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Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 - Head to head battle

'Oman Air protesting during a race on day 3 - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1'    Lloyd Images ©

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2012 penultimate day of Act 1 got underway today, 1st March, in Muscat, Oman. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild lead going into the final day but Oman Air are just one point off first place. Tomorrow's finale sees at least five teams in contention for the podium.

Today the wind speed ratcheted up a few knots, as did the competition. The intense head to head between Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and the impressive new team on Oman Air continued unabated and, once again, only one point separates these two teams going into the final day of Act 1, in favour of the French favourites. 'Radical!' said Morgan Larson back on the dockside. 'It was an entertaining day definitely. We knew we might struggle a bit when the breeze came up… Today has tightened the field up a lot with Red Bull, GAC Pindar and The Wave right on our heels…' There could not be two more contrasting skippers in the laid-back, stocky, surf-loving Californian and the intense, focused, slightly built Pierre Pennec. It’s going to make for an outstanding final day tomorrow with three other teams in the hunt for the podium snapping at their heels. All the action will be streamed live online, starting earlier than usual at 1030 GMT.

The Extreme 40 racing started in around nine knots of wind that increased to 12 then 14 knots delivering plenty of hull-flying action and close combat at the top mark. Reaching start, 100m sprint to the top mark, six Extreme 40s screaming into the mark got the adrenalin pumping for the sailors and spectators. It made the racing full-on for the eight Extreme 40 teams on the short, sharp stadium race courses with reaching starts that caught out the new and less experienced skippers where timing the fast approach to the start line demands accuracy and skill, punishing those who get it wrong. The tight stadium action resulted in numerous penalties and a few scrapes, whilst Alinghi found themselves entangled with the race mark on two occasions.

Omani footballer, Saad al-Mukhaini enjoying the ride on Oman Air on day 3 - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Getting a taste of the Extreme 40 action was Omani footballer, Saad al-Mukhaini, who was celebrating his team’s win against Thailand the night before to continue on their World Cup qualifying journey. Al-Mukhaini, who is taking part in the Arsenal selection trials, went racing with Oman Air and watching the racing was His Highness Sayyid Tariq bin Shabib Al Said, of the Sultanate of Oman royal family.

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild rounding a mark - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Pierre Pennec’s team scored the first win of the day but could only claim one more race win out of the eight races today, as the other teams jostled for places at the front. Loick Peyron’s team on Zoulou won the second race, Alinghi the third, then GAC Pindar who are showing bursts of fantastic form in their second season of racing. In the next race GAC Pindar crewman Mark Bulkeley suffered a minor head injury, diverting the crew’s attention as Pennec claimed the win: 'Coming in for a hoist, the spinnaker gets thrown round the shroud to keep it out of the way,' explained Bulkeley. 'And the furling unit just caught me on the side of the head – there was a bit of blood but nothing too serious.' With Bulkeley’s head injury attended to the British team bounced back to win the next race.

Day 3 - The fleet flying their hulls in full battle. The Wave Muscat - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Leigh McMillan’s team on The Wave, Muscat did enough to maintain their third position on the leaderboard: 'We managed to keep it quite clean,' said Brit McMillan. 'We only get one penalty today – we got too close to Red Bull and took a penalty but that’s what the racing was like today. We’re getting into a good place and we’re hoping to go out tomorrow and finish it off.' Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team also managed to hold on to their fourth place ahead of GAC Pindar going into the final day of Act 1 tomorrow. As always, plenty of points to play for and a double-points final race decider.

Racing will start an hour earlier than scheduled tomorrow at 0900 GMT (1300 local time) to take advantage of the good winds forecast and the live streaming will start at 1030 GMT so you can follow the action all the way to the end.

Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 1, Muscat, Oman standings after Day 3, 22 races (1.3.12)
Position / Team / Points
1st Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) Pierre Pennec / Jean-Christophe Mourniac / Hervé Cunningham / Bernard Labro / Adeline Chatenet 121 points
2nd Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson / Will Howden / Charlie Ogletree, Nasser Al Mashari, Max Bulger 120 points
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Hashim Al Rashdi, Rachel Williamson 116 points
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Graeme Spence, Pierre Le Clainche 110 points
5th GAC Pindar (GBR) Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mark Bulkeley, Adam Piggot / Andrew Walsh 102 points
6th ZouLou (FRA) Loick Peyron, Philippe Mourniac, Jean-Sébastien Ponce, Bruno Jeanjean, Antoine Joubert 85 points
7th Alinghi (SUI), Ernesto Bertarelli, Tanguy Cariou, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey, Pierre-Yves Jorand 74 points
8th Team Trifork (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Simon Hiscocks, Jonas Hviid 64 points

Quotes from the sailors:
Morgan Larson, skipper, Oman Air: 'Radical! It was an entertaining day definitely. We knew we might struggle a bit when the breeze came up with me and my timing, mainly it was the starting as I didn’t have any training on the reaching starts and I need a lot! I guess when you go out there and do 8 races, you can some practice, and finally in the last race I got it. It’s a challenge, there’s a lot of team pushing hard and it can go either way on the start if you get it one second wrong you get shot out the back or over early. Today has tightened the field up a lot with Red Bull and Pindar, and The Wave who had an awesome day, are right on our heels and anyone can still win this one.'

Alinghi flying in front of the crowds of spectators at the race village in The Wave, Muscat - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Tanguy Cariou, tactician, Alinghi: 'It was tough and too many marks too round! It was the first ‘real’ Extreme stadium day as yesterday was quite light and longer races. Today was a lot more intense with the course and the reaching starts. From the start full-speed on 16-17 knots boat speed and it was a tough day for us. As a team we have so many things to learn to be efficient.'

Leigh McMillan, skipper, The Wave, Muscat: 'The firsts reach was only about 100m long so we always came to the first mark, three or four boats wide, gennakers unfurling, lots of close contact manoeuvres, full on! We managed to keep it quite clean, only get one penalty today – we got to close to Red Bull and took a penalty but that’s what the racing was like today. We’re getting into a good place and we’re hoping to go out tomorrow and finish it off.'

Mark Bulkeley, mainsheet, GAC Pindar: 'Coming in for a hoist, the spinnaker gets thrown round the shroud to keep it out of the way and the furling unit just caught me on the side of the head – there was a bit of blood but nothing too serious. We had four good races and four not so good races today – it was a hard race course to get back in if you got it wrong.'

Day 3 - Red Bull Sailing Team in the thick of the action - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Day 3 - The crew working hard on board ZouLou - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

Day 3 - Loick Peyron at the helm of ZouLou with The Wave, Muscat chasing hard - Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1 -  Lloyd Images_©  

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