Extreme Sailing / Tense tussle for third in San Diego

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The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Act 8. 21st October 2017. San Diego, California, USA. The fleet of race yachts in action during day 4 of racing close to the city. –
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Red Bull Sailing Team on podium after holding Extreme Sailing Series nerve .

Red Bull Sailing Team managed to get the better of Oman Air in the final Extreme Sailing Series race of the San Diego stop to claim third place ahead of the season finale in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Double Summer Games gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher knew they needed to get ahead of their great rivals to finish ahead of them in the regatta standings and duly did so after Oman Air fell foul of a penalty.

The Austrian duo led their team to three race wins and several podiums throughout the 25 races on the Californian coast with SAP Extreme Sailing Team of Denmark edging out 2016 champions Alinghi from Switzerland for the regatta victory.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Act 8. 20th October 2017. San Diego, California, USA. ‘Red Bull Sailing Team’ shown here in action close to the city during racing. –
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Lloyd Images/ Extreme Sailing Series / Red Bull Content Pool

With one stop left of 2017’s eight, SAP Extreme Sailing Team lead with 78 points with Oman Air on 73, Alinghi 72 and Red Bull Sailing Team a creditable fourth with 66 points.

San Diego had previously welcomed the likes of the America’s Cup to its coastline with the the boats racing just five metres from the popular Harbour Island.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Act 8. 22nd October 2017. San Diego, California, USA. ‘Red Bull Sailing Team’ shown here in action close to the city during racing. –
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Lloyd Images/ Extreme Sailing Series / Red Bull Content Pool

Tens of thousands of sailing fans got to see fierce battles across the four days with two collisions happening in the last race alone as tensions mounted in battle.

2016 Red Bull Air Race World Champion Matthias Dolderer also got to witness the thrilling action first hand as a guest of Red Bull Sailing Team after he completed his 2017 Red Bull Air Race season with a second place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Act 8. 22nd October 2017. San Diego, California, USA. ‘Red Bull Sailing Team’ shown here in action close to the city during racing. –
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Lloyd Images/ Extreme Sailing Series / Red Bull Content Pool

The German said of the super-light GC32 catamaran, “These boats fly over the water – it is extremely fast!

“Teamwork, tactics, concentration and energy are key to winning races. I am impressed by the performance from my friends Roman, Hans Peter and their crew.”

The 2017 grand finale is at Los Cabos, Mexico from November 30 through December 3.


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The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Act 7. 21st October 2017. San Diego, California, USA. ‘SAP Extreme Sailing Team’ shown here celebrating after winning Act 7. – Lloyd Images/ Extreme Sailing Series / Red Bull Content Pool

Final result San Diego (after 25 races)
1. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 273 points
2. Alinghi (SUI) 263
3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 239
4. Oman Air (Oman) 233
5. NZ Sailing (NZL) 212
6. Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR) 201
7. Team Extreme (USA) 198
8. Lupe Demetrio (USA) 152

Extreme Sailing Series 2017 (after 7 of 8 Acts):
1. SAP Sailing Team (DEN) 78 points
2. Oman Air (Oman) 73
3. Alinghi (SUI) 72
4. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 66
5. NZ Sailing Team (NZL) 56
6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54

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