Extreme40 Los Cabos 01.12.2017

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1/12/17

Alinghi raises its game and moves ahead at Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP

A near faultless performance from Alinghi saw it move top of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Los Cabos leaderboard as the double-points season finale reached the halfway mark.

Meanwhile, SAP Extreme Sailing Team upheld its spot on the podium behind Oman Air and continued to defend its overall grip on the 2017 rankings.

Five wins from six races gave Alinghi a six-point overnight lead. Only Oman Air was capable of spoiling its whitewash in the final leg of the closing race.

„We were very fast on the racecourse and we had a little bit of luck with the wind shifts. We had some clear starts and everything came together,“ said Arnaud Psarofaghis, co-skipper and helm of the Swiss entry.

„The team worked well on the water and we had a near-perfect day, just one second place in the last race, and it was great. We’ll have one or two beers this evening after a good day’s racing,“ he added.

Despite Alinghi and Oman Air’s best efforts to stay ahead of the pack in Los Cabos, in order to topple SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s overall reign of glory they require the help of a third team to knock the Danes off the Act podium. Something that is proving difficult.

„We’re very happy today, things went better for us,“ said Adam Minoprio, helm of SAP Extreme Sailing Team. „Oman Air had a very lucky day on the first day, smashed it, and got great results and then Alinghi again today.

„Over the last two days they have both been very deep in a lot of races and managed to come back to get first or second. We feel like we started well, sailed well and got to the first mark in good positions. We just need to iron out the little problems. We’ll have our day before the regatta is out and we’ll get the lead,“ Minoprio added.

Although 14 points separate Red Bull Sailing Team from SAP Extreme Sailing Team in third, the Austrian squad managed three podium finishes and climbed from sixth to fourth. If Red Bull Sailing Team can continue this trend it could threaten the podium and the overall season result.

„Today was a bit mixed. It was better than yesterday but we’re still not on the top of our game. We can do better but it’s a very tricky venue. If you make one little mistake it’s hard to catch up again,“ said skipper and double Olympic gold-medallist Roman Hagara.

Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup champion Josh Junior was able to keep NZ Extreme Sailing Team ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy, which is helmed by his British America’s Cup rival and Olympic gold-medallist Giles Scott.

„It would be very nice if we got a podium but I don’t think after today we’re quite there yet,“ said Kiwi co-skipper Junior. „We’re fighting in amongst it, getting closer day by day, and maybe tomorrow we’ll work our way into it.

„We’re just trying to win races, we’re not too worried about the overall scoreboard,“ he added. „This year has been a huge learning curve and I’m just enjoying it.“

NZ Extreme Sailing Team and Land Rover BAR Academy occupy fifth and sixth respectively.

Local wildcard Team Extreme México managed to retain a three-point buffer over US-flagged wildcard Lupe Tortilla Demetrio to finish seventh.

The penultimate day of the Act kicks off at 14:00 UTC-7 tomorrow, Saturday 2 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 the racing remotely via the live stream on the official Facebook and YouTube from 14:00 – 17:00 UTC-7 on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December. The final 90 minutes of racing on Sunday will be broadcast live on TV channels across the globe, from 15:30 – 17:00 UTC-7.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP standings after Day 2, 12 races (01.12.17)
Position / Team / Points
1st Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 131 points.
2nd Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 125 points.
3rd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason 120 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 106 points.
5th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) Graeme Sutherland, Josh Junior, Harry Hull, Andy Maloney, Josh Salthouse 101 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Giles Scott, Elliot Hanson, Sam Batten, Matt Brushwood 90 points.
7th Team Extreme México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Chris Taylor, Alex Higby, Tom Buggy, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro, Armando Noriega Negrete 73 points.
8th Lupe Tortilla Demetrio (USA) John Tomko, Jonathan Atwood, Matthew Whitehead, Tripp Burd, Trevor Burd 70 points.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day two – Team Extreme México

Local wildcard Team Extreme México managed to retain a three-point buffer over US-flagged wildcard Lupe Tortilla Demetrio to finish seventh.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day two – Fleet

The international fleet battled in six races on the second day of Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP.

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Act 8, Los Cabos 2017 – day two – Alinghi & SAP Extreme Sailing Team

Alinghi took the lead on the second day of racing in Los Cabos while SAP Extreme Sailing Team defended its spot on the podium behind Oman Air.

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

Oman Air took five podium finishes on the second day of racing in the brand-new Stadium Racing venue in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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

Emirates Team New Zealand America’s Cup champion Josh Junior was able to keep NZ Extreme Sailing Team ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy.

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

SAP Extreme Sailing Team finish day two on 120 points on the Act 8, Los Cabos, presented by SAP leaderboard.

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

Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team jumped two positions on the Act 8 leaderboard after day two of racing.

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

Lupe Tortilla Demetrio compete in their second ever Extreme Sailing Series™ Act in Los Cabos, Mexico, as one of two wildcard entries.

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

Helmed by Olympic gold medallist Giles Scott, Land Rover BAR Academy finished the second day of racing of Act 8, Los Cabos, in sixth position.

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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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