Act 2 of 2016’s Extreme Sailing Series begins tomorrow in the port of Qingdao, China, to which the teams return for the sixth time and where Alinghi had their epic coming together with Red Bull in 2014. Widely acknowledged to be one of the more challenging of venues, the city’s tall buildings around Fushan Bay make for wildly unpredictable and gusty winds. One thing’s for sure, it won’t be boring. Day one will consist of open water racing, after which the eight teams will move to the stadium for three days of competition that will conclude on Sunday 1st May. The full schedule is: Friday 29 April: 1400-1700 (GMT+8) Saturday 30 April: 1430-1700 (GMT+8) Sunday 1 May: 1430-1700 (GMT+8) Click here to follow the event live
Photo Credit: Lloyd Images After a fascinating final day of racing in Oman, Alinghi finished in fourth place, three points behind Land Rover BAR Academy, themselves behind Red Bull in second and the winners, Oman Air. It was the first time that the Extreme Sailing Series had been raced on the foiling GC32s and, after light winds on days two and three, today provided breezes that enabled the teams to get up into the air and fly through the water. Looking to overhaul their rivals to achieve a podium finish, Alinghi couldn’t quite manage the feat, despite two second place finishes in the third last and then penultimate race. The team would like to send their congratulations to Oman Air for their first place finish and performance throughout the week. We’ll see them and you in China!
Photo Credit: Lloyd Images A light wind that dropped further during the course of the action again put pay to racing halfway through the penultimate day of Act 3 in Oman. However, in the four races that were sailed, Alinghi continued their improvement, recording a race victory and another second place that moved them up the leaderboard into fourth place outright. Alinghi’s victory in Race 12 of the Act was achieved after the team had established an early lead, which they held onto despite pressure from both Land Rover BAR Academy and Oman Air, a vindication of the decisions the team made in their attempts to find clean air. With only one point now separating Ernesto Bertarelli’s team from third on the leaderboard, tomorrow’s final day of racing is all the more important. Check our twitter feed for updates when the action starts tomorrow at 1530GMT +4.
The second day of Act 1 of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Oman began in auspicious conditions, with winds of 18 knots welcoming the teams to the line for the start of racing. However, after three races had been sailed there was a massive shift in the breeze, meaning that the Race Committee brought an end to proceedings for the day. Alinghi fared well in the races that were run, finishing in the top half of the fleet in all as they recorded a third, second and then fourth place finishes. That has left Ernesto Bertarelli’s team tied on points in fourth place with Land Rover BAR Academy and chasing Oman Air who lead the field by 14 points. Alinghi’s improved consistency was a big plus for Co-Skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis, who said: “Yesterday was a tough start for us, but today we were on our game and we are a lot happier with the result. We changed our communication onboard, especially on the starts, and we could see the progress. Although we have experience on the GC32, we can already see the other teams starting to get to grips with it, so we need to ensure we keep improving.” With two more days to sail, the game remains very open... as well as the podium places. Photo Credit:Lloyd Images
Photo Credit: Lloyd Images Today was the first day of the first Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series and the first outing for the foiling GC32s in this Championship. The venue, the historic old town of Muscat, Oman. Amid fine weather and wind conditions that saw the fleet able to get up onto their foils, Alinghi recorded finishes of 7th, 6th, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 4th over the six races. After the first day Oman Air, followed by SAP Racing are leading the way, with Alinghi in sixth position. However, there is much to play for, with three days of racing to come. The fleet will now move to the Open Water race course in front of the Almouj golf course, with some 20 races potentially to come. Allez Alinghi!
Alinghi will be back on the Extreme Sailing Series circuit tomorrow with 3 stadium regattas and a 20 mile Coastal Race between the Old Town of Muscat and the Wave – stay tuned and follow us online or onsite – all useful information are provided here. The crew for this first event will be – Ernesto Bertarelli (Helm), Arnaud Psarofaghis (Main), Nicolas Charbonnier (Tactic), Nils Frei (Trim) & Yves Detrey (Bow). Go Alinghi, Go!
Last weekend marked the end of two weeks of intensive training for Alinghi in Dubai ahead of the Extreme Sailing Series 2016. These two weeks represented a unique occasion to work on crew coordination and to test many different conditions, from marginal flying to full power foiling. It was also the occasion for Arnaud Psarofaghis, one of the most gifted Swiss sailors who has reinforced the ranks of Alinghi as of this year, to spend hours at the helm of Alinghi’s GC32, as he will share this position on board together with team principal Ernesto Bertarelli throughout the 2016 season. Alinghi also welcomed a new team member, Timothé Lapaw, 19, who proved to be fully motivated and an asset for the team thanks to his agility and strength. Pierre-Yves Jorand, who will be coaching the team this season said: “This training session was very positive and productive. The sailing conditions were perfect and we managed to sail a total of thirteen days. In every sense - team work, boat management and tactics - the learning curve was steep, but also enjoyable. We can’t wait for the season to officially start mid-March in Muscat, Oman” Photo credit: Lloyd Images
Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi Team is very pleased to announce that it will be joining the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series, which will be raced on the hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans for the first time. Now in its tenth season, the Extreme Sailing Series is an elite-level competition that brings together some of the world’s best sailors for racing in venues across the globe. The action is always close to the shore, meaning that the thousands of spectators who turn out to watch the teams at each Act are treated to some of the most exhilarating close-quarter sailing that there is on offer anywhere. Alinghi is a veteran of the Extreme Sailing Series, having won the title in 2008 and again in 2014. In 2015 the team raced the GC32 Bullitt Racing Tour and with the ESS adopting that boat for the coming season the decision to go for a third title was an easy one to make. Commenting on the team’s return to the Extreme Sailing Series, Alinghi’s Coach Pierre-Yves Jorand said: “We’re all excited to be going back to the Extreme Sailing circuit. It’s a competition that we know well, of course, and if there’s one thing that we can be certain of it’s that we’re going to be pushed to our best by the many talented teams that are taking part. The racing is always close, it’s always exciting and it’s always supported by great crowds. With the switch to the GC32 this year we are raring to go and hope to bring to bear the invaluable experience we gained about these machines during last year’s racing.” Check our calendar to make sure you don’t miss any venue or date and come visit our news page regularly to stay updated on what is happening during this exciting season.
Having had to contend with light winds yesterday, the contrast could not have been greater on Day 4 of the GC32 Bullitt Tour in Marseille. The winds were brutal, with gusts of 34 knots at least - and often more. That meant that the Race Committee had no choice but to announce that racing could not take place. Their inevitable decision meant that Alinghi win the final event of the season in the GC32 Tour, a fantastic achievement and one that owes much to the team's stellar performances on days one and two. Oman's third-place finish in the regatta meant that they have secured the 2015 GC32 Championship, pipping Alinghi, who finish in second. Everybody at Alinghi would like to send Oman their congratulations on the title. Worthy adversaries indeed! Speaking after the event had concluded, Morgan Larson said: “It’s a pity we didn’t get any racing today but it's been a fantastic season. A while back I thought foiling was a bit of a fad, but clearly it’s here to stay. It’s awesome, we’re learning more every day, and it’s been a great season for the GC32 class.” It's been a lot of fun... Marseille: Alinghi Spindrift Sulatanate of Oman Team Engie Armin Strom Overall: Sultanate of Oman Alinghi Spindrift Armin Strom Team Engie Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour
It was a very tough day on Day 3 of the GC32 Bullitt Tour in Marseille, with light but shifting winds making it tricky for all of the teams. And, as it played out for Alinghi on a number of occasions, even if you nailed the start, the fact that the wind might die meant that your rivals might be able to use the momentum to behind you to seize the initiative. But that is not to take away from any of the competitors, as conditions were the same for all! There were to be no race wins for Alinghi on this penultimate day on the Med, but the team should be proud that they have retained their lead at the top of the regatta's leaderboard, albeit having seen it slimmed to three points ahead of Spindrift in second. Though there were no wins, the fact that Alinghi were second in three of the day's races has put them in a good place heading into tomorrow's final day. There is also some good news, with some good breeze forecast. Should be good...! Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour