The all French crew onboard Groupe Edmond de Rothschild skippered by Pierre Pennec hardly put a foot wrong on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series winning three out of five races at The Wave, Muscat, Oman.
The Swiss team of Alinghi
led by Tanguy Cariou
(FRA) and helmed by Yann Guichard (FRA)
, ably supported by the crew of Nils Frei
(SUI) and Yves Detrey, won the first race and were in the top three in the first three races which secured them second place overall.
Home team, The Wave, Muscat struggled to begin with then posted 2-1-2 to grab third place by the end of the day, nine points ahead of Roman Hagara's
(AUT) Red Bull Extreme Sailing
who were really consistent in their performance today.
After finishing in a four way tie at the end of the first day Artemis Racing
didn't have the second day they hoped for and have dropped to fifth overall, just two points ahead of Oman Air Team.
For some of the teams they are at the beginning of their Extreme 40 learning curve, but that hasn't dampened their spirits. "It was another fantastic day, it can not be better with the wind direction and the sea breeze we had today. I would say it's a sailing paradise here in Oman,"
said Team Extreme skipper Roland Gaebler
(GER). "There was a lot more action on the water, a lot of nose-diving but at least no capsizes but it was close thing."
skipper Alberto Barovier
(ITA), and his all-Italian team, learning fast is the name of the game, "We are learning about the boat all the time, how to drive it, how to round the mark. You need to get the best of the day and learn the most for the future.
"We are a new team, new at multihulls, especially with this breeze. We never even took a reef before! We need to stay quiet, learn and take everything point we can and learn from all the mistakes we are doing."
With up to 21 knots the 11-boat fleet raced the first race with a reef in the mainsail, and it was wet ride on board in a short, choppy sea state.
The wind decreased slightly throughout the afternoon to around 16 knots but the 44 sailors handled the conditions well, "The starts have been very impressive so far,"
said Gilles Chiorri, Events Director. "They are all very close together with two different strategies - some starting fast on starboard with right of way, whilst the others opting to find a space on port which them gave the advantage of one less tack on the first windward leg which saves them about four to five boat lengths which is a lot as the racing is so close."
The 11-boat fleet have enjoyed some fantastic sailing conditions here in Oman over the past two days on the open-water courses, but today, Act 1 at The Wave, Muscat will be open to the public and, as such, the racing will be staged close to shore in front of the spectators within the confines of a 'stadium' race course.