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

 

Sail-World.com : Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 4 smashing action + Video

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 day 4 smashing action + Video

'Crowds of spectators watch the fleet finishing meters from the race village
- Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011'    Lloyd Images ©

The Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 welcomed 18 knot winds to Almeria on day four which ramped up the action a few gears. Attending spectators were treated to an exciting day of close Extreme 40 combat within the stadium of the port of Almeria. Alinghi, the Swiss team, lead overall scoring three firsts and three seconds in the ten races that took place.

Tanguy Cariou’s team head into the final day of Act 8 with an 18 point advantage over Italy’s Luna Rossa and any of the top seven teams are still in contention for a podium place here at the penultimate Act of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series.



The public who came to watch today saw over four hours of full-on racing, the 11 Extreme 40 teams were competing within touching distance of the shore and each other, hulls flying with gennakers up and a two boat smash in the penultimate race.

The victims, Emirates Team New Zealand hit by Groupe Edmond de Rothschild – the sound of the collision stopped the crowd in their tracks and ended the Kiwis day with a gaping hole in the stern of their port hull. Back on shore the damage also proved to extensive to repair overnight and Act 8 is over for Adam Beashel’s team: 'We were comfortably sailing on starboard tack with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild sailing behind us and we were not paying much attention to them as we were assuming they would dip us,' said Beashel.

Emirates Team New Zealand received damage to her port transom during race 23

- Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89647_©  

'It was only at the last second that I saw them bow down behind us, trying to get behind but there just wasn’t any room. There was a loud bang and a collision and they went into our transom. Unfortunately it’s not going to be an overnight fix either so this is the end of the regatta for us. The boat can be fixed before Singapore and we can only hope that we have done enough in the interim and let the jury decide how it is best decided on from here. Hopefully, it will turn into something salvageable for the season.'

The 11 Extreme 40 teams are pushing their machines to the limit for victory and today saw a number of teams jumping the start line. In this game it can all be about the start, but get it wrong and the punishment is severe. It was about slick crew work and staying out of trouble, for some that was not possible.

The fleet racing in open water on day 4
- Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89647_©  
'Luna Rossa were on our right and we were trying to avoid the collision as much as we can, but Luna Rossa is not giving us any water and we can’t avoid the contact with Emirates Team New Zealand,' said Pennec.

'I went to discuss with CJ [Paul Campbell-James helmsman on Luna Rossa] when we were back on the pontoon because we are all making some mistakes on the water, but there is no point to break the boats. I’m not really happy and I’m really sorry for Emirates Team New Zealand.'

The battle lines for the final day of Act 8 are drawn and tensions are high. The leaderboard is close but the sailors focus less on the points than the overall strategy for victory as Luna Rossa’s skipper Max Sirena explained:

'The objective for today was really to sail better than yesterday when we made some big mistakes which cost us a lot of points. Luckily today the conditions were great with some strong wind and flying hulls, which we haven’t done for a long time. We had a few tight situations with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and a few other guys, but we managed pretty well to come out clean. We are surprised to be second but tomorrow is the final day and there are still a lot of points to fight for.'

The action came thick and fast today in a mix of open water and stadium racing as Beashel explained:

'It’s quite a lot when you are racing in such a confined spot, with brick walls on three sides… A lot of things start to happen pretty quickly and the boat speeds are a lot quicker, and as you can see when you have accidents at speed the results can be pretty damaging. It’s all part of the game when you come to venues like this and it’s fantastic for the spectators but it is pretty nerve-wracking sailing for us! Trying to duck and weave your way in and out of the boats trying to tactically position yourself to come out in front and at the same time trying to avoid any damage.'

A 5th man having a wet and wild ride on an Extreme 40 during racing on day 4

- Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89647_©  

Overnight leaders, Team GAC Pindar, were knocked off the top spot by the second race of the day by Alinghi – Ian Williams’ team tumbled to seventh in the rankings by the end of play. Others reveled in the breeze with Leigh McMillan’s The Wave, Muscat, Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing and Ben Ainslie on Oman Air all scoring race wins but it was the consistency that paid off for Alinghi.

With 43 points separating the top seven teams and potentially over a 100 points up for grabs with a double-points final race, anything can still happen. At the other end of the leaderboard, Roland Gaebler’s Team Extreme with Spanish Tornado Olympic medalist Anton Paz on board is in a close battle with the other Italian team, Niceforyou skippered by Alberto Barovier, as Alex Schneiter’s team on the new Team Tilt are still getting up to speed here in their debut. As the wise Max Sirena predicted: 'Nothing is set yet!'

Extreme Sailing Series Act 8, Almeria, Andalucia (Spain) standings after 24 races: (24.10.11)
Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 187 points

2nd Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 169 points

3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 162 points

4th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 159 points

5th Oman Air (OMA), Ben Ainslie / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 157 points

6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matt Adams / Craig Monk 155 points

7th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mischa Heemrskerk / Andrew Walsh / Brad Webb 144 points

8th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Adam Beashel / Ray Davies / Jeremy Lomas / Derek Seward 142 points

9th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Nahid Gaebler / Antón Paz / Tom Buggy 100 points

10th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Stefano Rizzi / Daniele De Luca / Simone de Mari 94 points

11th Team TILT (SUI), Alex Schneiter / Boet Brinkgreve / Charles Favre / Nicolas Heintz 93 points

Oman Air racing with plumes of spray behind them
- Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011 -  Lloyd Images?nid=89647_©  

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=89647

8:50 PM Sat 15 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

The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay








Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event   
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT