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Sep 16 2011

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16. September 2011, Trapani, ITA

Day 2, Act 6: Glamour Racing Conditions as Alinghi Hold On at the Top in Trapani

The second day of Act 6 in Trapani delivered fantastic sailing conditions for the Extreme 40 fleet – sunshine and a breeze that built to over 20 knots. The racing was fast and furious as Alinghi managed to hold on at the top of the leaderboard. Italian TV viewers will get a taste of the Extreme 40 action as it goes live on Italy’s national broadcaster, RAI, this weekend and there will be a WEBcam stream for fans that want to follow online – see more information below. Plus Oman Air come onboard as ‘Official Airline Partner’…

Max Siren’s team on Luna Rossa pushed hard today scoring two 1st places and three 2nd places to climb from 5th place to 2nd overall ahead of the ‘stadium’ format racing that starts tomorrow: “At the end of the day we were all pretty tired but we are happy as we sailed much better today and we were much quicker after some adjustments this morning to the set up, its our best day,” said Sirena. “We always know that we will do a lot of races during the day, and with short gaps between races it is better as you stay focused throughout. We are really happy with our position now the game is starting to get tough.” Alberto Barovier and his crew on Niceforyou showed their progress in this class is gaining momentum scoring a 2nd place and two 3rd places. The public of Trapani will have much to cheer for as the 10 teams race inside the harbour over the next three days.

The racing started in around 10 knots that steadily built through the afternoon to 25+ – a near capsize by The Wave, Muscat in the sixth and final race of the day indicated that the Extreme 40s were racing on the edge of control. The 1.5 mile multi-lap ‘open water’ courses allowed the teams to really unleash these 40ft multihull racing machines, charging downwind at speeds in excess of 20-22 knots, the spray hosing the crew in the bear aways. The all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild skippered by Pierre Pennec also had a good day, winning the last ‘open water’ race and climbing into 4th place overall: “Today was much better than yesterday,” said bowman Hervé Cunningham. “It was a great day to sail – flat sea, good breeze and sunshine, it was perfect! We had more consistent results today, although we were still one step behind the top guys.”

The Emirates Team New Zealand team led by Adam Beashel, struggled to get to grips with the Extreme 40 machine in the demanding conditions at Cowes but a 4th and 5th place today will provide some encouragement to the Kiwis. British World Champion Match Racer Ian Williams, skipper of Team GAC Pindar, also struggled and a main halyard problem in the penultimate race forced a retirement: “Today the wind was tracking right and building as the day went on, it was very exciting at the end,” commented Williams. “We haven’t had much time to practice and two of the team are new so we were happy we picked up a third place in the final race. I think the ‘stadium racing’ will suit us more as we struggle with boat speed, so coming into the stadium will give us a few more opportunities to use our strengths.”

Tomorrow the game changes… The next three days are open to the public who came to the Race Village in their droves last night for the official opening ceremony and fireworks. The 10 Extreme 40s will be racing inside the harbour of Trapani from 1500 CET. Before they take centre stage, 50 kids will be competing in the Optimist Challenge and 49ers teams from Italy and Malta will be racing in front of the public.

Live TV Coverage on RAI TV

For Italian viewers, national TV broadcaster RAI TV will be offering live coverage on Saturday, 17th from 17h00 to 19h00 CET on RAI Sport 2 and on Sunday, 18th from 15h30 to 17h00 CET on RAI Sport 2. A multi-camera production hosted by RAI TV presenter Giulio Guazzini. Plus a special 30-minute highlights programme on Monday, 19th on RAI Sport 2.

Online WEBcam

A live WEBcam feed will be streaming on Saturday and Sunday (17th & 18th) between 1445 CET to 1800 CET. The single-camera feed will show a wide shot of the racing stadium in Trapani – not a full multi-camera live TV mix – but comes with expert commentary from Seb Destremeau and Rachele Vitello.
Go to and click on the WEBcam banner to view the live web stream.

iPhone, iTouch and iPad users will also be able to see the WEBcam stream. Just click on LIVE on the Extreme Sailing Series app (version 1.5.4 – check for the latest update).

Oman Air Announced as Official Airline Partner

Already an Extreme 40 team sponsor, Oman Air will now become the Official Airline Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series 2011. The flagship company of the Sultanate of Oman’s Civil Aviation sector, Oman Air has chosen to extend their involvement in the sport of sailing to promote their international service to new markets. They will predominantly activate this partnership in both Trapani and Nice. At the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in the UK, they were the official partner to the Race Village and are also proud sponsors of the new 70ft Multi One Design campaign skippered by Sidney Gavignet.Find out more about Oman Air here

Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 at Trapani supported by Telecom Italia

Overall standings after 11 racesPosition / Team / Points

1st Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey 98 points

2nd Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena 94 points

3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 86 points

4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 81 points

5th Oman Air (OMA), Ben Ainslie / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari 69.5 points

6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matt Adams / Craig Monk 66 points

7th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Adam Beashel / Jeremy Lomas / Richard Meacham / Rob Waddell 65.5 points

8th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Stefano Rizzi / Lorenzo Mazza / Simone de Mari 59 points

9th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Pierluigi De Felice / Andrew Walsh / Ed Smyth 52 points

10th Team Extreme ‘Sailing Seacily’ (EUR), Sebbe Godefroid / Patrick Demesmaeker / Jan Coppens / Vince Thery 40 points


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