Saturday, April 13, 2013

Alinghi On Top at Extreme 40s - Act 2 - Singapore - Day 3

Even the most experienced Extreme 40 sailors found the third day of Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Singapore a challenge as temperatures soared. Alinghi, the Swiss America’s Cup winning team started the day as they finished it by winning races and head into Sunday’s finale with a solid 27 point advantage over Red Bull sailing Team.
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SAP Extreme Sailing Team put in their best performance since joining the Series in 2012 and have a real shot at their first ever podium finish. Competition is tight and with 10 points for a race win and the final double-pointer still to come, the podium remains wide open with any team mathematically capable of a podium position.
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“In most venues you would be happy with a 27 point lead, but Red Bull Sailing Team had about that lead going into the final day in Muscat (Act 1) and The Wave, Muscat was able to turn the tables and come away and win. Especially here in this venue it’s very easy to get a couple of last place finishes and eat away 27 points. We’re happy with where we are so I think we should be proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and if it doesn’t work out for us tomorrow we shouldn’t cry over it,” Alinghi skipper Morgan Larson said after racing.
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In the light and flukey air, sailors kept their movements and the number of manoeuvres on the race course to a bare minimum and with running race starts winning the start and finding clean air often led to winning races.
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“It’s very difficult because the wind comes down the course in streaks and there are calm patches so the sailors have to pick their way around. It is really shifty.” Race Director Phil Lawrence said.

Defending champion Leigh McMillan and his team on The Wave, Muscat were off their usual pace before scoring a fourth in the final race to finish the day in third overall.
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“It’s fair to say that victory is out of the question, but second isn’t. There’s a bit of work to do by holding onto the podium finish, but I don’t think we’re going to see the come back with a victory here. If we can manage a podium finish we will be happy with that,” McMillan said.
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SAP Extreme Sailing Team were on fire today and the mostly Danish crew, with Britain’s 2009 Extreme Sailing Series winning skipper Pete Cumming, have hit their stride since the year's opening Act in Muscat, Oman.
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“Since Oman we’ve really looked into how the other good teams are sailing in the light conditions and try to learn from some of the mistakes that we made. We’re definitely sailing better and when you sail better you get more confident, you believe more and you’re on a good roll so it’s good. We’ve got work to do tomorrow and we’ll try and do well but we won’t think too much about our position, and just try and put in some good races,” co-skipper Jes Gram-Hansen said.

Red Bull Sailing Team's Skipper Roman Hagara, struggled to get off the blocks in the opening races and suffered two starting penalties. But the light wind specialist held his nerve and fought back with two race wins to finish the day in second place.

“Today was really important to get some good starts in. That makes it a little bit easier to maintain a good position but starting from the back it’s pretty hard. We just had to wait for our chance,” Hagara said.

With just 30 points separating second placed Red Bull Sailing Team and eighth placed Team Aberdeen Singapore, and up to 90 points still up for grab, the battle in Singapore is expected to be fierce on the final day.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 2, Singapore standings after Day 3, 22 races (13.04.13)
Position / Team / Points

1. Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 178 points.
2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Pierre Le Clainche, Graeme Spence 151 points.
3. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 145 points.
4. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 145 points.
5. Realteam (SUI) Jérome Clerc, Bruno Barbarin, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Cédric Schmidt, Bryan Mettraux 141 points.
6. Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Mark Bulkeley, Sungwok Kim, Sung Ahn Jung 134 points.
7. GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Matt Steven 129 points.
8. Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Scott Glen Sydney, Robert Greenhalgh, Andrew Walsh, Justin Wong, Rick Peacock 121 points

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