Thursday, May 26, 2011

Artemis Take Turkey to the Extreme

The Halic Estuary in Istanbul provided plenty of thrills and spills in Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series today. Conditions might have only been  7-10 knots but the fierce gusts meant sailors had their work cut out for them over seven races on a short sharp two-lap course that is over in as little as twelve minutes flat.
Photo © Lloyd Images
Artemis Racing, have further increased their lead by 19 points followed by Alinghi who are on equal points with Emirates Team New Zealand.
 Alinghi Photo: © Lloyd Images
There were a few stacks and several close calls. Luna Rossa was craned out tonight to check for damage after smashing into Team GAC Pindar’s rear beam, and later knocking with Artemis Racing inflicting some damage to the aft port hull. Even though the Italians have dropped from 2nd to 4th place overall they will be back on the water  along with Team GAC Pindar.
Emirates Team New Zealand Photo: © Lloyd Images
“The racing is pretty brutal out there but we keep improving,” said Dean Barker, ETNZ Skipper. “We had a couple of shockers, but you know, you need to deal with what you get and try do do things a little bit better each time, and make less mistakes. Of course there's a lot we can do better, but we jump on every opportunity we can and try to make the best out it.”
The Wave, Muscat Photo: © Lloyd Images
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 2 (26.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 116 points
2nd Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 97 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 97 points
4th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 95 points
5th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 95 points
6th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 87 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 78 points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 76 points
9th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 64 points
10th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 64 points
11th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 55 points

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