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July 01 2011

 

1st July 2011
Act 4 Boston Wide Open Going Into Halfway Stage
The ever changing conditions on the second day of racing at the
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 in Boston, resulted in a game of snakes
and ladders for many of the 11 Extreme 40 teams and leaves Act 4
wide open going into the halfway stage tomorrow. After another seven
races today there have been a significant number of place changes on
the overall leaderboard, although Terry Hutchinson’s crew on Artemis
Racing extended their lead at the top ahead of The Wave, Muscat by 7
points. So no change for the top two, however Dean Barker’s Emirates
Team New Zealand strong performance today moved the Kiwi team up
to 3rd place: “We were really happy with today,” commented Dean
back on the dockside at Fan Pier. “We won four races and sailed in
good shape for the rest. In the last race we copped a penalty and
managed to fall back three places, so we were actually pretty happy
with how we continued as it would have been easy to give up but we
finished in 8th which is good, and an improvement on yesterday.”
The racing started out in really light and fluky winds. In the first race,
won by Emirates Team New Zealand, three boats fell foul of the time
limit rule for not finishing within 6 minutes of the winning boat. It
wasn’t until the fourth race that the sea breeze really filled in and
stabilized. Then the boat speeds picked up and the action moved up a
few gears delighting the Boston crowd who turned out in force again
today.
The Swiss team of Alinghi, skippered by Tanguy Cariou, after a mixed
bag of results yesterday, came back strongly in the second half to
climb from 9th to 6th place. Unfortunately, for Austrian skipper
Roman Hagara, skipper of the popular Red Bull Extreme Sailing team
here in Boston, a collision in the fifth race with Team GAC Pindar put
them out of action with damage to their rudder system, and the team
has dropped from 3rd yesterday to 8th. Undoubtedly, Hagara’s team
will be seeking points redress as the fault for the collision sits with
Team GAC Pindar.
For many of the teams new to the circuit, the experience of three
events already under their belts is starting to pay as they accelerate
up the learning curve. Italy’s Niceforyou is in a great battle midleaderboard,
only 2 points behind Alinghi, and skipper Alberto Barovier
is clearly enjoying the experience: “The racing is pretty tricky,” said
Alberto. “We survived two days with a good consistency on results
which is very good for us and an improvement on the other venues.
We are looking forward to doing better tomorrow and the next day.”
The final race of the day was one of joy for Roland Gaebler’s Team
Extreme who posted their first win of the regatta with American 470
Olympic silver medalist Bob Merrick onboard, and one of huge
disappointment for the Pierre Pennec’s French team on Groupe
Edmond de Rothschild. The team crossed the line first but touched the
finish mark and was instantly penalized, forcing them to re-cross the
finish line. Pennec was visibly unhappy with his 6th place but the
French team are still very much in the running having posted multiple
2nd places today, and maintaining their fourth place overall.
A day of frustration for many and joy for others but there are still
many more points up for grabs and no one is placing any bets on
which teams will be standing on the podium come Monday. “It's just
all about getting to Monday with a chance to win,” said Terry.
“Everyone is so good but I am very hungry to win here.” And with
more breeze forecast for the final two days, the action is going to get
hotter and hotter.
Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino visited the Extreme Sailing Series Race
Village at Fan Pier to see the action first-hand: “It’s very special to
have the Extreme Sailing Series in Fan Pier,” said the Mayor. “Boston
has a great harbour but to have these boats here is a very special time
for us. We hope that the sailors have a great time and we hope that
the event comes back in future. This could be the start of a great
tradition in our city and I want to thank everyone involved in this for
choosing Boston to be the place to come in America. In short this is
awesome. There is no better place and time to be in America than on
4th of July on Boston harbour.”
The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village at Fan Pier was rocking until
late last night culminating in a fantastic firework display and there is
palpable party atmosphere in the build up to Monday’s Independence
Day celebrations.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA
Current overall standings after 14 races, Day 2 (1.7.11)
Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / Morgan
Trubovich / Julien Cressant 114 points
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick
Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 107 points
3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel /
James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 106 points
4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe
Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 101 points
5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister
Richardson / Manuel Modena 88 points
6th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves
Detrey 78 points
7th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de
Luca Simone de Mari 76 points
8th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter
Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 70 points
9th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr /
Nasser Al Mashari 69 points
10th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe
Godefroid / Bob Merrick 57 points
11th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Andrew
Walsh / Jono Macbeth 44 points
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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11st July 2011

Act 4 Boston Wide Open Going Into Halfway Stage

The ever changing conditions on the second day of racing at the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 in Boston, resulted in a game of snakesand ladders for many of the 11 Extreme 40 teams and leaves Act 4 wide open going into the halfway stage tomorrow. After another seven races today there have been a significant number of place changes on the overall leaderboard, although Terry Hutchinson’s crew on Artemis Racing extended their lead at the top ahead of The Wave, Muscat by 7 points. So no change for the top two, however Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand strong performance today moved the Kiwi team upto 3rd place: “We were really happy with today,” commented Dean back on the dockside at Fan Pier. “We won four races and sailed in good shape for the rest. In the last race we copped a penalty and managed to fall back three places, so we were actually pretty happy with how we continued as it would have been easy to give up but we finished in 8th which is good, and an improvement on yesterday.”

The racing started out in really light and fluky winds. In the first race,won by Emirates Team New Zealand, three boats fell foul of the timelimit rule for not finishing within 6 minutes of the winning boat. Itwasn’t until the fourth race that the sea breeze really filled in and stabilized. Then the boat speeds picked up and the action moved up afew gears delighting the Boston crowd who turned out in force again today.

 

 

The Swiss team of Alinghi, skippered by Tanguy Cariou, after a mixed bag of results yesterday, came back strongly in the second half to climb from 9th to 6th place. Unfortunately, for Austrian skipper Roman Hagara, skipper of the popular Red Bull Extreme Sailing team here in Boston, a collision in the fifth race with Team GAC Pindar put them out of action with damage to their rudder system, and the teamhas dropped from 3rd yesterday to 8th. Undoubtedly, Hagara’s teamwill be seeking points redress as the fault for the collision sits with Team GAC Pindar.

For many of the teams new to the circuit, the experience of three events already under their belts is starting to pay as they accelerateup the learning curve. Italy’s Niceforyou is in a great battle mid leaderboard, only 2 points behind Alinghi, and skipper Alberto Barovieris clearly enjoying the experience: “The racing is pretty tricky,” said Alberto. “We survived two days with a good consistency on results which is very good for us and an improvement on the other venues. We are looking forward to doing better tomorrow and the next day.”

The final race of the day was one of joy for Roland Gaebler’s Team Extreme who posted their first win of the regatta with American 470 Olympic silver medalist Bob Merrick onboard, and one of huge disappointment for the Pierre Pennec’s French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. The team crossed the line first but touched the finish mark and was instantly penalized, forcing them to re-cross the finish line. Pennec was visibly unhappy with his 6th place but the French team are still very much in the running having posted multiple 2nd places today, and maintaining their fourth place overall.

A day of frustration for many and joy for others but there are stillmany more points up for grabs and no one is placing any bets on which teams will be standing on the podium come Monday. “It's just all about getting to Monday with a chance to win,” said Terry. “Everyone is so good but I am very hungry to win here.” And withmore breeze forecast for the final two days, the action is going to gethotter and hotter. Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino visited the Extreme Sailing Series Race Village at Fan Pier to see the action first-hand: “It’s very special tohave the Extreme Sailing Series in Fan Pier,” said the Mayor. “Boston has a great harbour but to have these boats here is a very special timefor us. We hope that the sailors have a great time and we hope thatthe event comes back in future. This could be the start of a great tradition in our city and I want to thank everyone involved in this for choosing Boston to be the place to come in America. In short this is awesome. There is no better place and time to be in America than on 4th of July on Boston harbour.

”The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village at Fan Pier was rocking untillate last night culminating in a fantastic firework display and there is palpable party atmosphere in the build up to Monday’s Independence Day celebrations.

Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA

Current overall standings after 14 races, Day 2 (1.7.11)

Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points

1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / MorganTrubovich / Julien Cressant 114 points

2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / NickHutton / Khamis Al Anbouri 107 points

3rd Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel /James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas 106 points

4th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / ChristopheEspagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham 101 points

5th Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / AlisterRichardson / Manuel Modena 88 points

6th Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / YvesDetrey 78 points

7th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele deLuca Simone de Mari 76 points

8th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans PeterSteinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk 70 points

9th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr /Nasser Al Mashari 69 points

10th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / SebbeGodefroid / Bob Merrick 57 points

11th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / AndrewWalsh / Jono Macbeth 44 points

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