Saturday, June 9, 2012

Red Bull Lead Despite Carnage At Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul

Red Bull Sailing Team are back in the lead at the Extreme 40s thanks to a drama fuelled day and after a collision with GAC Pindar, will carry a penalty going into the final day.
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During the day's opening race the Austrian team sustained serious damage to their port hull after a collision with the Brits on board GAC Pindar, led by match racing star Ian Williams, which ripped a 40-cm long hole in the carbon fibre sailing machine. The decision by the on-the-water umpires was that Roman Hagara was at fault for not avoiding the collision, and after a redress tonight, the original decision still stands. Hagara’s team will be penalised with a starting penalty in one of tomorrow’s races.
Despite the crash hanging over their heads as the fleet moved to stadium mode this afternoon, Red Bull Sailing Team came back fighting with a succession of top three results, before ultimately claiming the top spot in the final race of the day. The team is on track for their first ever event win tomorrow.

“We’re going to go all out tomorrow to try to stay in front. There are still four boats with a chance to win this. It’s going to be really, really difficult," Hagara said.
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The Wave, Muscat was on fire in the two Bosphorus races with a win in the opening race followed by a second place. It looked like it was going to be Leigh McMillan’s day as the teams moved into stadium mode in the gusty conditions that saw hulls flying high and kept the on-water umpires busy as the teams pushed themselves to the edge with close calls at the marks. But it turned out to be a different story for The Wave, Musscat.
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“We found it very tough.We had really bad starts, although very good comebacks. We did actually sail very well, but it’s pretty frustrating to not get off the start line and have to fight back every race. We are still in contention so come tomorrow we will be back in good shape and smiles will be back on our faces. We are normally pretty good on the last day, obviously they [Red Bull Sailing Team] are a threat, but we are looking forward to going out and duking it out with them tomorrow,” McMillan said.
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The French pre-seasons favourites on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild have been slowly chipping away at the leaderboard, showing that they were playing the long game with three race wins propelling them into third place today.
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“It´s been a great racing day. Conditions were ideal to race as we like it and the crew has done a remarkable job that allows us to fight for the podium tomorrow. Today was divided in two halves: this morning´s races in the Bosphorous were not so good for us, but in the afternoon the team was able to react and to show our potential in the stadium racing. Tomorrow we will have a to keep our heads and advance race after race and not focus on the points of our opponents.” said Pierre Pennec, runner up for the last two years.
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The battle mid-leaderboard is just as tense as that at the top, with GAC Pindar and SAP Extreme Sailing Team from Denmark now tied on points in fifth and sixth respectively. One of two new teams on the circuit – the other is ZouLou – SAP Extreme Sailing Team won their first race of the event today.

Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 3, Istanbul, Turkey standings after Day 3, 23 races (09.6.12)
Position / Team / Points

1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matthew Adams / Graeme Spence, Pierre Le Clainche 129 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan / Ed Smyth / Pete Greenhalgh / Hashim Al Rashdi / Rachel Williamson 128 points
3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Hervé Cunningham / Bernard Labro / Romain Petit 121 points
4th Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson / Will Howden / Charlie Ogletree / Nasser Al Mashari / Max Bulger 117 points
5th GAC Pindar (GBR) Ian Williams / Nick Rogers/ Mark Bulkeley / Adam Piggot / Andrew Walsh 91 points
6th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen / Rasmus Kostner / Pete Cumming / Mikkel Rossberg / Jonas Hviid 91 points
7th Alinghi (SUI), Alain Gautier / Jean-Christophe Mourniac / Christophe Lassegue / Morgane Gautie / François Verdier 82 points
8th ZouLou (FRA) Erik Maris / Philippe Mourniac / Jean-Sébastien Ponce / Bruno Jeanjean / Patrick Aucour 68 points

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