Extreme40 Los Cabos 30.11.2017

30/11/17

Oman Air comes out top on opening day of Extreme Sailing Series™ finale in Los Cabos

As battle commenced for the final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Los Cabos, presented by SAP, the protagonists in the fight for the 2017 title dominated the podium. Oman Air was the clear leader, finishing seven points clear in pole position.

SAP Extreme Sailing Team, the current season front-runner, was forced to settle for third behind 2016 champion Alinghi as the Series made its debut in the Mexican venue with perfect foiling conditions.

„It was a really good day,“ said Phil Robertson, skipper of Oman Air. „We worked very hard and the boys were really determined, so there was a lot of focus in our eyes. It all fell into place for us with top twos in every race, and that’s exactly where we want to be.

„This is just day one of a long event. We always knew this was going to be the breezy day and an important day. We wanted to make sure we cemented a good spot on the leader board and got some points in the bag and we managed to do that, so it’s satisfying.

„What happens behind us happens behind us and we’ve only got eyes looking forward,“ added the Kiwi skipper.

In order to claim the 2017 championship, both Oman Air and Swiss-flagged Alinghi must put at least two boats between themselves and SAP Extreme Sailing Team, as well as finishing ahead of the other. Both took advantage of the six races on the opening day to do what they could to keep the competition wide open.

„It was a great day on the water with some really good conditions. Everything went well and I think we made the right moves,“ said Arnaud Psarofaghis, co-skipper of Alinghi.

„We saw Oman Air and SAP Extreme Sailing Team doing really well today. We need to keep pushing so we can sail with them. We need to be in the right spots at the right time and, with a little bit of luck, we could be in with a chance,“ he added.

Although not ahead in the standings, SAP Extreme Sailing Team managed to break the speed record of the season with 33.7 knots. Helm Adam Minoprio is not deterred by the result.

„We’ve had bad races today but it’s all good; it’s a long regatta and we’re still in the hunt,“ said Minoprio. „That’s yacht racing, it happens sometimes, and hopefully we’ll have a bit more luck the rest of the week.“

NZ Extreme Sailing Team hit the ground running, winning the opening race and ending the day in fourth, while Land Rover BAR Academy finished on a high with a bullet in the closing race. The British squad, helmed by Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup sailor Giles Scott, took fifth, ahead of Red Bull Sailing Team in sixth.

Local wildcard Team Extreme México put in a respectable performance on home waters, finishing ahead of US-flagged wildcard Lupe Tortilla Demetrio, who competed for the first time at Act 7 in San Diego.

„I think overall it was a great day. It was our third day on the boat and the first day we really got to foil, so at the beginning we felt we were just setting everything up,“ said Mexican skipper Erik Brockmann.

„It’s obviously tough against this high standard of competition but we’re happy. We just wanted to get out there, get around the course and get in amongst the fight. We’re ready for tomorrow,“ he added.

The double-points finale resumes at 14:00 UTC-7 tomorrow, Friday 1 December. The free-to-enter public Race Village, located on Médano Beach, is open from 10:00 local time. More information about the event, and the VIP packages that are available, can be found on the official event page.

Fans can follow tomorrow’s racing remotely via the live blog. The action will be streamed live on Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December on the official Facebook and YouTube from 14:00 – 17:00 UTC-7.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP standings after Day 1, 6 races (30.11.17)
Position / Team / Points
1st Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 67 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 60 points.
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason 58 points.
4th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) Graeme Sutherland, Josh Junior, Harry Hull, Andy Maloney, Josh Salthouse 53 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Giles Scott, Elliot Hanson, Sam Batten, Matt Brushwood 52 points.
6th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 49 points.
7th Team Extreme México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Chris Taylor, Alex Higby, Tom Buggy, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro 36 points.
8th Lupe Tortilla Demetrio (USA) John Tomko, Jonathan Atwood, Matthew Whitehead, Tripp Burd, Trevor Burd 33 points.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Fleet

The eight-strong fleet of GC32 catamarans line up for a start during a race on the opening day in Los Cabos.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Press conference

The official skippers‘ press conference for Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Oman Air

Oman Air finished the opening day of Act 8, Los Cabos, at the top of the leaderboard.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Alinghi

Alinghi finished the opening day of Act 8 in second position on the event leaderboard.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – NZ Extreme Sailing Team

Kiwi-flagged NZ Extreme Sailing Team won the opening race of the day at Act 8 in Los Cabos and finished fourth.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Red Bull Sailing Team

Red Bull Sailing Team almost capsized but made an impressive recovery on the opening day in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Lupe Tortilla Demetrio

USA-flagged Lupe Tortilla Demetrio in action on the opening day of Act 8.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – Land Rover BAR Academy

Land Rover BAR Academy, helmed by Olympic gold medallist Giles Scott, took a bullet on the opening day of Act 8, presented by SAP.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day one – SAP Extreme Sailing Team

SAP Extreme Sailing Team, the current season front-runner, was forced to settle for third behind 2016 champion Alinghi as the Series made its debut in the Mexican venue.

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Notes to Editors:

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ dates and venues
Act 1, Muscat, Oman – 8 – 11 March
Act 2, Qingdao, China – 28 April – 1 May
Act 3, Madeira Islands, Portugal – 29 June – 2 July
Act 4, Barcelona, Spain – 20 – 23 July
Act 5, Hamburg, Germany, presented by Land Rover – 10 – 13 August
Act 6, Cardiff, UK – 25 – 28 August
Act 7, San Diego, USA – 19 – 22 October
Act 8, Los Cabos, Mexico, presented by SAP – 30 November – 3 December

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