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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 - Full on action in Qingdao

'Fleet rounding a racemark mark metres from spectators on the shore on Day 1 in Qingdao - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012'    Lloyd Images ©

Extreme Sailing Series Act 2, being hosted by the Chinese city of Qingdao, got underway today, Tuesday 17th April. Despite not opening officially to the public until tomorrow, thousands thronged to the breakwater to see the Extreme 40s in action on the first day of racing.

The biggest support went out to China Team in their Extreme 40 debut and with two men-overboard incidents, the action was full on. But it was the Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team skippered by Roman Hagara with his Olympic partner, Hans Peter Steinacher as tactician, who used their knowledge of the Olympic waters to edge ahead and top the leaderboard by the end of play on day one.

Chinese school children enjoying the racing on the first day in Qingdao - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Six open-water races were staged today, which saw four different race winners. Racing took place just outside of the breakwater, close enough for the public to follow the action, during a light breeze day, which required shrewd tactics from the sailors, as Roman Hagara explained: 'It was difficult because of the light winds and their was a lot of tide so it was fairly unpredictable out there. If you were in a good position on the start line then you would do well. By the end of the day the wind had picked up and we could get the hull out of the water.'

Pete Greenhalgh and Hashim Al Rashdi in action onboard The Wave, Muscat - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©  

The battle at the top of the leaderboard was supremely close between Red Bull Sailing Team, The Wave, Muscat and GAC Pindar. The British crew led by match-racing supremo Ian Williams on GAC Pindar made an early bid for the leaderboard, claiming the first race win of the Act, but Leigh McMillan’s The Wave, Muscat were waiting to pounce, claiming victory in the following two races. McMillan went on to win an impressive third race in race five of the day, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Hagara’s men: 'It was a really good day for us – we are happy with the result,' said McMillan. 'Red Bull had an outstanding day and even when we were winning races they were right behind us so it was very difficult for us to get away from them.'

Xiaqun Song onboard China Team - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©  

China Team displayed moments of real potential, including a fourth place in the second race of the day, which considering the crew only stepped on to race for the first time today shows the calibre of these professionals. However, two separate incidents show how quickly even the pros can get caught out as skipper Phil Robertson explained, 'We loved it! There are a lot of positives we can take out of today and we are very happy with how we ended up – although a couple of us went swimming which wasn’t ideal. We were having our best race and were coming into the last mark when we lost Nick (Catley) our bowman over board. That was a shocker! Second time round…it was me and that was before the race even started,' admitted a rather sheepish Robertson. 'I was trying to fix some rudder issues and I fell off the back with a minute to go. So it was a disappointing end but we are happy.'

The Extreme 40 fleet racing in front of the impressive skyline in Fushan Bay, Qingdao - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Oman Air struggled to find their impressive form from Act 1 in Muscat, which saw them claim victory on their home turf just six weeks ago: 'We were under no illusion that Qingdao would be easy just because we won the first event,' stated a philosophical Morgan Larson. A late comeback in the final race and a race win leaves the team in fifth place, four points shy of the French team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, who also had a mixed day on the water. With plenty of races still to come, the teams will be assessing their performance on the water today and planning how to attack or defend as Act 2 goes into stadium race mode from tomorrow. In a similar scenario to Act 1, Muscat, both Hagara and Williams excelled in the early phase only to fade away to the dominance of Larson’s Oman Air team and the Series favourites on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.

Act 2 Qingdao opening ceremony - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©  

The event was officially inaugurated tonight at the grand opening ceremony, hosted by the Qingdao Yachting Association (QDYA). The show began with a stunning light show and music, with local performers enacting traditional Chinese dances. Each crew member bearing their national flag was presented to the crowds, as they presented a gift to their hosts. The ceremony took place at Octagonal Square within the Olympic village, with over 2,000 local guests gathering to witness the spectacle. The show culminated with a spectacular fireworks show.

Red Bull Sailing Team flying a hull in front of spectators lining the breakwater in Fushan Bay - Act 2, Day 1, Extreme Sailing Series 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Tomorrow is the first of three public days with even more locals expected to descend on the Olympic village to watch the stadium racing that will be staged inside the breakwater of Fushan Bay. Racing starts at 1300 local time and for the fans not here in Qingdao, alive replay of the race coverage is available on the official event website from 1330 CET.

The 2012 Extreme Magazine, the official companion to the Series is now available online. Take a look behind the scenes at the Series that has redefined yacht racing, and meet the men behind the machines. The magazine includes insightful and entertaining features by leading sailing and sports journalists including BBC Sport’s Rob Hodgetts, Justin Chisholm editor of Sail Race Magazine, DailySail editor James Boyd and David Fuller from yachtracing.biz combined with fantastic action pix from Mark Lloyd. To read the magazine, click here.

Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 2, Qingdao, China standings after Day 1, 6 races (17.4.12)
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Graeme Spence, Pierre Le Clainche 47 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Hashim Al Rashdi, Rachel Williamson 44 points
3rd GAC Pindar (GBR) Ian Williams, Mark Ivey, Mark Bulkeley, Adam Piggot, Andrew Walsh 37 points
4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) Pierre Pennec, Jean-Christophe Mourniac, Hervé Cunningham, Bernard Labro, Romain Petit 32 points
5th Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Will Howden, Charlie Ogletree, Nasser Al Mashari, Max Bulger 28 points
6th Alinghi (SUI), Pierre-Yves Jorand, Tanguy Cariou, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey, Charles Favre 26 points
7th ZouLou (FRA) Loick Peyron, Philippe Mourniac, Jean-Sébastien Ponce, Bruno Jeanjean, Patrick Aucour 24 points
8th China Team (CHN) Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Kit Cheng, Nick Catley, Xiaqun Song 18 points
9th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Christian Kamp, Jonas Hviid 14 points

Quotes from sailors:
Morgan Larson, Oman Air skipper
'We were under no illusion that Qingdao would be easy just because we won the first event. We have to go back to our original goals and if we can end on the podium then that is fantastic but we are certainly aiming for top half of the fleet.'

Loick Peyron, ZouLou skipper
'I have come straight from Naples (AC45) and it is very interesting to be back in the Extreme 40 – it is a different game and it is good to fight against these guys. We have a lot to improve on the starts especially. It could have been a better day for us, it could have been worse. We are in the middle of the pack and looking for better.'

Roman Hagara, Red Bull Sailing Team skipper
'It was really close against The Wave, Muscat and GAC Pindar. In the first few races the three teams were always top three and it was really important to be consistent. We had no race worse then third and I think the others they may have had one bad race so in the end its what counted. We are very happy at the end of today.'

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