Alinghi wins Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff

Published on August 27th, 2018

Cardiff, UK (August 27, 2018) – Having climbed the ranks throughout the Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff Act, Alinghi – the Swiss kings of foiling – seized victory from the clutches of SAP Extreme Sailing Team on the final day of the event.

In a nail-biting finish to an incredible four days of racing, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Yves Detrey, Nicolas Charbonnier, Bryan Mettraux, and Timothé Lapauw headed into the all-important double points final race just one point ahead of their Danish counterparts. A third place finish saw them crush SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s hopes of an Act victory, securing Alinghi’s fourth Act win of the season – the first time the Swiss have won in Cardiff in the six years that they’ve competed in the Welsh capital.

“A fourth Act win feels really good,” said an enthusiastic Psarofaghis, co-skipper and helm for the team. “We didn’t actually start very well in Cardiff, with our headsail trimmer Nils Frei suffering an injury on the first day. We fought back and it’s great to win here for the first time.”

It was a gutting end to what looked like an otherwise promising competition for SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Having led the regatta since the first day, the Danes were hopeful for a taste of the glory. However, an OCS (over the starting line early) on the final race cost them dearly, relegating them to the back of the fleet for much of the race. They eventually crossed the line in fourth, securing them second place on the Act podium.

“The mood was pretty dark when we were called over the line,” admitted the team’s disappointed helm, Adam Minoprio. “We tried our best to fight back but we still ended up losing to Alinghi. We’re only two points behind them on the overall leaderboard though, and there are still two events left in San Diego and Los Cabos. Mexico is a double-points Act so we just need to be strong from now on.”

SAP Extreme Sailing Team won the Zhik Speed Machine Trophy for reaching the Act’s top speed of 34.3 knots.

It was another podium clocked for Phil Robertson and his crew too. Team Oman Air took an impressive six top-three finishes on day four, including pole position in the double-points last race.

“It was a great way to finish the event,” enthused skipper and helm Robertson. “It would have been nice to climb another spot, but we’re definitely improving Act by Act.”

Following their capsize yesterday, the Omani team today brought British sailor Adam Piggott onboard as a replacement for injured mainsail trimmer, Pete Greenhalgh.

Cardiff delivered every season over the course of the UK bank holiday weekend. From glorious sunshine to strong winds and torrential rain, the teams were pushed to the limit as they navigated the tricky course in ever-changing weather conditions. For Team México, the weather couldn’t be further from what they’re used to.

“It was pretty windy,” said bowman Danel Belausteguigotia. “We actually capsized on training day which was pretty cold for us as Mexicans! We’re looking forward to the end of the season in Los Cabos, for sure!”

Racing was held on August 24-27.

For the online streaming broadcast … click here.

Final standings after Day 4, 29 races
1st, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Bryan Mettraux, Yves Detrey: 307 points
2nd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Julius Hallström, Hervé Cunningham, Richard Mason: 304 pts
3rd, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Adam Piggott, James Wierzbowski, Stewart Dodson, Nasser Al Mashari: 303 pts
4th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, Leigh McMillan, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Mark Spearman: 282 pts
5th, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Chris Taylor, Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris, Rhys Mara: 275 pts
6th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, Tom Buggy, Alex Higby, Tom Phipps, Danel Belausteguigoitia Fierro: 218 pts
7th, Team Wales (GBR) Olivia Mackay, Alain Sign, Kyle Stoneham, Gareth Fowler, Peter McCoy: 202 pts

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2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ overall standings (after 5 events):
1st, Alinghi (SUI) 57 points
2nd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 55 pts
3rd, Oman Air (OMA) 51 pts
4th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 46 pts
5th, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 41 pts
6th, Team México (MEX) 35 pts

2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ calendar
March 14-17 – Act 1 – Muscat, Oman
May 24-27 – GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy
June 14-17 – Act 3 – Barcelona, Spain
July 5-8 – Act 4 – Cascais, Portugal
August 24-27 – Act 5 – Cardiff, UK
October 18-21 – Act 6 – San Diego, USA
November 29-December 2 – Act 7, Los Cabos, Mexico

Background: The Extreme Sailing Series is in its twelfth season, with this year’s eight event tour travelling through Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The platform used is the one design foiling GC32 catamaran, with the format highlighting ‘stadium’ short-course racing in front of the public.

Source: ESS

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