Thursday, August 15, 2013

Extreme Sailing Series Are Ready To Rock Cardiff

A number of high profile crew changes and two additional team entries yet to be announced are expected to make the Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff presented by Land Rover, one of the most competitive Acts of the Series to date.
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After a down-to-the-wire battle between Alinghi and The Wave, Muscat at Act 5 in Porto just three weeks ago, the rivals are now tied on points on top of the overall Series leaderboard. While the Omani team has chosen to keep the same crew, Alinghi will welcome Olympic gold medallist and two-time ISAF World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe.
Anna Tunnicliffe  Photo: © Lloyd Images
Tunnicliffe is sailing in the ‘fifth sailor’ spot, a position designed to allow an amateur, young sailor or woman to compete. Tunnicliffe last sailed in the 2012 Extreme  Sailing Series finale with GAC Pindar.
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“I am very excited about returning to the Extreme Sailing Series. The sailing is so fast and so exciting. The biggest thing I learned was how important it was to just be consistent. Getting a simple start and good results lead to great overall standings. The boats are very physical and the decisions have to be extremely quick. So having a plan well ahead of time helps everyone’s lives out,” Tunnicliffe said.

In the overall Series leaderboard, the double Olympic gold medallists of Red Bull Sailing Team remain in third position despite the efforts of the Danish duo of SAP Extreme Sailing Team who have been pushing the team hard over the last two Acts.

“It is important for us – after the bad results in Qingdao and Porto – to sail with a clear mind and sail consistently, taking it race per race. Our team is strong and we have a lot of energy and spirit. We will show that in Cardiff," said Red Bull Sailing Team’s tactician, Hans-Peter Steinacher.

After handing the reigns of Realteam over temporally in Porto to Pierre Pennec where the team finished on the podium for the first time, Jérôme Clerc will be back on the wheel of his Swiss entry in Cardiff, this time having recruited the expertise of French sailor Tanguy Cariou – a familiar face on the Series as a former Alinghi crew member.

“We know Tanguy very well. He has been active on Lake Geneva and in the Extreme Sailing Series for a long time. He will obviously bring in his great experience, and help us carry on progressing. It is always interesting to share other sailor’s experiences and points of view whilst keeping the focus on the fundamentals of our team. We feel like we are on the right track, and making steady progress,” Clerc said.

Potentially one of the most powerful teams on the starting grid will be aboard GAC Pindar, where it is all change with four of the five regular crew fighting hard in San Francisco for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Regular tactician Brad Farrand (NZL) is set to step up to the challenge of skipper and helm with final crew decisions still being made.

“With Will and the other ‘young ones’ competing at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup we have lined up an exciting squad for Cardiff which includes Søren Secher and Thomas Hedegaard from the SAP youth team and Tom Blampied from our New Zealand match racing team. We are in a great position to choose the final crew member between Olympic silver medallists Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark and TeamGAC Pindar’s four-time World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams, who joins us  and as the event draws nearer we will be making a team call on the final crew member," Farrand said.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 Cardiff Presented by Land Rover Team List

Skipper/Helm: Morgan Larson (USA) / Tactician: Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) / Mainsail Trimmer: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) / Headsail Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) / Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI)
Current Series ranking: 2nd position

GAC Pindar
Skipper/Helm: Brad Farrand (NZL) / Tactician: TBC / Mainsail Trimmer: Thomas Hedegaard (DEN) / Headsail Trimmer: Søren Secher (DEN) / Bowman: Tom Blampied (NZL)
Current Series ranking: 6th position

Skipper/Helm: Jérôme Clerc (SUI) / Tactician: Bruno Barbarin (FRA) / Mainsail Trimmer: Tanguy Cariou (FRA) / Headsail Trimmer: Cédric Schmidt (SUI) / Bowman: Thierry Wasem (SUI)
Current Series ranking: 5th position

Red Bull Sailing Team
Skipper/Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT) / Tactician: Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT) / Mainsail Trimmer: Matthew Adams (GBR) / Headsail Trimmer: Simon Cooke (NZL) / Bowman: Graeme Spence (AUS)
Current Series ranking: 3rd position

SAP Extreme Sailing Team
Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) / Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN) / Mainsail trimmer: Peter Cumming (GBR) / Headsail Trimmer: Mikkel Røssberg (DEN) / Bowman: Nicolai Sehested (DEN)
Current Series ranking: 4th position

The Wave, Muscat
Skipper/Helm: Leigh McMillan (GBR) / Tactician: Ed Smyth (NZL) / Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR) / Headsail Trimmer: Musab Al Hadi (OMA) / Bowman: Hashim Al Rashdi (OMA)
Current Series ranking: 1st position

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