Sailing: The Wave win in Muscat to join Extreme series leaders
- Updated: March 15, 2015
March 15, 2015: Pre-event favourites The Wave, Muscat won on home waters for the third consecutive year to secure the second leg of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series, denying SAP Extreme Sailing Team their first-ever Act victory after a down-to-the-wire final double points race shootout.
The Wave and Red Bull both moved to 18 points to join Red Bull – winners in Singapore – in the overall series, which next heads to Qingdao for Act 3 from April 30-May 3.
In Muscat, just two points separated the Omani and Danish teams after six races, with the advantage in the hands of Rasmus Kostner and Jes Gram Hansen on SAP, who won the day’s first two races.
The teams went toe to toe in the final race and it was The Wave who took control from the start, playing the light seven-knot wind shifts expertly, to extend away from the fleet and win the race and Act.
Leigh McMillan, The Wave’s helm, said: “It was a tough day. It didn’t go to plan. We had some really difficult starts and SAP really put the pressure on, so it was pretty evenly matched.
“We had to dig deep and we knew it would come down the last race – all we had to do was beat them or they beat us. Everyone on the boat kept pushing hard to make the best of the situation and in the end we got the result, but it wasn’t easy.”
The Red Bull Sailing Team and Oman Air battled for third and the pressure was evident. On the start line of race two, Oman Air collided into the back of the Austrians, knocking off their rudders and causing irreparable damage.
An average points redress for Red Bull minimised the points damage. Hans Peter Steinacher, the Olympic champion from Austria, and his team finished third overall, ahead of Oman Air, who were unable to recover from their black-flag disqualification resulting from the collision, despite a strong performance all week.
“We were hoping for third, but we unfortunately had a little bit of a run in with Red Bull,” said Oman Air’s Stevie Morrison.
“We made some mistakes today and it was a little frustrating, but over the week as a whole it’s been great. Hopefully we will go and shake the Red Bull guys’ hands and they will forgive us for the little tap we gave them.”
Land Rover, a Series Main Partner, presented the Above and Beyond Award to Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes, co-skippered by Edhem Dirvana and Mitch Booth. The team posted six podium positions and one race win, and were the third-highest scoring team on the final day.
Extreme Sailing Series: Act 2, Muscat
Position / Points / Team
1 (239 points) – The Wave, Muscat (OMA); Leigh McMillan, Sarah Ayton, Pete Greenhalgh, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari
2 (237 points) – SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN); Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Thierry Douillard, Mads Emil Stephensen, Brad Farrand
3 (220 points) – Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT); Hans Peter Steinacher, Jason Waterhouse, Adam Piggott,Shaun Mason, Stewart Dodson
4 (211 points) – Oman Air (OMA); Stevie Morrison, Nic Asher, Ted Hackney, Ed Powys, Ali Al Balashi
5 (189 points) – Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes (TUR); Mitch Booth, Edhem Dirvana, Selim Kakış, Diogo Cayolla, Matteo Auguadro
6 (167 points) – GAC Pindar (GBR); Seve Jarvin, Ian Williams, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Tyson Lamond, James Wierzbowski
7 (157 points) – Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA); Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Gabriele Olivo, Tom Buggy, Stefano Ciampalini
8 (152 points) – Gazprom Team Russia (RUS); Igor Lisovenko, Phil Robertson, Garth Ellingham, Alexander Bozhko, Aleksey Kulakov
Extreme Sailing Series: Overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1 (18 points) – Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
2 (18 points) – The Wave, Muscat (OMA)
3 (18 points) – SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
4 (13 points) – Oman Air (OMA)
5 (10 points) – Gazprom Team Russia (RUS)
6 (10 points) – GAC Pindar (GBR)
7 (9 points) – Team Turx powered by Kaya Ropes (TUR)
8 (8 points) – Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA)
Source: Extreme Sailing Series (www.extremesailingseries.com); Editing by SportAsia