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Thursday, March 12, 2015

SAP Extreme Sailing Team Takes Charge in Muscat - Day 2

SAP Extreme Sailing Team showed their winning formula on day two at the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat, Oman, by racking up four bullets out of eight races in the shifty 15 knot north-easterly breeze and lumpy two-metre swell.
Photo: © Mark Lloyd Images
Co-skippered by Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Køstner, the Danish team displayed a quiet confidence on the water and clearly had a plan. They hit the committee boat end of the start line with precision, avoided any engagement with other seven Extreme 40’s and trusted the decisions of tactician Køstner to secure the team’s position as overnight leaders with 113 points ahead of the penultimate day tomorrow.
Photo: © Mark Lloyd Images
“We had a fantastic day. Jes (Gram-Hansen) was starting really well, we had good acceleration off the line, we were able to put ourselves in a situation where we could choose the layline, and could sail fast around the track. Four out of eight race wins is a really great result. We are going to stick to the same game plan tomorrow and see if can keep improving. I know the other guys in the fleet will come back and make a few changes, but there are also things we can do better,” tactician Køstner explained.
Photo: © Mark Lloyd Images
A team that struggled with consistency today was two-time Series winner The Wave, Muscat – a nerve-racking position for the home team, after beginning the day in the lead. Rounding off the overnight podium, Oman Air stuck with their ‘bigger picture’ formula, chipping away in mid fleet and keeping out of trouble on the racecourse to finish the day just 10 points off leaders SAP Extreme Sailing Team.

Tomorrow the forecast is for the wind and swell to subside as Oman once again throws a new set of conditions and challenge at the world class sailors of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Muscat.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 Muscat standings after Day 2, 14 races (12.03.15)
Position / Team / Points

1. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Mads Emil Stephensen, Brad Farrand 113 points.
2. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 106 points.
3. Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 103 points.
4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 96 points.
5. GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Ian Williams, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski 84 points.
6. Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Gabriele Olivo, Tom Buggy, Stefano Ciampalini 82 points.
7. Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes (TUR) Mitch Booth, Edhem Dirvana, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Matteo Auguadro 79 points.
8. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 53 points.

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