Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Brave fifth place in Extreme Sailing Series Oman behind regatta winners Alinghi.
Red Bull Sailing Team suffered a dramatic crash on day three of the Extreme Sailing Series first stop in Oman, however recovered to claim fifth place behind Swiss winners Alinghi.
After impressing in the early races, their GC32 collided with New Zealand’s NZ Extreme Sailing Team in strong breezes to sustain significant rudder damage.
Nevertheless, after a long night of repairs, they hit back for four podiums including a race victory on Saturday’s final day of competition.
– Skipper Roman Hagara said, “It’s a tough start, but I’m happy with the teamwork and speed we achieved. We’ve got really good sailors on the team, and they have shown their potential by winning a race right from the second day on the boat, then pulling together after the collision to come back and get another win today.”
– Britain’s Chris Draper was a steady hand at the helm, joined by Neil Hunter (UK), Ed Powys (UK), Rhys Mara (AUS) and Dan Morris (USA).
– Draper added, “We were moving quickly, the input from Roman and Hans Peter (Steinacher) was fantastic, and the guys were stepping up, so the crash was very frustrating.”
– Olivia Mackay (NZL), who won the 2016 Red Bull Foiling Generation World Final, helmed Red Bull to a strong second place in the Flying Phantom Series.
– The next Extreme Sailing Series stop comes at beautiful Lake Garda when the GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine for the World Championship from May 24-27.
Results Act 1, Muscat, Oman
1. Alinghi (SUI) 277 points
2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 271
3. Oman Air (OMA) 253
4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 244
5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 215
6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 210
7. Team Mexico (MEX) 177
Overall ranking after one of eight acts
1. Alinghi (SUI) 12 points
2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 11
3. Oman Air (OMA) 10
4. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 9
5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 8
6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 7
7. Team Mexico (MEX) 6