Please select your home edition
Ancasta Botin Fast40

Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego - Day 3

by Extreme Sailing Series 20 Oct 19:27 PDT 18-21 October 2018

It was a long day for the Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet as light winds teased the teams on the penultimate day of racing in San Diego.

Despite the challenging forecasts for the afternoon, Race Director John Craig remained optimistic as the seven international crews docked out of their Harbor Island berths and made their way onto the glistening waters of San Diego Bay.

However, the wind refused to cooperate and an exhibition race was called. Seven smiling VIP guests boarded the boats for the GC32 Guest Sailor experience that the pioneering Extreme Sailing Series is renowned for, and sailed around the course with the pros, enjoying a big hit of Californian sunshine.

Exhibition race over, it was back to business. The teams dashed off the start line at full pelt, keen to make the most of the building breeze. Taking the top spot on race 14, it looked like SAP Extreme Sailing Team were back in the game, following a string of inconsistent results over the previous two days.

"The breeze was doing some big rotations but we picked our course well," explained helm, Adam Minoprio. "It was fun, we had a laugh, and the crowds were great. We're hoping for more wind tomorrow."

Despite a third place finish in the first race of the day, coming in behind the Danes and Oman Air, the Swiss weren't ready to give up the ghost. Fighting back, they took the win in race 15, maintaining their five-point lead over the Omani-flagged boat from the previous day.

"The two races today were pretty good for us," said a pleased Arnaud Psarofaghis, the team's co-skipper and helm. "We perform well in light conditions so we have an advantage. We're definitely looking forward to tomorrow."

After a promising start to the day's racing, the wind began to die a death, dropping rapidly as the afternoon progressed. A series of exhibition races were called once again, before Race Management returned the fleet to the dock, ready to rest up for the final day of competition on Sunday.

"Today was not the day we were looking for," said Extreme Sailing Series Race Director, John Craig. "The wind ended up too light at only 6 knots, but I'm pleased we got some great exhibition races in for the crowds. The scoring races we ran didn't really affect the scores, so it's tight. Tomorrow should be interesting."

Lagging behind since day one in San Diego, British-flagged INEOS Rebels were disappointed not to have the chance to climb the ranks in today's races. Struggling for speed throughout the US Act, the Brits head into the final day in San Diego ranked fifth.

"It's really not going well for us," admitted the team's disheartened skipper, Will Alloway. "We need to find out what we're doing wrong; it's a shame not to have had more of a chance today. We'd like to see some big improvements tomorrow."

Extreme Sailing Series San Diego, presented by SAP, culminates in a finale on Harbor Island tomorrow. A busy free-entry Race Village offers food, drink and plenty of entertainment for the public, including the Element Sports Kiteboarding Invitational and O'pen BICS youth sailing.

GC32 racing is due to begin at 14:00 PT (UTC-7), and will be streamed LIVE on the Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels. The final race of the event will be worth double points – with only a handful of points separating the top three competitors, no one is safe.

For more information on Extreme Sailing Series San Diego, presented by SAP, please visit the event website.

Standings after Day 3: (15 races)

1st Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 162pts
2nd Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 157pts
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason: 154pts
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 136pts
5th INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 128pts
6th Element Spark Compass (USA) Taylor Canfield, Sam Hallowell, John Wallace, Matt Noble, Mateo Vargas: 110pts
7th Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 98pts

Related Articles

Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego overall
Team Oman Air top the US Act podium Tight, tense racing thrilled the Californian crowds that gathered on Harbor Island, as Team Oman Air topped the US Act podium on day four of Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego – thwarting Alinghi in the final races of the day. Posted on 22 Oct
Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego day 2
Team Oman Air hunts down Alinghi on second day The hunters became the hunted as Team Oman Air closed the gap on Extreme Sailing Series™ frontrunners, Alinghi, on the second day of racing in San Diego. Posted on 20 Oct
Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego day 1
Harbor Island buzzes with activity San Diego Bay and its banks were buzzing with activity today as the Extreme Sailing Series™ came to town for the penultimate stop on its 2018 global tour. Posted on 19 Oct
The official Extreme Sailing Series™ App
The official Extreme Sailing Series™ App OC Sport, creator and organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series™, is pleased to announce the launch of the official Extreme Sailing Series App, in collaboration with US-based intelligent communications platform and new official supplier to the Series Posted on 18 Oct
US wildcard team ready to fire
Canfield to skipper boat at Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego US-flagged wildcard entry, Element Spark Compass, will join the six other international Extreme Sailing Series™ teams of elite level sailors in San Diego this weekend (18-21 October), for the West Coast Act of the 2018 Series. Posted on 17 Oct
New partner announced for Extreme Sailing Series™
OC Sport announces Element Sports Group as an Act Partner in San Diego The pioneering international event creator, organiser and rights-holder, OC Sport, is thrilled to welcome Element Sports Group to the Extreme Sailing Series™ as a new partner for the final two Acts of the 2018 global tour. Posted on 12 Oct
Extreme Sailing Series fleet soars into San Diego
The elite level sailors will be grafting hard for the Golden Coast Act trophy Hot on their heels, and winners of last year's San Diego Act and overall season, Danish squad SAP Extreme Sailing Team are keen to claw back some points before they hit the Series grand finale in Los Cabos, Mexico, at the end of the year. Posted on 10 Oct
Kiwis claim victory at Qingdao Mazarin Cup
Event marks the tenth anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Taking part in the Qingdao Mazarin Cup powered by Extreme Sailing Series™, to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the New Zealand duo shone on the water, exhibiting exemplary sailing straight off the mark. Posted on 3 Oct
Qingdao Mazarin Cup- Battle for top spot continued
French duos Culture Foil and Team France Jeune hold onto their podium positions Champagne conditions with up to 15 knots of wind saw the fleet of pocket-rocket foilers live up to their Flying Phantom name, gliding across Fushan Bay with extraordinary rapidity. Posted on 2 Oct
Qingdao Mazarin Cup: Teams tested in opening races
It was a tough afternoon on the Flying Phantom racecourse Having been unable to race yesterday due to strong winds of 24 knots, today the teams were chomping at the bit to compete on the waters of Fushan Bay. Posted on 1 Oct
Marine Resources BOTTOM1DSailing FooterSilverFern_660x82px_v1