Sunday, July 8, 2018

Swiss Clean Up at Extreme Sailing Series - Act 4 - Cascais

Having led the fleet of super-speed, hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans on every single day of racing, Swiss team Alinghi secured another Act win today in Cascais, Portugal, in the mid-season battle for the Extreme Sailing Series top spot.
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Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey and Timothé Lapauw exhibited faultless sailing throughout the event, taking their third Act win of the 2018 season. Having entered the Cascais regatta tied on overall points with Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team, the Swiss were pleased to break free and into the lead once again.
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"It's great to win here in Cascais," said co-skipper and helm, Arnaud Psarofaghis. "We've sailed really well all week and didn't really have any bad races. The team did a great job of flying around the racecourse. Overall, very happy."
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The Danes put up a good fight, finishing the Portuguese Act in second place. The team's skipper, Rasmus Køstner commented on the battle that ensued on the water.
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"It was a pretty intense day trying to fight it out with Alinghi," he admitted. "They're not making many mistakes at the moment so their win is well-deserved. We will continue the battle in Cardiff."
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They may not have taken the top spot, but SAP Extreme Sailing Team did clock the fastest speed ever recorded in the 12 year history of the Series. Making the most of the Cascais breeze and perfect foiling conditions, the Danish squad hit a top speed of 37.9 knots on the second day of the event. They were awarded the Zhik Speed Machine trophy for their achievement.
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Although fans are used to seeing Oman Air on the Act podium, the Omani contingent fell off the pace in this week's racing. A lack of consistency in their results across the Act saw them give up their third place spot on the event's penultimate day, allowing British INEOS Rebels UK to finish day four with a foot on the podium for the first time this year.

"It's a positive step forward to take third place here in Cascais. The conditions out there today were really testing so this is a great result for us. Each Act we are improving but there's still plenty of work to do. We're now looking forward to heading home to the UK for the next event; we're excited to race in front of home crowds in Cardiff," said Will Alloway, Skipper of the British team.

Oman Air did, however, manage to hold onto their third place position in the overall rankings.
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For the Portuguese wildcard crew, Cascais has been a steep learning curve. Taking part in a programme devised to give local young sailors experience in the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, the boys on board Team Portugal were truly put through their paces over the last four days of racing. Skipper and mentor, Luís Brito, was full of respect for his crew.
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"I'm so proud of these young Portuguese sailors. Today was even tougher for us than the previous days, but we're really pleased with the Team Portugal project and how we've faired in the Act. We hope to return next year to sail for our country once again," Brito said.
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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018 Act 4, Cascais standings after Day 4, 28 races (08.07.18)
Position / Team / Points

1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey: 309 points
2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 294 pts
3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 288 pts
4. Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 282 pts
5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 250 pts
6. Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 222 pts
7. Team Portugal (POR) Luís Brito, Henrique Brites, Adam Piggott, Bernardo Loureiro, João Assoreira: 182 pts

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