperado este momento durante mucho tiempo. Con este primer puesto recogemos los frutos de un trabajo de equipo muy duro y conseguimos ganar a Alinghi, por fin”, exclamó Phil Robertson.

A pesar de su decepción, el co-patrón y caña de Alinghi, Arnaud Psarofaghis, felicitó a sus rivales por el éxito en San Diego. A pesar de quedar segundos, los suizos mantienen el liderazgo en la clasificación general de la temporada, 3 puntos por delante de SAP Extreme Sailing Team.

El barco de bandera estadounidense, invitado a San Diego, un Acto presentado por SAP, tuvo ante sí todo un reto, al contar con poca experiencia de navegar juntos como tripulación. A pesar de ello, los hombres de Element Spark Compass lograron un segundo puesto a lo largo de la regata.

El equipo de bandera mexicana, Team México, logró un cuarto puesto en la última prueba del día y tienen ya puesta la mirada en el último Acto de la temporada, válido por doble puntuación, que se disputará en Los Cabos, México, del 29 de noviembre al 2 de diciembre, un evento presentado por Element Sports Group.

Para mayor información, puede visitar la página web oficial de Extreme Sailing Series.

Clasificación de Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 San Diego, presentado por SAP, tras 4 días y 21 pruebas (21.10.18)

Posición / Equipo / Puntos

1º, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 233 pts

2º, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 232 puntos

3º, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 226 pts

4º, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 199 pts

5º, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 190 pts

6º Element Spark Compass (USA) Taylor Canfield, Sam Hallowell, John Wallace, Matt Noble, Mateo Vargas: 159 pts

7º, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 147 pts

Clasificacón general de Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

Posición / Equipo / Puntos

1º, Alinghi (SUI) 68 puntos

2º, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 65 pts

3º, Oman Air (OMA) 63 pts

4º, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 54 pts

5º, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 50 pts

6º, Team México (MEX) 42 pts

Extreme Sailing Series San Diego, día 2.

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19/10/18

Team Oman Air hunts down Alinghi on second day of Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego

The hunters became the hunted as Team Oman Air closed the gap on Extreme Sailing Series™ frontrunners, Alinghi, on the second day of racing in San Diego.

Having seen some strong results on the opening day of the Act, Oman Air were ready for take off on day two. Phil Robertson and his crew stalked the first place Swiss boat around the course, pushing hard to take a bite out of Alinghi’s lead.

Following six podiums out of seven races – including a hat-trick of pole position finishes – the Omani crew clawed back all-important points, finishing the day just five points behind the Swiss.

“We sailed so much better today than yesterday,” said Oman Air skipper, Phil Robertson. “We strung some firsts together and took down Alinghi. It’s tight at the top and you can’t give these guys an inch, so we’re going to stay focussed tomorrow and keep fighting hard.”

Usually the kings of consistency with a clean sheet of first place finishes, the crew onboard the Swiss boat appeared to drop the ball in today’s races, falling off the podium in two of the day’s seven races and failing to top it in all but one.

Last year’s San Diego Act and overall Series winners, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, were also kept at bay by the Omani crew. With tricky breeze plaguing the course, the Danes were unable to find their groove for much of the afternoon. Thankfully their mojo reappeared and they finished first in the day’s final three races.

“We felt terrible for the first few races,” admitted helm Adam Minoprio. “We were a bit upset as we didn’t feel like we had managed to turn it around from yesterday. Then suddenly the mood onboard changed and we were back on track. Things haven’t been going the right way for Alinghi; I’d say they’ve run out of luck!”

The opposite was true for Red Bull Sailing Team. It looked hopeful for the crew when they scored a trio of consecutive podiums in the day’s opening three races, but a series of mistakes saw them slip down the leaderboard as the racing drew to a close. The Austrian-flagged boat was unable to knock the Danes off the podium; they currently sit in fourth ahead of British INEOS Rebels.

“Despite our good start to the day, we lost it a bit towards the end,” explained double Olympic gold medallist, Roman Hagara, the team’s skipper and helm. “Overall it was a good day, but we could have done better.”

The team’s new foil trimmer, Red Bull Foiling Generation star Micah Wilkinson, agreed that they would have liked to have done better, but affirmed that the team is still putting in 110%.

“The boys on board are giving it heaps,” he said. “It’s taking a few days for me to adjust to the new boat as the weights are much heaver than the Flying Phantom that I’ve been sailing recently. I’m slowly learning though. I may get shouted out when I get things wrong but it’s all part of the fun!”

Extreme Sailing Series San Diego, presented by SAP, continues all weekend in the sunny Californian city. GC32 racing is scheduled for a 14:00 PT (UTC-7) start tomorrow, and will be streamed LIVE on the Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels.

An impressive Race Village spans Harbor Island, with food trucks, bars, an education zone provided by US Sailing and other activities for all ages. On the water, O’pen BICS youth sailing bolsters the schedule, in addition to the Element Sports Kiteboarding Invitational. To celebrate Military Appreciation Day, there will also be a full 20-piece Naval band and a display by San Diego Bay Adventures.

For more information, please head to the event website.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 San Diego, presented by SAP, standings after Day 2, 13 races (19.10.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 140 points

2nd, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 135 pts

3rd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 132 pts

4th, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 118 pts

5th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 113 pts

6th, Element Spark Compass (USA) Taylor Canfield, Sam Hallowell, John Wallace, Matt Noble, Mateo Vargas: 96 pts

7th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 85 pts

Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff, día 3. Tumbadas para Oman Air y Team Wales.


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26/08/18
Dramatic double capsize on penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff

Cardiff Bay was alive with action today, as two boats capsized within moments of each other on the Extreme Sailing Series™ racecourse.

Charging downwind on the third race of the day (race 19), the Omani boat and Team Wales were both caught by strong 20 knot gusts that caused their hulls to become submerged and a cartwheel capsize to ensue.

All crewmembers on Team Wales were accounted for and there were no injuries to anyone onboard. Although the boat was righted quickly, foil damage unfortunately prevented the local wildcard team from competing for the rest of the day. With their boat recovered to shore, the Extreme Sailing Series technical teams began work to ensure the Welsh crew can compete on home waters on the final day of the event, Monday 27 August.

Just metres away, safety teams tended to the capsized Omani boat. The crew’s mainsail trimmer, Pete Greenhalgh, was taken to shore to receive medical attention for an injury, whilst the Extreme Sailing Series safety teams swiftly righted the boat.

“Well, we went for a little swim!” said Phil Robertson, the team’s skipper, on the dock. “It wasn’t the most ideal situation. We went round the top mark and you have to go straight into a gybe. With two sails up, you’re going pretty fast and we obviously made a few mistakes. We were hit by a gust that flipped us over pretty quickly.”

With no further injuries or boat damage sustained, the undaunted Omani team radioed for a reserve sailor to join their crew, in the hope that they could continue to race. Being a boat down but not done fighting, Team Wales skipper Adam Piggott answered their call, jumping on board the Omani boat to end the day on a high.

“I wanted to help them out,” explained Piggott. “Once we got going, we scored a third and a first. They were keen to clock some points so hopefully not too bad a day for them!”

“The boys were stoked to win the last race of the day,” added Robertson. “It was a great way to finish and to cheer us all up.”

Team Oman Air closed the day on the podium in third.

Racing in Cardiff had been hindered throughout the day by strong winds and torrential rain. Early on, Race Management decided not to send the fleet of Flying Phantoms out this morning, with GC32 racing postponed until 15:15 local time.

In challenging conditions, some teams fared better than others. Whilst Act leaders SAP Extreme Sailing Team extended their lead on the fleet and hit the fastest speed of the Act so far – an impressive 34.3kts achieved in race 18 – British INEOS Rebels fell through the ranks, giving up their spot on the Act podium.

“It was a really hard day for us,” admitted the team’s skipper, Will Alloway. “We just couldn’t seem to pick the right spots on the course. On the plus side, our boat handling was a lot better but we’ve still got a way to go until we’re at the level we need to be. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

The final day of racing is due to get underway tomorrow at 10:00 BST/UTC+1 for the Flying Phantoms and 14:00 for the GC32s. With the last race of the day worth double points for both fleets, the teams at the top can’t yet sleep easy – the Extreme Sailing Series is anyone’s game.

The event’s free-to-enter public Fan Zone will be open all day in Britannia Park and next to the Norwegian Church, offering entertainment and activities for all the family.

GC32 racing will be streamed LIVE from 14:00 BST/UTC+1 tomorrow, accompanied by expert commentary from Niall Myant-Best and Stevie Morrison.

For more information on the Extreme Sailing Series, please visit their website.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Cardiff standings after Day 3, 21 races (26.08.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Hervé Cunningham, Richard Mason: 220 points
2nd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 213 pts
3rd, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 205 pts
4th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Bleddyn Mon: 204 pts
5th, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 187 pts
6th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 155 pts
7th, Team Wales (GBR) Adam Piggott, Alain Sign, Martin Evans, Gareth Fowler, Peter McCoy: 140 pts

Flying Phantom Series Cardiff standings after Day 3, 12 races (26.08.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Olivia Mackay, Micah Wilkinson: 232 pts
2nd, Idreva Zephyr Foiling (FRA) Charles Hainneville, Thibault Julien: 215 pts
3rd, Flying Frogs (FRA) Pierre Le Clainche, Arnaud Vasseur: 207 pts
4th, Culture Foil (FRA) Nicolas Ferellec, Théo Constance: 201 pts
5th, Team France Jeune (FRA) Solune Robert, Antoine Rucard: 196 pts
6th, Masterlan (CZE) David Krizek, Milan Harmacek: 181 pts
7th, EVO Visian ICL (GER) Raphael Neuhann, Elias Neuhann: 180 pts

Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff, día 2.


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25/08/18

Alinghi climbs the ranks on second day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff

After a tough day on the water at the Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff yesterday, Swiss team Alinghi reclaimed their place on the podium today. They closed the second day of the Cardiff competition in second place, following top-three finishes in all but one of the day’s races.

Back on winning form, the Swiss resumed their ongoing battle with their Danish counterparts. Chasing frontrunners SAP Extreme Sailing Team around the racecourse with impressive skill and determination, they outperformed the Danes in all but two of the races.

“We had a much better day today,” said an enthusiastic Arnaud Psarofaghis, co-skipper and helm for the team. “Our spare crew, Bryan Mettraux, flew in from Switzerland to replace Nils Frei due to the minor injury he suffered yesterday. It’s always so much easier to race with someone who knows the boat well. We’re back on the podium and we’re looking to re-take that top spot.”

Alinghi have never before won in Cardiff, despite having raced in the Welsh capital five times previously.

Today marked a very different day on the water for SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Having owned the racecourse on Friday, the Danes fell off the pace in the lighter winds, leaving their rankings littered with disappointing results.

“There were a couple of times when things didn’t go our way,” explained the team’s Kiwi helm, Adam Minoprio. “We misjudged the pressure and it cost us a lot of points. Combine that with the two bad starts we had, and we had very little chance of a podium finish in five out of eight races. Alinghi were so consistent today, which makes it worse, but we will just have to sail better tomorrow.”

It was another strong day on the water for the Brits, who have consistently set the bar high throughout the Cardiff Act. Five podiums across eight races saw INEOS Rebels close the day in third place. Although a disappointing step down from yesterday’s second place position, their skipper Will Alloway was unfazed by the result.

“The first races went really well but unfortunately we made some mistakes in the last few,” he said. “A debrief tonight then back at it tomorrow, I’m sure we’ll be a lot better then.”

The conditions on the racecourse could not have been further from those of Friday. The rain and strong winds of day one gave way to glorious sunshine, as the crowds came out in force to line the shores of Cardiff Bay.

Spurred on by the shoreside support, local wildcard Team Wales battled it out with Team México throughout the day, determined to jump up the leaderboard and do their country proud. However, the team unfortunately required a crew change early on when their mainsail trimmer, Martin Evans, was taken ill.

“The crew change meant that we had to ease the new guy into it,” said the team’s foil trimmer, Welshman Gareth Fowler. “We improved a lot towards the end of the day though, we’re pretty hopeful for tomorrow.”

Over on the Flying Phantom racecourse, Series favourites Team France Jeune were put through the wringer once again when they suffered damage to their foil case in race 10.

Austrian challenger Red Bull Sailing Team currently leads the fleet, holding a 17-point advantage over French opponents Idreva Zephyr Foiling.

Challenging conditions are forecast for Sunday, with strong winds and torrential rain expected in the Bay. When asked about the forecast, an excited Phil Robertson – skipper for Oman Air – chirped:

“Chuck the reefs in, little jibs and let’s go racing!”

The Extreme Sailing Series will be streamed LIVE from 14:00 BST/UTC+1 tomorrow, accompanied by expert commentary from Niall Myant-Best and Stevie Morrison.

The free-to-enter Fan Zone will be open to the public from 11:00 each day of the bank holiday weekend.

For more information on the Extreme Sailing Series, head to their website.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Cardiff standings after Day 2, 16 races (25.08.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Hervé Cunningham, Richard Mason: 166 points
2nd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 162 pts
3rd, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Bleddyn Mon: 158 pts
4th, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 154 pts
5th, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 144 pts
6th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 116 pts
7th, Team Wales (GBR) Adam Piggott, Alain Sign, Martin Evans, Gareth Fowler, Peter McCoy, Kyle Stoneham: 108 pts

Flying Phantom Series Cardiff standings after Day 2, 12 races (25.08.18)
Position / Team / Points

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Olivia Mackay, Micah Wilkinson: 232 pts
2nd, Idreva Zephyr Foiling (FRA) Charles Hainneville, Thibault Julien: 215 pts
3rd, Flying Frogs (FRA) Pierre Le Clainche, Arnaud Vasseur: 207 pts
4th, Culture Foil (FRA) Nicolas Ferellec, Théo Constance: 201 pts
5th, Team France Jeune (FRA) Solune Robert, Antoine Rucard: 196 pts
6th, Masterlan (CZE) David Krizek, Milan Harmacek: 181 pts
7th, EVO Visian ICL (GER) Raphael Neuhann, Elias Neuhann: 180 pts

Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff, día 1.


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24/08/18
Danes dominate on day one of wet and wild Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff competition

Despite the heavy rain and grey skies, SAP Extreme Sailing Team shone on the water today at the Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff, winning five of the day’s eight races.

Initial postponement due to rain squalls evolved into high octane racing on Welsh waters, as the seven international teams went full throttle around the racecourse, determined to take the top spot in the only UK Act of the 2018 Series.

Visibility may not have been the best, but this was no problem for the Danes who always had the first place finish firmly within their sights.

“It’s great to be leading the fleet,” said skipper Rasmus Køstner with a smile. “It was a challenging day with a lot of breeze. We really needed to keep it tight around the racecourse, but we had good starts so well done to the team. It’s a short course here but it makes the sailing very entertaining to watch.”

Despite their consistent podium finishes, the Danish squad requested a number of damage delays throughout the Cardiff opener.

“We had a few breakdowns with winches and locks which hold the sail at the top of the rig,” explained their helm Adam Minoprio. “We managed to survive though, so it was a really good day for us overall.”

It was no surprise that INEOS Rebels UK also performed well in today’s conditions, the team evidently accustomed to the typical UK weather. Putting in a repeat performance of their podium success in Cascais, Portugal, the Brits bagged two bullets with a total of six podium finishes clocked over the course of the day.

“Today saw some solid boat work from the team,” said the team’s pleased skipper, Will Alloway. “There were a couple of small errors which we can definitely sort out tomorrow but I’ve got great confidence in the crew heading into the end of the season.”

Having suffered a number of challenging setbacks so far this year, Red Bull Sailing Team hit the racecourse with all guns blazing, ending the day with a place on the podium in third.

However, the Austrians fine form appeared to tail off in the final two races, in which the team fell towards the back of the fleet.

“We knew Cardiff would be tricky,” admitted the team’s double Olympic gold medallist skipper, Roman Hagara. “You can gain a lot when you assess all the options you have, and that’s what the team did during racing. We had a few bad races but we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Being fast learners and always improving, the tenacious crew on Team México were also seen breaking into the top positions today. Taking two consecutive third place finishes in races five and six, the Mexicans gave the Cardiff crowds a glimpse of the sheer talent they’re sure to showcase on home waters in Los Cabos at the end of the 2018 season.

“We had two thirds back to back, which was great for us,” enthused the team’s skipper, Erik Brockmann. “The start of the day was pretty hard as we finished last in two races, but that’s the good thing about having eight races a day – we were able to fight back and the team did amazingly.”

Despite their string of Act wins, the Series frontrunners – Swiss team Alinghi – today suffered an array of setbacks on the water.

“We had some issues because Nils Frei, our headsail trimmer, had a minor injury in the first race,” explained co-skipper and helm, Arnaud Psarofaghis. “We tried to compete in the second race but he couldn’t continue. Gillies Monroe, the reserve sailor from INEOS Rebels was able to come on board, so thanks to the team.”

The Flying Phantom fleet took to the water this morning for the first day of their Series finale. Big breeze saw the boats fly around the course, but it was far from plain sailing for some of the top dogs. Both Team France Jeune and Culture Foil suffered mishaps on the water, both resulting in capsizes.

“During the third race of the day, we capsized during a gybe and snapped the mast,” explained Team France Jeune’s crew, Antoine Rucard. “It was a bit dramatic but the boat is okay, it was just the mast that suffered some damage.”

Both French teams will join the rest of the fleet on the start line tomorrow morning at 10:00 BST/UTC+1.

GC32 racing is scheduled to begin at 14:00 BST/UTC+1. Days three and four will be streamed LIVE on Facebook and YouTube. The free-to-enter Fan Zone is open from 11:00 tomorrow, with a range of activities available for all the family.

For more information, please visit the Extreme Sailing Series website.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Cardiff standings after Day 1, 8 races (24.08.18)

Position / Team / Points

1st, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Hervé Cunningham, Richard Mason: 87 pts
2nd, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 82 pts
3rd, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 73 pts
4th, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey, Gillies Monroe: 72 points
5th, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 69 pts
6th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 62 pts
7th, Team Wales (GBR) Adam Piggott, Alain Sign, Martin Evans, Gareth Fowler, Peter McCoy: 56 pts

Flying Phantom Series Cardiff standings after Day 1, 4 races (24.08.18)

Position / Team / Points

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Olivia Mackay, Micah Wilkinson: 78 pts
2nd, Idreva Zephyr Foiling (FRA) Charles Hainneville, Thibault Julien: 73 pts
3rd, Flying Frogs (FRA) Pierre Le Clainche, Arnaud Vasseur: 68 pts
4th, Team France Jeune (FRA) Solune Robert, Antoine Rucard: 65 pts
5th, EVO Visian ICL (GER) Raphael Neuhann, Elias Neuhann: 61 pts
6th, Culture Foil (FRA) Nicolas Ferellec, Théo Constance: 59 pts
7th, Masterlan (CZE) David Krizek, Milan Harmacek: 59 pts