Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gazprom Team Russia Are On Fire in Hamburg - Extreme Sailing Series - Day 2

Gazprom Team Russia have outperformed many experienced Extreme 40 heavyweights with five podium finishes to take the overnight lead
Photo: © Jesus Renedo / OC Sport
It was nother outstanding performance by Gazprom Team Russia on day two of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Hamburg, as they posted four second place results and one race win. Following their impressive opening day off the HafenCity waterfront, they have overtaken Extreme 40 heavy weights SAP Extreme Sailing Team and The Wave, Muscat to take the overall lead on 111 points.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo / OC Sport
After racing, a calm and collected helm Phil Robertson explained that good communication among the crew was the key to their success.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo / OC Sport
“It is so much better and that’s the biggest thing we are working on. It just helps when the wind is light, it gives us more time to talk which means more time to translate from the Kiwi to Russian,”
Photo: © Jesus Renedo / OC Sport
It was a testing day on the River Elbe, with a patchy 4-9 knot breeze but strong tides and regular breaks for passing commercial traffic interrupted the flow of racing. The result was a game of snakes and ladders for the teams that didn’t allow them to lose focus for a moment.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo / OC Sport
“It was tricky today, the name of the game was to be as flexible as possible, and adapt to the changing conditions and the other boats,”said helm of Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes, Mitch Booth.
Photo: © Jesus Renedo / OC Sport
“There were no set patterns, every race was different, every strategy had to be different, I had to use all my knowledge and experience today to try and weasel our way through it. It was really tough,” he added.

Drawing on his Olympic medal race experience, Booth sailed to victory in race 10 while fellow Olympian Lorenzo Bressani at the helm of Lino Sonego Team Italia took a third in race 13. But the unexpected moment of glory today went to GAC Pindar in race 12. Australian skipper Seve Jarvin chose a risky port start, ducked the fleet, broke from the pack and popped out ahead to lead from start to finish.

Struggling with consistency and decision making, Leigh McMillan, helm on The Wave, Muscat unusually finished low in the fleet, losing his overnight lead and ending the day in third place overall. SAP Extreme Sailing Team, meanwhile, were consistent mid-fleet performers and held their second place in the overall standings.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg presented by Land Rover standings after Day 2, 14 races (24.07.15)
Position / Team / Points

1. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov 111 points.
2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Hervé Cunningham, Mads Emil Stephensen, Nicolai Sehested 107 points.
3. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 106 points.
4.  Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Hans-Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Jérémy Bachelin, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 91 points.
5.  Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Mitch Booth, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Pedro Andrade 87 points.
6. Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi 80 points.
7. Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Stefano Ciampalini, Stefano Rizzi, Manuel Modena 71 points.
8. GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, Adam Minoprio, Marcus Ashley-Jones, James Corrie, James Wierzbowski 67 points.
9. Team Extreme Germany (GER) Paul Kohlhoff, Philip Kasueske, Johann Kohlhoff, Peter Kohlhoff, Max Kohlhoff 34 points.

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