Saturday, October 4, 2014

Realteam Dominate Day 2 In Nice - Extreme Sailing Series

Swiss skipper Jérôme Clerc managed to fight off the hungry pack to keep Realteam at the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Nice. Only 26 points separate first from eleventh place at the close of play in what is shaping up to be one of the closest, and most crucial, Acts of the season.
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Behind Realteam a whole host of teams are applying the pressure. Pete Burling and regular sailing partner Blair Tuke and the experienced Emirates Team New Zealand crew, appeared to have the winning strategy worked out. The Kiwis started the day in sixth and with a string of consistent results have been elevated to second.
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“Every event you go into, you go in with the aim of wining it. The good thing is that I’ve only sailed about eight days with Jero ( Jeremy Lomas) and four with Glenn Ashby and obviously loads with Blair, but the combination is just getting stronger and stronger. I didn’t think we actually had such a great day so I thought we would be a bit further back on the scoreboard than second. We’re just a couple of points off the lead which is what we’re looking at so we’re really happy to be in touch and to still be improving how we’re sailing,” Burling said.
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Gazprom Team Russia continued to impress, staying in touch with the leading pack in third place, with the current Series leaders now just one point behind them. After struggling to get out of the blocks yesterday, the Swiss team was on the march today, clocking up more points than any other, taking 42 from a possible 70. 
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“Anna (Tunnicliffe) said to us during racing today: you know what? We don’t need to win races, we just need to win points and if we get thirds all day long I’ll be super happy. So those are words from a champion that has the confidence, and she’s definitely that. It was good for all of us to hear it, because we were looking for some magic to win the races,” said Alinghi's Morgan Larson.
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The battle behind is raging with J.P. Morgan BAR and GAC Pindar tied on 75 points, and the defending Series champions The Wave, Muscat a point behind.
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“We have got plenty of game left in us for the next few days – we did a lot right today, although it may not look like it on the leaderboard. We did a lot of things well, but unfortunately the mistakes we made were big ones and cost us a lot of points. We’re working well as a team, the consistency onboard is really good – we’ll keep pushing,” said The Wave, Muscat Skipper Leigh McMillan
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Seven windward-leeward races were sailed in a typical Mediterranean light sea breeze, The local boat, Groupama Sailing Team struggled to replicate yesterday’s wining form, adding just one race win to their tally along with a string of results in the bottom three. to be in ninth place. 
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“We won a race today and that is a positive thing and it shows what we are capable of. Now we just need to be more consistent. It’s all about the details and lost metres here and there, and that’s what makes all the difference,” said Skipper Franck Cammas
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SAP Extreme Sailing Team found the form that was missing yesterday, to secure two race wins. The team clocked up a credible 40 points, but struggled to be consistent in the tricky conditions to finish the day tied on points at the tail end of the leaderboard with Red Bull Sailing Team.
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Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7 Nice standings after Day 2, 15 races (3.10.14)
Position / Team / Points

1. Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wasem 92 points.
2. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Peter Burling, Glenn Ashby, Blair Tuke, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 84 points.
3. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 82 points.
4. Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 81 points.
5. J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Campbell-James, Bleddyn Mon, Matt Cornwell 75 points.
6. GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, Seve Jarvin, Hugh Styles, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski 75 points.
7. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 74 points.
8. Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 73 points.
9. Groupama Sailing Team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Tanguy Cariou, Valentin Bellet, Arnaud Jarlegan, Devan Le Bihan 71 points.
10. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Christian Kamp, Brad Farrand 66 points.
11. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Thomas Czajka, Stewart Dodson 66 points.

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