Saturday, February 7, 2015

Taking The Red Bull By The Horns - Extreme Sailing Series Singapore - Day 3

The penultimate day at the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Singapore saw yet more changes at the top of the leaderboard with the day going to the Austrians on Red Bull Sailing Team, who lay down the marker to put them in pole position ahead of the final day of racing tomorrow.
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The three front-runners, including SAP Extreme Sailing Team and The Wave, Muscat, traded places throughout the day but the double Olympic champions from Austria made all the right strategic decisions. They got off the start line superbly and barely putting a foot wrong to deservedly lead the fleet.
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“We know from the past that the last day of the regatta is the most important and we still have to keep it up. It is difficult to explain but the young blood on the vessel is doing the two of us (Hans Peter Steinacher) a lot of good. We change positions constantly, everyone fights for the other. I feel that the structure within the team fits very well and the young crew is eager to take on the challenge head on,“ said Red Bull’s skipper Roman Hagara after racing.
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Closing out the day win a race with after a tactically brilliant match race with Red Bull Sailing Team, SAP Extreme Sailing Team are now just three points behind the Austrians.
SAP bowman Brad Farrand Photo: © Lloyd Images
“We do look out for Red Bull and The Wave, Muscat. If we can make life difficult for them we do: they are sailing well, and of course we don’t want to let them through. We really showed our consistency and are happy with the finish we had,” said SAP co-skipper Rasmus Kostner.
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The vastly experienced team on The Wave, Muscat which includes skipper Leigh McMillan, with Olympic double gold medallist Sarah Ayton calling the tactics, added two race wins to their tally, as did Gazprom Team Russia, who lead the pack chasing the podium in fourth place.
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Up and down winds from three knots and gusts up to 26 knots, made it hard to judge the time and distance to the start line, and the boats who got it right reaped the rewards by keeping their noses out in front and avoid the mealy at the top mark. One team who had their starting tactics nailed were Team Aberdeen, the best starter according to the SAP sailing analytics, who continued to close the points gap on the leaderboard and took a race win in front of their home crowd. 
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“It’s always great racing in front of a home crowd and that’s the beauty of the event. You have the energy of the crowd, and we’re pretty spoilt here as the home team. Singapore is really unique, we talk about iconic cities, and the whole stadium format and I honestly don’t know where it gets any better than here. With the hard boundaries with spectators on every corner, it’s just an incredible atmosphere. Here we’re racing in the heart of the city and hopefully we’re putting on a good show,” said skipper Nick Maloney
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Oman Air under British Olympian Stevie Morrison seem to be quickly getting to grips with the stadium racecourse, as do the new Italian team skippered by Lorenzo Bressani. But it was GAC Pindar who were perhaps most impressive, the new line up adding a notable two race wins to their tally, the third best performers on the water in terms of points today, to upgrade their overnight position from eighth to seventh. 
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Summing up the day, their skipper Seve Jarvin commented: “I’m absolutely loving it. The guys did really well today, I just stuffed up the last race by being too aggressive, we should have got a third and we ended up getting a penalty at the finish and that sort of screwed us. But in general today was awesome and the guys did a really good job and are happy.”
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With one day left of racing in Singapore there is still all to play for, with the accolade of winning the opening Act of the season well and truly open for the taking. The forecast is expected to challenge the teams and the battle on Marina Bay is far from over.
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Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1 Singapore standings after Day 3, 24 races (07.02.15)
Position / Team / Points

1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 176 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Mads Emil Stephensen, Brad Farrand 173 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 161 points.
4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 148 points.
5th Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 138 points.
6th Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Gabriele Olivo, Tom Buggy, Adam Kay 136 points.
7th GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Jack Macartney, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski 124 points.
8th Beko Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Mitch Booth, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Anıl Berk Baki 119 points.
9th Team Aberdeen (SIN) Nick Moloney, Adam Beashel, Tom Dawson, Freddie White, Justin Wong 113 points.

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