Act 8

Placed for the final assault

3 December, 2017

In two days and over 11 races, Alinghi won a remarkable nine. The team has consolidated its lead in the Act, but it still lacks a further boat to come between them and SAP, which is necessary in order to clinch the victory in the annual championship. Will salvation come from the Red Bull Sailing Team? Currently they lie in 4th place, 12 points behind SAP. As such, it seems a tough ask, but with five to six races scheduled tomorrow and a final race that counts for double points, anything can happen. On Alinghi's side, the team will, of course, continue to race as we have done until today to confirm our first place in the Act 8, we will try to put pressure on SAP and, maybe, we might consider also giving a boost to the "bull-boat with wings"... Yves Detrey, bowman, said: "The first race of the day was like a cold shower. In fact, we did not see NZ Extreme arrive on starboard, so we had to last minute tack under them and then tack once again to get to the next mark. Obviously that meant we lost ground and position, with no possibility of recovery, finishing last. After this brutal awakening, we returned to our previous form and nailed four consecutive victories! We made pretty decent starts, we sailed on good lines with good speed and our manoeuvres were excellent. After a slump this summer during Act 5, I would say that we have reached again the level of sailing from the end of last season when we won everything." Arnaud Psarofaghis, helm and co-skipper: "The crew did a great job today, manoeuvering the boat and tactically. After a very bad first race we managed to turn the tide to win all the others and position ourselves to have a chance of going for the Championship tomorrow. We will aim to win this event, but also to finish as far above SAP as possible, which is our chance for the title. It's up to us now to get back to the top of the podium." See you tomorrow at 2 pm local time (UTC-7, 8h less than in Switzerland) for the closing of Act 8 and the 2017 season, which you can follow live or replay by clicking here. And for the standings after the 17 races so far, click here. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more Photo credit ©Lloyd Images To find out more about the race tracking system, team composition and the event in general, you can find the event recap by clicking here.

The sort of day we like

1 December, 2017

Not two, not three, not four, but a massive five straight wins for Alinghi on the waters off Los Cabos during this second day of racing. It was only Oman Air who managed to finish ahead of the team, just in front of our bow, in the sixth and last race of the day. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician, said: "Listen, just because it might seem easy, it doesn't mean that it is! With a wind direction that did not stop moving, we were never able to apply the same strategy twice. However, the whole team was very good at adapting to the conditions. We were inspired, we went fast and we had great starts, which helps a lot on short courses. There are days like that where everything just goes right, it was a pretty magical day. " Thanks to the team's hard work and flawless focus, the Swiss lead Act 8's provisional standings, six points ahead of Oman Air and 11 points over SAP. Midway, there is still some way to go, especially as to win the whole Championship would require a second boat between us and SAP. For now, Red Bull (4th) are 14 points behind the Danes and the New Zealanders (5th) a further five points back. See you tomorrow at 2 pm local time (UTC-7, 8h less than Switzerland) for the 3rd day of the racing, which you can follow live or in replay here. And the overall classification after 12 races is here. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find our more Photo credit ©Lloyd Images To find out more about the race tracking system, the composition of the team and the event in general, the event recap is here.

The leaders to the front

30 November, 2017

Six races were launched in five to 15 knots of wind. Alinghi recorded five podium finishes and a race win: In the opinion of Nils Frei, it was a "correct day" for the team, which lies in 2nd position, between Oman, who lead the event, and SAP, two points behind. Nils Frei, headsail trimmer said: "With this westerly wind and the position of the race zone close to the shore, we had some tricky conditions. It meant there were lots of changes in terms of the force and direction of the wind, making race management difficult. It must be admitted that Oman Air sailed very well. With their five second places and a win, they claimed a lead of a few points, but it's still tight and of course there are three days left with plenty of points to fight for. "And, frankly, it wasn't that they were faster than us or performed better manoeuvres. They were just more consistent. On our side, we dropped a few points because of some bad decisions. We didn't have total success on some crosses with the opponents either, so overall we can say that we're moderately happy tonight. "As for SAP behind us, they had a last place finish that cost them a lot of points. Honestly, though, I don't think they're deliberately aiming for third place [which would be enough to secure them the title]. The rankings can change so quickly, that they and everyone has to aim for the win every time." Did you know? In six races, Alinghi's sailors have: - Realised the most manoeuvres of the fleet, with 41 tacks and 17 gybes (vs 27 ad 11 for Team Extreme Mexico) - Achieved the best average downwind speed with 18.2 knots (vs 15.93 for Lupe Tortilla) - Traveled 36.45km (vs 35.84 for Oman Air and 38.67 for Lupe Tortilla) - Hit a peak speed of 32.93 knots (vs 27.91 for Red Bull and 33.69 for SAP) For more data analysis like this, just visit the SAP Sailing Analytics site.   The action will resume tomorrow at 2pm local time (UTC-7 = 8 hours behind Swiss time), which you can follow live or on demand by clicking here. Find the overall standings after six races in Los Cabos here. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more Photos credit ©Lloyd Images If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here.

The close of the 2017 season

29 November, 2017

With one day to go before the start of Act 8, the final leg of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series, the eight teams were honing their preparation under the Mexican sun in Los Cabos, which lies on the Pacific side of the southern tip of Baja California.  Alinghi sits in third place overall, six points behind SAP and one behind Oman Air. Mathematically, therefore, the championship is still in play for the Swiss, especially as there are double points awarded for this last Act. To repeat their 2016 victory, Alinghi will need to finish ahead of SAP by two clear places and also finish above Oman Air. It will, of course, be a tough ask, as the Danes are very much the team to beat at the moment, having won the last two events. However, given a weather forecast of light conditions, nothing is taken for granted and the whole team is more than ready to take-up the challenge. To follow the races, which will be held from Thursday to Sunday from 2-5pm local time (UTC-7, 8 hours less than in Switzerland), there are several options: Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D on Thursday & Friday, then broadcast live on Saturday and Sunday) > On Twitter @alinghiteam (results published after each race with a few photos and short video clips) Watch on demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for the daily recap and the replay of the races Live scoring as the races progress will be available here.   Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo  //  #Extremesailing To find out more If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Video #BehindTheScenes…What happens every morning in and around the boat? To watch João’s interview, which took place in and even under the water :-), click here. Photos credit ©Alinghi