Wales: Race win for Red Bull Sailing on final day

wrote on 2017-08-28

With a race win on the final day, Red Bull Sailing finished fourth in the standings for the sixth act of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff, Wales. The overall victory went to Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing Team, followed on the podium by Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (OMA). The penultimate stop of the Extreme Sailing Series will take place from 19–22 October in San Diego, USA. In the Flying Phantom Series stop taking place in conjunction with the Extreme Sailing Series in Wales, Red Bull Sailing (skipper Thomas Zajac) not only won the Cardiff regatta but clinched the overall title. read more

CARDIFF (Wales) – Only 14 races could be carried out in Cardiff across four days of sailing, a record low for the Extreme Sailing Series, which typically sees up to 30 races per regatta. 

“After the difficulties we had Saturday, twice ending up in the next-to-last position, the regatta was actually gone for us,” said a frustrated Red Bull Sailing skipper Roman Hagara. The two-time Olympic champion and his team were able to sail home on Monday with a race win and second place in the final, a double-point race, but it was not enough for the regatta podium.

“The field is so close that you can’t afford to make mistakes. Even the light winds and the extremely tight racing courses are not an excuse. The conditions are the same for all. In the end, our successes were brutally scarce. Now we have to reset and focus on the next regatta in San Diego. In the 2017 regattas that remain, we want to win an event and put ourselves on the overall podium,” explained Red Bull Sailing tactician Hans Peter Steinacher. 

All the podium places were undetermined until the final race. The SAP Sailing Team and Alinghi were in the lead, but Oman Air still had a chance for the overall win, if they could avoid being overtaken by Red Bull Sailing. SAP sailed to victory in the 14th and final race to keep Alinghi at a distance. Meanwhile the fight between Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing was a thriller. The Austrians started well and sailed across the finish line directly behind SAP. Just one overtaking maneuver at the last moment saved sixth place in the race for Oman and secured their third place result for the Cardiff regatta. 

Red Bull Sailing’s GC32 catamaran will be shipped from Cardiff directly to San Diego in the coming weeks. The regatta in the USA kicks off on 19 October. 

Final result Cardiff (after 14 races): 1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 158 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 150, 3. Oman Air (Oman) 139, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 134, 5. NZ Extreme Sailing Team 129, 6. Land Rover BAR (GBR) 125, 7. Team Extreme Wales (GBR) 110

Extreme Sailing Series 2017 (after 6 of 8 Acts): 1. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 66, 2. Oman Air (Oman) 64, 3. Alinghi (SUI) 61, 4. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 56, 5. NZ Sailing Team (NZL) 48, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 47

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Red Bull Sailing kicks off campaign on big holiday weekend in Cardiff

wrote on 2017-08-25

Despite Friday’s nearly nonexistent winds on Cardiff Bay in Wales, double Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher kicked off Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series by leading the Red Bull Sailing team to two podiums, including a win, in exhibition races. The teams then managed to fight through another pair of races for points in the unpredictable conditions before the sailing ended for the day. The good news: An improved racing forecast for the bank holiday weekend is expected to draw thousands to the Cardiff Harbor Festival for the exciting foiling action right at the shoreline. The stadium racing will continue daily through the final on Monday. read more

CARDIFF (WALES) – Having helmed Red Bull Sailing back into the mix for the overall Extreme Sailing Series title with a third-place performance in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month, Hagara was keen to make a strong start in the Cardiff regatta, but the weather was beyond his – or anyone’s – control.

“I think we did more waiting than racing. The wind simply wouldn’t cooperate,” said the sailing legend, whose Austria-based team additionally includes Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott and Will Tiller, as well as Steinacher as tactician. “We’ve also been having problems all season with the foils on our GC32, even though our technicians have been devoting days, and weeks, of work to get them right. The foiling issue doesn’t matter so much in strong wind, but in light breezes it can play a role.”

While their stellar results in the exhibition races showed that Red Bull Sailing will be a force to be reckoned with, frustrating results in the two points races saw them finish the day at the bottom of the leaderboard. Still, as a team that has been making comebacks all season, they know what they have to do. 

“We came from strong winds in Hamburg to calm in Cardiff – neither is easy to manage, but we aim to get a podium here, and we will handle whatever comes our way,” Steinacher asserted. “We’ll re-group tonight and be ready for a fresh start tomorrow. With three days left, there’s a lot of racing to go and time to climb back up the leaderboard.”

Currently, two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) holds the top of the Cardiff standings, followed closely by SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) and Oman Air (OMA).

Racing in Cardiff begins at 2:00 pm local time (UTC+1) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 26-28 August. Watch LIVE on extremesailingseries.com 

Standings Cardiff (after 2 races): 1. Alinghi (SUI) 22 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 21, 3. Oman Air (Oman) 20, 4. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 18, 5. Team Extreme (GBR) 16, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 16, 7. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 13

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Red Bull Sailing aims for third podium in a row at Cardiff

wrote on 2017-08-23

Coming off podium results in Barcelona and Hamburg, Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing team is back in the fight for the Extreme Sailing Series title with only three races left. The charge for the championship continues with a holiday weekend thriller in Cardiff on 25-28 August. And – good news for the double Olympic Champion – he and his Austria-based team tend to do well in Wales. read more

This weekend’s summer bank holiday racing will mark the sixth consecutive Extreme Sailing Series clash in Cardiff, where the enclosed bay will enable spectators to get breathtakingly close to the action right through Monday’s climax. In five previous regattas at the Welsh capital, the Austrian sporting legends Hagara (helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician) led Red Bull Sailing to three podiums: second place for the past two years, as well as third in 2012. A win in Wales would not only complete their set of medals – it would boost their bid for the season title.

“Right now we’re in fourth place, three points away from Alinghi in third, and seven points behind Oman Air and SAP Extreme Sailing, who each have 54,” explains Hagara. “Of course we’ll be fighting to get the 12 points that come with a win, but the most important thing is to produce consistently high results across all of the remaining stops this season. There can be no holding back.”

Red Bull Sailing didn’t hold back at their 2016 outing in Cardiff, dominating the final day despite wild winds. And the performance of the team – which also includes Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Will Tiller (NZL) – was similarly strong less than three weeks ago in stormy Hamburg, where they were awarded the Speed Trophy for the top speed at the circuit on their way to third place.

“We feel like we have good momentum coming into Cardiff, and we enjoy sailing here,” commented Steinacher. “I think the UK fans are going to see something special. With the standings so close, the course so tight and the winds often strong on Cardiff Bay, the racing is going to be intense.” 

Adding to the excitement of the Extreme Sailing Series events in Cardiff will be the final campaign of the Flying Phantom Series, where Red Bull Sailing’s junior team will battle to clinch the title after dominating the three previous regattas.

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings 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. 

The Extreme Sailing Series will fly in Cardiff on 25-28 August 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 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: Barcelona, Spain

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 third podium in a row at Cardiff

wrote on 2017-08-21

Coming off podium results in Barcelona and Hamburg, Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing team is back in the fight for the Extreme Sailing Series title with only three races left. The charge for the championship continues with a holiday weekend thriller in Cardiff on 25-28 August. And – good news for the double Olympic Champion – he and his Austria-based team tend to do well in Wales. read more

This weekend’s summer bank holiday racing will mark the sixth consecutive Extreme Sailing Series clash in Cardiff, where the enclosed bay will enable spectators to get breathtakingly close to the action right through Monday’s climax. In five previous regattas at the Welsh capital, the Austrian sporting legends Hagara (helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician) led Red Bull Sailing to three podiums: second place for the past two years, as well as third in 2012. A win in Wales would not only complete their set of medals – it would boost their bid for the season title.

“Right now we’re in fourth place, three points away from Alinghi in third, and seven points behind Oman Air and SAP Extreme Sailing, who each have 54,” explains Hagara. “Of course we’ll be fighting to get the 12 points that come with a win, but the most important thing is to produce consistently high results across all of the remaining stops this season. There can be no holding back.”

Red Bull Sailing didn’t hold back at their 2016 outing in Cardiff, dominating the final day despite wild winds. And the performance of the team – which also includes Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Will Tiller (NZL) – was similarly strong less than three weeks ago in stormy Hamburg, where they were awarded the Speed Trophy for the top speed at the circuit on their way to third place.

“We feel like we have good momentum coming into Cardiff, and we enjoy sailing here,” commented Steinacher. “I think the UK fans are going to see something special. With the standings so close, the course so tight and the winds often strong on Cardiff Bay, the racing is going to be intense.” 

Adding to the excitement of the Extreme Sailing Series events in Cardiff will be the final campaign of the Flying Phantom Series, where Red Bull Sailing’s junior team will battle to clinch the title after dominating the three previous regattas.

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings 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. 

The Extreme Sailing Series will fly in Cardiff on 25-28 August 2017. 

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Red Bull Sailing takes third place in front of Elbphilharmonie – Hagara and Steinacher in the title fight

wrote on 2017-08-13

The Red Bull Sailing Team led by Austria’s double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher claimed third place at the fifth stop of the Extreme Sailing Series, right in front of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall. Sunday’s victory went to Oman Air (Oman) and the SAP Sailing Team (Denmark) earned second. With three acts to go, the result puts Hagara, Steinacher and their crew members Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott and Will Tiller within striking distance of the top teams vying for the 2017 crown. The next stop will take place from 25 to 28 August in Cardiff, Wales. read more

HAMBURG (GER) – The weather conditions – heavy rain and patchy winds – allowed for “only” 16 races across four planned days of sailing on the Elbe. But Red Bull Sailing managed consistent results that kept them in the top part of the field, with two race wins and several podium finishes to produce their third-place result. 

"Normally we sail up to 30 races, but the conditions were brutal. The current of the Elbe and the presence of the city’s buildings made the race course unpredictable,” explained Hagara, who is the helmsman for Red Bull Sailing. “The field in Hamburg was only a few points apart right down to the last race. This third place brings us back into the title fight. I'm really extremely satisfied." 

Despite the light wind, the 10,000 fans on the banks of the Elbe saw the GC32 catamarans rise up and fly regularly on their foils. 

"Of course this is a spectacle for all fans. For the sailors, however, it’s also a hard thing. If seven boats sail at maximum speed in the narrowest space, any maneuver can go wrong. We are now perfectly matched, and today, the final day, we were able to overtake the two-time America's Cup winners Alinghi and Land Rover BAR. In Cardiff [25 to 28 August], a victory is definitely possible," enthused Steinacher, who is the tactician for the Austrian team.

Red Bull Sailing also secured the Speed Trophy in Hamburg for the top speed at the circuit (23 knots). In addition, the Austrian junior team is heading for victory in the Flying Phantom Series. Olivia Mackay (helm) and crew Micah Wilkinson have won five victories in 17 races against 11 international competitors. Mackay and Wilkinson (both NZL) have been supported by Hagara and Steinacher since 2015. In 2016, they won the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final, also on Flying Phantom catamarans, against a field of national champions from around the globe.

Final result Hamburg (after 16 races): 1. Oman Air (Oman) 177 points, 2. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 174, 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 158, 4. New Zealand Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 149, 5. Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing Academy (GBR) 149, 6. Alinghi (SUI) 147, 7. Team Extreme (GBR) 117.

Extreme Sailing Series 2017 (after 5 Acts): 1. Oman Air (Oman) 54 points, 2. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 54, 3. Alinghi (SUI) 50, 4. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 47, 5. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 40, 6. Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing Academy (GBR) 40

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Red Bull Sailing on the hunt for repeat podium in Hamburg

wrote on 2017-08-10

After a second-place finish at the Extreme Sailing Series debut in Barcelona last month, Red Bull Sailing’s Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher look to carry momentum to the fifth act of the stadium racing series – a return to Hamburg, Germany on 10-13 August. The regatta on the River Elbe kicks off the second half of the season, so there’s no time to lose. read more

The Extreme Sailing Series racing in Hamburg is never less than dramatic: the port is one of Europe’s busiest, the weather conditions are notoriously changeable, and the speeding GC32 catamarans come hair-raisingly close as they fly in a compact stadium format made even tighter by unforgiving harbor walls. It’s the kind of challenge that plays to the expertise of Austria’s two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Hagara (skipper/helm) and Steinacher (tactician), who in 2016 led the Red Bull Sailing Team to third place on the Elbe.

“You have to be hyper-alert in Hamburg – with full concentration and ready for anything,” said Steinacher. “There may be no breeze, or wind can gust around the shoreline buildings and create sudden shifts; but we’ve got to sail to the limit if we want to move up the standings. It’s going to be exciting for the big crowds that always turn out here.”

Red Bull Sailing – which also includes mainsail trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL), headsail trimmer Adam Piggott (GBR) and bowman Will Tiller (NZL) – clinched their best result of the season so far with their Barcelona podium. They remain in fourth overall behind SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN), Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air in first, second and third, with a spread of only six points separating the four teams. 

“We knew this season was going to be very competitive, and while we had some bad luck in the first half, now we need to build on our result from Barcelona,” asserted Hagara, who has led Red Bull Sailing to third place on the overall podium for the past two years. “We’re going to be giving everything we’ve got in every race here in Hamburg.” 

For the first time, the Flying Phantom Series will also be part of the Extreme Sailing Series events in Hamburg. Red Bull Sailing’s Thomas Zajac and Antoine Joubert have dominated the new series, capturing two wins in two regattas.

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings 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. 

The Extreme Sailing Series will fly in Hamburg on 10-13 August 2017. 

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About Roman Hagara 

Roman Hagara and his Olympic partner Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won Gold Medals at the Games in Sydney and Athens, as well as 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, Hagara grooms the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series, and by serving with Steinacher 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: Barcelona, Spain

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 back on the podium in Barcelona

wrote on 2017-07-23

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team got their 2017 season on course at the Extreme Sailing Series debut in Barcelona, claiming five race wins and their first regatta podium of the season with second place. Oman Air earned first place, while SAP Extreme Sailing clinched third. read more

Barcelona (Spain) – Twenty-five years after the Olympic Games in Barcelona, the Extreme Sailing Series premiere in the Catalonian capital brought three days of high drama to the waterfront in front of the sail-shaped W Hotel.

Bouncing back from significant damage to their GC32 at the stop in Madeira just three weeks earlier, the Red Bull Sailing Team led by skipper Roman Hagara and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher opened the fourth act of the season with a race win and continued to push the limits all the way to second place.  

“What a race. I am super happy as we now showed that we are able to fight for victory,” said Hagara, who has helmed Red Bull Sailing to third place on the overall podium for the past two seasons.

The result boosts Austria-based Red Bull Sailing – which also includes Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Will Tiller (NZL) – to 4th place on the 2017 leaderboard. Right behind Alinghi, Oman Air and SAP. 

Meanwhile, in the Flying Phantom Series that’s part of the Extreme Sailing Series’ European stops, Thomas Zajac and Antoine Joubert tightened Red Bull Sailing’s grip on the top of the leaderboard with the team’s second consecutive regatta win.

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings 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.

The second half of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 will kick off with Act 5 in Hamburg, Germany on 10-13 August 2017.

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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: www.redbullsailing.com

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Red Bull Sailing rights itself for Barcelona debut

wrote on 2017-07-19

For the Red Bull Sailing Team, it’s comeback time. Three weeks ago, the third act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 saw Roman Hagara’s crew in troubled waters, battling to a double-points win of the final race in Madeira despite a boat compromised by capsize. As the stadium racing series makes its historic debut in breathtaking Barcelona, Spain on 20-23 July, the two-time Olympic champion skipper is back on course – and aiming for the podium. read more

The waterfront is the place to be in summertime Barcelona, and the premiere in the Catalonian capital is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators to watch the international fleet flying right at the shore.

“This is a fantastic location. We’ve been looking forward to it all year – and even more after the challenges we faced in Portugal, where our rudder pulled out in strong winds,” Hagara reports. “All the repairs have been completed on our GC32, including a reconstructed carbon fiber hull, and we expect it to sail well here in Barcelona. We’re aiming for the top three.”

The Extreme Sailing Series championship is still anyone’s to claim, with two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi of Switzerland currently holding a fragile one-point lead over Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 34 to 33. In fourth with 26 points, Austria’s Red Bull Sailing is only four points off the potential podium position currently occupied by third-place Oman Air.

Besides their newly repaired boat, there’s another positive for Red Bull Sailing in Barcelona: their star tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who was Hagara’s partner in winning Olympic gold in 2000 and 2004, is back on board after being unable to attend the regatta in Portugal. 

“It hasn’t been our year so far, but we’re already bouncing back: the team actually managed to pull themselves up one place in the standings at Madeira despite that dramatic capsize,” Steinacher points out. “Red Bull Sailing has been third on the overall podium for the last two seasons, and with five acts to go, there’s no reason why we can’t equal or surpass that result. I can hardly wait to get back in action this week.” 

The Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series is rounded out by three exceptional young talents: mainsail trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL), headsail trimmer Adam Piggott (GBR) and bowman Will Tiller (NZL). 

The new Flying Phantom Series will also be part of the Extreme Sailing Series events in Barcelona, with Red Bull Sailing leading the overall standings after winning the inaugural regatta for the swift two-man boats in the Madeira Islands.

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings 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), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in the Barcelona lineup is the Spanish-flagged wildcard team FNOB Impulse, helmed by Barcelona-born Jordi Xammar, who is fresh off leading Spain to the finals of June’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda. 

Red Bull Sailing and the Extreme Sailing Series will debut in Barcelona on Thursday, 20 June, racing through the Final on Sunday, 23 July 2017. 

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Madeira: Hagara wins two races after capsize

wrote on 2017-07-02

SAP Extreme Sailing Team takes its second Act win of the season in Madeira Islands. The Swiss syndicate Alinghi finishes second and Oman Air makes up the podium in third. Red Bull Sailing Team had a strong come-back from yesterday’s dramatic capsize, winning two races, including the final double-pointer. read more

MADEIRA (POR) -  “It was extremely stressful out there. The wind was shiftier than the first two days,” said Adam Minoprio, helm of SAP Extreme Sailing Team. “At one point we were last at the first mark and then we managed to be first at the bottom. Then in the last race, the opposite.“ Starting the day in third, Alinghi posted a string of good results, including two wins and two seconds, but was not able to put enough boats between itself and the leader to make a difference in the final race.

“Definitely up and down with emotions,” said Red Bull Sailing Team skipper Roman Hagara, whose shore crew finished repairs to the damaged boat just in time for it to be launched for racing this afternoon. “In the end it worked out well. We had two race wins and won the final race. It was a good finish,” added Hagara.

In the Flying Phantom Series, Red Bull Sailing Team was crowned champion of the regatta, having been a clear leader since the beginning. The two-man crew included Jason Saunders and Thomas Zajac, who came fourth and third in the Nacra 17 class in the 2016 Rio Olympics respectively. The second and third spots went to the French, with Culture Foil 36 points behind the leaders and ZEPHIR by Idrewa a further 13 points back in third. The international 12-strong fleet of Flying Phantoms, which joined the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time in Madeira, provided plenty of foiling entertainment for the crowds filling the free entry Race Village.

Act 4 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series will take place in Barcelona, where the fleet will race from 20 – 23 July.

Ranking Extreme Sailing Series Madeira: 1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN), 2. Alinghi (SUI), 3. Oman Air (Oman), 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), 5. NZ Extreme Sailing (NZL), 6. Land Rover BAR (GBR), 7. Team Extreme (POR). 

Ranking Flying Phantom Series Madeira: 1. Red Bull Sailing (AUT), 2. Culture Foil (FRA), 3. Zephir Idrewa (FRA), 4. Cup Legend (FRA), 5. Lupe Tortilla (USA), 6. Oman Sail (Oman)

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Mayhem in Madeira: Red Bull Sailing capsize

wrote on 2017-07-01

The Red Bull Sailing Team suffered a major setback on Saturday when their GC32 catamaran capsized in the warm-up to Day Three of the Extreme Sailing Series stop at Portugal’s Madeira Islands. The good news: all five crew members are fine. The boat, however, is a different story. read more

Madeira Islands (Portugal) – Shortly before the scheduled start of the racing, Skipper Roman Hagara was helming the Red Bull Sailing boat with the gennaker sail deployed to test it in the shifty winds that were gusting up to 22 knots. Foiling at full speed, the team suddenly heard a loud booming sound, and the rudder pulled completely out of the catamaran, making steering the boat impossible and sending it topsy turvy. 

Once towed back to shore, the damage was evident: sturdy bolts bent askew at odd angles and a massive hole in the carbon fiber hull. 

“We’ll work all night to try to sail in the Finals tomorrow, but it doesn’t look good,” said Hagara. “Our shore team is great and we will give everything we’ve got, but we’ll need some luck to finish in time.”

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