Thursday, July 5, 2018

Alinghi Lead on Day 1 - Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 in Cascais

The Swiss have taken the top spot in the Cascais opener thanks to masterful sailing in the ES Series so far. Arnaud Psarofaghis and his crew sailed Alinghi to victory as they foiled into first place in four races, with podium finishes in all but one other.
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"It was a very good day. I think it's going to be important to be focused for the next few days. We need to make sure we don't overdo it, and if we ever fall behind, we know we can always come back" said Alinghi bowman Yves Detrey.
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Alinghi hit the top speed of the day with 30.2 knots downwind.
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Team Oman Air finished ahead of INEOS Rebels UK, putting in a repeat performance in Cascais, following their second place finish in the Barcelona Act in June. The team's skipper, Phil Robertson, described the conditions on the water.
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"Shifty, puffy, flat water, glamour," he said with a grin. "It was pretty cool really, great conditions for this type of racing," Team Oman Air's skipper, Phil Robertson, said about today's conditions on the water.
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With challenging, shifty breeze that saw big gusts propel the boats around the bay, it was a baptism of fire for Team Portugal. The team of  youth sailors from Lisbon and the Algarve have not previously sailed a GC32 competitively. Mentored by Portuguese professional sailor, Luís Brito and with the support of experienced Series regular, Adam Piggott, the team finished the day on 51 points.
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"It was a hard day. The team is young and new to the circuit. We have a lot of work and a lot of learning to do out there," Brito said.
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SAP Extreme Sailing Team did not have a great day and despite entering Act 4, Cascais equal with Alinghi on points, the Danish team hovered at the back of the fleet on two separate occasions, costing them dearly in the overall Act rankings.
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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Act 4, Cascais standings after Day 1, 8 races (05.07.18)

Position / Team / Points

1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey: 87 points
2. Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 81 pts
3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 79 pts
4. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 77 pts
5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 66 pts
6. Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 63 pts
7. Team Portugal (POR) Luís Brito, Henrique Brites, Adam Piggott, Martin Evans, Bernardo Loureiro, João Assoreira: 51 pts

Lulu Roseman

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