Sunday, April 14, 2013

Swiss Take The Title In SIngapore - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2

Alinghi  has claimed overall victory at Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore in a nail-biting finish in light conditions.
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Due to the lack of breeze, the Race Committee made the call to run non-point scoring exhibition races. With racing all but abandoned, when the wind did fill in the committee did a u-turn and held one more race to determine the final result. 
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According to the SAP analytics, at different stages during the final race, four teams including Alinghi (SUI), Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) and Realteam (SUI) were all in podium positions with the constant shuffling of the leader board making it anyone’s game. 
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Alinghi Skipper Morgan Larson, who held the lead since race six, steered his Swiss team to a well deserved win.
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“We’re ecstatic It’s just been a great week for the team. We had a great time here in Singapore which really helped us to perform. It’s a great city, with tough sailing conditions, but that’s the same for everybody and we just had that little bit of luck along the way and we also did a great job,” Larson said.
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Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team were breathing down Larson's neck all day, but Hagara knew it was a big call to oust the Swiss in a single race and held his nerve to finish second.

“It’s always tough when you don’t know when the last race is going to happen, but it worked out well for us and it’s great for the team. They did a great job on the boat. I think they really deserved it and it’s great for the overall standing now.” 
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Red Bull Sailing Team are now tied on points with Alinghi at the top of the overall standings.

Four days of challenging, light winds on Marina Bay required patience, nerves of steel and a cool head from the Extreme 40 sailors, which SAP Extreme Sailing Team had is spades. The Danish squad came into the final day tied on points with The Wave, Muscat in third place after their best performance on the Series to date yesterday. A third place in today’s race saw the team secure their first ever podium position in third. 
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“It’s fantastic, I think it is a real milestone for SAP Extreme Sailing Team and we’re really happy with a podium finish here. We’ve been looking for that for a long time.” Co-Skipper and tactician Rasmus Kostner. 

The icing on the cake for the Danish team is to upgrade from seventh to fourth on the overall Series leader board.
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Jérome Clerc, in what is only his second Extreme 40 Act at the helm of Realteam, may have had a hard start to the regatta finishing the second day in seventh place, but over the last two days the 2012 D35 champion hit the accelerate button and a second place in today’s race ultimately led his team to a fourth place finish overall. 
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“We really didn’t expect to see these kind of results so early on in the season but it’s really great. We’ve made a lot of improvements since Oman, the crew did a great job the last two days and I think after today we can confirm we are really improving as a team. We can play against the best for the podium position in the light wind conditions, so now we will have to see if we can manage this in Qingdao,” Clerc said.
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The biggest surprise of the day came from The Wave, Muscat renowned for their ability to fight back on the final day. Today’s single race wasn’t enough for skipper Leigh McMillan and a poor start ultimately cost them the podium. 

“That race was all decided on the start. We thought we had a good strategy, it just didn’t quite pan-out for us. The fleet got away and there were no options to come back into the race so it was decided there and then,” McMillan said.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 2, Singapore standings after Day 4, 23 races (14.04.13)
Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 198 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Pierre Le Clainche, Graeme Spence 163 points.
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 161 points.
4th Realteam (SUI) Jérome Clerc, Bruno Barbarin, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Cédric Schmidt, Bryan Mettraux 159 points.
5th The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 153 points.
6th Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling, Blair Tuke, Mark Bulkeley, Sungwok Kim, Sung Ahn Jung 144 points.
7th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Matt Steven 143 points.
8th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) Scott Glen Sydney, Robert Greenhalgh, Andrew Walsh, Justin Wong, Rick Peacock 127 points.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 overall standings after Act 2, Singapore
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) 18 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 18 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 16 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 12 points.
5th Team Korea (KOR) 11 points.
6th Team X Invitational 10 points.
7th Realteam (SUI) 10 points.
8th GAC Pindar (NZL) 9 points.

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