Swiss Team ' Alinghi' WINNER of ACT 7, Lisbon !
after Act 7 lisbon and prior final Act 8 in Sydney in Decembre 2016:
1 Oman Air, 79 points
2 Alinghi, 77 points
3 Red Bull Sailing Team, 73 points
4 SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 61 points
5 Land Rover BAR Academy, 54 points
Act 7, Lisbon
was won last weekend by in-
Alinghi helmsman Arnaud Psarofaghis said his crew would go to Sydney riding a wave of confidence that could see them snatch the overall Series title from Oman Air‘s grasp.
“We made a few more mistakes today than yesterday but our performance was still really solid and the crew did a fantastic job, so I’m really happy with another Act win,” he said. “We knew we had to block Oman Air in the last race; we went after Morgan pretty hard and were able to slow them down at the start.
“I think we can win in Sydney; we just need to beat Oman Air now. It will be all-
Crowds flocked to Lisbon’s Doca Pedrouços as the city, hosting the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time, dished out some of the most exhilarating racing seen so far this year, with the iconic Belem Tower and 25th of April Bridge providing a stunning backdrop. A wet and wild penultimate day saw the fleet hit speeds of more than 35 knots as they tried to contain their super-
The drama continued on the final day with a collision between Thalassa Magenta Racing, the first ever all-
The 'Red Bull Sailing Team' caused one of the biggest upsets of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Lisbon, as they knocked overall leaders Oman Air off the Act 7 podium in a thrilling finale in Lisbon.
The experienced Austrian crew, competing in the Extreme Sailing Series for the seventh season, snatched third place from their Omani-
Red Bull Sailing Team, led by double Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara, were constantly snapping at the heels of Oman Air throughout the four-
They managed to pull off the 11th hour comeback in style, winning the race by a comfortable 15 seconds. Meanwhile Oman Air were forced to the back of the fleet by Swiss team Alinghi, crossing the finish line in an uncharacteristic eighth place.
The shock result saw Red Bull Sailing Team leapfrog Oman Air and relegate Morgan Larson’s crew to fourth, the first time they have missed the podium in seven Acts this season. With just two points now separating Oman Air from Alinghi in the 2016 overall standings and Red Bull Sailing Team just four points further back, the final Act of the season in Sydney becomes a winner-
“We knew going into the last race it was really tight between us and Oman Air but also that Alinghi would be going after them,” Hagara said. “We got the best start we’d had all event and we just went from there. It was a perfect race for us.”
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