Saturday, May 28, 2011

Kiwi's Lead The Charge in Istanbul but the Aussie's Are Coming

ETNZ Photo: © Lloyd Images
Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand have leapt to the top of the ladder ahead of Artemis at the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul after another tough at the office. But nipping at his heels is Australia's Torvar Mirksy, Skipper of The Wave, Muscat who has moved into third position.
ETNZ getting some air  Photo: © Lloyd Images
The excitement kicked off early as the teams faced off in two one-on-one speed duals in ten knots of breeze followed by eight fleet races in what turned into a dying wind.
The Wave, Muscat Photo: © Lloyd Images
In the tenth and final race of the day Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing were tied on 217 points with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild behind on 214. The Kiwi's led from start to finish while Artemis only managed a fifth and Pierre Pennec’s men a ninth after copping a penalty on the first upwind beat. Luna Rossa entered the final race on equal points with The Wave, Muscat but it all went pear shaped when they picked the wrong end of the start line. Mirsky cleverly took advantage of the Italian's woes to finishing in third place catapulting his position to third in the overall rankings.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
In the tenth and final race of the day Emirates Team New Zealand and Artemis Racing were tied on 217 points with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild behind on 214. The Kiwi's led from start to finish while Artemis only managed a fifth and Pierre Pennec’s men a ninth after copping a penalty on the first upwind beat. Luna Rossa entered the final race on equal points with The Wave, Muscat but it all went pear shaped when they picked the wrong end of the start line. Mirsky cleverly took advantage of the Italian's woes to finishing in third place catapulting his position to third in the overall rankings.

One day of racing remains and five teams are in real contention for overall victory with just 13 points separating them. “Everything can change,” Dean Barker said. “It’s nice to be leading going into the final day but you're only as good as your next race. With another seven to eight races tomorrow anything can happen.”

Other possible contenders for a podium finish include Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing on 187 and Team Extreme with points for redress (compensation for their crash) on 177.6 (they get 5.2 points per race). Oman Air is on 170 after a mixed day of results, Alinghi on 161 followed by Team GAC Pindar on 160 who had some great moments and has held off Niceforyou on 153 points.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 Istanbul
Current overall standings after Day 4 (28.5.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 228 points
2nd Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Rodney Ardern / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 224 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 218 points
4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 217 points
5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 215 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 187 points
7th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Nicholas Heintz 177.6 points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 170 points
9th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 161 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk / Jono Macbeth 160 points
11th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 153 points

Lulu Roseman

No comments: