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