Untouchable Alinghi, sensational Land Rover BAR Academy

wrote on 2017-05-01

top the Act 2 podium in Qingdao. Two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) took the Extreme Sailing Series overall lead with a dominant win at the second stop in Qingdao. But it was the young sailors of Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) who stunned the field in claiming their maiden second-place result. Oman Air (OMA) was third, with SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in fourth and the Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) rounding out the top five. read more

The most competitive season in the history of the Extreme Sailing Series got even more intense in Qingdao on Monday, as the young sailors of Great Britain’s Land Rover BAR Academy shook up the standings by finishing in second place behind a triumphant Alinghi of Switzerland. The Swiss – two-time America’s Cup winners who had finished second at the season opener in Muscat – were untouchable, sailing a textbook regatta in Qingdao’s “Mazarin Cup” despite variable conditions that ranged from light breezes on Day One and Day Three (and no wind or racing on Day Two) to constant winds that made for a thrilling foiling confrontation in Monday’s final action.

In only their second season in the stadium racing series, Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) Academy jumped up to second place on Day Three with six podiums in seven races – including two wins – and they hung on under pressure in the finals to stand in the runner-up spot of an Extreme Sailing Series regatta for the very first time.

“Congratulations to Land Rover BAR! What a great performance from this young team. They are clearly one of the favorites for the upcoming Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda,” said Red Bull Sailing skipper Roman Hagara, who with Hans Peter Steinacher is Sport Director for June’s youth regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

Oman Air (OMA) earned third place for the second Extreme Sailing Series act in a row, while SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN), which had won the opener in Muscat, finished off the podium in fourth. Red Bull Sailing, picked as another favorite for overall honors this year after finishing third in 2015 and 2016, earned two race wins in taking fifth place in Qingdao, a result that didn’t satisfy their tactician Steinacher, who is already looking to the third regatta in the eight-stop series. 

“Here in China we did not perform to our level,” said the Austrian, who previously won two Olympic Gold Medals with Hagara. “We need to forget this regatta and concentrate on preparations for the next one.”

The Extreme Sailing Series will next return to one of the world’s most spectacular harbor destinations with Act Three in Portugal’s Madeira Islands on 29 June–2 July, 2017.

Results Act 2, Qingdao, China: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 184 points, 2. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 173 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 168 pts, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 168 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 166 pts, 6. NZL Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 164 pts, 7. Team Extreme (CHN) 121 pts

Overall ranking after two of eight acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 23 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 21 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 20 pts, 4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 18 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 17 pts, 6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 15 pts

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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. 

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2017

With eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2017:

8-11 March: Muscat, Oman

28 April-1 May: Qingdao, China

29 June-2 July: Madeira Islands, Portugal

20-23 July: Europe TBA

10-13 August: Hamburg, Germany

25-28 August: Cardiff, UK

19-22 October:  San Diego, USA

30 November-3 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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Red Bull Sailing aims for big boost in Qingdao

wrote on 2017-04-25

After a crash and other surprises left Red Bull Sailing in fourth position at the first stop of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017, the two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will fight to get back into overall medal position this weekend in Qingdao, China, where they led the team to third place just a year ago. read more

 

QINGDAO (China) – Austrian sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have had more than six weeks to think about what went right and what went wrong for Red Bull Sailing at the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Muscat, Oman; and now, on 28 April 28–1 May, they’ll put the team’s strategies and strengths to the test at the second stop of the stadium racing series, the Mazarin Cup in Qingdao, China. At stake: the momentum they need to stay close to current leaders SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN), Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (OMA) – and move up from the fourth spot overall – in what’s anticipated to be a neck-and-neck race for the title across the eight-act season. 

Red Bull Sailing, which finished on the Extreme Sailing Series overall podium in third for the second year in a row last December, started the 2017 season brilliantly in Muscat, with two straight days of podium finishes before the bad luck of a crash and penalties saw them go home without a race trophy. China’s Olympic sailing city Qingdao, which is hosting the stadium-racing series for the seventh consecutive year, typically serves up its own surprises, many of them due to famously unpredictable weather.

“There’s always something unexpected in Qingdao – we’ve experienced crashes and even capsized, and many teams have had mishaps there. The spectators around Fushan Bay have witnessed some dramatic moments,” Hagara recalls. “Last year, which was the series’ first on GC32 foiling boats, there was the tough challenge of calms and then fog, which made for a lot of suspense. When we overcame all that to finish on the podium, we felt like we’d turned a new page in Qingdao, and we’re ready to take on whatever comes at us.”

Sailing with Hagara (helm) and Steinacher (tactician) on the Red Bull Sailing Team in Qingdao will be Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Will Tiller (NZL). The team is hoping that Hagara and Steinacher’s long expertise – which includes competing at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao as well as in all six previous Extreme Sailing Series stops in the city – will pair perfectly with the power of the talented young up-and-comers to deliver the team’s first-ever Extreme Sailing Series Championship. 

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series will once again bring the action right to the public with stadium racing on super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph). Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. Joining Red Bull Sailing (AUT), Alinghi (SUI), NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in the Qingdao lineup is wildcard Team Extreme. 


The GC32s will race beginning Friday, 28 April, through the Final on Monday, 1 May, 2017. 

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. 

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Red Bull Sailing launches four-way battle for season title in Muscat

wrote on 2017-03-11

Despite two brilliant days in the top three, mishaps including a crash put Red Bull Sailing in fourth at the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 season opener in Muscat on Saturday. With seven acts left to go, double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, along with the rest of the Austria-based team, are already in a tight battle for the overall title. read more

MUSCAT (Oman) – The Red Bull Sailing Team got off to a promising start in the Extreme Sailing Series 2017, opening the four-day regatta in Muscat, Oman with two straight days of podium finishes including a race win on Wednesday. Luck worked against them on Days Three and Four – including a crash that left helmsman Roman Hagara with scrapes and bruises – but the Austrian boat still managed to finish just off the podium in fourth. The most competitive season in the history of the Extreme Sailing Series is already shaping up to be a battle among the top three overall last year – two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI), Oman Air (OMA), Red Bull Sailing (AUT) – plus Saturday’s regatta winner SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN).

Red Bull Sailing came into the 2017 season much more prepared than in 2016, when there was virtually no time to get accustomed to the series’ new GC32 foiling catamarans. The team, which also includes tactician Hans Peter Steinacher – who won Olympic gold with Hagara in 2000 and 2004 – as well as young guns Stewart Dodson (NZL, trimmer), Adam Piggott (GBR, bowman) and newcomer Will Tiller (NZL, mainsheet) gelled quickly, with top-three spots in their first four races and stellar results throughout the first two days. 

Then a disqualification for an early start on Day Three put them at a disadvantage. On a very choppy final day, the Austrian team used the strong winds to rocket on their foils, only to take a nosedive in a big crash that left Hagara bloodied as the boat went from 25 knots to zero in less than a second. A subsequent freak tangle with a mooring buoy cost them time in the penultimate race, and the team had to be content with fourth place.

“The final result isn’t what we would have wanted, but the experience here in Muscat was valuable – we were able to sail together in a variety of conditions and had strong performances right from our first races,” said Hagara. “We knew that Alinghi would be tough this season – they’re the defending champions – but it’s clear that we’re going to be battling Oman Air and SAP Extreme Sailing as well. I think the fans are going to have an exciting season ahead, and so are we.”

Red Bull Sailing will have their next chance to fly when the Extreme Sailing Series returns to the classic venue of Qingdao, China on 28 April–1 May, 2017.

Results Act 1, Muscat, Oman: 1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 286 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 270 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 270 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 247 pts, 5. Team Tilt (SUI) 235 pts, 6. Team ENGIE (FRA) 199 pts, 7. Tawera Racing (NZL) 195 pts, 8. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 173 pts, 9. NZL Sailing Team (NZL) 142 pts

Overall ranking after one of eight acts: 1. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 12 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 11 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 10 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 9 pts, 5. Tawera Racing (NZL) 8 pts, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 7 pts

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Red Bull Sailing season kickoff just hours away in Muscat

wrote on 2017-03-07

With tricky winds expected, four intense days of sailing lie ahead as two-time Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher lead the campaign to capture the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series crown for Austria. read more

MUSCAT (Oman) – Only three months after clinching the overall podium in the Extreme Sailing Series 2016, the Red Bull Sailing Team gets back into the stadium racing action on Wednesday, March 8, with Act 1 of the 2017 edition in Muscat, Oman. The Austrian team led by double Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara (skipper/helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician) will battle international teams from seven nations in the four-day regatta, which is the first showdown in an eight-act global tour that will test the waters at three continents over 10 months.

The spectacle of forty of the world’s best sailors pushing eight GC32 foiling catamarans to the limit always draws Muscat’s sailing-savvy crowds to the venue in front of the stunning Old Town. But for the teams, unpredictable winds can be a ninth opponent, lifting the cutting-edge boats to fly on their foils or reducing to a tactically challenging whisper, especially close to shore. Organizers plan to mix long-distance coastal races into the series’ trademark program of stadium racing, and the team that wins will have to excel in both formats.

Combining Hagara and Steinacher’s legendary expertise with the fire of young chargers Stewart Dodson (NZL, trimmer), Adam Piggott (GBR, bowman) and Will Tiller (NZL, mainsheet), Red Bull Sailing has the potential to be a powerhouse. But if they want to advance from last year’s third place overall to take the 2017 title, they’ll need to get by the defending champions, two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi of Switzerland. They did just that in Muscat last year, when the Swiss syndicate finished fourth.

“Last year, Muscat was incredible for us. It was the first race with the GC32s, and after days of very light breezes we took advantage of stronger winds on the final day to fly up from fifth place to second,” remembers Hagara. “Now the teams have a full year of experience with the boats in a variety of conditions, and I think it’s going to be the most competitive season yet. We can’t wait to get started.” 

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series will once again bring the action right to the public with stadium racing on super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph). Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. Five top teams – Red Bull Sailing (AUT), Alinghi (SUI), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) – are back, alongside new additions in Muscat from Switzerland, France and New Zealand. 

The GC32s will race beginning Wednesday, March 8 through the Final on Super Saturday, March 11. 

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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2017
With eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2017: 8-11 March Muscat, Oman; 28 April-1 May Qingdao, China; 29 June-2 July Madeira Islands, Portugal; 20-23 July Europe TBA, 10-13 August Hamburg, Germany; 25-28 August Cardiff, UK; 19-22 October San Diego, USA; 30 November-3 December Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Double Olympic Champions return to Extreme Sailing Series

wrote on 2017-02-21

After capturing their third overall podium in the Extreme Sailing Series last season, in 2017 the Red Bull Sailing Team led by sailing superstars Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will fly on foils again in the tight stadium format. With a combination of deep expertise and talented young chargers – including a standout newcomer – the Austrian team is hungry for their first championship. They’ll have eight acts to outsail the world’s best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet. read more

SALZBURG (Austria). Two-time Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will lead the Red Bull Sailing Team in one of the sport’s fastest, most hotly contested circuits, the Extreme Sailing Series. The introduction of new GC32 foiling catamarans in 2016 meshed with the mindset of the Austrian innovators, who delivered a powerfully consistent campaign to stand on the podium in seven of eight regattas and claim third place overall. But with the level of sailing at an all-time high and a two-time America’s Cup winner in the mix, the foiling will be furious. Red Bull Sailing will need to fly across the season if they want to clinch the elusive championship.

The Extreme Sailing Series brings together the world’s best sailing talent from all disciplines – World Champions and Round the World sailing greats as well as America’s Cup winners and Olympic heroes. In eight stops across three continents in 2017, the stadium racing format will bring the action right to the public, and with the super-light GC32s capable of reaching almost 40 knots (74 kph, 46 mph) as they lift off the water and “fly,” the competition is tight and the spectacle is breathtaking.

“The 2017 season is going to be more competitive than ever before,” said Hagara, noting that the teams are now familiarized with how the GC32s handle in a variety of conditions. “And to be successful, we will have to beat the two-time America’s Cup champion Alinghi”.

As the defending Extreme Sailing Series titleholders, the Swiss syndicate is the season favorite, and second-place Oman Air is back as well. Hagara and Steinacher, however, are two of the sport’s most experienced sailors, with background in the America’s Cup World Series in addition to their Olympic triumphs, three Extreme Sailing Series overall podiums, and many other achievements. Joining them are three graduates of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup: Trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL) and bowman Adam Piggott (GBR) are championship-winners who contributed to Red Bull Sailing’s medal effort last year, while at the mainsheet, Will Tiller (NZL) is a young newcomer who has already earned a World title.
The series will kick off on 8-11 March in Muscat, Oman, where the action will be a mix of signature stadium racing and coastal racing against the stunning setting of the Old Town. Next up, Qingdao, China, where supreme expertise is required to master the ever-changing weather conditions. In the heat of summer, the GC32s return to Portugal’s Madeira Islands, where variable winds push tactical skills to the limit, and then in July the season will reach its midpoint in a European host city yet to be revealed.

The drama will intensify as the series returns to Hamburg, Germany, one of the tightest and most thrilling stadiums, before stopping at Cardiff, UK, where the enclosed bay will provide an ideal venue for spectators over a bank holiday weekend in August. And in the fall, the season reaches its climax in North America, first at picture-perfect San Diego, California, USA, before moving on to the series’ first-ever stop at spectacular Los Cabos, Mexico, where the champions will be crowned at “Land’s End.”

Steinacher pointed out that unlike 2016, when the team lacked pre-season time with the new GC32, this year they had a productive training camp, and the technical team has been able to get the boat in “perfect condition.” He added, “I believe the experience that Roman and I bring to the table combined with our young guns can be the winning formula for 2017. We’re looking forward to a year full of great sailing in exciting locations.”

It all takes off just two weeks from now, in Muscat, Oman on 8-11 March 2017.

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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2017

With eight events in eight countries, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with “stadium” sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities.

Schedule 2017:
8-11 March: Muscat, Oman
28 April-1 May: Qingdao, China
29 June-2 July: Madeira Islands, Portugal
20-23 July: Europe TBA
10-13 August: Hamburg, Germany
25-28 August: Cardiff, UK
19-22 October: San Diego, USA
30 November-3 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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Red Bull Sailing Clinches Third on Championship Podium

wrote on 2016-12-11

After eight acts in seven countries, at the final stop of the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, the Red Bull Sailing Team led by double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher claimed third-place honors for the 2016 season. read more

SYDNEY (Australia) – With thousands of fans lining the banks of Sydney Harbour on Sunday, the Red Bull Sailing Team skippered by two-time Olympic champion Roman Hagara clinched third place in the Extreme Sailing Series for the second year in a row. In the series’ toughest field ever, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI) claimed the championship, a mere two points ahead of Oman Air (OMA) in second. 

Red Bull Sailing – which also includes Hagara’s Olympic partner Hans Peter Steinacher (AUS) as tactician, as well as Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Brad Farrand (NZL) – came to Australia as the only team to have captured a podium in every one of the seven previous acts. The Sydney regatta was a roller coaster for the Austrians, who came back from an early gennaker break to dominate Saturday’s racing against the backdrop of the famed opera house and Harbour Bridge. Red Bull Sailing won Sunday’s penultimate battle, but slipped to fifth in the final race, which was worth double points, leaving them fourth on the Sydney leaderboard, though tied in the points with third-place Oman Air.

“Of course we would have liked to complete the season with a win here in Sydney where Hans Peter and I earned our first Olympic medal back in 2000, but I’m very happy to be on the overall podium again this year,” said Hagara. “We’ve got an exceptional team, and we want to thank all the fans for their support and encouragement. The series moved into the future this season with the introduction of foiling, and it was great to be part of it. We're already planning for next year.”

 The 2016 Extreme Sailing Series brought the action right to the public in seven countries, and the historic season marked not just the introduction of the super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph) – but also innovations including a new coastal race and match racing that complement the unique stadium format. Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. 

Sydney Final (25 races): 1. Alinghi (SUI) 238 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 226, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 215, 4. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 215, 5. Land Rover BAR (GBR) 193, 6. RNZYS Racing (NZL), 178, 7. Visit Madeira Team Portugal (POR) 177, 8. Team Australia (AUS) 132

Final Overall Ranking Extreme Sailing Series 2016: 1. Alinghi (SUI), 2. Oman Air (OMA), 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT)

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Contact: mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com / +436646385997

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

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Three wins for Red Bull – Hagara/Steinacher dominate Sydney

wrote on 2016-12-10

With only the final day left to go (Sunday, from 2 pm local time) at the last stop of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016 in Sydney, Australia, the Red Bull Sailing Team from Austria is in second place. Two-time Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher and their international crew claimed six podium finishes in eight races on Saturday, including three wins, to overtake Oman Air (skipper Morgan Larsson/USA) for second place in the regatta standings. The two-time America's Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) is in the lead – just six points ahead of Red Bull Sailing. read more

SYDNEY (AUS) - "Perfect racing conditions, the catamarans at the limit, thousands of fans, and in eight races we were among the top three a total of six times. You could almost call it a perfect day," said Red Bull Sailing skipper Roman Hagara, who feels quite at home in Sydney as the gold medalist from the 2000 Summer Olympics held in the Australian metropolis. 

"Today, we were able to control the field with excellent starts and to sail safely as well. With constant wind conditions, we had the GC32 catamaran and the foils perfectly under control," added Red Bull Sailing tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who was Hagara’s teammate in the 2000 Games.

Thanks to their three wins, Red Bull Sailing leapfrogged up to second in the regatta standings, overtaking the Oman Air team helmed by Morgan Larsson and narrowing their gap from leader Alinghi to six points. On the final day the Austrians will be looking to dominate again and steal the victory. All three teams have the chance not only to win the regatta in Sydney, but also to clinch the overall 2016 season championship, and with eight teams going full out in winds predicted at 16 knots, Sunday’s racing should provide a gripping spectacle.

Steinacher is looking forward to the final showdown. "Alinghi will start with a special tactic on Sunday and make life difficult for us and for Oman Air,” he predicted. “Our clear goal is the regatta victory. If we overtake Oman Air for the top of the overall ranking, that would of course be a special bonus. The last race tomorrow will be worth double points. I'm sure the whole season will be decided in the last few meters."

Sydney (after 15 races):
1. Alinghi (SUI) 152 points, 2. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 146, 3. Oman Air (Oman) 133, 4. SAP Extreme Team (DEN) 125, 5. Visit Madeira Team Portugal (POR) 111, 6. Land Rover BAR (GBR) 109, 7. RNZYS Racing (NZL) 105, 8. Team Australia (AUS) 81

Overall rating Extreme Sailing Series 2016 (after 7 of 8 acts): 1. Oman Air (Oman), 2. Alinghi (SUI), 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT)

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Three-way race in Sydney: Switzerland, Oman and Austria are sailing for the overall victory

wrote on 2016-12-09

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SYDNEY (AUS) - After nine races in the final stop of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016, Alinghi (SUI), Oman Air (OMA) and Red Bull Sailing (AUT) have set themselves apart from the rest of the field. The Austrian double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have every chance to complete Red Bull Sailing’s successful season with a regatta win in Sydney.

Twelve more races will be held before the action concludes on Sunday, right in front of the opera house and Harbour Bridge that are iconic landmarks of the Australian metropolis, home to over four million people. Eight teams fought on Friday, and despite up to 20 knots of wind and unpredictable gusts, Alinghi, Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing overcame even the most difficult conditions. The two-time America’s Cup winners from Switzerland now lead the regatta with 67 points, followed by Oman Air (65) and Red Bull Sailing (62).

"The teams don’t hold anything back on the race course, and at the end of the day you’re glad to bring the boat back into the harbor without major damage,” said Steinacher, who is the tactician for the Red Bull team. He went on to explain, “Alinghi must stay ahead of Oman Air to win the season. At some point they will begin to try tactics against each other. On Sunday at the latest. We must use this opportunity."

On Saturday the races begin at 2pm local time. Six races are held every day through Sunday. In the final race, double points are awarded.

Intermediate results Sydney (after 9 races): 1. Alinghi (SUI) 67 points, 2. Oman Air (Oman) 65, 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 62, 4. Land Rover BAR (GBR) 57, 5. Visit Madeira (POR) 51, 6. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 49, 7. RNZYS Lautrec Racing (NZL) 44, 8. Team Australia (AUS) 38

Overall rating Extreme Sailing Series 2016 (after 7 of 8 acts):
1. Alinghi (SUI), 2. Oman Air (Oman), 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT)

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Olympic gold medalists are setting sail for another win in Sydney

wrote on 2016-12-04

From Thursday on, the biggest summer sport athletes in Austria’s history – sailors Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – will be competing back where it all began: Sydney, Australia, the site of their first Olympic gold medal. This time, they’ll be sailing faster than ever, flying on foils in the Extreme Sailing Series finale. read more

SYDNEY (Australia) – After seven Extreme Sailing Series regattas around the world, the Red Bull Sailing Team’s season all comes down to the big finale on December 8–11, and the crew led by double Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher couldn’t ask for a better location: Sydney, Australia. Iconic Sydney Harbor is where the Austrians won their first Olympic gold medal in 2000 with a dominant performance that set a new standard for sailing. Now at third place in the Extreme Sailing Series standings, they’ll battle six other teams on the waters they know so well for the Act 8 win and, potentially, the 2016 championship. 

Just as they did when they earned Olympic gold in Sydney and Athens, Hagara (helmsman) and Steinacher (tactician) will be facing off against the world’s finest. But in the five-person GC32 foiling catamarans of the Extreme Sailing Series, they’re joined on the Red Bull Sailing Team by Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Brad Farrand (NZL). The team has gotten where they are by being the most consistent contenders across the season, having finished on the podium in every act so far.

And then there’s the matter of the overall standings. Red Bull Sailing is just six points off current leaders Oman Air, and only four points shy of second-place Alinghi – setting up a breathtaking winner-takes-all double points final. While Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson tries to hold off the charge from his Swiss rivals, can Hagara and Steinacher steal the regatta triumph by enough points to become champions of the Extreme Sailing Series’ 10th season – the first ever on foils? It would be unwise to count out the power of a pair of sailors who have become the biggest summer sport athletes of a landlocked country. 

“2016 has been a successful year for us from a sporting perspective. Looking back to Act 1, Muscat, we have improved a lot in boat handling and teamwork,” Hagara assesses. “But the task is not finished yet – our goal is to win the event in Sydney, and then our overall placement will depend on how the other teams finish the act. Australia holds great memories for us, so it’s almost like a homecoming. I think this is going to be a spectacular finale.”

The 2016 Extreme Sailing Series is bringing the action right to the public in eight countries, and the historic season marks not just the introduction of the super-light GC32s – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph) – but also innovations including a new coastal race and match racing that complement the unique stadium format. Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. Act 8 starts on Thursday, December 8, with a mix of Stadium Racing and open-water racing. Shoreside spectators will be able to watch from Kurraba Point Reserve and Cremorne Point.

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Contact: Mario Schoby / +436646385997 / mario.schoby@redbullextremesailing.com

About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2016
With eight events in seven countries, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with “stadium” sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities.

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Red Bull Sailing flies to third in Lisbon nailbiter

wrote on 2016-10-09

Red Bull Sailing delivered under pressure on Sunday, winning the final, double-points race of the Extreme Sailing Series act in Lisbon to advance to the third step of the regatta podium – and to hold third place overall with just the season finale to go. read more

LISBON (Portugal) – Skipper Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team delivered textbook foiling in the last race of the Extreme Sailing Series stop in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday, flying to the lead at the start and never letting go despite desperate pressure from eight rival boats. After battling unsuccessfully to rise from fourth position over three previous days of sailing, the win in the double points final lifted the Austrian team onto the Lisbon podium in third. Even more important: heading into the season finale, Red Bull Sailing solidified its claim to a step on the championship podium as well.

In front of large crowds at the tight stadium on the River Tagus, the Extreme Sailing Series’ seventh act was one of the most action-packed of the season. Switzerland’s Alinghi clinched the victory, with Wild Card Norauto of France making waves in second place. In knocking Oman Air off the Lisbon podium in that final bout, Red Bull Sailing boosted its championship points to 73 ahead of fourth-place SAP Extreme Sailing with 61. 

The full Red Bull Sailing Team roster includes helmsman Hagara and his partner in winning two Olympic gold medals for Austria, tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, as well as standouts Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Bradley Farrand (NZL). Now, they’ve got only one act to go – it all comes down to the season finale in spectacular Sydney, Australia on 8–11 December 2016.

Final results in Lisbon after 23 races: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 252 points, 2. Norauto (FRA) 242, 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 223, 4. Oman Air (Oman) 212, 5. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 192, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 175, 7. Vega Racing (USA) 155, 8. Sail Portugal-Visit Madeira (POR) 153, 9. Thalassa Magenta Racing (CAN) 130

Overall ranking after seven of eight acts: 1. Oman Air (OMA) 79 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 77, 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 73, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 61, 5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54, 6. Sail Portugal-Visit Madeira (POR) 49, 7. China One (CHN) 29, 8. Team Turx (TUR) 11

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