Saturday, July 7, 2018

Danes Ward Off Brits at Extreme Sailing Series - Act 4 - Cascais

Alinghi is still sitting pretty on top of the leaderboard as racing in Portugal intensified when INEOS Rebels UK and SAP Extreme Sailing Team crossed the finish line just inches apart in the final race of Act four's penultimate day.
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After leading  the fleet around the course throughout the last race, the British team thought they had it nailed when they rounded the final windward turning mark ahead of their competitors.

Hot on their heels, the Danish crew on SAP Extreme Sailing Team rounded several metres behind them, looking set to settle for second as the Brits approached the finish line. However, a classic Cascais gust caught the Danes in the final seconds of the race, propelling them across the course until the two teams were neck and neck. In a tense fight to the finish, the teams crossed the line almost simultaneously.

INEOS Rebels UK skipper, Will Alloway, commented on the finish.

"Our goal was to make sure we sat on top of SAP Extreme Sailing Team to keep them behind us,"he explained. "When we crossed the line, I wasn't sure who had it. We were just pushing the boat as hard as we could until we got over."

Adam Minoprio, helmsman for SAP Extreme Sailing Team, admitted he was determined to snatch the race win from the Brits.

"I thought we ought to try to sneak past them," he said with a wry smile. "The only way we were going to pass them was by going around them and getting some momentum on the foils, so that's what we tried to do. I was secretly hoping we had them at the end there."

It was ruled that it was INEOS Rebels UK who took the top spot in the final race, securing them third place on the podium heading into the last day of the Act.

The penultimate day of racing in Cascais saw some strong results bagged for Team México. Twice they emerged from the top gate in first place, but unfortunately lost their lead as the races continued. They successfully secured a second place finish in race 21 – their best result of the Act so far.

"It was a very positive day for us," said an elated Erik Brockmann, the team's skipper. "Our boat speed was up and we were feeling a lot more competitive. We're making good progress, we're going to keep working on it so that these results happen more often."

Roman Hagara's Red Bull Sailing Team also saw improvements on the water, relishing the champagne sailing conditions. Following a string of mid-fleet results in the previous two days of racing, day three saw them take their first race win, along with three other podium finishes across the day's seven races.

"We had a big step up today. When the top four boats are watching each other, that's our chance to be free. We're enjoying racing here. We'll see what happens at the end of the day tomorrow," said Sport Director for the team, Hans Peter Steinacher,

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Act 4, Cascais standings after Day 3, 22 races (07.07.18)

Position / Team / Points

1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey: 230 points
2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 224 pts
3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 216 pts
4. Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 213 pts
5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 197 pts
6. Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 168 pts
7. Team Portugal (POR) Luís Brito, Henrique Brites, Adam Piggott, Bernardo Loureiro, João Assoreira: 138 pts

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