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Monday, May 2, 2016

Alinghi Take First Win of 2016 at Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Qingdao

Swiss team Alinghi today notched up their first win of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in a breathtaking final day of racing in Qingdao.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Alinghi went into the finale of Act 2 with the narrowest of leads over rivals and Act 1 winners Oman Air, and all to play for as the fleet took to the stadium race course in 8-10 knots of wind, enough for the GC32 catamarans to ‘fly’ on their hydrofoils.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
The two crews proved the form teams over the first three days of intense racing in Fushan Bay – and when racing resumed, so did their battle. It was Oman Air, with experienced skipper Morgan Larson on the helm, who scored first, dominating the first race of the closing day to take a vital win while a poor start saw Alinghi only muster a seventh.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
But Alinghi, under the expert guidance of helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis, answered straight back, leading off the startline of the second race all the way to the finish to record the first of three race wins. And in a complete reverse of the opener, it was Oman Air’s turn to settle for seventh.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Even a broken jib onboard Oman Air in the fourth race of the day that put them in sixth place couldn’t stop them coming back to win two races later.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
With a thick fog descending on the race course Race Director Phil Lawrence decided conditions were not safe to hold the last scheduled race. It meant race 18, the sixth of the day, counted for double points, handing a full 24 to Oman Air, but it was not enough to overtake Alinghi and Larson’s men finished just six points short.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
The victory for Alinghi means they move up the overall leader board into second, but Oman Air still top the standings by two points going into Act 3 in Cardiff, UK.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“The team did a fantastic job – they made it easy for me to just helm the boat and be fast. We had a real battle with Oman Air on points. We had a good race, they had a good one, we had a bad one, so did they," Psarofaghis  said.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“Every race was a new race for us. We looked to get the best start possible not think too much about the points.To get up on the foils was great – we made some good gains while flying. We’re going to push to be even faster in Cardiff.”

Gracious in defeat to his old team Alinghi, Larson vowed to come back stronger when racing resumes in June.

“We put a good effort in but came up a little short. Hats off to Alinghi, they were good all week, but now we’ve got to close that gap. We’re all out there to win but obviously I sailed with Alinghi last year so there’s a little something there pushing me on,” Larson said

“We tore a jib in the fourth race which really affected us. We dropped from third to seventh and we were really on the back foot but the guys answered and we came back strong. We were looking forward to the last race because we knew we had a shot. But we’re a strong team, we have our act together, and it’s going to be a great season of racing.”

Red Bull Sailing Team skipper Roman Hagara said he was happy to rack up another podium finish that puts his crew in joint second on the overall leaderboard.

“Qingdao has not always been the best venue for us – we’ve had some really big issues here with crashes and capsizes,” he said. “Now finally we have a good story from Qingdao, finishing on the podium. Our start in Oman was perfect and now we have another podium, so we’re right up there.”

Early leaders Land Rover BAR Academy finished fourth, with Sail Portugal in fifth and SAP Extreme Sailing Team in sixth. Taylor Canfield’s One team, the first Chinese-backed crew ever to compete in a full season on the Extreme Sailing Series, finished Act 2 in seventh ahead of Team Turx.

Qingdao’s own Liu Xue, better known as Black, said: “It’s been amazing being part of the One crew and representing China here in my home town. Today there was enough wind to get the boats up on their foils, which was an incredible experience.”

Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series takes place in Cardiff from June 23-26.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2, Qingdao standings after Day 4, 18 races (02.05.16)
Position / Team / Points

1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 187 points.
2. Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 181 points.
3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 166 points.
4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Bleddyn Môn, Leigh McMillan, Michael Barnes, Adam Kay, Neil Hunter 162 points.
5. Sail Portugal (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Bernardo Freitas, Javier de la Plaza, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 156 points.
6. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 156 points.
7. One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Shane Diviney, Hayden Goodrick, Luke Payne, Liu Xue 146 points.
8. Team Turx (TUR) Stevie Morrison, Tom Dawson, Tom Buggy, Martin Evans, Brad Funk 138 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 overall standings
Position / Team / Points

1. Oman Air (OMA) 23 points.
2. Alinghi (SUI) 21 points.
3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 21 points.
4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 19 points.
5. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 15 points.
6. Sail Portugal (POR) 13 points.
7. One (CHN) 13 points.
8. Team Turx (TUR) 11 points.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Aussies Nab A Swag of Medals in France at Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Australia has won five medals at this year’s Sailing World Cup Hyeres, including Gold and Silver in the Finn Class, Silver in the 470 Men, and Bronze in the 49ers and Laser.
Jake Lilley Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Finn Gold Medal: Jake Lilley
Finn Silver Medal: Oliver Tweddell
470M Silver Medal: Mat Belcher & Will Ryan
Laser Bronze Medal: Tom Burton
49er Bronze Medal: Will & Sam Phillips
Jake Lilley Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
The conditions in Hyeres for the Sailing World Cup have continued to test sailors, right through to today’s final medal races with a mix of conditions throughout the day. Heavy winds prevailed early in the day, with several classes, including the Laser and 470s getting their races underway in excess of 15 knots. Then thunderstorms rolled across the venue, and the final races for other classes got underway in the post-storm light and fluky conditions.
Jake Lilley Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
These lighter conditions set the scene for Australia’s Finn sailors, who both worked hard to make the most of today’s challenging conditions. Queensland’s Jake Lilley came away with the Gold medal after finishing seventh in today’s medal race, while Oliver Tweddell sailed a strong race today, crossing the line in third; which brought him within three points overall of Lilley and gave him the Silver Medal. It was a great result for the Aussies, who are both seeking the single Olympic spot in the class.
Oliver Tweddell and Jake Lilley Photo: © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
“There was a lot of pressure riding on today. This was really important in terms of our selection for the Games. I had an okay start and got onto the wrong side of the shift and it was looking really bad, but I just kept chipping away. The last downwind got really light and I just kept fighting. I had penalty turns on the last work to the finish, but still managed to hang on...just,” Lilley said at the completion of racing.
Jake Lilley Photo: © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Tweddell also found the going tough today. “Conditions in the medal race were tricky. I was really happy getting third. I knew what I had to do going into the race and I was glad I managed to come away with the Silver Medal. It’s great for Australian Finn sailing to have both Jake and I up the front.”
Oliver Tweddell Photo: © Jesus RenPedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Australia’s 470 Men, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan have taken the Silver Medal behind the Croatian pairing of Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic. The Aussies got off to a good start in the medal race, and stayed within the top group throughout the race. They crossed the finish line in third place, while the Croatians finished in fifth, enough for them to take the Gold Medal.
Belcher and Ryan Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
“Today was quite a difficult position for Will and I. Unfortunately we lost a lot of points yesterday and we knew we couldn’t get to first, but we had third and fourth quite close to us . We had everything to lose and not much to gain. It was a great, pressured situation for us and we came away with a third and being able to hold onto the Silver medal, so it was a good day for us,” Belcher said.
Belcher and Ryan Photo: © Jesus RenPedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
In the Laser class, Australia’s Tom Burton took the Bronze Medal after crossing the line seventh in today’s medal race. Fellow Australian, Matt Wearn was close behind, finishing fourth overall after a fifth place in the medal race.
Tom Burton Photo: © Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
“The medal race in the Laser was pretty intense. We went out in 15 knots and then by the start time it was around 25 knots. The first beat was super windy and down the first run it started to die and by the end of the race we had under five knots. Today was a little disappointing, I thought I was sailing quite well throughout the week. I was in it to win it, but that didn’t happen today,” Burton said.
Will Phillips / Sam Phillips Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
In the 49ers, Australia’s team of Will and Sam Phillips took the Bronze medal, after finishing fifth in today’s medal race. The event was taken out by New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke; while the Danish team of Jonas Warrer and Christian Peter Lubeck slipped into the Silver Medal position, four points ahead of the Aussies.
 Burling and Tuke Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
It was a pretty tough week, particularly on the first day, where we had quite a lot of breeze,” commented Sam Phillips. “Other than that, we’ve had a bit of everything. It’s been really good just to test our skills and compete against all the best guys.”
Waterhouse / Darmanin Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
Australian cousins, Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin have finished fifth overall in the Nacra 17. The pair finished today’s medal race in third place, which saw them maintain their overall standing of fifth.
Waterhouse / Darmanin Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
In the Laser Radial, Ashley Stoddart crossed the line fourth in today’s light wind medal race, maintaining her overall standing of ninth. Stoddart had already appeared to post a fourth place but the time limit ran out just before the finish, leading the race to be abandoned and resailed. This made for a long day on the water.
Ashley Stoddart Photo: © Pedro Martinez/Sailing Energy/World Sailing
The Aussies now move onto various class events, including the Finn Gold Cup in Italy next week, and the Laser World Championships in Mexico from 12-18 May. The next, and final big pre-Olympic event for all classes will be Sailing World Cup Weymouth from 6-12 June.

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Nailbiting Finale Set for Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Qingdao

Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series is gearing up for a thrilling showdown with just 12 points separating the top three teams heading into the last day. Swiss crew Alinghi put on another display of consistency in Qingdao’s light winds today to go into tomorrow’s finale in front following three days of intense competition in Fushan Bay.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
But in the fickle conditions Qingdao has been throwing at the eight-strong fleet, victory is far from guaranteed for helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis and his teammates. Morgan Larson’s Oman Air, winners of the opening Act in Muscat, are breathing down their necks just four points behind them, while Extreme Sailing Series rookies Sail Portugal are threatening to upset the balance a further eight points back.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
With 12 points awarded for a win and five for finishing eighth, just one slip-up could see a team tumble down the rankings and out of contention for a podium position, especially given that double points are up for grabs in the final race of the Act.

Meanwhile a three-way tie for fourth place between Red Bull Sailing Team, Land Rover BAR Academy and SAP Extreme Sailing Team will ensure competition is at its tightest when racing resumes tomorrow.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Alinghi made the most of their experiences of sailing in light conditions on Switzerland’s lakes to get the better of their rivals, winning two of today’s six races. But co-skipper Psarofaghis said his crew would not get complacent heading into the Act 2 finale.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“We’re planning on starting well tomorrow and seeing what happens. We just want to stay clear of everyone else and stay fast,” he said.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Oman Air’s Larson, who used to skipper Alinghi until swapping to the Omani crew for the 2016 season, said he is relishing the chance to continue his assault on his old team’s lead.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“Alinghi are a talented team and they did a nice job to stay in pole position but today we eroded their lead a little bit. Tomorrow is just about chipping away at them, one or two points a race. Bring it on – we can’t wait,” he said.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Danish team SAP Extreme Sailing Team seemed to finally hit their stride after a tricky couple of days. Statistically they are the strongest starters across the fleet but have struggled to hold onto the lead over the six legs of a race.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
However a win in race 11, the penultimate of the day, plus two second-placed finishes has left co-skipper Jes Gram-Hansen upbeat about a shot at the podium.

“We were leading quite a few races today but it’s so difficult when you have light breeze at the gate and the whole fleet is coming at you with pace from behind. Compared to yesterday we managed it a lot better and we’re pretty satisfied. In so many events it has come down to the last few races so let’s see what happens tomorrow,” Gram-Hansen said.

Day 3 also saw Chinese crew One bounce back from a string of disappointing results to win the last race of the day, much to the delight of the huge crowds that turned out to support their home team.

“One is a new team to Extreme Sailing Series and we are getting better day by day. We were lucky today because in the last race we got ahead and managed to hold onto the lead right until the end,” said One’s Liu Xue, best known as Black.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2, Qingdao standings after Day 3, 12 races (1.05.16)

Position / Team / Points


1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 119 points.

2. Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 115 points.

3. Sail Portugal (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Bernardo Freitas, Javier de la Plaza, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 107 points.

4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 99 points.

5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Bleddyn Môn, Leigh McMillan, Michael Barnes, Adam Kay, Neil Hunter 99 points.

6. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 99 points.

7. One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Shane Diviney, Hayden Goodrick, Luke Payne, Liu Xue 90 points.

8. Team Turx (TUR) Stevie Morrison, Tom Dawson, Tom Buggy, Martin Evans, Brad Funk 88 points.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Alinghi Takes The Lead at Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Qingdao

Extreme Sailing Series stalwarts Alinghi returned to their winning ways today as they shot to the top of the Act 2 leaderboard. Co-skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis and his Swiss crew put on a second-day masterclass in tricky, light winds after two days of action in Qingdao, China’s Olympic Sailing City.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Alinghi, who boast two Extreme Sailing Series titles from wins in 2008 and 2014, started slowly finishing fifth in the first race of the day, held in five to seven knots of breeze. But by the close of play they had notched up three podium finishes including two wins from the five tight races held on Qingdao’s stadium course.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
The impressive results put the team in first place but Series newcomers Sail Portugal are snapping at their heels in second after registering three second place finishes today. The two crews actually share the same points tally at the halfway mark of Act 2 but a bullet in the last race of the day for Alinghi, competing in their sixth Extreme Sailing Series, hands them the overnight lead.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“We’re really happy with today. We started slowly but it ended up well for us. We tried to stay clear of the other boats and just concentrate on keeping our speed up. It paid off," said helmsman Psarofaghis.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“For two days now the forecast has been for lots of wind but it hasn’t happened so we don’t really know what tomorrow holds. We’re at the top of the leaderboard right now but there are still two more days to go so nothing is decided. We will just sail every race like it’s the only race and try not to make too many mistakes.”
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
The eight crews faced a light, flaky breeze blowing through Fushan Bay that created a patchy race course and resulted in numerous lead changes over the five races. Consistency was key to success and Sail Portugal, competing on the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time, showed just what they’re capable of in light airs.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Diogo Cayolla’s men followed up their second place finish in yesterday’s only race with three more seconds, making them serious contenders at only their second outing on the global Stadium Racing tour.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“It was a very, very good day for us. It was very tricky conditions, we had some good starts and some very bad starts but we managed to find where the wind was. We don’t struggle as much when we’re racing in non-foiling conditions. The team worked well and the communication was really good, so we’re really happy with the day,” former Olympic sailor Cayolla said.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Former Alinghi skipper Morgan Larson goes into day three in third place with his Oman Air crew, two points ahead of Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team who in turn lead Land Rover BAR Academy, Team Turx and SAP Extreme Sailing Team.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
A tough day on the water for Chinese crew One, skippered by US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield, saw them come ashore in a disappointing eighth place. One started strongly finishing third in the first race but they got caught out by Qingdao’s fickle breeze several times.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Their frustration culminated in being denied any points in the fourth race of the day for sailing outside of the permitted racing area. With two days of racing left, however, there is still plenty of time for any one of the eight teams to stake their claim to a spot on the podium.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2, Qingdao standings after Day 2, 6 races (30.04.16)
Position / Team / Points

1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 61 points.
2. Sail Portugal (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Bernardo Freitas, Javier de la Plaza, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 61 points.
3.Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 53 points.
4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 51 points.
5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Bleddyn Môn, Leigh McMillan, Michael Barnes, Adam Kay, Neil Hunter 49 points.
6. Team Turx (TUR) Stevie Morrison, Tom Dawson, Tom Buggy, Martin Evans, Brad Funk 48 points.
7. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 42 points.
8. One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Shane Diviney, Hayden Goodrick, Luke Payne, Liu Xue 38 points.

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McMillan Gains An Early Lead in Act 2 Opener - Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Qingdao

Qingdao today lived up to its reputation as one of the trickiest venues on the Extreme Sailing Series circuit as light winds limited action to just one race on the opening day of Act 2. The Chinese city, hosting the Extreme Sailing Series for the sixth time, is well known for its ability to catch sailors off guard with a fickle breeze that can go from next to nothing to gale force in a matter of minutes.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
The eight-strong fleet took to the water for the first day of Act 2 expecting a brisk 20 knots of wind – plenty to get the GC32 catamarans ‘flying’ on their foils and enough to make controlling the cutting edge boats a challenge. But in typical Qingdao style the weather gods took a day off, and instead the crews were left trying to squeeze every last bit of boat speed from the gentle puffs of just a few knots floating in across Fushan Bay.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
The first and only race of the day saw defending Extreme Sailing Series champion Leigh McMillan steer his Land Rover BAR Academy crew to victory after pulling off an impressive mid-race comeback. McMillan, who represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics held in Qingdao, started way back in the fleet but called on his vast experience of the fickle venue to reel in rivals Alinghi, passing them on the second lap to take the lead and the win.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
A second race was started but abandoned when the wind dropped to one knot, handing Land Rover BAR Academy the upper hand going into day two. However, tomorrow sees the race course move inside Qingdao harbour where the predicted 12 knots of wind will present an altogether different challenge to the crews, who are still learning to tame their super-quick catamarans.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“Light shifty winds in Qingdao? We’ve been here before. We’re obviously disappointed not to get more racing in but we’re looking forward to the next few days," McMillan said.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“Qingdao is known for its fickle weather and you can never let your guard drop – one moment it is five knots and the next it’s blowing 20, and that could have been the case today. You always have to be prepared for anything in Qingdao and tomorrow the forecast is for much more breeze so bring it on.”
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
Oman Air, the regatta favourites after taking victory in Act 1, could only muster a seventh place finish in race one but skipper Morgan Larson remained upbeat at this early stage.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“We expected it to be light today so we were mentally prepared but there was still a race which was challenging in its own right with lots of lead changes. Once again Leigh McMillan did nice work – I think he learned a lot over the years sailing on this course and he just read his notes this morning better than we did," Larson said.
Photo: © Aitor Alcalde Colomer
“If we look back at what was successful last year the same applied today – and if we had just followed that plan we’d have been fine. Tomorrow is another day. Who knows what could happen? It could be wild with waves inside the harbour if the wind swings enough to the south.”

Team Turx skipper Stevie Morrison said with more breeze forecast tomorrow his crew were conscious of not getting lulled into a false sense of security by today’s lighter conditions.

“If you get it wrong it could be a pretty high tariff,” he said. “We have to be realistic, and safety is our first concern. Three of our guys are new to the boat and so our job is to finish first, and to do that first you must finish,” Morrison said.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2, Qingdao standings after Day 1, 1 race (29.04.16)

Position / Team / Points

1. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Bleddyn Môn, Leigh McMillan, Michael Barnes, Adam Kay, Neil Hunter 12 points.
2. Sail Portugal (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Bernardo Freitas, Javier de la Plaza, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 11 points.
3. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 10 points.
4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 9 points.
5. Team Turx (TUR) Stevie Morrison, Tom Dawson, Tom Buggy, Martin Evans, Brad Funk 8 points.
6th One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Shane Diviney, Hayden Goodrick, Luke Payne, Liu Xue 7 points.
7. Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 6 points.
8.SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 5 points.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Australian Update - Men's 49er - 47 Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR 2016 - Palma de Mallorca

Australia was the only country with three men’s 49er teams qualifying for medal round spots at the 47 Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR 2016  in Palma.
Photo: Beau Outerbridge / AST 
Australian Olympic Team and gold medallists at the London Games, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, again saved the best for last, storming into second overall thanks to four top five results yesterday. Will and Sam Phillips move through in sixth and David Gilmour and Lewis Brake in eighth.
Photo: Beau Outerbridge / AST 
“We are 15 points behind our training partners, the Irish who also had a good day and have maintained their lead going into the medal race tomorrow, and 13 points ahead of third. We are excited for tomorrow and looking forward to securing our first podium for the year. It’s looking like we will get a sea breeze, so back to normal. This should make it good conditions for the medal race,” Outteridge said back at the dock.
Photo: Beau Outerbridge / AST 
Outteridge and Jensen are taking advantage of a natural break in the America's Cup cycle to step up their training for the Rio Olympics in .
Photo: Beau Outerbridge / AST 
"Of course doing the Cup is a massive compromise on our Olympic sailing. The lack of downtime is the real problem. Whereas you had time to recover before, now that recovery time seems to be on planes. Artemis is very supportive; they know that June, July and August are mainly committed to the Games. That was the deal when we joined Artemis," Outteridge said earlier in the week.

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