Two wins for Red Bull Sailing in Portugal - Alinghi on top of Leaderboard

wrote on 2018-07-08

For the first time this season, Austrian sailing legend Roman Hagara was back at the helm for Red Bull Sailing on 5-8 July, leading the Austrian team to eight race podiums at the Extreme Sailing Series stop in Cascais, Portugal before boat damage crushed any hope of a regatta trophy. Alinghi (SUI), the SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) and INEOS Rebels UK captured the top three positions, respectively, in champagne conditions. read more

CASCAIS (POR) - The fourth stop of the Extreme Sailing Series was a new venue for the stadium racing format, but the crowds of knowledgeable local sailing fans gave a warm welcome to skipper Roman Hagara – a two-time Olympic champion who has sailed in Portuguese waters many times before. After finishing in the middle of the pack over the first two days of sailing, where winds neared 30 knots for thrilling foiling, Hagara and his young team – Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris and Rhys Mara – found their stride on Day 3, capturing their first race win, plus three additional podium finishes. On Sunday, the final day of racing, the Red Bull Sailing came out strong again, including a string of three consecutive race podiums that encompassed a win, but their GC32 catamaran sustained damage in a foil lift, making it necessary to miss two races while repairs were made. The team came back for the last three races, managing to salvage a fifth-place finish for the regatta.

“It’s disappointing, because the team was working well and we were really finding our rhythm,” said Hans Peter Steinacher, Hagara’s longtime sailing partner and the sports director for Red Bull Sailing. “Still, it was another learning experience, and we’re already looking ahead to the next race.” 

Just three races remain until the Extreme Sailing Series champion is crowned. By taking the win in Cascais, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi broke an overall points tie with SAP Extreme Sailing and hold the top of the leaderboard with 45 points, but the Danes are only one point behind, while third-place Oman Air remains at third in the standings with 41. At 33 points, Red Bull Sailing stays at fifth on the leaderboard and now has ample time to recheck the condition of their boat before the upcoming race in the UK in late August. 

Next for the Red Bull Sailing Team: The Extreme Sailing Series races in Cardiff for the seventh consecutive year when act five takes off on 24-27 August 2018.

Results Extreme Sailing Series Act 4, Cascais, Portugal: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 309 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 294 pts, 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 288 pts, 4. Oman Air (OMA) 282 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 250 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 222 pts, 7. Team Portugal (POR) 182 pts   

Overall Extreme Sailing Series rankings after four of seven acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 45 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 44 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 41 pts, 4. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 37 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 33 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 27 pts, 7. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 7 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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Double Olympic Gold Medalist will return to the helm at Cascais premiere

wrote on 2018-07-04

Roman Hagara, the double Olympic champion and skipper of the Red Bull Sailing Team, will take the helm for the first time this season when the Extreme Sailing Series makes its debut in Cascais, Portugal on 5-8 July. The world-renowned sailing hub is famous for strong Atlantic winds, and the lightning-fast GC32 catamarans will be flying on their foils in the tight stadium format. Can the Austrian icon steer his young team to their first regatta victory of 2018? read more

CASCAIS (Portugal) – The fourth of seven stops on the Extreme Sailing Series calendar, Cascais is highly anticipated not only as a new Portuguese venue (after regattas at Porto, Lisbon and the Madeira Islands in past years), but as the critical midpoint of the 2018 championship. For the first time this season, Hagara, who formerly helmed Red Bull Sailing to three overall Extreme Sailing Series podiums, will be in command on the GC32 rather than coaching from the sidelines.

“I have to admit that it’s been a bit hard to watch the first Extreme Sailing Series events this year from the support and coaching boat,” says the Austrian, whose focus is to share his expertise and passion for sailing with the next generation not only in the Extreme Sailing Series, but also in the Red Bull Foiling Generation. “It’s so lovely to be back – I’m really happy!”

Those teams that Hagara will be facing include such powerhouses as two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI) and defending Extreme Sailing Series champions SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN), who are tied in the points at the top of the leaderboard, just ahead of Oman Air (OMA). Currently seven points behind the Omanis with four races still to go, Red Bull Sailing are well within reach of another championship podium, and Hagara will have a dynamic crew of up-and-comers at his side: Ed Powys (GBR), Rhys Mara (AUS), Dan Morris (USA) and Neil Hunter (GBR).

Hans Peter Steinacher, Hagara’s gold-medal-winning sailing partner and the sport director and tactician for Red Bull Sailing, comments, “We know Cascais is a very windy place, and it’s perfect for the GC32. Having Roman steering the boat will be very good in combination with our four guys in the front, who have a lot of energy and the power we will need in these conditions. I think it will be a great act.”

Heightening the excitement in Portugal, where the racing is part of the 80th anniversary celebration of the prestigious Clube Naval de Cascais, will be the Flying Phantom fleet, sailing the penultimate regatta in a five-act series. Up-and-coming Red Bull Sailing Team members will be racing their swift two-sailor multihull, looking to defend the overall championship that the Austrian-based crew captured last year in the series’ maiden season.

The Extreme Sailing Series regatta in Cascais kicks off on Thursday, 5 July, with the action accelerating to the final race on Sunday, 8 July 2018.

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.

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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Red Bull sailing comes back from collision for fourth in Barcelona

wrote on 2018-06-16

A collision with the Omanis hindered Red Bull Sailing’s attempt for back-to-back Extreme Sailing Series podiums in Barcelona, but the Austrian team recovered to finish only four points out of the medals in fourth place. Alinghi (SUI), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) took first, second and third. In the Flying Phantom regatta, Spain’s own Jordi Booth and Joan Costa earned fourth place. read more

BARCELONA (Spain) – Skipper Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team had flown into first place on the initial day of sailing, Thursday, taking five podiums in six races as the GC32s reached speeds of up to 26.2kts  in brisk winds. But the collision with the Omanis on Saturday caused extensive damage to the Red Bull boat, and the shore crew worked through the night to complete repairs in time for the final races. Sunday’s constantly changing winds demanded technical brilliance, and the young sailors on the repaired Red Bull GC32 regained focus and managed three more podiums, bringing their regatta total to 14 across 26 races. 

By taking the win, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi jumped to the top of the Extreme Sailing Series rankings, pushing SAP Extreme Sailing to second, but both are tied in the points at 33 each, while Oman Air is just a point behind at 32.

?The Red Bull Sailing team is led by skipper and coach Hagara as well as sport director and tactician Hans Peter Steinacher, who won two Olympic titles together as well as numerous world and other international championships. Young chargers Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris and Rhys Mara complete the team. 

“For the rest of this season, Hans Peter and I will put our focus on this crew, as we continue to work to create a pathway into professional sailing for talents all over the world. Our goal is to bring the sport of sailing to another level,” Hagara stated. Several sailors from the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regattas in 2013 and 2017 now sail on various teams in the Extreme Sailing Series, including members of the Red Bull Sailing crew. Taylor and Hunter won the Red Bull Youth America‘s Cup 2017 in Bermuda, sailing under the British flag.

In the Flying Phantom regatta, Booth and Costa had the locals on their feet in their fourth-place effort for defending champion Red Bull Sailing.

Next for the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series: the stadium racing series makes its debut in Cascais, Portugal for Act 4 on 5-8 July 2018.

Results Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Barcelona, Spain: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 278 points, 2. Oman Air (OMA) 264 pts, 3. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 258 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 254 pts, 5. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 250 pts, 6. Spanish Impulse (ESP) 222 pts, 7. Team Mexico (MEX) 183

Overall Extreme Sailing Series rankings after three of seven acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 33 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 33 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 32 pts, 4. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR)  27 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 25 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 20 pts, 7. Spanish Impulse (ESP) 7 pts

Images free of charge for editorial use. Credit: Lloyd Images for Red Bull Content Pool 

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#redbullsailingteam / @redbullsailingteam

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 2013 / 2017. 

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. 

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Red Bull Sailing targets back-to-back Barcelona podiums this weekend

wrote on 2018-06-13

Competition is heating up for the third act of the Extreme Sailing Series, and after claiming second place in Barcelona last season, two-time Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher look to lead Red Bull Sailing to a repeat podium in the Catalonian capital. The beach crowds will witness the spectacle of seven GC32 catamarans foiling full out from 14-17 June 2018. read more

Barcelona marked a major comeback for Red Bull Sailing in 2017, and insiders tip the team as one of the favorites to win when four days of stadium racing concludes on Sunday. The timing couldn’t be better for the Austria-based sailors to experience those good vibes again: their start to 2018 has been slow, but there’s still time to make up ground, especially with the guidance of sporting legends Hagara (skipper and coach) and Steinacher (sport director and tactician).

“Lots of people in Barcelona still remember when Olympic sailing was held here, and they love the sport. It’s a great place to sail,” says Hagara. “In our series, the standings are tight at the top, and the next stop will already be the midpoint of the season, so there is no holding back here.”

The elite international field is sensing an opportunity in Barcelona, as Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing Team – which currently holds the overall lead by a slim two points – will be without its regular helmsman, Adam Minoprio, who is unable to attend. While experienced multi-hull expert Morgan Larson is stepping in, it’s a sure bet that the teams tied just two points back, Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (OMA), will pull out all the stops to take advantage of the situation, as will Red Bull Sailing in fifth.

Like all the teams, the sailors on the Red Bull boat – Chris Taylor (helm), Ed Powys, Rhys Mara, Dan Morris and Neil Hunter ­– will have to cope with Barcelona’s unpredictable conditions on the water. While spectators adore the city’s famously sunny skies, for sailors the venue can serve up a multitude of surprises on short notice, from nearly flat seas to big swells and winds that can change drastically within the course itself. It’s the kind of challenge that Red Bull Sailing’s sport director Steinacher loves.

“We came so close to winning here in 2017, and we are definitely aiming for victory this time,” comments the Austrian, who has helped the team to multiple overall podiums. “Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world, and sailing in front of the crowds, with the backdrop and great sailing conditions, fully fits with the whole idea of the Extreme Sailing Series. It's one of our best venues.”

Also in action at Barcelona will be the Flying Phantom fleet, where Red Bull Sailing are defending the championship they earned in the category’s inaugural 2017 season.

The action all begins in Barcelona on Thursday, 14 June, racing every day through the finals on Sunday 17 June 2018.

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Team Tilt crowned first GC32 World Champions

wrote on 2018-05-27

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RIVA DEL GARDA (Italy) – The glorious Lake Garda sunshine turned fickle across four days of foiling for the World Championship, putting the record fleet of 13 catamarans to the test in blustery conditions. The event also marked the second act of the Extreme Sailing Series. With five acts left to go, SAP Sailing Team (DEN) hold the top of the Extreme Sailing Series leaderboard, with Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (Oman) in close pursuit at second and third overall.

Hagara and Steinacher have revamped Red Bull Sailing for 2018, recruiting Great Britain’s Chris Draper to take over on the helm. Additional new Red Bull Sailing members include Neil Hunter (GBR), Dan Morris (USA), Rhys Mara (AUS) and Ed Powys (GBR). 

Next up for the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series: the stadium racing returns to Barcelona, Spain for Act 3 on 14-17 June.

C32 World Championship 2018: 1. Team Tilt (SUI), 2. SAP Sailing Team (DEN), 3. Oman Air (Oman), 7. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)

Overall Extreme Sailing Series ranking after two of seven acts: 1. SAP Sailing Team, 2. Alinghi, 3. Oman Air, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) ?

Images for editorial use only. Credit: GC32 Worlds for Red Bull Content Pool

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. 

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

wrote on 2018-05-22

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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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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 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 2018-03-16

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

Images for editorial use only. Credit: Dean Treml for Red Bull Content Pool

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 2018-03-12

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.”


Images for editorial use only. Credit: Dean Treml for Red Bull Content Pool

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 2017-12-03

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 2017-11-26

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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