Red Bull Sailing back on the podium in Barcelona

wrote on 2017-07-23

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings the action right to the public with stadium racing on super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph). Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed.

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

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

Webpage: www.redbullsailing.com

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2017

With eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2017: www.redbullsailing.com

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Red Bull Sailing rights itself for Barcelona debut

wrote on 2017-07-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings the action right to the public with stadium racing on super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph). Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. Joining Red Bull Sailing (AUT), Alinghi (SUI), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in the Barcelona lineup is the Spanish-flagged wildcard team FNOB Impulse, helmed by Barcelona-born Jordi Xammar, who is fresh off leading Spain to the finals of June’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda. 

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

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Madeira: Hagara wins two races after capsize

wrote on 2017-07-02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mayhem in Madeira: Red Bull Sailing capsize

wrote on 2017-07-01

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

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

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

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

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Red Bull Sailing on the hunt for repeat podium in Madeira

wrote on 2017-06-28

In 2016, the Red Bull Sailing Team led by Austrian sailing icon Roman Hagara clinched third place at the Extreme Sailing Series stop in the Madeira Islands. This weekend, they’ll look for another podium at the Portuguese beauty spot – with some very familiar new faces among their opponents. read more

Funchal, Madeira Islands (Portugal) – Ending a two-month break since the last Extreme Sailing Series stop in Qingdao, China, the Red Bull Sailing Team will be back in action off Portugal’s Madeira Islands from 29 June through 2 July 2017. Coming into the third regatta of the eight-act season, double Olympic Gold Medalist Roman Hagara (skipper/helm) is keen to get his Austria-based team – which has claimed a spot on the overall series podium for the past two years running – back into contention for the championship after slipping to fifth overall in the opening rounds of 2017. 

No team has yet asserted dominance in the stadium racing series this season, with Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing team initially taking the head of the leaderboard with a win at the opener in Muscat, Oman, only to be displaced by the victors in Act 2, the two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI). Holding 17 points, Red Bull Sailing is just three points off third-place Oman Air, and only six behind Alinghi. 

Last season, the Extreme Sailing Series debut in Madeira started off brilliantly for Red Bull Sailing, as the team claimed the top of the leaderboard on both Day One and Day Two. Despite crashes in the tight stadium format on a windy Day Three, which necessitated round-the-clock repairs, the heart and drive of Hagara’s team saw them deliver the third-place race result that they hope to replicate – or improve upon – this weekend.

“Madeira was an intense, but exciting, stop in 2016 and we expect no less this time around,” says Hagara. “All the top teams have more experience on the GC32 now, so the racing should be even closer, and it’s an absolutely beautiful setting where the locals love the stadium format.”

The racing in Madeira begins just a week after the conclusion of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda, a regatta developed by Hagara and his Olympic partner Hans Peter Steinacher as a stepping stone to a professional career for young sailors aged 18 to 24. One of the teams the Austrian legend will be facing at Marina Funchal is Land Rover BAR Academy, who won the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in the final moments of the final race on 21 June. Meanwhile, among the athletes on Madeira’s wildcard entry, Team Extreme, are two sailors from Bermuda’s own TeamBDA at the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. They’ll be the first Bermudians to race in the Extreme Sailing Series.

“After working with the sailors in the youth regatta over the last couple of weeks, I am itching to get out and compete myself, and I’m looking forward to racing in Madeira again,” Hagara states. “The Red Bull Sailing crew includes graduates of the inaugural Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013, and to also have sailors from this year’s edition competing in the Extreme Sailing Series tells me that the stepping-stone concept is working; and that we’re going to have some passionate young opponents in Portugal.”

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series once again brings the action right to the public with stadium racing on super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph). Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. Joining Red Bull Sailing (AUT), Alinghi (SUI), NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) on the Madeira roster is wildcard Team Extreme. 

Red Bull Sailing will fly in Madeira from Thursday, 29 June, through the Final on Sunday, 2 July 2017. 

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

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

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2017

With eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2017: www.redbullsailing.com

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Untouchable Alinghi, sensational Land Rover BAR Academy

wrote on 2017-05-01

top the Act 2 podium in Qingdao. Two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi (SUI) took the Extreme Sailing Series overall lead with a dominant win at the second stop in Qingdao. But it was the young sailors of Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) who stunned the field in claiming their maiden second-place result. Oman Air (OMA) was third, with SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in fourth and the Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) rounding out the top five. read more

The most competitive season in the history of the Extreme Sailing Series got even more intense in Qingdao on Monday, as the young sailors of Great Britain’s Land Rover BAR Academy shook up the standings by finishing in second place behind a triumphant Alinghi of Switzerland. The Swiss – two-time America’s Cup winners who had finished second at the season opener in Muscat – were untouchable, sailing a textbook regatta in Qingdao’s “Mazarin Cup” despite variable conditions that ranged from light breezes on Day One and Day Three (and no wind or racing on Day Two) to constant winds that made for a thrilling foiling confrontation in Monday’s final action.

In only their second season in the stadium racing series, Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) Academy jumped up to second place on Day Three with six podiums in seven races – including two wins – and they hung on under pressure in the finals to stand in the runner-up spot of an Extreme Sailing Series regatta for the very first time.

“Congratulations to Land Rover BAR! What a great performance from this young team. They are clearly one of the favorites for the upcoming Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda,” said Red Bull Sailing skipper Roman Hagara, who with Hans Peter Steinacher is Sport Director for June’s youth regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

Oman Air (OMA) earned third place for the second Extreme Sailing Series act in a row, while SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN), which had won the opener in Muscat, finished off the podium in fourth. Red Bull Sailing, picked as another favorite for overall honors this year after finishing third in 2015 and 2016, earned two race wins in taking fifth place in Qingdao, a result that didn’t satisfy their tactician Steinacher, who is already looking to the third regatta in the eight-stop series. 

“Here in China we did not perform to our level,” said the Austrian, who previously won two Olympic Gold Medals with Hagara. “We need to forget this regatta and concentrate on preparations for the next one.”

The Extreme Sailing Series will next return to one of the world’s most spectacular harbor destinations with Act Three in Portugal’s Madeira Islands on 29 June–2 July, 2017.

Results Act 2, Qingdao, China: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 184 points, 2. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 173 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 168 pts, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 168 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 166 pts, 6. NZL Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 164 pts, 7. Team Extreme (CHN) 121 pts

Overall ranking after two of eight acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 23 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 21 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 20 pts, 4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 18 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 17 pts, 6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 15 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 2017

With eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2017:

8-11 March: Muscat, Oman

28 April-1 May: Qingdao, China

29 June-2 July: Madeira Islands, Portugal

20-23 July: Europe TBA

10-13 August: Hamburg, Germany

25-28 August: Cardiff, UK

19-22 October:  San Diego, USA

30 November-3 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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Red Bull Sailing aims for big boost in Qingdao

wrote on 2017-04-25

After a crash and other surprises left Red Bull Sailing in fourth position at the first stop of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017, the two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will fight to get back into overall medal position this weekend in Qingdao, China, where they led the team to third place just a year ago. read more

 

QINGDAO (China) – Austrian sailing legends Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have had more than six weeks to think about what went right and what went wrong for Red Bull Sailing at the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Muscat, Oman; and now, on 28 April 28–1 May, they’ll put the team’s strategies and strengths to the test at the second stop of the stadium racing series, the Mazarin Cup in Qingdao, China. At stake: the momentum they need to stay close to current leaders SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN), Alinghi (SUI) and Oman Air (OMA) – and move up from the fourth spot overall – in what’s anticipated to be a neck-and-neck race for the title across the eight-act season. 

Red Bull Sailing, which finished on the Extreme Sailing Series overall podium in third for the second year in a row last December, started the 2017 season brilliantly in Muscat, with two straight days of podium finishes before the bad luck of a crash and penalties saw them go home without a race trophy. China’s Olympic sailing city Qingdao, which is hosting the stadium-racing series for the seventh consecutive year, typically serves up its own surprises, many of them due to famously unpredictable weather.

“There’s always something unexpected in Qingdao – we’ve experienced crashes and even capsized, and many teams have had mishaps there. The spectators around Fushan Bay have witnessed some dramatic moments,” Hagara recalls. “Last year, which was the series’ first on GC32 foiling boats, there was the tough challenge of calms and then fog, which made for a lot of suspense. When we overcame all that to finish on the podium, we felt like we’d turned a new page in Qingdao, and we’re ready to take on whatever comes at us.”

Sailing with Hagara (helm) and Steinacher (tactician) on the Red Bull Sailing Team in Qingdao will be Stewart Dodson (NZL), Adam Piggott (GBR) and Will Tiller (NZL). The team is hoping that Hagara and Steinacher’s long expertise – which includes competing at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao as well as in all six previous Extreme Sailing Series stops in the city – will pair perfectly with the power of the talented young up-and-comers to deliver the team’s first-ever Extreme Sailing Series Championship. 

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series will once again bring the action right to the public with stadium racing on super-light GC32 catamarans – which can reach speeds of almost 40 knots (74 km/h, 46 mph). Like America’s Cup yachts, the GC32 appears to “fly” as it lifts off the water and rapidly builds speed. Joining Red Bull Sailing (AUT), Alinghi (SUI), NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) in the Qingdao lineup is wildcard Team Extreme. 


The GC32s will race beginning Friday, 28 April, through the Final on Monday, 1 May, 2017. 

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. 

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Red Bull Sailing launches four-way battle for season title in Muscat

wrote on 2017-03-11

Despite two brilliant days in the top three, mishaps including a crash put Red Bull Sailing in fourth at the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 season opener in Muscat on Saturday. With seven acts left to go, double Olympic champions Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, along with the rest of the Austria-based team, are already in a tight battle for the overall title. read more

MUSCAT (Oman) – The Red Bull Sailing Team got off to a promising start in the Extreme Sailing Series 2017, opening the four-day regatta in Muscat, Oman with two straight days of podium finishes including a race win on Wednesday. Luck worked against them on Days Three and Four – including a crash that left helmsman Roman Hagara with scrapes and bruises – but the Austrian boat still managed to finish just off the podium in fourth. The most competitive season in the history of the Extreme Sailing Series is already shaping up to be a battle among the top three overall last year – two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi (SUI), Oman Air (OMA), Red Bull Sailing (AUT) – plus Saturday’s regatta winner SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN).

Red Bull Sailing came into the 2017 season much more prepared than in 2016, when there was virtually no time to get accustomed to the series’ new GC32 foiling catamarans. The team, which also includes tactician Hans Peter Steinacher – who won Olympic gold with Hagara in 2000 and 2004 – as well as young guns Stewart Dodson (NZL, trimmer), Adam Piggott (GBR, bowman) and newcomer Will Tiller (NZL, mainsheet) gelled quickly, with top-three spots in their first four races and stellar results throughout the first two days. 

Then a disqualification for an early start on Day Three put them at a disadvantage. On a very choppy final day, the Austrian team used the strong winds to rocket on their foils, only to take a nosedive in a big crash that left Hagara bloodied as the boat went from 25 knots to zero in less than a second. A subsequent freak tangle with a mooring buoy cost them time in the penultimate race, and the team had to be content with fourth place.

“The final result isn’t what we would have wanted, but the experience here in Muscat was valuable – we were able to sail together in a variety of conditions and had strong performances right from our first races,” said Hagara. “We knew that Alinghi would be tough this season – they’re the defending champions – but it’s clear that we’re going to be battling Oman Air and SAP Extreme Sailing as well. I think the fans are going to have an exciting season ahead, and so are we.”

Red Bull Sailing will have their next chance to fly when the Extreme Sailing Series returns to the classic venue of Qingdao, China on 28 April–1 May, 2017.

Results Act 1, Muscat, Oman: 1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 286 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 270 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 270 pts, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 247 pts, 5. Team Tilt (SUI) 235 pts, 6. Team ENGIE (FRA) 199 pts, 7. Tawera Racing (NZL) 195 pts, 8. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 173 pts, 9. NZL Sailing Team (NZL) 142 pts

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

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Red Bull Sailing season kickoff just hours away in Muscat

wrote on 2017-03-07

With tricky winds expected, four intense days of sailing lie ahead as two-time Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher lead the campaign to capture the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series crown for Austria. read more

MUSCAT (Oman) – Only three months after clinching the overall podium in the Extreme Sailing Series 2016, the Red Bull Sailing Team gets back into the stadium racing action on Wednesday, March 8, with Act 1 of the 2017 edition in Muscat, Oman. The Austrian team led by double Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara (skipper/helm) and Hans Peter Steinacher (tactician) will battle international teams from seven nations in the four-day regatta, which is the first showdown in an eight-act global tour that will test the waters at three continents over 10 months.

The spectacle of forty of the world’s best sailors pushing eight GC32 foiling catamarans to the limit always draws Muscat’s sailing-savvy crowds to the venue in front of the stunning Old Town. But for the teams, unpredictable winds can be a ninth opponent, lifting the cutting-edge boats to fly on their foils or reducing to a tactically challenging whisper, especially close to shore. Organizers plan to mix long-distance coastal races into the series’ trademark program of stadium racing, and the team that wins will have to excel in both formats.

Combining Hagara and Steinacher’s legendary expertise with the fire of young chargers Stewart Dodson (NZL, trimmer), Adam Piggott (GBR, bowman) and Will Tiller (NZL, mainsheet), Red Bull Sailing has the potential to be a powerhouse. But if they want to advance from last year’s third place overall to take the 2017 title, they’ll need to get by the defending champions, two-time America’s Cup winner Alinghi of Switzerland. They did just that in Muscat last year, when the Swiss syndicate finished fourth.

“Last year, Muscat was incredible for us. It was the first race with the GC32s, and after days of very light breezes we took advantage of stronger winds on the final day to fly up from fifth place to second,” remembers Hagara. “Now the teams have a full year of experience with the boats in a variety of conditions, and I think it’s going to be the most competitive season yet. We can’t wait to get started.” 

In 2017 the Extreme Sailing Series will once again bring 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. Five top teams – Red Bull Sailing (AUT), Alinghi (SUI), Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR), Oman Air (OMA) and SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) – are back, alongside new additions in Muscat from Switzerland, France and New Zealand. 

The GC32s will race beginning Wednesday, March 8 through the Final on Super Saturday, March 11. 

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Information, videos and more pictures: 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 2017
With eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2017: 8-11 March Muscat, Oman; 28 April-1 May Qingdao, China; 29 June-2 July Madeira Islands, Portugal; 20-23 July Europe TBA, 10-13 August Hamburg, Germany; 25-28 August Cardiff, UK; 19-22 October San Diego, USA; 30 November-3 December Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Double Olympic Champions return to Extreme Sailing Series

wrote on 2017-02-21

After capturing their third overall podium in the Extreme Sailing Series last season, in 2017 the Red Bull Sailing Team led by sailing superstars Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will fly on foils again in the tight stadium format. With a combination of deep expertise and talented young chargers – including a standout newcomer – the Austrian team is hungry for their first championship. They’ll have eight acts to outsail the world’s best in what looks to be the most competitive season yet. read more

SALZBURG (Austria). Two-time Olympic gold medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher will lead the Red Bull Sailing Team in one of the sport’s fastest, most hotly contested circuits, the Extreme Sailing Series. The introduction of new GC32 foiling catamarans in 2016 meshed with the mindset of the Austrian innovators, who delivered a powerfully consistent campaign to stand on the podium in seven of eight regattas and claim third place overall. But with the level of sailing at an all-time high and a two-time America’s Cup winner in the mix, the foiling will be furious. Red Bull Sailing will need to fly across the season if they want to clinch the elusive championship.

The Extreme Sailing Series brings together the world’s best sailing talent from all disciplines – World Champions and Round the World sailing greats as well as America’s Cup winners and Olympic heroes. In eight stops across three continents in 2017, the stadium racing format will bring the action right to the public, and with the super-light GC32s capable of reaching almost 40 knots (74 kph, 46 mph) as they lift off the water and “fly,” the competition is tight and the spectacle is breathtaking.

“The 2017 season is going to be more competitive than ever before,” said Hagara, noting that the teams are now familiarized with how the GC32s handle in a variety of conditions. “And to be successful, we will have to beat the two-time America’s Cup champion Alinghi”.

As the defending Extreme Sailing Series titleholders, the Swiss syndicate is the season favorite, and second-place Oman Air is back as well. Hagara and Steinacher, however, are two of the sport’s most experienced sailors, with background in the America’s Cup World Series in addition to their Olympic triumphs, three Extreme Sailing Series overall podiums, and many other achievements. Joining them are three graduates of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup: Trimmer Stewart Dodson (NZL) and bowman Adam Piggott (GBR) are championship-winners who contributed to Red Bull Sailing’s medal effort last year, while at the mainsheet, Will Tiller (NZL) is a young newcomer who has already earned a World title.
The series will kick off on 8-11 March in Muscat, Oman, where the action will be a mix of signature stadium racing and coastal racing against the stunning setting of the Old Town. Next up, Qingdao, China, where supreme expertise is required to master the ever-changing weather conditions. In the heat of summer, the GC32s return to Portugal’s Madeira Islands, where variable winds push tactical skills to the limit, and then in July the season will reach its midpoint in a European host city yet to be revealed.

The drama will intensify as the series returns to Hamburg, Germany, one of the tightest and most thrilling stadiums, before stopping at Cardiff, UK, where the enclosed bay will provide an ideal venue for spectators over a bank holiday weekend in August. And in the fall, the season reaches its climax in North America, first at picture-perfect San Diego, California, USA, before moving on to the series’ first-ever stop at spectacular Los Cabos, Mexico, where the champions will be crowned at “Land’s End.”

Steinacher pointed out that unlike 2016, when the team lacked pre-season time with the new GC32, this year they had a productive training camp, and the technical team has been able to get the boat in “perfect condition.” He added, “I believe the experience that Roman and I bring to the table combined with our young guns can be the winning formula for 2017. We’re looking forward to a year full of great sailing in exciting locations.”

It all takes off just two weeks from now, in Muscat, Oman on 8-11 March 2017.

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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2017

With eight events in eight countries, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with “stadium” sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities.

Schedule 2017:
8-11 March: Muscat, Oman
28 April-1 May: Qingdao, China
29 June-2 July: Madeira Islands, Portugal
20-23 July: Europe TBA
10-13 August: Hamburg, Germany
25-28 August: Cardiff, UK
19-22 October: San Diego, USA
30 November-3 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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