Red Bull Sailing wraps up wild GC32 Racing Tour debut in fifth

wrote on 2019-05-27

Winds, rain and boat-to-boat contact welcomed Red Bull Sailing into its first season in the GC32 Racing Tour on 22-26 May, as the opener in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy featured conditions that were almost as tough as the fleet of competitors – the strongest opening-regatta roster in the tour’s history. Led by double Olympic champions Roman Hagara (skipper/helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician), the Austrian boat finished in a strong fifth place, a promising start as their new team gels. Oman Air won the act to take the early lead in the five-stop series, with double America’s Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) in second and Sir Ben Ainslie’s INEOS Rebels UK clinching third. Here’s everything you need to know: read more

The Extreme Sailing Series has combined with the GC32 Racing Tour this season, and the 10 teams contending in the 2019 Villasimius Cup featured not only Olympic and America’s Cup champions, but Match Racing and Volvo Ocean Race winners as well. The next-level lineup produced no-holds-barred action across 16 races at the Sardinian holiday destination.

–      “Hans Peter and I are super happy with the start of our campaign,” said Hagara. “The new crew is really getting into it, and we’re working well together already. We see high potential for this season.” On board the Red Bull Sailing GC32 with Hagara and Steinacher were Australians Rhys Mara (trimmer) and Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), as well as Sweden’s Julius Hallström (bowman).

–      Two-time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, now a team member of Luna Rossa’s campaign for the next America’s Cup, joined Red Bull Sailing on Sunday’s rough waters, supporting Hagara, Steinacher and the crew from the coach boat.

–      Weather was the 11th opponent on the course: After nearly calm conditions allowed only one completed race on Opening Day, Day Two served up gusts that took the catamarans flying on their foils at speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h, 58 mph). Boats battled through a chilling rain on Day Three, only to have Mother Nature turn up the difficulty even more with thunder, torrential downpours and 20-knot gusts in Sunday’s closing races. 

–      On Friday, Red Bull Sailing was involved in one of the regatta’s most dramatic moments: As the 10 boats sped around the course at high speed, Red Bull Sailing and Zoulou (FRA) desperately tried to avoid a collision but couldn’t avert a clash of rigs, with the masthead wind instruments sheared off the Austrian boat. On-the-water umpires gave Zoulou a two-point penalty. 

–      The GC32 is a 10m long (12m including bowsprit) foiling catamaran built in carbon fiber, and the tour’s course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, with an emphasis on allowing the boats to reach their maximum speeds. The regatta in Sardinia was the first of five venues on the 2019 calendar, which will conclude, for the first time, outside Europe at a venue to be announced.

–      Next up: Red Bull Sailing will go for the GC32 World Championship at the second stop of the GC32 Racing Tour, when Act 2 flies in Lagos, Portugal on 26-30 June 2019.

Results, GC32 Racing Tour 2019 Act 1, Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy:
1. Oman Air (OMA) 44, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 53, 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 60, 4. NORAUTO (FRA) 67, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 88, 6. Zoulou (FRA) 100, 7. Argo (USA) 104,  8. Código Rojo Racing (ARG) 114, 9. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN) 120, 10. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI) 124.

Overall GC32 Racing Tour standings after one of five acts:
1. Oman Air (OMA), 2. Alinghi (SUI), 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR), 4. NORAUTO (FRA), 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), 6. Zoulou (FRA), 7. Argo (USA),  8. Código Rojo Racing (ARG), 9. CHINAone NINGBO (CHN), 10. Black Star Sailing Team (SUI).

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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 GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation. 

About the GC32 Racing Tour

The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the GC32 Racing Tour. Course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe. 


Schedule 2019:

22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)

30 July - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy

6 - 10 November: TBA 

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Red Bull Sailing kicks off GC32 Racing Tour in Sardinia 22-26 May

wrote on 2019-05-21

It’s a new season and a new tack for the Red Bull Sailing Team, as the Austrian foiling powerhouse joins the GC32 Racing Tour. This year, the tour opens a new chapter, as a consolidation of circuits will pack the field with elite contenders. But with a tested crew and two-time Olympic gold medalists – skipper Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – on board as helmsman and tactician, this team is aiming for the top. It all starts this week at Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy. read more

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – The GC32 Racing Tour will be a playground for A-list teams in 2019, and Hagara and Steinacher’s experience will make Red Bull Sailing one of the favorites as the five-stop season gets underway at the southeasternmost tip of Sardinia. Besides their Olympic success in Sydney and Athens, the pair have competed in the America´s Cup World Series and have won an intimidating number of world, European and national championships. So anticipation is high for their series debut in Villasimius, a popular holiday destination boasting pink flamingoes, exotic marine life and striking blue waters.

“We have two circuits combined now, the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour, so we will have really strong teams from both. There will be more boats on the start line,” says Hagara. “Alinghi, the winner of last year’s Extreme Sailing Series, will be competing, and then from the GC32 Tour, the French America’s Cup team NORAUTO will be in the lineup, plus Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team INEOS is coming, and Oman Air. A lot of teams are also going to be especially keen to race because there are no America’s Cup World Series races in 2019, so altogether we’re looking for great competition from the new circuit.”

Having 10 teams or more at each stop will guarantee fierce action, and Red Bull Sailing are confident they can take them on. The team has a strong crew in Australia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), and Swedish sailor Julius Hallström (bowman). Plus, after spending much time off the boat in 2018 to coach the next generation, both Hagara and Steinacher will be on board, fully hands-on in the thick of it.

Hagara explains, “Hans Peter and I sailed the last two Extreme Sailing Series events in 2018 and were quite successful, including second place at the season finale in Mexico. We will try to continue that momentum this year, and together with our crew, who already know the boat, I think we can really perform well from this first event.” The team had one training camp – a mid-April session at their base in Villasimius – where they were tested by strong rain and winds, but managed to successfully fine-tune the cutting-edge craft. Now the team is in the midst of three critical days of training before the regatta starts on Wednesday. Venues on the GC32 Racing Tour are chosen to offer maximum foiling time, thrilling crowds as the boats fly at more than 30 knots. Conditions in Villasimius on 22-26 May are predicted to be intense, with significant wind and potential waves. But Red Bull Sailing tends to shine in tough conditions, and Hagara declares: “As I said, we’ll have really strong competition. We definitely want to beat them and finish on the podium.”

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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 GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation.

About the GC32 Racing Tour
The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the GC32 Racing Tour. Course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe.

Schedule 2019:
22 - 26 May: Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26 - 30 June: Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)
31 July - 3 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11 - 15 September: Riva del Garda, Italy
6 - 10 November: TBA

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Double Olympic Champions Hagara and Steinacher back on board

wrote on 2019-05-07

It’s a new season and a new tack for the Red Bull Sailing Team, as the Austrian foiling powerhouse joins the GC32 Racing Tour. This year, the tour opens a new chapter, as a consolidation of circuits will pack the field with elite contenders. But with a tested crew and two-time Olympic gold medalists – skipper Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher – on board as helmsman and tactician, this team is aiming for the top. And even a speed record. read more

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – The GC32 Racing Tour will be a playground for the best of the best in 2019, and Hagara and Steinacher’s experience makes Red Bull Sailing one of the favorites even before the five-stop season gets underway in Sardinia at the end of this month. Besides their Olympic success in Sydney and Athens, the pair have competed in the America´s Cup World Series and have won an intimidating number of world, European and national championships. So anticipation is high for Austria’s sailing stars to face off with the other big names announced for the tour so far.

“It will be an interesting season this year. We have two circuits combined now, the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour, so we will have really strong teams from both. There will be more boats on the start line in the first event,” says Hagara. “Alinghi, the winner of last year’s Extreme Sailing Series, will be competing, and then from the GC32 Tour, the French America’s Cup team NORAUTO will be in the lineup, plus Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team INEOS is coming. A lot of teams are also going to be especially keen to race because there are no America’s Cup World Series races in 2019, so altogether we’re looking for great competition from the new circuit.”

Red Bull Sailing are confident they can take them on. The team has a strong crew in Australia’s Rhys Mara (trimmer), fellow Aussie Mark Spaermann (board trimmer), and Swedish sailor Julius Hallström (bowman). Plus, after spending much time off the boat in 2018 to coach the next generation, both Hagara and Steinacher will be on board, fully hands-on in the thick of it.

Hagara explains, “Hans Peter and I sailed the last two Extreme Sailing Series events in 2018 and were quite successful, including second place at the season finale in Mexico. We will try to continue that momentum this year, and together with our crew, who already know the boat, I think we can really perform well from the first events.”

Having 10 teams or more at each stop will guarantee fierce action. The season opens at Villasimius, Sardinia in Italy, followed by the World Championship at Lagos, Portugal, and stops at Palma de Mallorca, Spain – where King Felipe VI will present trophies – and Riva del Garda, Italy. Then, for the first time, the series will hold a finale outside Europe at a location still under wraps.

“I think my favorite is Riva del Garda,” Hagara confides. “It’s well known for its winds, and we anticipate probably sailing the GC32 speed record if we have really good conditions there.”

The meticulous task of setting up the Red Bull Sailing GC32 is complete. The team has had one training camp – a mid-April session at their base in Villasimius – where they were tested by strong rain and winds, but managed to successfully fine-tune the cutting-edge craft. Now the boat is stationed on shore, where it will be craned into the water for two critical training days prior to the season kickoff.

While they eagerly await getting started at Villasimius, Hagara and Steinacher are additionally looking forward to a visit from two-time America’s Cup winner Jimmy Spithill, who is also based in Italy as a member of the Luna Rossa team.

When Red Bull Sailing’s maiden campaign in the GC32 Racing Tour kicks off in Villasimius on 22-26 May, conditions are predicted to be intense, with significant waves and wind. But Red Bull Sailing tends to shine in tough conditions, and Hagara declares: “As I said, we’ll have really strong competition. We definitely want to beat them and finish on the podium.”

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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 GC32 Racing Tour and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation.

About the GC32 Racing Tour
The GC32 class sets sail into 2019 with a circuit that’s stronger than ever, thanks to its teams consolidating in the GC32 Racing Tour. Course configurations are similar to those used in the America’s Cup, and venues are chosen with the aim of providing the best chance of optimum conditions to get the catamarans flying on their foils. The 2019 tour visits four venues across southern Europe and concludes with a fifth race that, for the first time, will be outside Europe. Schedule 2019:

22 – 26 May:            Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
26 – 30 June:           Lagos, Portugal (World Championship)
31 July – 03 August: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
11 – 15 September:  Riva del Garda, Italy
06 – 10 November:   TBA

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Mexico: Red Bull Sailing seizes second in Extreme Sailing Series finale

wrote on 2018-12-03

With double Olympic Champion Roman Hagara at the helm in Los Cabos (MEX), Red Bull Sailing Team closed out the Extreme Sailing Series season with their best result of 2018: a powerful second place. The effort – which very nearly denied Switzerland’s Alinghi the regatta win that clinched the season crown – boosted Red Bull Sailing to fourth overall, behind Oman Air in second and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in third. read more

LOS CABOS (MEXICO) – With skipper Hagara and his Olympic partner Hans Peter Steinacher (mainsheet/tactician) leading three young guns, Red Bull Sailing faced the sport’s top teams at the Extreme Sailing Series finale in Los Cabos: Not only were SAP Extreme Sailing, Oman Air and two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi desperate to take the title, but INEOS Team UK had called in America’s Cup skipper and four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sir Ben Ainslie to helm their GC32. Red Bull Sailing, however, never gave the Brits a chance, starting the regatta with a four-race winning streak. In front of thousands of spectators, the battle for the regatta triumph came down to Red Bull Sailing and Alinghi, and it was decided only as the sun set over the Pacific, when the Swiss team took the win in the double points final race. Red Bull Sailing accumulated eight podiums across 12 races, including five race wins, to leapfrog over INEOS Team UK and earn fourth overall for the second season in a row.

“It took us a while to put together the right formula this season, but we’ve found it, and I’m very happy of how our young team handled the boat here, with unstable winds and against opponents who are truly world-class,” said Steinacher, who lifted the Red Bull Sailing to success when he and Hagara returned on-board after coaching off the boat in many of the 2018 acts. “With this kind of momentum, I hate to see the season end!”
Joining them on the Red Bull Sailing GC32 were Rhys Mara of Australia, Dan Morris of the USA, and the youngest member of the team, 22-year-old Micah Wilkinson of New Zealand. Wilkinson won the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016 and the Flying Phantom Series of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2017; earned the podium in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup; and is currently conducting a campaign for the 2020 Olympics. 

“This was only my second regatta on the GC32, and I just keep learning,” said an elated Wilkinson. “Roman and Hans Peter did an amazing job on the starts and tactics, and it was incredible to take a podium with this team – and to race against sailors who are the best at what they do.” 

The Extreme Sailing Series calendar for 2019 will be announced in late December 2018.

Final result Extreme Sailing Series Act 7, Los Cabos, Mexico (12 races): 1. Alinghi (SUI) 141 points, 2. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 130 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 126 pts, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 123 pts, 5. INEOS Team UK (GBR) 110 pts, 6. US Team Extreme (USA) 97 pts, 7. Team Mexico (MEX) 92 pts

Final standings Extreme Sailing Series 2018: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 92 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 83 pts, 3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 83 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 72 pts, 5. INEOS Team UK (GBR) 70 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 56 pts

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Hat-trick for Hagara and Steinacher at Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos opener

wrote on 2018-11-30

Having saved their best moves for the final Act of the season, Red Bull Sailing Team stole the show on the first day of Extreme Sailing Series Los Cabos, scoring a pole position hat-trick in the event’s opening races. read more

<picture>Under the red hot rays of the Mexican sunshine, the fight for the day one win raged, only for the Austrians to rule in their rampage through the ranks.</picture>

Despite a turbulent year, the team seems to have found the secret to success. With double Olympic gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher back onboard, and bolstered by newcomer and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Micah Wilkinson, the squad has seen significant improvements, climbing the ranks in San Diego, USA, and now securing their position as frontrunners in Los Cabos. 

“It was the perfect day for us,” said skipper and helm, Hagara. “Our manoeuvres were good so it was all about getting off the start line. Clearly we are aiming for the win now.”

“We’re stoked with our result today,” added an excited Micah Wilkinson. “Roman and Hans Peter are doing a great job on the tactics and the starts. Rhys is doing a good job trimming, it’s all going well. Same process, same routine tomorrow!”

For Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team, day one did not go as planned. With hopes of tearing a victory away from Swiss team Alinghi in the final Act of the season, valid for double points, Rasmus Køstner and his crew had been more than ready for war with the white and black boat.

However, the Danes did not deliver. Despite their consistent performance all year, that included setting a new speed record for the Series in Cascais, Portugal, they fell at the final hurdle, finishing the first day of the finale in fifth place behind British INEOS Rebels.

Racing on Friday starts at 2pm local time. 

On days three and four (Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December) racing will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

Extreme Sailing Series 2018 Los Cabos, standings after Day 1, 3 races (29.11.18)

Position / Team / Points
1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara, Micah Wilkinson: 36 points

2nd, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 31 pts

3rd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 31 pts

4th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott, Oli Greber, Mark Spearman, Joey Newton: 26 pts

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Red Bull Sailing on the rise for upcoming grand finale

wrote on 2018-11-29

Back on track with a strong showing at October’s race in San Diego, the Red Bull Sailing Team is aiming to finish 2018 on a high at the grand finale of the Extreme Sailing Series in Los Cabos, Mexico on 29 November – 2 December 2018. With double Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher back on board alongside three young standouts, the boat from Austria is poised to shake up the final faceoff for the season crown. read more

Los Cabos (MEXICO) – “It felt great to be working together with Hans Peter on the boat again in San Diego, as well as with the rest of our crew, Rhys Mara, Dan Morris and Micah Wilkinson. Micah is new to the team but brings a lot of skill and enthusiasm from previous wins in the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final and the Flying Phantom Series, as well as a podium in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup,” Hagara comments. “We all gelled quite smoothly, and that’s what you need to stand on the podium, so I think we’re going to be taking it to the leaders at Los Cabos.” 

Located at the southern tip of the spectacular Baja California peninsula, Los Cabos is hosting the Extreme Sailing Series grand finale for the second season in a row. The typically sunny skies and Pacific breezes bring out the best in the sailors of the stadium racing regatta, and thousands of spectators line the shores to watch the foiling action. With first place Alinghi, second place SAP Extreme Sailing and third place Oman Air locked in a five-point spread, and other teams including Red Bull Sailing and home favorite Team Mexico eager to play the spoiler, anticipation was off the charts even before it was announced that sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie will take the helm for the British contender, INEOS Rebels UK.

“I’m excited to race with Red Bull Sailing again in the Extreme Sailing Series. In the act last month I learned so much about these massive GC32s from Roman and Hans Peter, and it’s amazing to sail against big names that I’ve always looked up to,” declared Wilkinson, who is a 2020 Olympic hopeful. “We’re going to make the most of this chance to finish 2018 with a good result.”

A smiling Steinacher adds, “At home in Austria we’re skiing already, but here in Mexico it feels like the middle of summer. What a perfect way to end the sailing season.”

The grand finale of the Extreme Sailing Series 2018 kicks off in Los Cabos on Thursday, 29 November, racing to the finish and awards ceremony on Sunday, 2 December 2018.


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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 2018

In seven events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on super-light foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2018:

14-17 March:  Muscat, Oman 24-27 May:     GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy 14-17 June:     Barcelona, Spain 5-8 July:         Cascais, Portugal 24-27 August: Cardiff, UK 18-21 October:           San Diego, USA 29 November-2 December:    Los Cabos, Mexico

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Red Bull Sailing team takes a strong fourth in San Diego.

wrote on 2018-10-22

Red Bull Sailing was practically a new team at the penultimate stop of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego, USA, with double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher back on the boat together and a fresh Olympic hopeful on board as well. The Austrian team finished just off the podium in fourth place, while Oman Air was first by one point over Alinghi (SUI) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) was third. read more

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (USA) – Inconsistent winds greeted the return of the Extreme Sailing Series in sunny San Diego, yet with Hagara (skipper and helm) and Steinacher (tactician) on the boat together for the first time all season, Red Bull Sailing got off to a flying start, earning podium finishes in fully fifty percent of the opening day’s races and taking a total of nine podiums by the time the regatta concluded on Sunday. With their win in front of the large crowds on Harbor Island, Oman Air broke Alinghi’s three-act winning streak and kept the Championship alive with only the finale to go. 

“We were really looking forward to returning to San Diego, and it’s great to be back on the water and racing in the sunshine here,” said Hagara, who took gold in the Tornado class with Steinacher at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. “Hans Peter and I have been sailing so long now that we know each other very well and picked up our rhythm quite quickly. It’s like riding a bike, you get right back into it.” 

Hagara and Steinacher not only lead the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series, but also are the masterminds behind the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and Red Bull Foiling Generation. Joining the Austrian legends on the Red Bull Sailing GC32 in San Diego were Rhys Mara of Australia, Dan Morris of the USA, and young Micah Wilkinson of New Zealand, who with his partner Olivia Mackay won the inaugural Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016 and the Flying Phantom Series of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2017. Wilkinson also stood on the podium in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, and is now aiming for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and very possibly a professional career in the sport. 

“I was lucky enough to do Red Bull Foiling Generation and stepped up to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. Then this week I jumped on the GC32 team for the first time, and it’s been an awesome pathway,” Wilkinson declared. “Hans and Roman are great mentors. I’m a multi-hull sailor through and through, and these guys are the best at it – sailing legends with two Olympic Gold Medals. It’s going to be a lot of hard work toward something like an America’s Cup team, but I’m up for it, and it’s been a really good stepping stone.”  

The next generation of youth sailors will have a chance to boost their profile like Wilkinson when 16 international teams race on Flying Phantom catamarans at this season’s Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in Miami, USA on 9-11 November 2018.

And then: It’s the all-out action of the Extreme Sailing Series grand finale, as Red Bull Sailing flies in the closing campaign of the season at Los Cabos, Mexico from 29 November through 2 December 2018.

Results Extreme Sailing Series Act 6, San Diego, USA: 1. Oman Air (OMA) 233 pts, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 232 pts, 3. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 226 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 199 pts, 5. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 190 pts, 6. Element Spark Compass (USA) 159 pts, 7. Team Mexico (MEX) 147 pts 

Overall Extreme Sailing Series rankings after six of seven acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 68 points, 2.  SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 65 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 63 pts, 4. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 54 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 50 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 42 pts

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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 2018

In seven 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 destinations. Schedule 2018:

14-17 March: Muscat, Oman

24-27 May: GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy

14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain

5-8 July: Cascais, Portugal

24-27 August: Cardiff, UK

18-21 October: San Diego, USA

29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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Red Bull Sailing targets repeat San Diego podium this weekend

wrote on 2018-10-18

Good news, sailing fans: As the Extreme Sailing Series moves to the USA for the season’s penultimate showdown in San Diego, California, two-time Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will at last be returning together onboard the Red Bull Sailing GC32. The duo led their Austrian team to a third-place finish in the sunny city last year, and they’ll be flying toward another spot on the risers in the fierce action from 18-21 October 2018. read more

San Diego, California (USA) – Approaching the finale of a building year with their talented young Red Bull Sailing Team, Hagara and Steinacher aren’t expecting to wear the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series crown, but their previous San Diego success shows their potential to play the spoiler among the top three – Alinghi (SUI), SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) and Oman Air (OMA) – who are wrestling for the stadium racing title with only two acts to go.

“We are dedicated to growing not just our team, but the sport, and it’s important to enable the next generation to gain experience,” said Hagara, who with Steinacher is sports director for the Red Bull Foiling Generation and Red Bull Youth America’s Cup programs in 2013 and 2017, in addition to driving the team in the Extreme Sailing Series. “But in San Diego the gloves are off. Hans Peter and I can’t wait to be on the GC32 in these great California conditions, and while we will take things race by race as always, we are focused on earning as many points as possible in the last regattas of the season.”

In the Golden Coast Act, joining Hagara at the helm and tactician Steinacher at the mainsheet will be Rhys Mara of Australia, US sailor Dan Morris in his home race, and a newcomer to the Red Bull Sailing GC32, New Zealand’s Micah Wilkinson. The 22-year-old’s experience includes winning the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016 as well as capturing the 2017 title in the Flying Phantom series that’s a new component of the Extreme Sailing Series.

“This is a team with power and energy, and it’s going to be exciting to sail with them at a location with so much sailing history. Events like the America’s Cup and the World Championships have been held in San Diego,” comments Steinacher. “I’m sure the crowds will be big as always, and the sailing will definitely be intense. That’s just how we like it.”

The sole US act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2018 – which will also feature a wildcard team of young American standouts – sets sail in San Diego on Thursday, 18 October, accelerating through the finals on Sunday, 21 October 2018.

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Roller-coaster result for Red Bull Sailing in historic Cardiff regatta

wrote on 2018-08-27

Strong winds made for a wild ride at the fifth stop of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff Wales on 24-27 August, as after a powerful start, skipper Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team rode intense ups and downs for fifth place. In a nailbiter, only four points separated the teams at the top, first-place Alinghi (SUI), second-place SAP Extreme Sailing and third-place Oman Air. History was made by Olivia Mackay (NZL), who not only helmed Red Bull Sailing to the win in the Grand Finale of the Flying Phantom Series, but moved up to the Team Wales GC32, becoming the first woman to helm a boat in the Extreme Sailing Series. read more

CARDIFF, WALES (UK) – Hosting the Extreme Sailing Series for the seventh consecutive season, Cardiff served up spectacular sailing as winds pushed the GC32s to the limit, and sometimes beyond. The regatta saw four capsizes over the weekend – from SAP Extreme Sailing, Team Mexico, Oman Air and Team Wales – but Red Bull Sailing thrived in the heavy rain of Day One, finishing on the podium in third. The Austria-based team lost pace in the lighter winds of Day Two and couldn’t find it again in the 20-knot gusts of Day Three, but they surged back in Monday’s final races, with five podiums.

With the Cardiff result, Alinghi, SAP Extreme Sailing and Oman Air lead the overall standings, while Red Bull Sailing remains in fifth overall. “Of course this isn’t the result we were aiming for. The conditions were exciting but we weren’t consistent. However, we have a young team and we keep learning,” said Hans Peter Steinacher, who won two Olympic championships with Hagara and serves as the team’s sport director and tactician. “There are two regattas left, in San Diego and Los Cabos, and Roman and I are already looking toward solutions to produce a strong finish to the season.”

Hagara – who is the hands-on coach for Red Bull Sailing in the Extreme Sailing Series in addition to leading as skipper – and Steinacher have made it their mission to find and mentor the next generation of sailing talent in Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, as well as in the Extreme Sailing Series. 

“Our helmsman in Cardiff, Chris Taylor, helmed the winning boat in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which is why we decided to give him this opportunity,” commented Hagara. The team is rounded out by Ed Powys, Rhys Mara, Dan Morris and Neil Hunter.  

The potential of Hagara and Steinacher’s approach to finding and building sailing talent was evident in Olivia Mackay’s remarkable weekend in Cardiff. In 2016, the Kiwi and her sailing partner Micah Wilkinson won the first-ever World Final in the Red Bull Foiling Generation series, and in this weekend’s wild Welsh waters the pair flew to victory in the Grand Finale of the Flying Phantom series. It was then that Mackay made her historic move up to helm Team Wales for the final day’s action in the Extreme Sailing Series, a new milestone for women in sailing.

A fresh lineup of chargers will hope to follow in Mackay’s footsteps when 16 international teams face off at this season’s Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final at Miami, USA on 9-11 November 2018.

But up first: Red Bull Sailing will return to the sunshine – and breezes – of San Diego, USA for the penultimate act of the Extreme Sailing Series season on 18-21 October 2018.

Results Extreme Sailing Series Act 5, Cardiff, UK: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 307 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 304 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 303 pts, 4. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 282 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 275 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 218 pts, 7. Team Wales (GBR) 202 pts   

Overall Extreme Sailing Series rankings after five of seven acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 57 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 55 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 51 pts, 4. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 46 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 41 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 35 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 2018

In seven 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 destinations. Schedule 2018:

14-17 March: Muscat, Oman

24-27 May: GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy

14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain

5-8 July: Cascais, Portugal

24-27 August: Cardiff, UK

18-21 October: San Diego, USA

29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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This weekend: Holiday showdown for Red Bull Sailing in Cardiff

wrote on 2018-08-22

Bank holiday revelers will get an eyeful on 24-27 August, when double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher lead the Red Bull Sailing Team at the Extreme Sailing Series stop in Cardiff, Wales for the seventh season in a row. The Austria-based team have earned a podium across 50 percent of their previous Cardiff regattas. But to take the top step this weekend, they’ll have to get the better of other world-leading teams including two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi – and master the ever-changing conditions on Cardiff Bay. Also in action, Olivia Mackay helms the Red Bull Sailing catamaran in the Grand Finale of the Flying Phantom Series. read more

Cardiff, Wales (UK) – With only three races left until the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series champions are crowned, there will be no holding back in the Welsh regatta, which serves up the tightest course of the season and promises a thrilling spectacle for the crowds who turn out year after year for the headline event of the Cardiff Harbour Festival. 

“We like racing in Cardiff. The sightlines are great for the spectators, and when the winds are right our GC32s will rise up on their foils and really fly,” said Steinacher, who with Hagara helps to identify and develop future sailing talent through such series as Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. “We had some pretty wild wind here in 2016 and surprisingly calm breezes last year, so you have to be prepared for everything.”
To give their powerful young team as much experience as possible, the Austrian legends will work off the boat; Hagara as skipper and coach, with Steinacher as sport director and tactician. Meanwhile, manning the Red Bull GC32 will be Chris Taylor (helm), Ed Powys (mainsheet), Rhys Mara (trimmer), Dan Morris (bowman) and Neil Hunter (flight control). Currently in fifth overall, another Cardiff podium could conceivably boost Red Bull Sailing to challenge the top three – Alinghi (SUI), SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) and Oman Air (OMA) – who are locked within a four-point spread.

“Our team is strong, and we’ve got what it takes to bring home a trophy here,” stated Hagara, who led Red Bull Sailing to second place in Cardiff in 2015 and 2016, as well as third place in 2012. “We’re just going to take it one day at a time, one race at a time, stay focused… and also hope for better luck than we’ve had so far this season. With this act and two more in North America coming up, there is still a lot of racing ahead.” 

The stop at the amphitheater-style course in the Welsh capital also marks the climax of the Flying Phantom Series, featuring cutting-edge, two-sailor catamarans that are the fastest foiling boats of their size. Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, who won Red Bull Foiling Generation in 2016, will go all out to finish the season on a high for Red Bull Sailing, which comes into the event with good memories – last year the Austrian boat won Cardiff’s Flying Phantom regatta to clinch the series crown. 

The only UK act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2018 – which will also feature a wildcard team representing Wales itself – takes off in Cardiff on Friday, 24 August, continuing throughout the bank holiday weekend until the finals on Monday, 27 August.

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