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

wrote on 2018-08-27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher

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

About the Extreme Sailing Series 2018

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

14-17 March: Muscat, Oman

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

14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain

5-8 July: Cascais, Portugal

24-27 August: Cardiff, UK

18-21 October: San Diego, USA

29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico

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This weekend: Holiday showdown for Red Bull Sailing in Cardiff

wrote on 2018-08-22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From track to tack – F1 stars race with sailing icons

wrote on 2018-07-26

Ahead of racing at Formula One’s Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) and Max Verstappen (NED) met up with Austria’s double Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher to hit the water on Hungary’s Lake Balaton in cutting-edge catamarans. With four diehard competitors on the water, what started as a pleasant day in perfect conditions turned into a full-out race at top speed, with a shared passion for speed and drive to win. read more

LAKE BALATON (HUNGARY) - Hagara and Steinacher, who are preparing for the Erste Kékszalag Grand Prix on the lake, welcomed Ricciardo and Verstappen onto Red Bull Sailing’s 40-foot catamaran as well as the GC32 foiling multihull that the team races in the Extreme Sailing Series. After the most successful Austrian summer sport athletes and other members of the Red Bull Sailing team gave the drivers an introduction to what high-tech sailing is all about, it wasn’t long before the F1 drivers decided to pair off with the Austrians for some match racing across the famous lake, with Hagara and Ricciardo manning the GC32. Meanwhile, Steinacher and Verstappen boarded the X40, and were almost immediately driven into a nose dive from the winds, a dramatic – and tough – start.

“I had never sailed before in my life, but this was actually very cool and really fast!” said Verstappen. “I learned a lot from Roman and Hans Peter, and I think it was a great start into sailing.”

Once the X-40 team bounced back quickly from their dunking, the race was on. Compared to Formula One, in sailing wind is the fuel, and in Lake Balaton’s ideal breezes the boats flew on the water at velocities reaching 33 knots (61kmh/38mph).

“It’s really fun to have Max and Daniel on the boats. They are both quite strong, they pulled everything very hard,” stated Steinacher.

Ricciardo offered his own views on the experience. “I guess extreme sailing is the best way to describe it, and I hadn’t done anything like this before, not on a weapon like this,” said the Australian. “The boats are impressive – the pure size and the height of the sails were bigger than I anticipated. And Roman and Hans Peter are super cool guys. I found myself on the winch most of the time, and apparently we nearly capsized, but they made me feel safe so I didn’t think much of it!”

“Foiling on our boats, touching 35 knots of speed – that’s what we all like,” declared Steinacher. “Max and I were leading, but the finish line was always moving. I was pretty sure we had done it.” Hagara and Ricciardo disagreed, asserting, “It was a really close finish, and we thought we won, so we celebrated by jumping into the water.”

At the end of the day, Ricciardo and Verstappen headed back to Budapest. Ricciardo, who is currently fifth in the F1 standings with Verstappen right behind in sixth, shared his thoughts on the upcoming race at the Hungaroring, saying, “I love the circuit. I’ve had good memories there. It’s tight, twisty and a good atmosphere, and I think it’s going to be one of our stronger circuits to date. Quietly confident.”

The young F1 stars will have two friends from the sailing world supporting them in person. “Roman and I will go and watch,” Steinacher shared. “I hope they can win the race!”

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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.

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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

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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 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) ?

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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. 

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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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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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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