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Extreme Sailing Series - Biggest breeze pushes fleet to its limits


'Ariel shot of ChinaSpirit as they hurtle around the Florianopolis stadium'    © Vincent Curutchet / Dark Frame

Big breeze and blistering speeds called for nerves of steel from the eight Extreme 40s on the first public day in Brazil, as they hurtled round the Florianópolis stadium racecourse in the biggest winds the fleet has raced in all season, which peaked at 35 knot gusts. There was plenty of hull flying action at the final Act of the year presented by Land Rover, as the fleet expertly navigated their missiles around the course, with water spraying off their bows as they used all their physical strength to keep their racing machines upright.

The Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team were the undisputed stars of the day, the fastest boat on the water according to the SAP analytics, who relished the conditions and stormed their way to two race wins. Others found the conditions right on the edge, including the local boat Team Brazil Mapfre who were forced to retire from racing after breaking their bowsprit during a difficult bear away and the Swiss Realteam who lost a man overboard in the final race of the day.

GAC Pindar lead the fleet downwind in the final race of day two -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

Three full on races were sailed, before gusts of 35 knots and a turning tide quashed proceedings, as Race Director Phil Lawrence elaborated: 'The conditions today were right at the top limit for racing. It's a testament to the skill of the sailors that they were able to get around the course in one piece! They had a few frightening moments but they did a fantastic job. I have never run racing in as much wind as that for the Extreme 40s. I stopped racing when the winds got to 35 knots, and then the tides started to change and the seas were going to become unmanageable.'

Realteam scream downwind. The Swiss team lost their headsail trimmer Cedric Schmidt overboard on the third race of the day -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

Still buzzing from the exhilarating racing, Red Bull Sailing Team’s double Olympic champion Roman Hagara enthused about his team’s performance. 'It was a really fun day for us, we pushed it really hard and it seemed to be enough! We had good breeze, good teamwork and it just came together. We've still got a long way to go, there's still two days of racing left but we're very confident.' Hagara’s team are now just five points behind second placed Alinghi, and have put a little light between them and SAP Extreme Sailing Team, three points ahead of the fourth placed Danes.

Defending champions The Wave, Muscat fly downwind on day two Florianopolis -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame   Click Here to view large photo

The defending champions The Wave, Muscat maintain pole position heading into tomorrow’s penultimate day, secured by a win in the first race of the day. Their skipper Leigh McMillan, one of the most experienced on the circuit who has sailed in the Series since 2009, said: 'Today was definitely up there with some of the biggest days on the circuit. It was full on but enjoyable! The conditions were very extreme, it was windy but we were just happy we were doing the right thing during racing. We were getting around the course and still pushing hard.'

Red Bull Sailing Team lead the fleet downwind. The Austrians were the form team on day two, winning two of the three races sailed -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

In the final race of the day, as the breeze continued to build before reaching the cut off point, the Swiss multihull champions on Realteam lost their headsail trimmer Cédric Schmidt overboard. The team made a quick recovery, but was forced to retire from the race as skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis elaborated: 'He went over as we deployed the gennaker. We were hit by a wave and it just threw him off the boat. He is fine, his hand is slightly sore, but I'm sure he'll be ready to race again tomorrow. We tried to sail a safe game today, we had some bad luck at times but we were happy with our speed and with our boat handling. In these conditions you need to sail the boat by keeping everything simple, avoid any crashes and make sure everyone is safe.'

The Wave, Muscat & GAC Pindar duel it out as they fly downwind -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

The young Kiwi team on GAC Pindar came out on guns blazing today, hitting the accelerator and giving the more experienced crews a run for their money, including a third and second place – a real confidence boost for the youngest skipper in the fleet Will Tiller. 'It was tough out there, we had to make sure that we had good communication onboard to get us round the course but it was a great experience for us to race in those conditions. Our aim is to keep pushing the boat to its limits and we managed to pull off some good results, which we're really happy with. There's still a long way to go but our aim is to keep chipping away at the points and trying to edge up the leaderboard as much as we can.' The Kiwi-flagged team is currently seventh with 58 points, two points behind Realteam.

The fleet race against the city backdrop of Florianopolis, a new stadium racecourse for 2013 -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

It was a tough day for the local entry on Team Brazil Mapfre who, after missing the first race start while they reefed the boat, snapped their bowsprit during a difficult bear away, in race two, putting them out of the running for the day. Skipper Clínio de Freitas, an Olympic bronze medallist, was optimistic about the rest of the Act. 'We're trying to fix this problem tonight so that we can come back tomorrow and compete again. It's a fantastic opportunity for us to compete here on our home waters, and we are sure we can be back tomorrow to put on a show for our local fans.'

Red Bull Sailing Team were on fire on day two, pushing their Extreme 40 hard to secure two race wins -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

The action at Act 8 Florianópolis presented by Land Rover continues tomorrow with the penultimate day’s racing kicking off at 1400 BRST, and online fans can join the action live online from 1600BRST/1800GMT,
Extreme Sailing Series

Alinghi push their Extreme 40 hard on the windiest day of the 2013 Series -  © Vincent Curutchet - Dark Frame  

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2013 Act 8, Florianópolis presented by Land Rover standings after Day two, 11 races (15.11.13)
Position / Team / Points

1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Hashim Al Rashdi 95 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 86 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Simon Cooke, Kinley Fowler 81 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 78 points.
5th ChinaSpirit (CHN) Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Brad Hooker, Louis Viat, Nick Catley 70 points.
6th Realteam (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Nils Palmieri, Cedric Schmidt, Thierry Wassem 60 points.
7th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Matt Steven, Stewart Dodson, Tom Bentham, Shaun Mason 58 points.
8th Team Brazil Mapfre (BRA) Clínio de Freitas, André Mirsky, Daniel Santiago, André Chang, Bruno di Bernardi 28 points.


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