May 25, 2011

Extreme Series: Act 3, Istanbul

Photo: Lloyd Images

Photo: Lloyd Images

Photo: Lloyd Images
I just don't understand why Alnghi is not part of AC34. Forget legal bs and that they lost last cup, they 've been sailing cats before every other current AC team and with all the experience gained on their A5... If I were EB, I would be racing this Cup all the way.
Extreme Sailing Series - Act 3, Istanbul

The first day of the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3 in Istanbul, Turkey saw an action packed seven races for the 11 international teams, with Artemis Racing taking the top spot with 52 points, only a single point ahead of Act 2 winners Luna Rossa and Alinghi on 47. The racing conditions tested the teams today as the 44 sailors manhandled their Extreme 40 racing machines around short, sharp courses. There were plenty of gusts to potentially trip the up boats, shifts in wind direction and the race legs were so short it was a full-on physical work. “It’s beautiful to sail here, the conditions are good with a tricky wind which is good for us,” said Maxi Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa.

Current overall standings after Day 1 (25.5.11)
Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1st Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / 52 points
2nd Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena51 points
3rd Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou 47 points
4th Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet 46 points
5th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Glenn Ashby 45 points
6th The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky 44 points
7th Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec /44 points
8th Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler 41 points
9th Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher 34 points
10th Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mischa Heemskerk 29 points
11th Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier29 points

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