Mar 20, 2016

Extreme Series are Back: Morgan Larson & Oman Air Champs @Muscat 2016

Great images 'Lloyd Images' / Extreme Sailing Series. - Welcome Back to the Extreme Series. The final day of Muscat 2016 was fun to watch, lots of action.  Watch Live Stream Replay here.
Previous days saw some calm weather racing, but in the end Muscat provided excellent wind conditions to close the first official act of the new Extreme Series sailed on board the GC32s. With the adoption of a 4 foil conf by Morrelli & Melvin for the Nacra 15 and surely for the new Nacra 17, I foresee the A-Class foiling solution might also migrates towards the biggers cats, this in fact can make foiling a little bit too secure and stable, with current TNZ 3 foil setup you still have the windward drops seen in the F20 & FP, which add adrenaline to the sailors onboard and stream spectators alike.

Morgan Larson continues to show he has Americas Cup helm level, and I would be surprised if he receives a call from the Bermuda camps.
Below excerpt fromthe official report at extremesailingseries:
Morgan Larson stormed home to an extraordinary win in the opening Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Muscat on Oman Air, alongside the team, which includes Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth and Omani national Nasser Al Mashari. Together the team won over 50% of the races sailed, more than any other team in Series history, as the Extreme Sailing Series officially completes the biggest transition of the last ten years. The flying GC32s have well and truly arrived.

Larson summed up the week: “It was a phenomenal week for the whole team and obviously great to do that here on home waters. We sailed at the highest level we have, so it’s going to take a lot of work for us to improve on from here. We know that a few of the other teams have some things to do and when they get that right, they’re going to be right there with us. We know they’re going to push and we have to keep on getting better.”
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Final Standings Muscat 2016:
Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat standings after Day 4, 19 races (19.03.16)
Position / Team / Points
1st Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 217 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 184 points.
3rd Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Bleddyn Môn, Leigh McMillan, Ed Powys, Adam Kay, Neil Hunter 175 points.
4th Alinghi (SUI) Ernesto Bertarelli, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 172 points.
5th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 166 points.
6th CHINA One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Shane Diviney, Hayden Goodrick, Luke Payne 153 points.
7th Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Stevie Morrison, Cem Gözen, Alister Richardson, Anıl Berk Baki 140 points.
8th Sail Portugal (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Bernardo Freitas, Javier de la Plaza, Luís Brito, Winston Macfarlane 138 points.

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