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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Red Bull in top form

by Extreme Sailing Series on 8 Dec 2011
Red Bull Extreme Sailing in front of the Singapore skyline - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Lloyd Images © http://lloydimagesgallery.photoshelter.com/
Extreme Sailing Series 2011 ninth and final Act kicked off on Marina Bay in Singapore today, Wednesday 7th December, under the gaze of the iconic Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel, and the towering downtown city skyline.

The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village nestles on the edge of the Formula 1 racetrack that has a permanent residence here in this impressively efficient city, and the 10 Extreme 40s were raring to go. The fleet includes the return of the Swiss Team TILT, headed up by Alex Schneiter, and a new team skippered by match racing supremo Sébastien Col on Team Extreme – the first club™ who faced the tougher and more experienced teams on the water today.

It was Roman Hagara’s team on Red Bull Extreme Sailing who were on fire in the first two races before a thunderstorm with monsoon-like rain (think English downpour and multiply by 10!) and lightning saw racing momentarily suspended: 'We had two really good positions in the first two races then we had to stop because of the thunderstorm,' said Hagara. 'Afterwards it was a little bit cooler and it was better for us. We had some good starts and mark roundings and didn't make too many mistakes so a perfect day for us, we couldn't do better.' Hagara’s team have not graced the Extreme Sailing Series podium since finishing third in the opening round in Muscat, Oman in February and the podium is beckoning once again: 'For sure, it would count a lot for us to be on the podium again. We had some really good races in Nice and were leading after two days but then we had some bad luck when Hans Peter fell off the boat in Nice, so we need some good luck here and, hopefully, this could be the one we win.'


Not surprisingly, it was a game of cat and mouse for Luna Rossa and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild who are locked in a battle for the overall championship: 'We know that in this series anything can happen so we have to keep focused on ourselves and we know that Luna Rossa is going to chase us until the end so it’s up to us to stay in front or respond to the challenge so at the end we can be in front, that is our goal,' said trimmer Thierry Fouchier. After the five races today, Max Sirena’s Luna Rossa, driven by Britain’s Paul Campbell-James, is lying in second place with 39 points, two points ahead of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. 'It’s no surprise that they are going to watch us and pay attention to us on every race for the next four days and it’s just up to us to stay calm and focused on our speed, on our tactics and not to get in trouble.'


Apart from the fierce thunderstorm, the breeze was pretty good although the shifts made the game a little bit harder with some teams suffering more than others: 'We've had a pretty tough day, we didn't really read it too well,' said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. 'Every time we ended up on the start line it seemed to be in the wrong place and you determine the first beat on the start, and we didn't read it as well as some of the other guys did today.' The crew haven’t raced together since Act 2 in Qingdao, China and Barker himself last competed at Act 7 in Nice and the competition has only got tougher in his absence: 'It’s very tight courses and some very competitive boats,' said Barker. 'There is no question as the season has gone on that every time I come back the fleet seems to have got better, so it’s really challenging.' The Kiwi team is lying in fourth place at the end of today, ahead of Oman Air skippered Chris Draper who takes the helm for the Singapore event, a highly skilled Extreme 40 helm who also skippered Oman Sail’s Masirah to victory in 2009.


Team GAC Pindar may be out of contention at the top of the overall rankings but Britain’s Ian Williams, recently crowned ISAF World Match Race Tour champion, remains upbeat: 'It’s my first time racing here and we've got an interesting race course with three different shorelines to think about and obviously the weather is a major factor here,' said Williams. 'Singapore is about an individual result for us and getting a good result that we can build on for next year.'

Tomorrow will see racing start at the usual time of 0600 GMT (1400 local time) with media guests on board as fifth men, ahead of the event opening to the general public on Friday through to Sunday.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 Final, Singapore standings after five races (7.12.11)
Position / Team / Points
1st Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matt Adams / Craig Monk 45 points
2nd Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 39 points
3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 37 points
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 29 points
5th Oman Air (OMA), Chris Draper / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 27 points
6th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Bulkeley / Andrew Walsh / Matt Cornwell 22 points
7th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 22 points
8th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 21 points
9th Team TILT (SUI), Alex Schneiter / Charles Favre / Arnaud Psarofaghis / Nicolas Heintz 18 points
10th Team Extreme - the first club™ (FRA), Sébastien Col / Jean-Christophe Mourniac / Franck Citeau / Christophe André 15 Extreme Sailing Series website

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