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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Wave, Muscat KIcks Butt To Win ACT 5 Extreme Sailing Series in Cowes

It's been a drama packed week for the Extreme Sailing Series. Act 5 was held during Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week where wild winds and adrenalin fuelled sailing action kept competitors on the tips of their toes and crowds enthralled.

Record crowds witnessed up close and personal "Stadium Racing" with tight, intense racing and nail biting thrills and spills.
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The Wave, Muscat, skippered by local Isle of Wight sailor Leigh McMillan and with Australia's Kyle Langford on the grinders, was the overall winner.
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It was an action packed week where a major collision between Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild on the second day ended the regatta for Artemis. Olympic 49er sailor John Pink’s Aberdeen Asset Management cart-wheeled spectacularly on the third day in wild conditions and for the first time in the circuit’s five year history, a race day was cancelled due to out of control wind and sea conditions.

Today's final races were held in 10-15 knots with a strong three to four knot tide testing each team’s tactical skills. It all came down to the last race of the day for The Wave, Muscat team who needed to finish within six places of second placed Luna Rossa if they were to claim the Act 5 title.
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Luna Rossa powered away from the start to take an undeniable lead while the The Wave, Muscat dragged the chain in eighth. But McMillan, a former Tornado ace punched his way up through the fleet and while Luna Rossa was a leg ahead to get the gun, The Wave, Muscat’s fourth place was enough to secure the team victory.
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“It’s our first actual victory on the world tour, so an awesome result for us. It was really tight. Luna Rossa was going at us all day and towards the end they were trying to shut us out at every start. But I didn’t really want to get too involved in that kind of game because we can always come back after making a bad start," McMillan said.
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“It’s awesome to be on the top of the podium, that was our dream goal. It always comes down to the last race, it is impossible to get far enough in front to get that buffer, so that the last double points doesn’t really count. That was the whole mission, but we couldn’t do it here and it came down to the last race and it was nearly game over for us.”

Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week
Overall standings after 30 races (12.8.11)
Position / Team / Points

1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 236 points
2nd Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 228.8 points
3rd Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 214 points
4th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Luke Cross 188 points
5th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 179 points
6th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mischa Heemskerk / Andrew Walsh / Jono Macbeth 160 points
7th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Adam Beashel / Richard Meacham / Andrew McLean / Chris Ward 139 points
8th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 135 points
9th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Stefano Rizzi / Daniele de Luca / Simone de Mari 132 points
10th Aberdeen Asset Management (GBR), John Pink / Rick Peacock / Greg Homann / John Gimson 126 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Nahid Gaebler / Benedikt Wenk / Dan Morris 71 points
12th Artemis Racing (SWE), Santiago Lange / Andy Fethers / Michele Ivaldi / Phil Jameson 23 points

Extreme Sailing Series 2011
Overall standings after 5 Acts

Position / Team / Points

1st Emirates Team New Zealand 44 points
2nd Luna Rossa 43 points
3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 40 points
4th Artemis Racing 38 points
5th The Wave, Muscat 38 points
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing 36 points
7th Alinghi 33 points
8th Oman Air 22 points
9th Team GAC Pindar 13 points
10th Niceforyou 12 points
11th Team Extreme 11 points

Lulu Roseman

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