sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - The Wave, Muscat victorious in Qingdao
Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - The Wave, Muscat victorious in Qingdao


'2013 Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - The Wave, Muscat, SAP Extrme Sailing Team, Alinghi and GAC Pindar'    Lloyd Images ©    Click Here to view large photo

In the third act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao saved its best for last on the final day and the pressure was understandably on from the first start gun with no quarter given on the water as the teams used classic match racing tactics to try and outwit their nearest rivals. The nine races came in thick and fast in the best conditions the fleet have sailed in all week in the heart of Fushan Bay which has once again demonstrated how they became such a successful Olympic sailing venue.

Heading into the final classic Extreme Sailing Series style deciding double-points race, the battle for victory was well and truly on between Alinghi and The Wave, Muscat tracking each other around the course and mirroring each other’s moves.

The Swiss America’s Cup winners used their experience to try and outwit Leigh McMillan’s team and although they won the final double pointer, it wasn’t enough to win the Act and an ecstatic, and somewhat relieved McMillan commented: 'It's a massive relief! To actually get the better of Alinghi in the light winds was a big achievement for us. When it comes to the pure boat on boat battle, they (Alinghi) tend to get the better of us. It's a tough battle, they are a very tough team to beat and tough competitors. The rest of the year is shaping up to be really exciting.'

2013 Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - The Wave, Muscat, Alinghi and SAP Extreme Sailing Team -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Morgan Larson, who has taken the tiller from team’s skipper Ernesto Bertarelli at this Act, was visibly frustrated to lose out in the final seconds, and talked through the tactics on the final race. 'We had The Wave, Muscat on starboard so we hunted them a little bit, made them tack back and forth and then we just held them and pinned them out until Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team got in there. We just managed to get our spinnaker up in time to be ahead of Red Bull and SAP and that was with the points we needed, but you have to hand it to The Wave, Muscat. Those guys were sailing so sharp all week they didn’t give up, they fought back and passed the two boats to the finish.' The Swiss team still leads the Series after posting third and first places in Acts 1 and 2 respectively.

2013 Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - SAP Extreme Sailing Team -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo
SAP Extreme Sailing Team were firing on all cylinders from the word go, winning three races including the first of the day and gradually eating into GAC Pindar’s advantage held from the beginning of the day.

In the final race, the co-skippers on SAP Extreme Sailing Team, Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Kostner executed the start with precision and never looked back. Helmsman Gram-Hansen said, 'We're very happy! It's a fantastic result for us, hopefully something we can build on and as a team everyone is doing a great job. The Wave, Muscat and
Alinghi are sailing very well, but I think today we proved that we can also sail just as well. We are definitely getting closer to them so we will go away, debrief and see how we can improve.' This is the second Act in a row the Danish outfit has finished on the podium, matching their third place from Singapore just three weeks ago.

Despite slight frustration at losing out on their first ever podium position at the final hurdle, GAC Pindar’s young Kiwi skipper Will Tiller, who is making a real mark on this Series in his debut year, was upbeat dockside. 'We're a little disappointed with the results but overall really happy as a team. Finishing the regatta in fourth is just brilliant for us and we would happily take that any day! We will keep pushing these top teams. We have been battling with SAP Extreme Sailing Team from day one and well done to them, they sailed really well today. Hopefully in Istanbul we can flip the coin and get ahead of them!'.

The double Olympic gold medal winning duo Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher on Red Bull Sailing Team sailed an inconsistent regatta by their standards on the Olympic waters they know so well, but did manage to muster fifth place overall after a slow start to the week, and sit third on the overall Series leaderboard.

The local contingent China Team had the support of the home crowds this week, with four of China’s talented young sailors stepping up to the challenge, a clear sign of the successes of China Team in developing their national sailing talent. Aussie sailing legend and skipper Mitch Booth commented: 'It's been great to be with the local team, the local support has been just phenomenal and they're following these youth Chinese sailors with great interest. It's really satisfying when you are teaching 20 year old kids that have never raced catamarans before to come and join this high level racing Series, it's just great. For me it's just great to be back involved in something that is a real passion of mine.'

Earlier this week, the iconic British brand Land Rover announced a three-year sponsorship of the global sailing series as Series Main Partner, and celebrated the launch of the partnership with the unveiling and naming of their Land Rover branded Extreme 40, which has made its world debut in Qingdao and will be used as a platform to host VIP and media guests.



Co-organised by the Qingdao Yachting Association, China has delivered a festival atmosphere on and off the water including a spectacular opening ceremony, a programme for local schools to meet the sailors and a closing ceremony that finally brought proceedings to a close.

Next the Extreme 40s head to Istanbul, 20-23 June for Act 4 as the Series approaches its halfway stage and we can expect the pressure to turn up another level as the teams look to set themselves up for the second half of the year.

2013 Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 podium -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 Act 3, Qingdao standings after Day 4, 26 races (5.5.13)

Position / Team / Points

1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Musab Al Hadi, Will Howden 202 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Morgan Larson, Stuart Pollard, Pierre Yves Jorand, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 200 points.
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Kostner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Nicolai Sehested 191 points.
4th GAC Pindar (NZL) Will Tiller, Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson, Harry Thurston, Matt Steven 181 points.
5th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Simon Cook, Graeme Spence 168 points.
6th Team Korea (KOR) Peter Burling, Matt Vincent, Mark Bulkeley, Tom Johnson, Sungwok Kim 163 points.
7th Realteam (SUI) Jerome Clerc, Bryan Mettraux, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Cédric Schmidt, Thiery Wassem 154 points.
8th China Team (CHN) Mitch Booth, Wen Zijin, Yingkit Cheng, Liu Xue, Zhang Yiran 145 points.

Extreme Sailing Series 2013 overall standings after Act 3, Qingdao

Position / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI) 27 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 26 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 24 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 20 points.
5th Team Korea (KOR) 16 points.
6th GAC Pindar (NZL) 16 points.
7th Realteam (SUI) 14 points.
8th Team X Invitational 13 points.

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=109157

3:04 PM Sun 5 May 2013GMT


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


Related News Stories:

05 May 2013  Extreme Sailing Series - Winning performance from SAP Extreme Sailing
05 May 2013  Extreme Sailing Series - Plotting a course for the podium + Video
04 May 2013  Extreme Sailing Series Act 3: Battle lines drawn on Fushan Bay + Video
04 May 2013  Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Day 2 for SAP Extreme Sailing Team
03 May 2013  Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Alinghi dominates on day 1 in Qingdao
03 May 2013  Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Guo Chuan on the water with SAP Extreme
30 Apr 2013  Extreme Sailing Series - Series main partner announced
29 Apr 2013  Extreme Sailing Series - SAP Extreme Sailing Team ready for Act 3
25 Apr 2013  Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Qingdao next stop, announcement planned
16 Apr 2013  SAP Extreme Sailing Team's milestone podium achievement in Singapore
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii






























































Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 3
Sailing through STEM Night at California YC
Six Metre European Championship - High temps and little wind on day 3
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Light wind opener in Vannes
International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Unsatisfactory conditions on day 4
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video   
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up   
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany   
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2   
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23   
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland remains out front   
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing   
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature   
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston   
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio   
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3   
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1   
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day   
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Tactical evening ahead for the fleet   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   


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