Morgan Larson Dominates Extreme Sailing Series Opening Day

Published on March 16th, 2016

Muscat, Oman (March 16, 2016) – The curtain was officially raised on the much anticipated 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ today in the historic old town of Muscat, Oman, with the new breed of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans more than living up to the pre-season hype.

With a racecourse set against the stunning backdrop of the Al Alam Royal Castle in the Muttrah Port and the imposing surrounding mountains, any pre-season nerves were well and truly shaken off over six fast-paced races, that saw the fleet fully airborne on their foils in 14-18 knots of wind, as the Series literally flew into its 10th season.

The local team Oman Air came out of the blocks firing, the experienced former winner of the Extreme Sailing Series Morgan Larson (USA) and his team claiming four race wins, setting a high benchmark early on as the boat to beat.

“Going in to today we weren’t that confident, but everything came together”, commented Larson. “It’ll be an uphill learning curve for most of the teams, but a lot of them have brought in some experience and I think we’ll quickly see them jump ahead. It was fantastic to sail in a new location here in Muscat, in front of the city. The conditions were great – it was tight, challenging and fun racing – a great season opener.”

Oman Air fliesOman Air came out of the blocks firing today, the experienced former winner of the Extreme Sailing Series Morgan Larson and his team claiming four race wins, setting a high benchmark early on as the boat to beat! Check out the video of them as they rise up on their foils and literally fly!

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Posted by Extreme Sailing Series on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Newer to the foiling game than Larson and eager to get competitive quickly, the Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team looked like a fine-tuned team, never finishing out of the top half of the fleet to finish the day second. Just four points back, the Land Rover BAR Academy sailors, under skipper, Olympic class 49er sailor Bleddyn Môn, took two race wins – a strong start for the youth team.

“It was a good day for us, we had some good breeze and everyone’s getting used to the boat now, but we do have a few improvements to make. The guys are always learning, and every day they’re getting better,” commented Môn.

Former Extreme 40 contenders, Red Bull Sailing Team and Team Turx – both with Olympic pedigree at the helm – finish day one in fourth and fifth respectively. While Alinghi – arguably the pre-season favourites – are one point adrift in sixth.

New to both foiling and the Extreme Sailing Series Stadium Racing format, CHINA One, and Sail Portugal may be on a steeper learning curve than some, but both showed they have the necessary talent to get up to speed quickly, posting race finishes in the top half of the pack.

“It was an awesome day, picture perfect conditions and it was amazing to sail around the coast, racing in front of the cliffs and the Palace,” commented Match racing champion and CHINA One skipper Taylor Canfield commented. “It was a little tough for us as we’re still getting used to the boat, it’s only our second day foiling, and we’re a new team. The standard in the fleet is incredibly high but we looking forward to the next three days.”

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Day one of the opening Act of the 2016 season. Lloyd Images.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 1, Muscat standings after Day 1, 6 races
1st Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 67 points.

2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 60 points.

3rd Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Bleddyn Môn, Leigh McMillan, Ed Powys, Adam Kay, Neil Hunter 56 points.

4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 54 points.

5th Team Turx (TUR) Edhem Dirvana, Stevie Morrison, Cem Gözen, Alister Richardson, Anıl Berk Baki 49 points.

6th Alinghi (SUI) Ernesto Bertarelli, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 48 points.

7th CHINA One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Shane Diviney, Hayden Goodrick, Luke Payne 39 points.

8th Sail Portugal (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Bernardo Freitas, Javier de la Plaza, Luís Brito, Winston Macfarlane 35 points.

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The Line Up – Extreme Sailing Series ™ Act 1, Muscat

CHINA One sailing team:
Skipper/Helm: Taylor Canfield (ISV)
Floater: Luke Payne (AUS)
Mainsail Trimmer: Hayden Goodrick (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Shane Diviney (IRL)
Bowman/Tactician: Chris Steele (NZL)

Alinghi (SUI)
Co-Skipper/Helm: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI)
Co-Skipper/Mainsail Trimmer: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)
Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA)
Headsail Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI)
Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI)

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
Skipper: Bleddyn Môn (GBR)
Helm: Leigh McMillan (GBR)
Crew: Ed Powys (GBR)
Academy trialists: Adam Kay (GBR)/Oli Greber (GBR)/James Peters (GBR)/Neil Hunter (GBR)
*Final crew to be decided closer to the date

Oman Air (OMA)
Skipper/Helm: Morgan Larson (USA)
Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ed Smyth (NZL/AUS)
Bowmen: Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)/James Wierzbowski (AUS)

Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
Skipper/Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT)
Tactician: Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT)
Mainsail Trimmer: Stewart Dodson (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Adam Piggott (GBR)
Bowman: Brad Farrand (NZL)

Sail Portugal (POR)
Skipper/Helm: Diogo Cayolla (POR)
Tactician: Bernardo Freitas (POR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Javier de la Plaza (ESP)
Headsail Trimmer: Luís Brito (POR)
Bowman: Winston Macfarlane (NZL)

SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN)
Mainsail Trimmer: Mads Emil Stephensen (DEN)
Headsail Trimmer: Pierluigi De Felice (ITA)
Bowman: Renato Conde (POR)

Team Turx (TUR)
Co-Skipper/Floater: Edhem Dirvana (TUR)
Co-Skipper/Helm: Stevie Morrison (GBR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Cem Gözen (TUR)
Headsail Trimmer: Alister Richardson (GBR)
Bowman: Anil Berk Baki (TUR)

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March 16-19 – Muscat, Oman
April 29-May 2 – Qingdao, China
June 23-26 – Cardiff, UK
July 28-31 – Hamburg, Germany
September 1-4 – St Petersburg, Russia
September 22-25 – Istanbul, Turkey
October 6-9 – Lisbon, Portugal
December 8-11 – Australia (location TBD)

Click the links to find out more about the teams and the venues.

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