Wednesday, July 31, 2013

52 Super Series - Copa del Rey - Third Regatta Day | Coastal Race

Quantum Wins Coastal Race - 52 Super Series - Copa del Rey - Day 3

Quantum Racing collected another point today after winning the coastal race ahead of Rán Racing to maintain their position at the top of the leader board of the 52 Super Series at Copa del Rey. their reward for winning a surprisingly challenging but nevertheless interesting 29 miles coastal race out of Palma. 
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Under the sweltering Majorcan sun the Quantum crew kept their cool especially when the fleet bunched together when the wind died out by one of the leeward turns at Illetas. Their focus was rewarded on the long downwind leg from Soll de Mallorca to the finish line near the entrance to the Palma Harbour when the breeze moved  left.  They were able to reach directly to the finish line using their A3 reaching gennaker, to finish ahead of Azzurra.
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
The American team skippered by Ed Baird, with Terry Hutchinson as tactician, has retained a score line all in the top three and now lead Rán Racing by three points.
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Quantum Racing were able to build progressively from a good, solid start moving to the right early to challenge Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s Interlodge which rounded the first mark – at the top of a conventional opening 2.5 miles windward leeward – in a close second.
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
A subsequent bigger windward leeward circuit saw the 9-12 knot sea breeze holding well, but it was as the leaders erred towards the shore off the fleshpots of Palma Nova and Magalluf that the breeze lifted to allow noticeable gains and losses. Early gains were eroded when the wind eased right down at the downwind turning mark at Illetas.
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
Azzurra, working more offshore, lost out on the first of the longer beats, along with Rán Racing dropping into the lower half of the fleet. But both stuck to their task and took the shifts and pressure changes well to finish second and third. Interlodge, second around the first circuit, finished fourth with Provezza’s fifth keeping them in close contention for fourth overall, three points behind Rio.
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“It was shifty with the pressure up and down and having two or three more boats makes it more interesting. It was funny because after about 25 minutes I was worried this would be a soldier’s course with not many chances to pass, but it was a great course,” said Azzurra trimmer Simon Fry.
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
The underlying westerly gradient, unusual at this time of year is proving stimulating, according to local ace Jordi Calafat, gold medal winning tactician on Quantum Racing
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“All three days of the King’s Cup so far have seen a different wind pattern to what we have seen for I don’t know how long, with this westerly gradient breeze. Even today there was only ever a very slight chance that the breeze would go left at the end of the day and it happened. It was a really difficult day,” said Quantum's Jordi Calafat.

Results: 52 Super Series at the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE

1 Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug DeVos) (3,2,2,1,1) 9pts
2 Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström) (1,1,1,6,3) 12pts
3 Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers) (2,4,3,7,2) 18pts
4 Rio, USA, (Manouch Moshayedi) (6,3,5,3,6) 23pts
5 Provezza, TUR, (Ergin Imre) (4,7.5,4,4,5) 24.5pts
6 Interlodge, USA, (Austin Fraogmen) (5,7.5,6.5,5,4) 28pts
7 Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley) (7,5,8,2,9) 31pts
8 Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin) (9,6,6.5,8,8) 37.5pts
9 Aquila, AUT, (Aquila Sailing Team) (8,9,9,9,7) 42pts

32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE – Gaastra IRC 52 Class

1 Quantum Racing (3,2,2,1,1) 9pts
2 Rán Racing, SWE (1,1,1,5.5,3) 11.5pts
3 Azzurra, ITA (2,4,3,7,2) 18pts
4 Rio, USA (6,3,5,3,7) 24pts
5 Provezza, TUR (5,9,4.4,5) 27pts
6 Interlodge, USA (4,8,6.5,5.5,4) 28pts
7 Gladiator, GBR (8,5,8,2,9) 32pts
8 Aquila, AUT (7,7,9,8,6) 37pts
9 Paprec, FRA (9,6,6.5,9,8) 38.5pts


Jordi Calafat (ESP) Strategist Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
"That final shift was one of the less predicted scenarios but we do have the advantage here that the Mini Maxi’s start ahead of us so we can keep an eye on them. But it was a difficult race because there was the compression on the second run and that made it very tight again in between the fleet. But in the end the last 20 minutes were comfortable, reaching along.

"The key was to keep it calm and tight when the compression happened. The normal thing was to extend on the leg up to Andratx because you were going into the stronger breeze and there was a hole at the Illetas mark. We were very scared at the start of the last run in case there was a compression like that last one.

"Our goal is to get to the last two days with options to win. Your best days have to be at the end. We can always get better but I think we are sailing very well. Solid racing.”

Simon Fry (GBR) trimmer Azzurra (ITA):
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“Half way through the race we would have settled for a second. At the start the day we were pushing hard for the win to close the gap on Quantum Racing, but overall we are pretty happy with a second for the day. And the funny thing is that with the allowance for the A3 then Quantum, Rán Racing and ourselves even got the A3's on for the finish.”

Niklas Zennström (SWE), Owner-Helm Rán Racing (SWE):
Photo: Xaume Olleros/52 Super Series
“It was a long day in very hot sun. But it was an interesting coastal race with a lot of opportunities to pass people and be passed. The course here was pretty fun and much better than Ibiza, it's a good mix. The first beat we were not so good but hanging in there in fourth, and then worked our way up and a lot of the time we were third.

"We had a good fight with Azzurra, Provezza and Rio and ended up third. We lost Azzurra on the last run. But the King’s Cup is very much one we want to win as we have won it here before. We are in contention and will just continue to chip away. We are close to Quantum Racing but they continue to sail well. It is going to be hard.”

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quantum Racing Are All Over It - Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 2

Thanks to a win in the third and final race of the day of the 52 Super Series at Copa del Rey in Palma, Quantum Racing has broken Rán’s three race winning streak to seize the overall regatta lead by one point.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Rán made an impressive recovery in the second race of the day by clawing their way back from an OCS at the start to win in the final 100 metres after rounding the first top mark in ninth. But they were unable to keep the momentum going and the American flagged team swooped in to take the day's final race.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
It was a very long, hot day on the water as the race committee brought the regatta back on track by holding three races in Palma’s usual solid sea breeze conditions. While the south sou 'westerly held out long enough, there were sufficient shifts and changes in pressure to ensure that the race track was more unpredictable than usual.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Quantum Racing’s 2,2,1 was the strongest aggregate of the day, but after seeing Rán Racing’s first two wins today, the 52 Super Series leaders might have considered the Gods were favouring the World Champions. Zennström’s team rallied from ninth at the first top mark in the second race  to pass the leeward gate second hot on the heels of Azzurra, before going on to get the gun.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
By comparison Rán Racing’s first win today was relatively conventional, leading off the start line and keeping Rio and Rán Racing in check all the way around the race course. Azzurra fought back from being OCS to finish fourth while Quantum Racing just eased ahead of Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio on the second beat for second.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Azzurra lead the second race but dropped back to third after they engaged in a dual with Quantum Racing on the last run and left the door wide open for Rán to squeeze by for their second win of the day.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Quantum Racing stuck with their convictional plan to go left on the first beat in the final race and were rewarded with a handy lead ahead of Gladiator. Rio picked up their second third place of the day to lie in fourth position overall, just one point behind Azzurra, the defending 2012 52 Super Series champions.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Results: 52 Super Series

1 Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug DeVos) (3,2,2,1) 8pts
2 Rán Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennström) (1,1,1,6) 9pts
3 Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers) (2,4,3,7) 16pts
4 Rio, USA, (Manouch Moshayedi) (6,3,5,3) 17pts
5 Provezza, TUR, (Ergin Imre) (4,7.5,4,4) 19.5pts
6 Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley) (7,5,8,2) 22pts
7 Interlodge, USA, (Austin Fraogmen) (5,7.5,6,5) 23.5pts
8 Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin) (9,6,7,8) 30pts
9 Aquila, AUT, (Aquila Sailing Team) (8,9,9,9) 35pts

32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE – Gaastra IRC 52 Class

1 Quantum Racing (3,2,2,1) 8pts
2 Rán Racing, (1,1,1,5.5) 8.5pts
3 Azzurra, (2,4,3,7) 16pts
4 Rio, (6,3,5,3) 17pts
5 Provezza, (5,9,4.4) 22pts
6 Gladiator, (8,5,8,2) 23pts
7 Interlodge, (4,8,6.5,5.5) 24pts
8 Paprec, (9,6,6.5,9) 30.5pts
9 Aquila, (7,7,9,8) 31pts

Terry Hutchinson (USA), Tactician Quantum Racing (USA):
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
“We did quite good work today, Ed (Baird), Warwick (Fleury), Jonesy (Brett Jones) and Lorenzo (Mazza) had the boat going really nicely through the water. The middle race was a bit of a disappointment because we had a 50 metre lead at the last top mark but lost it to Rán Racing – who have just been on fire – on the last run.

"But we sailed a nice bounce back race then, the guys nailed the start and we stuck to our guns. Everyone kept taking a step out to the right to the pressure line, but we were happy with the middle and the upper left and low and behold it worked. We had a nice lead at the top.

"It is hard to stay focused on a long hot day like that, that is the most challenging part of the day. Some of us are straight off a Farr 40 regatta in the USA and we might be feeling a little bit if jet lag at this stage but in the same breath there is so much to play for then it is not that hard to stay focused. The nice thing about sailing with really good people is they keep cracking the whip on you.”

Dee Smith (USA) Tactician Rio (USA):
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
“We had a pretty good, steady day. The course gave us lots of options, it wasn’t left it wasn’t right. It was a bit of both and we were able to pick a few shifts and the boat is going better and better every day. It was more a day of survival than of doing great work. We are pretty happy, the more you sail together the better you get. We had a long way to go but we are getting there.”

Jon Gunderson (NZL) Trimmer Rán Racing (SWE):
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
“We kicked off with another win which we were pretty happy about. We got some lucky breaks, maybe getting some of the luck we felt we didn't get in Ibiza. We had to scrap pretty hard for that second win when we over the line. We made a pretty good comeback up the first beat which got us back into the game. On the last run in the last exchange we got on top and we crossed in front to win.

"We saw some breeze out to left but it was a little bit of the roll of the dice – we felt we are due some luck – and then we kept it tight and we saw an opportunity when Quantum Racing and Azzurra were locked together and got a shift and that was all it took.Instantly up that first beat of the final race we had a good start and more or less where we wanted to go but it just did not pan out the way we thought it would.

"It is a long, long regatta so we are not thinking about the points at all at the moment. It is important not to be out of it at this stage, but a point off the lead is good at this stage. We are in the hunt, the objective is always to go into the last day in the hunt, and so we are there right now.”

Lulu Roseman

Monday, July 29, 2013

Rán Rocks Copa del Rey, Palma - Day 1

Rán Racing was straight out of the starting blocks at 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE in Palma and wasted no time in chalking up their first win of the regatta in the day's only race in the Gaastra IRC Class. Sailed in 11-15 knots of nor 'easterly breeze under a searing 30C+ sun Niklas Zennstrom’s world championship team put on a classy display.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
On the first windward leg Provezza gained the early advantage thanks to a good start and by choosing the right hand side of the course. They succumbed to Rán Racing on the first run and then lost out on the final gybes into the finish line as Azzurra nabbed second place. Quantum Racing secured third.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Rán Racing’s tactician Adrian Stead and strategist/trimmer Andy Hemmings did well at reading the unusual conditions by guiding Rán Racing to a very comfortable win of two and a half minutes ahead of the tightly matched group. 
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Azzurra started badly after a series of dramas with an engine malfunction and radio issues that saw them last off the start line. But the Italian team recovered well from their pre-race mishaps and fought their way back through the fleet. Provezza lead to the first mark and then managed to hang on to second most of the way around the course before slipping back and crossing the finish line in fourth place, a split second behind Quantum Racing.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
“We were sailing blind, like in the old days. In spite of that we had a great first race. We lead until we got swallowed up by Rán Racing who were a little better at boat handling at the top mark. We just tried to keep it close but as it got lighter towards the end we lost to Azzurra," said Provezza’s tactician Tony Rey.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
"We lost to Azzurra by only a few seconds and beat Quantum Racing by a second or two at the most, so it was great racing.We like it when it is shifty and the fact that we had no instruments at all in a sense it makes you better sailors, you have to work harder to be smarter,” Rey added.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
After last month's disappointing result in Ibiza, Rán were back to form. They were quick to capitalise on the stronger wind pressure on the right on the long first upwind beat and pushed Provezza hard around the windward mark where they managed to overhaul them with a better gennaker set.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
Provezza maintained second until the last minutes of the final run. As the breeze started to fade Azzurra held to the left, inshore for longer and were able to pip the Turkish flagged team who then lost third to Quantum Racing but one  second.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
“It was a very different wind direction to normal. In fact I have never sailed here in that direction before. Ado (Adrian Stead, tactician) was picking his brains to try and remember a time like this from before. But between him and Andy Hemmings they did a very good job in finding us the best breeze and getting us up the track, Rán Racing’s navigator Jules Salter said.
Photo: Xaume Olleros / 52 Super Series
"Ultimately it was recognising there was a bit more wind pressure on the right and that was about using the windshifts well to get over there. It was quite a long beat, a bit longer than we are used to in the 52 fleet so far this season, so you really had to dig in and be there for the whole of the beat and it came good for us in the end,” he added.

Results, Race 1:


1 Rán Racing, SWE, (N Zennström)
2 Azzurra, ITA, (A Roemmers)
3 Quantum Racing, USA, (D DeVos)
4 Provezza, TUR, (E Imre)
5 Interlodge, USA, (A Fragomen)
6 Rio, USA, (M Moshayedi)
7 Gladiator, GBR, (T Langley)
8 Aquila, AUT, (Aquila Sailing Team)
9 Paprec, FRA, (Jean Luc Petithugenin)

Lulu Roseman

Video News: Emirates Team New Zealand Elects to Advance to Louis Vuitton Cup F...

ETNZ Elects to Advance to Louis Vuitton Cup Final

Emirates Team New Zealand today won its ninth consecutive race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, cementing its status as the top team in the challengers’ series.
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa
Later in the day ETNZSkipper Dean Barker announced his team would exercise its right to advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup Final, scheduled to begin Aug. 17. Emirates Team New Zealand earned that right by winning the round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup.
Photo: © Carlo Borlenghi/Luna Rossa
Emirates Team New Zealand will race either Artemis Racing or Luna Rossa Challenge. Those two teams will race the Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Final, scheduled for August 6-15. Barker said the team considered racing the semifinals, but in the end opted to advance development program of Aotearoa, the team’s AC72.
Dean Barker     Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“We thought hard about doing the semifinals to get more racing and more starting, to get more race time under our belts,” Barker said. “But we also have a fairly large amount of work to do to our boat, a lot of changes and modifications intended to improve the performance.

“That takes time, so we will take the next period to make changes and we look forward to lining up against whoever we will race in the Louis Vuitton Cup Final,” Barker added.

Barker said his team has informed Artemis Racing that it won’t be on the start line for their scheduled match on Tuesday, but it’s unlikely Artemis Racing would participate. Artemis Racing Skipper Iain Percy said his team is still targeting the Aug. 6 start of the semifinals for their first live race.
Iain Percy Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“We’ve had great support from all of the teams, and it’s nice to see the camaraderie from everyone,” said Percy. “But in terms of racing before the semis, that might be one step too far. You never say never, but one thing that’s important to us is to keep our focus on safety. We suffered a horrendous accident and we need to take baby steps and progress at our own speed. It’s fantastic being on the racecourse practicing, just getting out there and seeing the boats and having a look at the start sequences is all good practice, but we don’t want to run before we can walk.”

Percy said that when Artemis Racing lines up against Luna Rossa Challenge they know they’ll be facing a team that’s well practiced. Luna Rossa Skipper Max Sirena expects to be racing a competitor that’s been hardened through a tough period.
Max Sirena Photo: © ACEA / Photo Gilles Martin-Raget
“We are fully respectful of Artemis Racing which is a team full of talented guys and sailors,” Sirena said. “In their first day of sailing they were able to foil and do way more than what we did on Day 1 with our AC72. We need to appreciate the effort they’ve put in the past few months, I’m pretty sure it’s been a tough period for them. It was a pleasure for us to see them sailing in the Bay.”

On the racecourse today, the Kiwis completed a sweep of Luna Rossa Challenge, their one-time training partners. With Barker back on the helm after yesterday’s breather, the Kiwi crew grabbed the lead on the first reach leg and never looked back. The Kiwis led by seven seconds at the first turning mark, 35 seconds at the second turning mark and 1:35 at the third turning mark en route to a 3:20 victory.

“Every time we race we come away with lessons and things we know we can do better,” Barker said.

1. Emirates Team New Zealand 9-0 – 9 points (1 race remaining)
2. Luna Rossa Challenge 4-5 – 4 points (1 race remaining)
3. Artemis Racing 0-8 – 0 points (2 races remaining)

Today’s performance data
  • Course: Seven legs
  • Course length: 15.27 nautical miles
  • Elapsed time: ETNZ – 45:05; LR – 48:26
  • Total distance sailed: ETNZ – 18.29 NM; LR – 19.75 NM
  • Average speed: ETNZ – 25.21 knots (29 mph); LR – 24.5 knots (28 mph)
  • Top speed: ETNZ – 42.76 knots (49 mph); LR – 39.55 knots (45 mph)
  • Wind speed: average 15.3 knots; peak gust 19.6 knots
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Luna Rossa Race Report - Louis Vuitton Cup RR5, Race 1

Sunday July 28th, San Francisco

Cloudy skies, 15-16 knots of wind from the South West with gusts up to 20 knots, flat sea, flood tide 1.6 knots. Race starts at 12.15 local time.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
It was a promising day for Luna Rossa, who sailed for the last time in the Round Robin Series of the Louis Vuitton Cup against Emirates Team New Zealand.Luna Rossa entered in the pre-start zone from starboard and then got the pin end. The Kiwis however, already a half length ahead, sailed faster and rounded the reaching mark eight seconds ahead of Luna Rossa.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Both boats started the downwind leg gybing almost immediately, with Luna Rossa sailing at the same angle and speed as her opponent. After the second gybe the Kiwis started to gain more consistently on the Italian team and rounded the downwind gate 27 seconds ahead.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
On the first windward leg Emirates Team New Zealand extended their lead up to 500 metres, sailing faster and with a better angle and rounded the gate one minute and 35 seconds ahead. The gap progressively increased during the remaining legs, but was more limited compared to the previous races and Luna Rossa crossed the finish line three minutes and 20 seconds behind the Kiwis.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
There was an accident onboard when during a jibe Dave “Freddie” Carr had a bad fall on one of the cables that supports the trampoline and twisted his ankle.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
“This was a positive day for us. We raced better and a few technical changes gave us encouraging results. We are obviously aware that these improvements are not enough. We need to stay focused to increase both the boat's performance and the boat handling. We look forward to sailing with the new technical developments and be competitive in the next races,” Skipper Max Sirena said.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa completed the 15.27-nautical-mile course in 48 minutes, 26 seconds, maintaining an average speed of 24.5 knots and reaching a maximum speed of 39.55 knots. Emirates Team New Zealand had an average speed of 24.5 knots and reached a maximum speed of 42.7 knots.
Photo: © Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi
Luna Rossa will race again on Thursday August 1st against Artemis Racing for the last Round Robin match. The Italian team will then access the semi-final round of the Louis Vuitton Cup scheduled to take place from August 6 to 15.

Today’s crew was: Max Sirena (Skipper and Pitman), Francesco Bruni (Tactician), David Carr (Pitman/Grinder), Pierluigi de Felice (Trimmer), Simone de Mari (Primary Grinder), Chris Draper (Helmsman), Xabi Fernandez (Wing Trimmer), Nick Hutton (Bowman), Lele Marino (Wing Grinder), Marco Montis (Freestyler) and Wade Morgan (Hydraulic Grinder).

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Wave, Muscat Wins Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 in Porto

Impeccable boat handling and a win in the final race has helped Leigh McMillan and his Omani flagged team win Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Porto. Portugal. After 30 races it came down to the wire between The Wave, Muscat and Alinghi in the final double pointer with just three points separating two of the most experienced teams on the circuit.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
Porto is third Act win this season for McMillan and his crew Peter Greenhalgh, Hashim al Rashidi, Musab al Hadi and Ed Smyth following victories in Oman and Qingdao which significantly leaves them tied on points with Alinghi at the top of the overall Series leaderboard. 
Photo: © Lloyd Images
“Alinghi were right there behind us on the first lap. We had the conversation as to whether we should just cover them the whole race. We saw the pressure was looking better, we let them split and it worked out better for us as we extended our lead. From there on we didn't have to worry about them for the rest of the race. We managed to get a good start, managed to get our noses out and that's what it came down to in that last race,” McMillan said.
Alinghi Photo: © Lloyd Images
Morgan Larson, who took the helm on Alinghi from regular skipper and owner Ernesto Bertarelli this week, kept the pressure on The Wave, Muscat until the end, and although understandably disappointed not to have won the Act, Larson has already shifted his focus to the next stop of the global tour in Cardiff, Wales. 
Photo: © Lloyd Images
“We like putting pressure on The Wave, Muscat and unfortunately it didn’t pay off for us here in Porto. It's been a great place to sail and the team have worked really well together, I can’t ask any more from what the guys are doing. Alinghi are a great team and it's really nice to be part of it. It really could have gone either way today. In Cardiff we will have to do a better job,” Larson said.
Realteam Photo: © Lloyd Images
Always in contention and pushing the top teams hard was Pierre Pennec at the helm of Realteam for this Act. Pennec has lost none of his edge, and pushed the Realteam Extreme 40 hard around the course to help the team achieve their first ever podium position. 
Photo: © Lloyd Images
“Our objective for this event was to reach the podium, so it was a great result for the team. The most important factor is the crew engagement and good communication onboard. Technically we progressed a lot over the week which is really good looking ahead to the future of the team. It's great to be back racing in the circuit, and from today anything is possible,” Pennec said.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
The battle mid-fleet was equally as tense between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Red Bull Sailing Team who went into the final double-pointer tied on points. The Danish managed to muster a third place in the final race where the Austrians couldn’t do better then eighth, leaving SAP Extreme Sailing Team in fourth overall, 
Photo: © Lloyd Images
“We have been more or less tied up with Red Bull Sailing Team all week. It’s tough to be consistent on this racecourse so we are happy that we can battle with Red Bull who are very experienced on this circuit and that we can beat them. It has been a really challenging week - you can have a game plan here in Porto but you need to be able to make some quick changes to it.We really like this racecourse,” said Jes Gram Hansen, SAP’s co-skipper and helmsman.
Photo: © Lloyd Images
The fresh faces on the circuit ROFF Cascais Sailing Team and Team Tilt have had the ultimate Stadium Racing baptism of fire in Porto, with both teams steadily improving throughout the week and showing that at times they can mix it up with the more experienced players in the top half of the fleet. 
Team Tilt Photo: © Lloyd Images
The Kiwi contingent on GAC Pindar took a while to find their feet in the challenging Portuguese stadium, but saved their best to last managing a win in the final day, wrapping up the Act in sixth place.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 5, Porto standings after Day 4, 30 races (28.7.13)
Position / Team / Points

1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 248 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Ben Lezin, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 235 points.
3rd Realteam (SUI) Pierre Pennec, Bryan Mettraux, Nils Palmieri, Cédric Schmidt, Thierry Wassem 223 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 214 points.
5th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Simon Cooke, Graeme Spence 204 points.
6th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Brad Farrand, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Shaun Mason 173 points.
7th ROFF Cascais Sailing Team (POR) António Mello, Bernardo Freitas, João Mello, Ricardo Schedel, João Matos Rosa 156 points.
8th Team Tilt (SUI) Lucien Cujean, Jocelyn Keller, Jeremy Bachelin, Thomas Mermod, Lionel Vaucher 156 points.

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