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June 30 2011

 

1st July 2011
Challenging First Day at Extreme 40 USA Debut
The opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 at the Fan
Pier in Boston proved to be a challenging one as the 11 Extreme 40
teams made their USA debut. Finding the best lanes of pressure
and speed was the big ask of the day as the breeze fluctuated in
strength and direction with the Fan Pier backdrop throwing in some
wind holes for good measure, especially at the finish area only
metres from the shore and the crowds. For some it presented
opportunities, for others lost opportunities, rapid places changes
were the order of the day but on top by 1 point was US sailor Terry
Hutchinson, driving Artemis Racing: “It’s nice to come off today in
this position but you know the racing is only going to get harder not
easier and we’re mindful that we’ve got probably another 25-28
races to go. It is intense and full on the entire time,” said Terry.
“Boston is such an awesome city to sail in and provided a great race
track today.”
It was a great comeback for British sailor Leigh McMillan who took
over as skipper and helm of The Wave, Muscat. In 2010 McMillan
helmed Ecover into third place overall but at this morning’s press
conference he was reticent about his hopes at his first 2011 event.
These were quickly dispelled with a win in the first race and two
more out of the seven races staged on the opening day: “I really
just wanted to take it easy and in a way we did but when the race
starts you just have to take every opportunity as it comes and
that’s what we did,” said Leigh. “We didn’t have good starts but it
was very shifty conditions and there were a lot of opportunities to
overtake which is where we came into our own and made big gains
in all of the races. I did not expect at all to be in second place so I
am really thrilled with the day and thrilled to be sailing with these
guys.”
Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing pulled off two race wins in
the final two races and consistency in the earlier races secured third
place overall going into the second day. No doubt his team was
inspired by the Red Bull Air Force skydivers who provided a
stunning opening stunt to kickstart racing. The two parachutists
performing loops on their descent, releasing smoke flares before
landing on the floating pontoon right in front of the crowds with
impressive precision.
Special guest and two-time Velux 5 Oceans victor, Brad Van Liew,
dropped by to experience his first Extreme 40 ride as guest 5th
man: “First time being at an event, let alone getting a ride and with
Dean Barker so really a fun thing to do. For those that came down
to the venue to watch its fantastic because we’ve had all these huge
lead changes. Great fun to watch and even more exciting to see up
and close.” For Brad who is more used to racing ocean-going
monohulls, the lightweight Extreme 40s came as a breath of fresh
air: “These things can go from 0-20 knots in a couple of boat
lengths and they can also go from 20-0 knots in a couple of boat
lengths so when they sail into a windless hole, they pile in on top of
each other which reconsolidates the race. I can imagine sailing one
in 25 knots would change your ‘fun-meter’ level!”
With Act 4 being part of the Boston Harborfest 4th July celebrations
there is plenty for the public to enjoy over the coming days with
49er sailing, music on the main stage every night, street performers
and more skydiving from the Red Bull Air Force.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA
Current overall standings after 7 races, Day 1 (30.6.11)
Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / Morgan
Trubovich / Julien Cressant 60 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton
/ Khamis Al Anbouri 59 points
3rd Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter
Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 54 points
4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe
Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 46 points
5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister
Richardson / Manuel Modena 44 points
6th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel /
James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 43 points
7th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca
Simone de Mari 41 points
8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr /
Nasser Al Mashari 35 points
9th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey
28 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Andrew Walsh /
Jono Macbeth 26 points
11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe
Godefroid / Bob Merrick 25 points

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1st July 2011

Challenging First Day at Extreme 40 USA Debut

The opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 at the FanPier in Boston proved to be a challenging one as the 11 Extreme 40teams made their USA debut. Finding the best lanes of pressureand speed was the big ask of the day as the breeze fluctuated instrength and direction with the Fan Pier backdrop throwing in somewind holes for good measure, especially at the finish area onlymetres from the shore and the crowds. For some it presentedopportunities, for others lost opportunities, rapid places changeswere the order of the day but on top by 1 point was US sailor TerryHutchinson, driving Artemis Racing: “It’s nice to come off today inthis position but you know the racing is only going to get harder noteasier and we’re mindful that we’ve got probably another 25-28races to go. It is intense and full on the entire time,” said Terry. “Boston is such an awesome city to sail in and provided a great racetrack today.”

It was a great comeback for British sailor Leigh McMillan who tookover as skipper and helm of The Wave, Muscat. In 2010 McMillanhelmed Ecover into third place overall but at this morning’s pressconference he was reticent about his hopes at his first 2011 event. These were quickly dispelled with a win in the first race and twomore out of the seven races staged on the opening day: “I reallyjust wanted to take it easy and in a way we did but when the racestarts you just have to take every opportunity as it comes and that’s what we did,” said Leigh. “We didn’t have good starts but itwas very shifty conditions and there were a lot of opportunities toovertake which is where we came into our own and made big gainsin all of the races. I did not expect at all to be in second place so Iam really thrilled with the day and thrilled to be sailing with these guys.”

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Extreme Sailing pulled off two race wins inthe final two races and consistency in the earlier races secured thirdplace overall going into the second day. No doubt his team wasinspired by the Red Bull Air Force skydivers who provided astunning opening stunt to kickstart racing. The two parachutistsperforming loops on their descent, releasing smoke flares beforelanding on the floating pontoon right in front of the crowds withimpressive precision.

Special guest and two-time Velux 5 Oceans victor, Brad Van Liew,dropped by to experience his first Extreme 40 ride as guest 5thman: “First time being at an event, let alone getting a ride and withDean Barker so really a fun thing to do. For those that came downto the venue to watch its fantastic because we’ve had all these hugelead changes. Great fun to watch and even more exciting to see upand close.” For Brad who is more used to racing ocean-goingmonohulls, the lightweight Extreme 40s came as a breath of freshair: “These things can go from 0-20 knots in a couple of boatlengths and they can also go from 20-0 knots in a couple of boatlengths so when they sail into a windless hole, they pile in on top ofeach other which reconsolidates the race. I can imagine sailing onein 25 knots would change your ‘fun-meter’ level!

”With Act 4 being part of the Boston Harborfest 4th July celebrationsthere is plenty for the public to enjoy over the coming days with 49er sailing, music on the main stage every night, street performersand more skydiving from the Red Bull Air Force.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA

Current overall standings after 7 races, Day 1 (30.6.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / MorganTrubovich / Julien Cressant 60 points

2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton/ Khamis Al Anbouri 59 points

3rd Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans PeterSteinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 54 points

4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / ChristopheEspagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 46 points

5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / AlisterRichardson / Manuel Modena 44 points

6th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel /James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 43 points

7th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de LucaSimone de Mari 41 points

8th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr /Nasser Al Mashari 35 points

9th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey28 points

10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Andrew Walsh /Jono Macbeth 26 points

11th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / SebbeGodefroid / Bob Merrick 25 points

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