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Monday, July 4, 2011

Artemis On Fire at Extreme 40s in Boston

Artemis Racing's skipper, Terry Hutchinson held his nerve and delivered consistent results again today and goes into the final day tomorrow with a 14 point advantage.
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“The most important day to be leading is the last day,” Hutchinson said. 

“I don’t take anything for granted because I know how good the people around us are and how tricky the conditions can be here, so we have to keep on fighting the fight. Tomorrow is Independence Day and it’s a great day to be in the US.”

The overcast skies blanketed Boston Harbour and lightening threatened to suspend racing but when the storm dissipated good gradiant breezes made for close and intense action. 
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Emirates Team New Zealand posted two race wins knocking The Wave, Muscat off their second place perch in the overall standings by just three points.

"It wasn’t our goal here to get on the podium, for me it was a bit unrealistic,” said The Wave, Muscat's skipper, Leigh  McMillan. “But we are still in the hunt for a podium place. We’ll go out and fight for every point.”

Luna Rosa continued to improve today and with two wins they have leapt over the all-French team on board Groupe Edmond de Rothschild to claim fourth overall by the end of play. 
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“We had an OK day,” said Luna Rossa helsman, Paul Cambell-James. “We had our ups and downs but generally we are getting better and moving up. Anything can happen at the Extreme Sailing Series and tomorrow we will go out there and sail our own race. We might look at the last double points race and the scores and try to make a plan, but we’ll try any race.”

Alinghi is now on sixth ahead of Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing. Despite scoring three third places, things just didn’t go Hagara’s way in the other races. Racing in stadium mode kept the on-water referees busy with each race lasting just 10-15 minutes. Some of the legs were so short, the teams only have enough time to unfurl the gennaker, gybe, then furl again before heading into the mark.
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA
Current overall standings after 30 races, Day 4 (3.7.11)
Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant 239 points
2nd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 225 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 222 points
4th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 210 points
5th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 200 points
6th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 199 points
7th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 195.2* points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 149 points
9th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari 133 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Andrew Walsh / Jono Macbeth 116 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Bob Merrick 94 points
* Points after redress.

Lulu Roseman

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