The first public day of stadium racing saw the 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet racing by the shore in front of spectators and VIPs on day three act one of the Extreme Sailing Series at the Wave, Muscat, Oman.
Terry Hutchinson and his crew on Artemis Racing
had an exceptional day elevating them from fifth overall at the end of Monday to second place overall on Tuesday. Artemis Racing
are now just three points adrift of leaders Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.
Hutchinson said, "We had a brilliant day on the water today, there were a lot of people on the shore line - close enough to hear them cheering on the finish line. I have never experienced something like that before. It was a first!
"The stadium racing format delivered everything it promised - short and intense races right in front of the spectators. When you have a good day you love it, when you have a bad day you hate it, and we absolutely loved it today!"
Pierre Pennec and his all-French crew, after yesterday's storming performance, had an average day but they have clung on to the top of the leaderboard after 17 races.
Dean Barker's Team New Zealand scored
their first ever Extreme 40 race win, although they still remain seventh place in the rankings, "It's nice to win one but we have to do it a few more times," said Dean Barker. "We clearly feel the improvement but still need to do a lot better."
Germany's Roland Gaebler scored his best regatta result so far with a third place putting some big smiles on the faces of the Team Extreme
The conditions were less challenging than on the previous two days with 7-9 knots of breeze, but the 44 sailors had to contend with racing on shorter and tighter race courses within the confines of the 'stadium'.
Five fleet races were staged, ending with a round of one-on-one match races culminating in a number of place changes on the overall rankings.
The home team of The Wave, Muscat
retain third place but took a while to find their form on the third day, as did the Alinghi
team whose two fourth places were their best result of the day, dropping them two places to fourth overall.
went into the third days racing in sixth place but at the end of the day they dropped to eighth. But they are only one point behind Dean Barker's Team New Zealand
, who in turn are only one point behind Luna Rossa
who climbed up two places in the rankings after securing their first race win in the opening race of the day.
Extreme Sailing Series, Act 1 at The Wave, Muscat
Day 3 Results after 17 races:
1 - Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
, 133 points
2 - Artemis Racing
, 130 points
3 - The Wave, Muscat
, 124 points
4 - Alinghi
, 121 points
5 - Red Bull Extreme Sailing
, 120 points
6 - Luna Rossa
, 103 points
7 - Team New Zealand
, 102 points
8 - Oman Air
, 101 points
9 - Team Extreme
, 59 points
10 - Niceforyou
, 37 points
11 - Team GAC Pindar
, 29 points