Double Olympic Champions will sail in historic GC32 World Championship this weekend

wrote on 2018-05-23

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Hagara and Steinacher have claimed back-to-back Olympic Gold in 2000 and 2004, as well as numerous world and European Championships and overall podiums in the Extreme Sailing Series. They are also the only Austrians to have competed in the America’s Cup World Series – but even for them, racing against a record-sized fleet of foiling catamarans on Italy’s largest lake is something special.

“We have been looking forward to this as a highlight of the season,” says Steinacher. “Lake Garda isn’t just beautiful – it is famous for its great breezes. The GC32 is one of the best-designed foiling boats in the world, capable of nearly 40 knots, and the potential to have all these teams racing near top speeds is fantastic.”

The new GC32 World Championship awards regatta points to the participating Extreme Sailing Series teams, and Red Bull Sailing (currently fifth in the seven-stop series after bouncing back from a crash at the season opener) will be looking to boost their points while vying for the world honors. In addition to the Austrian powerhouse, the two-fleet lineup includes the current leaders of the Extreme Sailing Series, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi of Switzerland, as well as a widely international field of standouts from countries such as New Zealand, the USA, Oman, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, France and Great Britain. 

The event will also mark only the second opportunity for Red Bull Sailing to race using the new team setup they introduced this season, with Hagara handing over the helm to Great Britain’s Chris Draper – an Olympic Bronze Medalist who sailed in two America’s Cup campaigns – in order to take on the role of expert coach. While Steinacher continues as tactician, also new to Red Bull Sailing this year are Scotsman Neil Hunter, the USA‘s Dan Morris, Australia’s Rhys Mara and Great Britain’s Ed Powys.

“Our team is new, but they are working together very well. I have a lot of confidence in Chris, who has won the Extreme Sailing Series in addition to his other achievements, and there’s a lot of strength and power in our young sailors,” Hagara stated. “We are ready to challenge the very best in the world, and this is the place to do it.”

Red Bull Sailing’s campaign on Lake Garda begins with an official training day on 23 May and will accelerate through the final day of racing on Sunday, 27 May 2018.

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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 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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Dramatic season start for Red Bull Sailing with GC32 crash and Flying Phantom Podium

wrote on 2018-03-17

It was trial by fire for skipper Roman Hagara’s brand-new Red Bull Sailing team at the first regatta of the Extreme Sailing Series 2018 in Oman. Helmed by Chris Draper, the team fought back from a massive crash on day three to take a win in the final races, pulling themselves up to a top-five result. In a nailbiter, 2016 champions Alinghi (SUI) grabbed the top of the leaderboard with the regatta win, edging defending titleholders SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) into second. Meanwhile, Olivia Mackay (NZL) helmed Red Bull to a strong second place in the Flying Phantom Series. read more

MUSCAT (Oman) – The regatta win came down to the final race on Saturday, but Red Bull Sailing’s chance for victory was gone on day three, when their GC32 collided with New Zealand’s NZ Extreme Sailing team in strong breezes on the tight stadium format, sustaining significant rudder damage. It was the first major test for the brand-new team from Austria – led by two-time Olympic champions Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher. After a long night of repair, they proved their resilience by taking four podiums, including a win, on the final day. With seven acts to go, they’ll have to battle up the standings against the likes of Alinghi and SAP, who were neck and neck in the regatta until a bad start for SAP in the last race clinched Alinghi’s triumph.

?“It’s a tough start to the season, but I’m happy with the teamwork and speed we achieved, so we’ll take what we can from the experience and move forward,” said Hagara after the racing was completed. “We’ve got really good sailors on the team, and they have shown their potential by winning a race right from the second day on the boat, then pulling together after the collision to come back and get another win today. We’ll aim for a fresh start to the season at the next stop in Italy.”? Bringing experience from two America’s Cup campaigns, Britain’s Draper was a steady hand at the helm, joined by Neil Hunter (UK), Ed Powys (UK), Rhys Mara (AUS) and Dan Morris (USA). The positives were there – from taking pole position on the very first day – and Draper has high hopes for the rest of the season. 

“We were moving quickly, the input from Roman and Hans Peter was fantastic, and the guys were stepping up, so the crash was very frustrating,” stated the helmsman. “But with eight podiums and two wins behind us now, we’re looking forward to the World Championship at Lake Garda, and we’re going to bring everything we’ve got.”?? 

Also in Oman, the second season of the Flying Phantom Series kicked off with the first of four faceoffs at Extreme Sailing Series acts in 2018. Olivia Mackay and Micah Wilkinson, winners of the Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final in 2016, opened Red Bull Sailing’s defense with a close second-place finish behind Team France Jeune.

The Red Bull Sailing Team will continue their campaign when the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine for the first-ever World Championship since the GC32s became a World Sailing-recognized class in 2017. It all happens at beautiful Lake Garda, Italy on 24-27 May 2018. 

?Results Act 1, Muscat, Oman: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 277 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 271 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 253 pts, 4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 244 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 215 pts, 6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 210 pts, 7. Team Mexico (MEX) 177

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

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Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

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 in 2013 and 2017. 

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2018

In 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 2018:

14-17 March: Muscat, Oman

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

14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain

05-08 July: Portugal

09-12 August: St. Petersburg, Russia

24-27 August: Cardiff, UK

18-21 October: San Diego, USA

29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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Olympic champions kick off 2018 season with Chris Draper at the helm

wrote on 2018-03-13

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria are shaking things up for Red Bull Sailing’s ninth season in the Extreme Sailing Series. They’ll foil into the 2018 opener of the stadium racing calendar with Chris Draper (GBR) at the helm. The foiling action gets underway in Muscat, Oman on 14-17 March 2018. read more

SALZBURG (Austria) – The Extreme Sailing Series is one of the sport’s fastest, most intense circuits and draws the best sailing talent from all disciplines – World Champions and Round the World sailing greats as well as America’s Cup winners and Olympic heroes. 

Four new crew members will join the growing team from Austria in 2018. Chris Draper, who has been part of two America’s Cup campaigns and brings a lot of technical knowledge about foiling, will take the helm. In addition, the team includes a new crop of young pros: Neil Hunter of Scotland, who was on the winning team in the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and sailed in the America’s Cup with Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing; Ed Powys (UK), who also sailed on the BAR team; Rhys Mara (AUS), a former 49er competitor who has raced GC32s; and floater Dan Morris (USA), who won the World Match Racing Tour.

“Roman is still the skipper for Red Bull Sailing” says Steinacher, who is suffering from a shoulder injury and hopes to be back on the GC32 at the second Act of the season in Italy. “We are really looking forward to see Chris Draper racing in Oman. We feel he has the right mix of expertise for these boats and this format.”

In eight stops across three continents, the racing brings the action right to the public. With the five-sailor GC32s capable of reaching almost 40 knots (74 kph, 46 mph) as they lift off the water and “fly,” the spectacle is breathtaking.

In May the excitement ramps up fast, as Act 2 in Lake Garda, Italy sees the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine for the first-ever World Championship since the GC32s became a World Sailing-recognized class last year. Next up, a return to beautiful Barcelona, Spain in June, followed in July by a regatta on the sunny shores of Portugal. 

Dramatic St. Petersburg, Russia sets the stage for the second half of the season with Act 5 in August, and before the month is out, a stop in Cardiff will mark 2018’s last European regatta amid Welsh “Year of the Sea” celebrations. Then it all comes down to North America: First, an October faceoff in San Diego, USA, the California destination that went wild for the stadium format in 2017. And as November turns to December, fans at the grand finale in Los Cabos, Mexico will see champions crowned again.

As the winners of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017, Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing have set the benchmark. With the second and third place finishers – two-time America’s Cup champion Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (OMA) – also returning, all eyes will be on Red Bull Sailing. The Austrian team has continually been in the mix for top placement. 

“We’re not looking at this as a building year. We want to put the pressure on the competition from the start,” states Hagara. “We all think that the expertise of Hans Peter and myself, along with Chris’ outstanding skills and the talent of our new young crew members, should be a very successful combination – hopefully successful enough to take the overall title.”


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Information, videos, images: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

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 in 2013 and 2017. 

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2018

In 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 2018:

14-17 March: Muscat, Oman

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

14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain

05-08 July: Portugal

09-12 August: St. Petersburg, Russia

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 clinches eight podiums in Los Cabos finale, fourth for season

wrote on 2017-12-04

As thousands of Mexican spectators cheered the season finale of the Extreme Sailing Series in Los Cabos, Mexico, on December 3, Austrian sailing heroes Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher capped off a 10-month campaign by leading their young Red Bull Sailing Team crew to fourth place for the regatta and for the season. Denmark’s SAP Sailing Team took their first-ever season championship in the stadium racing series, while Switzerland’s Alinghi, who were the winners of the act, and Oman Air claimed second and third overall read more

LOS CABOS (Mexico) – With America’s Cup contenders like Alinghi, a two-time winner of the Auld Mug, in the mix along with double Olympic Gold Medalists Hagara and Steinacher, the battle for the season podium was fierce right up until the final day of the final act. Red Bull Sailing earned eight race podiums across the regatta that marked the series’ debut in Mexico, but saw its chance to overtake the leaders evaporate when light winds limited the concluding action to only three scoring races. 

While disappointed to miss out on what would have been a fourth season podium, skipper Hagara and tactician Steinacher were proud of their crew: headsail trimmer Adam Piggott (GBR), bowman Will Tiller (NZL), and mainsail trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL), who at 24 is one of the youngest sailors in the entire Extreme Sailing Series fleet.

“Of course the winds are no excuse, everyone had to deal with the same conditions. While the season didn’t go quite as planned, Los Cabos was a beautiful location to end 2017, and I’m glad we had the chance to race here,” Hagara stated. “Our young sailors have been going head-to-head with world-class crews all year and proving their potential. I think they’ll be making their mark on the sailing scene for years to come.”

Hagara and Steinacher are not only renowned competitors with their own experience on the America’s Cup circuit, but also leading proponents of building sailing talent. They’re the creators of the world’s largest youth sailing program, Red Bull Foiling Generation, as well as the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, both developed to build a pathway toward professional sailing careers. Dodson, Piggott and Tiller are all graduates of the latter program, and Dodson and Piggott contributed to Red Bull Sailing’s third-place finish in the Extreme Sailing Series 2016. The five team members began training for their 2017 campaign in February, with the first race in March, and as the months went by, the international action was a rollercoaster.

“What a season!” said Steinacher. “Of course the highlights were our podiums, with second place in Barcelona and third in Hamburg and San Diego. But just as important for the team were moments like the regatta in the Madeira Islands, where a capsize damaged the boat but we came back to close the act with two race wins. That kind of experience says a lot about our sailors and what they’re capable of.”

Final result Los Cabos (after 20 races): 1. Alinghi (SUI) 224 points, 2. Oman Air (Oman) 212, 3. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 209, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 191, 5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 157, 6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team 157, 7. Team Extreme Mexico (MEX) 153, 8. Lupe Tortilla Demetrio 125

Final standings Extreme Sailing Series 2017: 1. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 98 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 96, 3. Oman Air (Oman) 95, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 84, 5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 70, 6. NZ Sailing Team (NZL) 70

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Season podium on the line for Red Bull Sailing at grand finale in Los Cabos

wrote on 2017-11-27

As the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 concludes with its Mexican debut on 30 November-3 December, Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing team have one last chance to clinch their third consecutive season podium. Can they use their late-season momentum – and the double points on offer – to leap up from fourth against the likes of SAP Extreme Sailing, Oman Air and Alinghi? read more

With the season crown still up for grabs, tensions will be high as the stadium racing series comes to spectacular Los Cabos at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, where spectators can watch Act 8 up close from a free-to-enter Race Village at Médano Beach. At 66 points overall, Red Bull Sailing is just six points behind two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI, 72 pts) in third and only seven from second-place Oman Air (OMA, 73 pts), both of which will be making a desperate effort to overtake SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN, 78 pts), which holds the top of the leaderboard by only a five-point margin. 

Hagara and Red Bull Sailing tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who together won Olympic gold in 2000 and 2004, have the experience and skills to pull everything together when it all comes down to the wire. Together with the rest of the team – Stewart Dodson (NZL), Will Tiller (NZL) and Adam Piggott (GBR) – they’ve claimed regatta podiums at three of the last four stops. The warm Pacific climate of Los Cabos should provide conditions similar to the most recent act in San Diego, California, where the Austria-based team pushed their super-light GC32 catamaran to third place.

“To end the season with another regatta on the Pacific coast, and the first in Mexico, will be special. Los Cabos is going all out to welcome us and give the fans a great experience,” says Steinacher. “I think it will be fantastic for spectators. Anything can happen when eight foiling boats are flying head-to-head in this tight format, but this will be extra-intense because it’s the last act of the season. Everybody is going to look for top speed, and teams will have to take strategic risks to boost themselves in the final standings.”

Hagara remarks, “This regatta is extremely important, and the double points for the act make the result even more critical, but we’ve got to take it one race at a time. That said, we’re not satisfied with the race podiums we’ve earned so far, and we’re aiming to win in Los Cabos. Then, we’ll see where the points take us overall. It’s going to an exciting finish to a very competitive season.”

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings the action right to the public with stadium racing on 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 the six Extreme Sailing Series teams in Los Cabos will be two wildcards, the USA’s Lupe Tortilla Demetrio, and home favorites Team Extreme México, including the first sailors from the country ever to compete in the series.

The Red Bull Sailing Team will fly at the Extreme Sailing Series in Los Cabos, Mexico from 14:00 to 17:00 local time (UTC-7) on 30 November through 3 December 2017.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series overall standings after 7 acts:

1) SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 78 pts

2) Oman Air (OMA) 73 points

3) Alinghi (SUI) 72 pts

4) Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 66 pts 

5) NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 56 pts

6) Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54 pts

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Red Bull Sailing claims third in San Diego

wrote on 2017-10-23

Double Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher led the Red Bull Sailing Team to a thrilling 3rd place finish at the seventh act of the Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego, California, USA on 19-22 October, amassing 3 race wins and several podiums. SAP Sailing Team of Denmark took the regatta victory, with Alinghi of Switzerland rounding out the podium in 2nd place. Next up, the climactic battle to clinch overall honors at the Extreme Sailing Series grand finale in Los Cabos, Mexico on 30 November-3 December, 2017. read more

SAN DIEGO (USA) –  With tensions running high and teams pushing hard there were two collisions within the final two races on Sunday. As SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi fought for pole position, a simultaneous battle for third raged between Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing Team. But the Omani syndicate fell foul of a penalty and watched Red Bull Sailing Team sail its way onto the podium. Red Bull Sailing’s success in San Diego puts them in 4th place in the season standings, with only the final act to go.

San Diego had previously welcomed other prestige sailing events including the America’s Cup. With the Extreme Sailing Series boats racing just five meters from popular Harbor Island across four days, knowledgeable locals and excited tourists turned out in the tens of thousands to watch, and Red Bull Sailing gave them an eyeful right from the start, with a race victory on Thursday. Consistent results across Friday and Saturday kept Hagara’s team in the running, but it was their full-throttle performance on Sunday, that launched them to the regatta podium.

Adding to the excitement in San Diego, Red Bull Sailing had a special guest: 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany. Having just completed his 2017 season with second place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the German with a passion for speed came straight to California to support Hagara and Steinacher, and he couldn’t resist an invitation from the Austrian sailing superstars to come on board Red Bull Sailing’s super-light GC32 catamaran as a guest racer. “These boats fly over the water – it is extremely fast!” said an enthusiastic Dolderer. “Teamwork, tactics, concentration and energy are key to winning races. I am impressed by the performance from my friends Roman, Hans Peter and their crew.”

Now it all comes down to the Extreme Sailing Series grand finale at Los Cabos, Mexico on 30 November through 3 December 2017. 

Final result San Diego (after 25 races): 1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN)  273 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 263, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 239, 4. Oman Air (Oman) 233, 5. NZ Sailing (NZL) 212, 6. Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) 201, 7. Team Extreme (USA) 198, 8. Lupe Demetrio (USA) 152

Extreme Sailing Series 2017 (after 7 of 8 Acts): 1. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 78 points, 2. Oman Air (Oman) 73, 3. Alinghi (SUI) 72, 4. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 66, 5. NZ Sailing Team (NZL) 56, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54

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Red Bull Sailing returns to USA for first American race in six years

wrote on 2017-10-20

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team is headed to San Diego, California for Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 on 20-22 October. It’s the stadium racing series’ first stop on American shores since a 2011 regatta in Boston, and with only the season finale to follow, the Austrian team is aiming for a big result to jump back up to overall podium position. Red Bull Sailing Team’s Austrian double Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher were invited by their famous countryman Arnold Schwarzenegger to a good-luck power breakfast in Santa Monica, USA. read more

Known for sunny skies and breezes year round, San Diego has a strong sailing heritage, and Red Bull Sailing will be racing just five meters from the shore of Harbor Island, the man-made peninsula close to downtown and the city’s Embarcadero attractions. Previously, the popular Southern California destination has hosted signature sailing events such as the America’s Cup, the World Championships and the US Olympic Trials, but this will be the first Extreme Sailing Series stop in “America’s Finest City.”

“The bay creates a natural stadium setting, and spectators will be able to watch the racing from several vantage points, which is ideal,” says Red Bull Sailing tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who won Olympic gold with Hagara in 2000 and 2004. “After quite a few races with inconsistent winds ranging from calm to stormy, if we get the steady breezes this area is known for, everyone will be up on their foils and flying.”

New to Red Bull Sailing since the 2011 stop in the USA are mainsail trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL), headsail trimmer Adam Piggott (GBR) and bowman Will Tiller (NZL) – the young bloods whose energy and power combines with the experience and championship-winning skill of Hagara and Steinacher to create an explosive force on the water. After finishing third on the championship podium for the past two seasons, Red Bull Sailing is currently in fourth overall, only five points behind two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi in third. San Diego is the last chance to build momentum before the eighth and final act in Mexico, and Hagara is determined to make headway.

“The sailing here is going to be all-out, all or nothing,” says the Austrian legend. “I will tell you that we are aiming for nothing less than a win in San Diego.”  

Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose history as a champion bodybuilder, movie star and governor of California is renowned worldwide, was already acquainted with the athletes and eager to host them when they arrived in California. The Austrians, joined by Gladiator Ralf Moeller (GER), relaxed over a healthy breakfast before heading toward their team San Diego with Schwarzenegger’s best wishes. “It’s really a pleasure whenever we see Arnold – he’s such a nice man, and his support means a lot, not only because he’s also from Austria, but because he knows what it’s like to train toward a goal at the highest level,” said Steinacher.

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 Red Bull Sailing Team will fly at the Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego, USA on 19-22 October 2017.

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

Webpage: www.redbullsailing.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 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.

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Red Bull Sailing returns to USA for first American race in six years

wrote on 2017-10-20

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team is headed to San Diego, California for Act 7 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 on 20-22 October. It’s the stadium racing series’ first stop on American shores since a 2011 regatta in Boston, and with only the season finale to follow, the Austrian team is aiming for a big result to jump back up to overall podium position. Red Bull Sailing Team’s Austrian double Olympic Champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher were invited by their famous countryman Arnold Schwarzenegger to a good-luck power breakfast in Santa Monica, USA. read more

Known for sunny skies and breezes year round, San Diego has a strong sailing heritage, and Red Bull Sailing will be racing just five meters from the shore of Harbor Island, the man-made peninsula close to downtown and the city’s Embarcadero attractions. Previously, the popular Southern California destination has hosted signature sailing events such as the America’s Cup, the World Championships and the US Olympic Trials, but this will be the first Extreme Sailing Series stop in “America’s Finest City.”

“The bay creates a natural stadium setting, and spectators will be able to watch the racing from several vantage points, which is ideal,” says Red Bull Sailing tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who won Olympic gold with Hagara in 2000 and 2004. “After quite a few races with inconsistent winds ranging from calm to stormy, if we get the steady breezes this area is known for, everyone will be up on their foils and flying.”

New to Red Bull Sailing since the 2011 stop in the USA are mainsail trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL), headsail trimmer Adam Piggott (GBR) and bowman Will Tiller (NZL) – the young bloods whose energy and power combines with the experience and championship-winning skill of Hagara and Steinacher to create an explosive force on the water. After finishing third on the championship podium for the past two seasons, Red Bull Sailing is currently in fourth overall, only five points behind two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi in third. San Diego is the last chance to build momentum before the eighth and final act in Mexico, and Hagara is determined to make headway.

“The sailing here is going to be all-out, all or nothing,” says the Austrian legend. “I will tell you that we are aiming for nothing less than a win in San Diego.”  

Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose history as a champion bodybuilder, movie star and governor of California is renowned worldwide, was already acquainted with the athletes and eager to host them when they arrived in California. The Austrians, joined by Gladiator Ralf Moeller (GER), relaxed over a healthy breakfast before heading toward their team San Diego with Schwarzenegger’s best wishes. “It’s really a pleasure whenever we see Arnold – he’s such a nice man, and his support means a lot, not only because he’s also from Austria, but because he knows what it’s like to train toward a goal at the highest level,” said Steinacher.

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 Red Bull Sailing Team will fly at the Extreme Sailing Series in San Diego, USA on 19-22 October 2017.

Pictures free for editorial use: Hagara / private and Lloyd Images / OC for Red Bull Content Pool

Information, videos and more pictures: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

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

Webpage: www.redbullsailing.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 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.

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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

Pictures royalty free. Credit: Mark Lloyd for Red Bull Content Pool

Information, videos and more pictures: www.redbullsailingnewsroom.com

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

Webpage: www.redbullsailing.com

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