CARDIFF (Wales) – Only 14 races could be carried out in Cardiff across four days of sailing, a record low for the Extreme Sailing Series, which typically sees up to 30 races per regatta.
“After the difficulties we had Saturday, twice ending up in the next-to-last position, the regatta was actually gone for us,” said a frustrated Red Bull Sailing skipper Roman Hagara. The two-time Olympic champion and his team were able to sail home on Monday with a race win and second place in the final, a double-point race, but it was not enough for the regatta podium.
“The field is so close that you can’t afford to make mistakes. Even the light winds and the extremely tight racing courses are not an excuse. The conditions are the same for all. In the end, our successes were brutally scarce. Now we have to reset and focus on the next regatta in San Diego. In the 2017 regattas that remain, we want to win an event and put ourselves on the overall podium,” explained Red Bull Sailing tactician Hans Peter Steinacher.
All the podium places were undetermined until the final race. The SAP Sailing Team and Alinghi were in the lead, but Oman Air still had a chance for the overall win, if they could avoid being overtaken by Red Bull Sailing. SAP sailed to victory in the 14th and final race to keep Alinghi at a distance. Meanwhile the fight between Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing was a thriller. The Austrians started well and sailed across the finish line directly behind SAP. Just one overtaking maneuver at the last moment saved sixth place in the race for Oman and secured their third place result for the Cardiff regatta.
Red Bull Sailing’s GC32 catamaran will be shipped from Cardiff directly to San Diego in the coming weeks. The regatta in the USA kicks off on 19 October.
Final result Cardiff (after 14 races): 1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 158 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 150, 3. Oman Air (Oman) 139, 4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 134, 5. NZ Extreme Sailing Team 129, 6. Land Rover BAR (GBR) 125, 7. Team Extreme Wales (GBR) 110
Extreme Sailing Series 2017 (after 6 of 8 Acts): 1. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 66, 2. Oman Air (Oman) 64, 3. Alinghi (SUI) 61, 4. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 56, 5. NZ Sailing Team (NZL) 48, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 47
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