sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 1 - Tricky and challenging conditions

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 1 - Tricky and challenging conditions

'The fleet racing in front of the Spanish crowds of spectators - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 8'    Lloyd Images ©

2011 Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 of the is underway in Almeria and the public literally arrived in the thousands on the opening day, making the most of Spain’s national Bank Holiday.

Soaking up the party atmosphere and enjoying the activities and entertainments on shore ahead of the main event when the 11 Extreme 40s took to the water for the opening salvo of the stadium racing: 'Today was really impressive, seeing all these people here in this Stadium racing format that really brings the competition to the public,' said Antón Paz, Spain’s Olympic gold medalist sailing with Team Extreme skippered by Roland Gaebler.

'It puts more pressure on us while we race, but at the same time it’s really encouraging to hear the applause from the crowds when we finish. Sailing against such high level sailors helps everyone to improve their game. When Roland Gaebler started racing the Tornado, I was just ten years old! He is an example to me and it’s great to come back to multihulls after my experience in the Tornado.'

A light sea breeze dominated the opening day of this penultimate round of 2011 bringing tricky and challenging conditions for the teams – some found their groove, others didn’t… It was a day requiring good tactics and a bit of luck: 'When conditions are like this it’s all about trying to keep the boat moving and looking for the best piece of wind,' said Ben Ainslie. 'The wind is more important than where you are heading, so we try to head for the best wind patches.'

Almeria’s kids racing in Optimist in front of the huge crowd turning up today on Spanish national day - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 8 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89557_©  

Perhaps Ben Ainslie and his team on Oman Air will be the most satisfied team tonight finishing at the top of the leaderboard. After a frustrating and difficult round in Nice, France just ten days ago, the Omani team will be bolstered by their performance today in similar light airs: 'It was really tough conditions today,' continued Ainslie. 'We normally like to have more wind so for everyone it was hard, but we did well and the harbour of Almería is fantastic. The team was great in very difficult conditions. To make this work you need to plan ahead, to have good communication and the guys I am sailing with on Oman Air are fantastic.'

The three-time Olympic gold medalist, and super competitive, Ainslie joined the Extreme Sailing Series circuit for three events – Almeria will be his last and he is obviously fired up to do well here before returning to his 2012 Olympic campaign in the Finn class.

The French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild – victors in Nice and current leaders of the 2011 Overall Championship points table – put in a good solid performance, finishing inside the top three in all but one of the races today. Pierre Pennec’s men seemed more assured and less pressured than they were in Trapani and Nice. Another strong performance today came from the Kiwi team of Emirates Team New Zealand.

'Today was just about avoiding the big mistake really and to come out of the day without losing too many points on the overall leaders,' said Adam Beashel. 'We kept it quite simple as much as we could.' Beashel replaces Dean Barker as helmsman for the third time here in Almeria, and today’s results showed that Beashel is finding his form in this competitive Extreme 40 class, lying third on the leaderboard after day one.

Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar crew scored a win in the fourth and final race today and made good work of the light airs, using their gennaker to maximum effect even on the upwind legs, ending the day in fourth. The Austrian Olympic duo of Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher came out with guns blazing, scoring two consecutive second places and they looked to be strong, as they were in Nice in the early stages. But they ran out of time to complete the penultimate race, which ultimately cost them a few places in the standings.

Max Sirena’s team on Luna Rossa were mid-fleet or thereabouts for most of the afternoon but the Italians won’t be too concerned at this early stage – they know there is a long way to go and a lot of points to play for still. The other Italian team skippered by Alberto Barovier’s Niceforyou could have ended the day much higher in the standings if it hadn’t been for a last place in the final race, and once again, Leigh McMillan’s team on The Wave, Muscat struggled in the light airs.

The Swiss team of Alinghi also didn’t to find their form today whilst the new multi-national team headed up by Alex Schneiter enjoyed their first foray in the class scoring a seventh place in two of the races: 'What a day!' enthused Schneiter. 'We’ve been a little bit shy at the beginning to try to get into the rhythm. We don’t have any sporting ambition here, we just want to learn as fast as possible, have a lot of fun and get as close as possible with those top sailors! It’s not everyday that you can race against such a bunch of sailors.'

Emirates Team New Zealand sailing past the race village - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 8 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89557_©  

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8, Almeria, Andalucia (Spain) standings after four races (12.10.11)
Position / Team / Points

1st Oman Air (OMA), Ben Ainslie / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 39 points
2nd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 31 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Adam Beashel / Ray Davies / Jeremy Lomas / Derek Seward 30 points
4th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mischa Heemrskerk / Andrew Walsh / Brad Webb 30 points
5th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matt Adams / Craig Monk 28 points
6th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 26 points
7th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Stefano Rizzi / Daniele De Luca / Simone de Mari 20 points
8th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 18 points
9th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 14 points
10th Team TILT (SUI), Alex Schneiter / Boet Brinkgreve / Charles Favre / Nicolas Heintz 14 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Nahid Gaebler / Antón Paz / Tom Buggy 13 points

Anton Paz and Tom Buggy working hard on Team Extreme in the light airs - Extreme Sailing Series 2011 Act 8 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89557_©  

Extreme Sailing Series website




by Extreme Sailing Series

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89557

8:17 PM Wed 12 Oct 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

Related News Stories:

25 Nov 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Rio showdown on the horizon
12 Dec 2011  Extreme Sailing Series - Luna Rossa claims title
11 Dec 2011  Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Red Bull collides with GAC Pindar
10 Dec 2011  Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 – Demanding conditions
09 Dec 2011  Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Difficult conditions
08 Dec 2011  Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Red Bull in top form
01 Dec 2011  Extreme Sailing Series - Competing teams revealed
23 Nov 2011  Extreme Sailing Series 2012 TV series creates a buzz
22 Nov 2011  Extreme Sailing Series heads to Singapore for final Act
08 Nov 2011  Extreme Sailing Series TV schedule
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT