A six-boat 49er fleet with three teams from the USA and three from Canada, showcased the Olympic boat that will compete in the Olympic Sailing Competition for the third time in 2012. As the Extreme 40 circuit returns to European waters in August, the European 49er class will form part of the circuit competing for the 49er Europe Cup at the Extreme Sailing Series.
The top five places on the overall leaderboard remain unchanged with Artemis Racing holding the top spot, although three races from the end of day the Swedish team momentarily lost their lead to The Wave, Muscat. Leigh Mcmillan had a wobbly start to the day posting a ninth and a sixth giving Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand the chance to overhaul the Oman team. But a last place in the fifth race of the day for the Kiwis, gave McMillan's team the opportunity to get back. Pierre Pennec's all-French team on Groupe Edmond de Rothschild had a mixed bag of results - their best a first place in the third race of the day, and their worst a ninth - but they are still only two points behind the Kiwis: "Racing was good for us," said tactician Hervé Cunningham. "It could have been much better as we had a few penalties which was not ideal. We have the speed, we need to be a bit more aggressive on the starts. Tomorrow we will try to finish every race in the top three."
Max Sirena's Luna Rossa team had a better day, leaving them just four points adrift of the French at the halfway stage. However, the 'stand-out' team of the day was the Swiss team Alinghi, posting three race wins: "It is the first time in the season that we have three race wins in one day, so we are very happy," said Tanguy Cariou. "The beginning of the event was quite tough for us and we were disappointed with that but we have tried to close the gap. We have been more aggressive with our sailing and had some good starts."
Britain's Ian Williams, skipper of Team GAC Pindar, nearly scored their first race win of Act 4 and were leading round the final top mark in the fourth race of the day before a twist in the gennaker spoiled ruined that prospect. However, the team's improved performance today allowed them to leap-frog Roland Gaebler's Team Extreme on the overall leaderboard.
Going into the penultimate day 22 races have been staged so far and with a potential 12-14 races still on offer the teams have plenty of points to play for. What is clear now is that every point counts.
Check out the video of Red Bull Air Force skydiver Jeff Provenzano landing at the Race Village before hitching a ride with the Extreme 40.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 at Fan Pier Boston, USA
Current overall standings after 22 races, Day 3
Position / Team / Skipper & crew / Points
1. Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson / Sean Clarkson / Morgan Trubovich / Julien Cressant -169
2. The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan / Kyle Langford / Nick Hutton / Khamis Al Anbouri - 159
3. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker / Adam Beashel / James Dagg / Jeremy Lomas - 158
4. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec / Christophe Espagnon / Thierry Fouchier / Hervé Cunningham -156
5. Luna Rossa (ITA), Max Sirena / Paul Campbell-James / Alister Richardson / Manuel Modena - 151
6. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Will Howden / Craig Monk - 148.2*
7. Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou / Yann Guichard / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey - 141
8. Niceforyou (ITA), Alberto Barovier / Mark Bulkeley / Daniele de Luca Simone de Mari - 114
9. Oman Air (OMA), Sidney Gavignet / Kinley Fowler / David Carr / Nasser Al Mashari - 106
10. Team GAC Pindar (GBR), Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Andrew Walsh / Jono Macbeth - 83
11. Team Extreme (EUR), Roland Gaebler / Bruno Dubois / Sebbe Godefroid / Bob Merrick - 72
Overall Standings Extreme Sailing Series 2011