Matching the performance of yesterday’s opener to Act 5 in St Petersburg, in which Alinghi notched three wins, was always going to be challenging, but the team gave it a good shot, recording two victories out of the day’s seven races. Those two maximums, couple with a second place in race two meant that they retained their overnight position of second overall, albeit now behind leaders Oman Air, with SAP Extreme slipping back to third place. It might have been even better for the Swiss had they not broken their jib sheet in the final race, meaning that they had to settle for sixth, and that only after having passed the Sail Portugal team in a tight final mark rounding. With two days of racing left only five points separate Alinghi from first place and so there will be plenty of interest for the spectators on the Neva river over the weekend. Join us for live updates. Allez Alinghi!
Light wind conditions delayed racing in the last and decisive day. Only one regatta could be launched. Alinghi having to finish four places ahead of Oman to win this 4th Act. When crossing the line in 3rd position, everyone hold his breath, Oman was in the last position, four places behind. It's only in the last jibes that they managed to pass BAR to take the event a single point ahead of Alinghi. Well done team for this second place!
Today was Alinghi's Day! Starting with three wins in a row, the team seemed unstoppable! But the prohibition to use spinnakers in race 13 of this Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Hamburg, disrupted the team's frenetic pace of wins. In race 14, the gennakers were flying again and the team won all remaining races of the day. As a result , Alinghi is now seven points only behind the leader. Everything is still open for tomorrow and let's bet that the team will give it all! Go Alinghi! Photo Credit: Lloyd Images
Today was a good day for Alinghi. With two victories out of seven races, the team has managed to climb into the second place of the provisional ranking of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 4. The public who came in droves has been filled by the show, thanks to the proximity of the action but also by the wind conditions that have proven significantly better than the previous day. Photo Credit: Lloyd Images
Despite light and tricky wind conditions, the race committee managed to launch three races on the first day of Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Hamburg, but unfortunately the third one had to be abandoned, the wind having totally disappeared. Alinghi picked a fourth and a third place in the two races of the day, standing on the third place of the leaderboard behind usual rivals Oman in first and Red Bull in second. With three more days of sailing to go and better wind forecast announced, no doubt that the crew will try it best to climb back to the top of the leaderboard! Photo Credit: Lloyd Images
Two race victories in the final day in Cardiff amid challenging wind and intermittent rain showers gave the team much to cheer, but, ultimately, SAP's win in the final double-pointer race denied Alinghi a place on the Act 3 podium, with the Danish team securing the bonus points to pip the team to third. Oman Air deservedly took first place, reward for their dominance over the course of the four days of sailing, and a result that leaves them three points clear of Alinghi at the top of the series leaderboard. Act 4 in Hamburg, beginning on the 28th July, gives the team the first of the five remaining opportunities to make up the gap. Allez Alinghi!
It was a mixed bag for Alinghi on day three in Wales, with a race win countered by a last place finish and matched by several bouts of bad luck that sees the team slip to fifth place in the Act standings. The day could be summed up by the first race, which saw the team punished by a penalty having rounded the bottom gate in first position. The penalty stood, but the team bounced back with a great start by the pin in race two, keeping the lead until the finish line. Unfortunately, the rest of the racing was not to prove as successful, with a challenging day summed up in the final race when one of the team’s rudders gave way halfway around the course. Still, repairs will be made and the team moves onto the final day!
Strong winds in Cardiff bay on day two in the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series gave hope for an exciting day of racing and the early promise was more than fulfilled, with the boats reaching speeds of 35 knots and up towards the end of the day. Indeed, such were the conditions that the Committee had to rule in the day's seventh race that gennakers should not be deployed. It made for exciting and close racing, though, and Alinghi got off to a nice start, snatching second place in race 1 on the line from Act leaders, Oman. That and two very nice wins in races seven and eight - both sealed after fantastic starts - meant that the team move up one place into third on the Act leaderboard. Continue that kind of progression over the next two days in Wales and Alinghi are right in it.
Having delivered exciting wind conditions in the past, hopes were high for Act III of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff and day one did not disappoint, with winds of up to twenty knots blowing across the tight course. There were eight races sailed and it was very much Oman Air’s day, with the team scoring five wins to lead the fleet into day two. Alinghi had a mixed day, but will be greatly encouraged by their performance in race six when, having nailed the start, they maintained the lead until the finish line. More of the same tomorrow, please!
Heading into the final day of Act 2 of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China, Alinghi held a slender lead over their rivals for top spot, Oman Air. After a pulsating day of racing in Fushan Bay, the Swiss team cemented its position and secured their first victory for this year, in the process moving Ernesto Bertarelli's syndicate up to second place overall in the championship. The team knew it would have to come out firing in order to keep Oman at bay and the first race reinforced the point. Eight to ten knots of wind meant that the GC32s could get up on their foils around the stadium course. However, a poor start meant that Alinghi could only manage seventh, while their rivals took the win. An immediate response was required and it was delivered. Race 2 saw the exact inverse of the opener. Alinghi took the front straight from the start and held it to record the first of three wins with Oman back in seventh. By the time the Committee called time on racing because of thick fog, Alinghi's lead was such that even Oman's victory in the double-pointer last race was not enough to overhaul the Swiss. Afterwards, a delighted Arnaud Psarofaghis said: "The team did a fantastic job - they made it easy for me to just helm the boat and be fast. We had a real battle with Oman Air on points. We had a good race, they had a good one, we had a bad one, so did they. Every race was a new race for us. We looked to get the best start possible not think too much about the points. To get up on the foils was great - we made some good gains while flying. We're going to push to be even faster in Cardiff."