The second day of Act 6 in Trapani delivered fantastic sailing conditions for the Extreme 40 fleet - sunshine and a breeze that built to over 20 knots.
The racing was fast and furious as Alinghi
managed to hold on at the top of the leaderboard. Max Sirena's team on Luna Rossa
pushed hard today scoring two first places and three second places to climb from fifth place to second overall ahead of the 'stadium' format racing that starts tomorrow.
"At the end of the day we were all pretty tired but we are happy as we sailed much better today and we were much quicker after some adjustments this morning to the set up, its our best day,"
said Sirena. "We always know that we will do a lot of races during the day, and with short gaps between races it is better as you stay focused throughout. We are really happy with our position now the game is starting to get tough."
Alberto Barovier and his crew on Niceforyou
showed their progress in this class is gaining momentum scoring a second place and two third places. The public of Trapani will have much to cheer for as the ten teams race inside the harbour over the next three days.
The racing started in around 10 knots that steadily built through the afternoon to 25+ - a near capsize by The Wave, Muscat
in the sixth and final race of the day indicated that the Extreme 40s were racing on the edge of control. The 1.5 mile multi-lap 'open water' courses allowed the teams to really unleash these 40ft multihull racing machines, charging downwind at speeds in excess of 20-22 knots, the spray hosing the crew in the bear aways.
The all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
skippered by Pierre Pennec also had a good day, winning the last 'open water' race and climbing into fifth place overall. "Today was much better than yesterday,"
said bowman Hervé Cunningham. "It was a great day to sail - flat sea, good breeze and sunshine, it was perfect! We had more consistent results today, although we were still one step behind the top guys."
The Emirates Team New Zealand
team led by Adam Beashel, struggled to get to grips with the Extreme 40 machine in the demanding conditions at Cowes but a 4th and 5th place today will provide some encouragement to the Kiwis. British World Champion Match Racer Ian Williams, skipper of Team GAC Pindar
, also struggled and a main halyard problem in the penultimate race forced a retirement.
"Today the wind was tracking right and building as the day went on, it was very exciting at the end,"
commented Williams. "We haven't had much time to practice and two of the team are new so we were happy we picked up a third place in the final race. I think the 'stadium racing' will suit us more as we struggle with boat speed, so coming into the stadium will give us a few more opportunities to use our strengths."
The next three days are open to the public who came to the Race Village in their droves last night for the official opening ceremony and fireworks. The 10 Extreme 40s will be racing inside the harbour of Trapani from 15:00 CET. Before they take centre stage, 50 kids will be competing in the Optimist Challenge and 49ers teams from Italy and Malta will be racing in front of the public.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 at Trapani supported by Telecom Italia
Overall standings after 11 races
Position / Team / Points
(SUI) Tanguy Cariou 98 points
2. Luna Rossa
(ITA) Max Sirena 94 points
3. The Wave
(OMA) Leigh McMillan 86 points
4. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
(FRA) Pierre Pennec 81 points
5. Oman Air
(OMA), Ben Ainslie 69.5 points
6. Red Bull Extreme Sailing
(AUT), Roman Hagara 66 points
7. Emirates Team New Zealand
(NZL), Adam Beashel 65.5 points
(ITA), Alberto Barovier 59 points
9. Team GAC Pindar
(GBR), Ian Williams 52 points
10. Team Extreme 'Sailing Seacily
' (EUR) Sebbe Godefroid 40 points