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Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3

'The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Realteam (SUI), Skippered by Jerome Clerc (SUI) with Helm Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI), Floater Nils Palmieri (SUI), Mainsail Trimmer Jerome Clerc (SUI), Headsail Trimmer Bryan Mettraux (SUI) and Bowman Thierry Wasem (SUI)'    © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series    Click Here to view large photo

What a difference a day makes. If yesterday’s Extreme 40 racing on Cardiff Bay was all about power, today was about tactics and finesse, with light breeze dancing across the bay, at Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ presented by Land Rover.

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Fleet racing in ESS Cardiff Day 3 -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo
Just five points scoring races were added to the tally – but five all important leaderboard changing races - with the pressure piling on the teams to lay down a strong performance ahead of tomorrow’s final day. One team with huge pressure on their shoulders in Cardiff is The Wave, Muscat, who need an Act win here to keep in touch with the top of the overall Series leaderboard and skipper Leigh McMillan more than rose to the challenge, adding 33 points to their score to overhaul Alinghi, and lead the pack for the first time, heading into tomorrow’s racing.

McMillan is well aware of what’s at stake: 'It’s very important for us to win tomorrow. We’ve been on the back foot with Alinghi this season so far and it will be good to get one back on them, that’s for sure. We’re solid as a team, everyone’s working really hard together so we are looking forward to closing this one out.'

The forecast was for eight to 10 knots, but three races in it looked like a complete shut down with just light zephyrs of breeze across the track. The teams thought it was all over, before the breeze filled in quashing those fears, and their patience was rewarded with eight knots and two final races, allowing the fleet to brush away their frustrations and really stretch their legs.

The change in conditions called for a change in mindset, as SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s co-skipper Rasmus Kostner explained: 'You just have to keep focused and be ready for a race to come in late, which I think we were. We knew what we were fighting for but we didn’t execute it too well. It will be full on tomorrow, we are ready to fight until the end and really want to step up our game from today.'



It temporarily looked like the wheels had fallen off the Swiss campaign today and we saw Morgan Larson and the team on Alinghi rattled for the first time this year, unable to touch the top half of the pack in the opening three races. But the team used the delay in racing to their advantage, digging deep, debriefing, and regrouping, to finish the day on a high with a fourth and second place.

A visibly frustrated Larson commented after racing: 'It went quite badly, we couldn’t really do much worse. I didn’t come out on form, my head wasn’t clear and I wasn’t making clear decisions and lost us a lot of points, which we didn’t need. So it was disappointing, but the crew stayed tough and everyone was focused and we finished with some keepers. Luckily there is another day.'

For the first three races, the top of leaderboard was changing with every finish; first McMillan overhauling Larson, then Ben Ainslie taking advantage of a penalty for Alinghi to temporarily overhaul the Swiss, before Alinghi’s late surge secured them second place. J.P. Morgan BAR are now seven points shy of Alinghi, but with a fairly comfortable – but by no means untouchable - 20 point cushion over fourth placed Realteam.

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
The Wave, Muscat. Skippered by Leigh McMillan (GBR) with tactician Sarah Ayton (GBR), trimer Peter Greenhalgh (GBR), headsail trimer Kinley Fowler (NZL) and bowman Nasser Al Mashari (OMA) -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo

The Swiss skipper Jerome Clerc was modest about the team’s performance after racing: 'We need to sail thinking about the team rather than focusing on the podium. We managed to stay consistent and climbed one place in the ranking to fourth position, which is good. We are sailing well but we still have potential to improve. We will need to stay focused tomorrow and avoid big mistakes if we want to be within the top three. We have been on the podium twice this year so it would be amazing to show the consistency of our team, which is far from being among the favourites of the circuit.'

The battle mid leaderboard is also raging, with SAP Extreme Sailing Team only three points behind Realteam, Oman Air a further six points back and Red Bull Sailing Team three points behind them in seventh place – and with 20 points up for taking in tomorrow’s final double points race, the podium is not an insurmountable challenge for any of those teams.

There is frustration in the Kiwi camp for Emirates Team New Zealand, who have finished on the podium for the last three Acts, but for who tomorrow will be a big ask, with a 26 point deficit to Red Bull Sailing Team.

GAC Pindar are a further four points back, but were the form team of the day clocking up more points then any other, in what was their best day of the season, to gain a place in the rankings, teach the old dogs some new tricks, and give the team a boost in morale. 'I think windward-leeward courses suited us today, we tried to stay clean and away from the main pack, get good starts and it seemed to work. The first three races we had really good starts, good positioning and got away. The aim was to keep our noses clean and get away in good shape,' commented Aussie Olympic champion skipper Nathan Wilmot after racing.

Tomorrow will call with a shift in mindset, with a big weather front on the way, bringing with it 25 knots of breeze and thunderstorms to round out what has so far been a spectacular event as the headline Act of the Cardiff Harbour Festival. Watch the final races live from 1530 BST, where you can bet it is going to go down to the wire.

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Fleet in ESS Cardiff Day 3 -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo

Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5 Cardiff, presented by Land Rover standings after Day 3, 25 races
Position / Team / Points


1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Kinley Fowler, Nasser Al Mashari 172 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Pierre-Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 165 points.
3rd J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Nick Hutton, Paul Campbell-James, Bleddyn Mon, Matt Cornwell 158 points.
4th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) Jérôme Clerc, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Bruno Barbarin, Bryan Mettraux, Thierry Wassem 138 points.
5th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Jonas Hviid-Nielsen, Brad Farrand, Nicolai Sehested 135 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) Rob Greenhalgh, Ted Hackney, Kyle Langford, Hashim Al Rashdi, Musab Al Hadi 129 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans-Peter Steinacher, Mark Bulkeley, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson 126 points.
8th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) Dean Barker, Ray Davies, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas, Edwin Delaat 110 points.
9th GAC Pindar (AUS) Nathan Wilmot, Hugh Styles, Ed Smyth, Seve Jarvin, James Wierzbowski 106 points.
10th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Matt Adams, Pete Cumming, Aleksey Kulakov 105 points.
11th Groupama sailing team (FRA) Franck Cammas, Romain Motteau, Tanguy Cariou, Thierry Fouchier, Devan Le Bihan 99 points.

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Fleet racing in ESS Cardiff Day 3 -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 5 - Day three -  © Lloyd Images  

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Alinghi (SUI), Skipppered by Morgan Larson (USA) with Tactician Anna Tunnicliffe, Mainsail Trimmer Pierre-Yvew Jorand (SUI), Headsail Trimmer Nils Frei (SUI) and Bowman Yves Detrey (SUI) -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 5 - Day three. Newcomer? - Fifth man Bleddyn Mon in action on Day three -  © Lloyd Images  

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 5 - Day three. The team compete on home waters -  © Lloyd Images  

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 5 - Day three -  © Lloyd Images  

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Alinghi (SUI), Skipppered by Morgan Larson (USA) with Tactician Anna Tunnicliffe, Mainsail Trimmer Pierre-Yvew Jorand (SUI), Headsail Trimmer Nils Frei (SUI) and Bowman Yves Detrey (SUI) -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Realteam (SUI), Skippered by Jerome Clerc (SUI) with Helm Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI), Floater Nils Palmieri (SUI), Mainsail Trimmer Jerome Clerc (SUI), Headsail Trimmer Bryan Mettraux (SUI) and Bowman Thierry Wasem (SUI) -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo

The Extreme Sailing. Act 5. Cardiff. Wales.
Fleet racing in ESS Cardiff Day 3 -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo


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