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24 September 2010, 11:17 am
Guichard On Top At Extreme Sailing Series In Trapani
Fleet on day one in Trapani
The fleet on day one in Trapani

2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe
Kiel, Germany

In 30 degrees and 8-10 knots of the breeze the Sicilian town of Trapani provided a stunning backdrop for the opening day of racing on the penultimate stopover in the Extreme Sailing Series? 2010.
Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, skippered by Yann Guichard, fresh from their win in Kiel just three weeks ago, came out of the starting blocks with a bang, taking the first three bullets of the day, but The Wave, Muscat, is hot on the Frenchman's heels, just one point behind after six races.

Seven teams are in the Medieval town of Trapani, the fleet augmented by a local 'wildcard' entry from America's Cup Strategist, Gabriele Bruni, with his team Trapani, the Sailing Seacily. "It was really great! We had three good races, then in the last three we finished last, but that's part of the game. The most important thing is that we enjoyed ourselves on the water. The other teams are very well prepared, sometimes we were playing with them, but obviously generally a bit behind. It's also fantastic to sail in Trapani, in front of the islands, with good breeze."

Mike Golding's Ecover Sailing Team, has seen some stunning performances over the past four months of racing and once again looks to be in a good position to challenge for the podium, but is threatened by the fastest man around the planet, Franck Cammas, just one point behind.

With six races completed on day one, there were four boats taking the top spot, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with three wins, but Groupama 40, Red Bull Extreme Sailing each taking a win and The Wave, Muscat finishing the day with a first.

The Extreme Sailing Series™ Trapani continues on Friday 24 September, with the seven teams racing right inside the harbour, in front of the public and VIP spectators, from 14:00 (local time). Our weather partner WetterWelt expects 11 to 14 knots of breeze, with potential gusts up to 20 - which given the tight situation on the leaderboard will undoubtedly make for hotly contested races.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2010 Overall Standings after Kiel

1 Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 22 points
2 The Wave, Muscat 20 points
3 Ecover Sailing Team 19 points
4 Oman Sail Masirah 17 points
5 Red Bull Extreme Sailing 10 points
6 Groupama 40 9 points
7 The Ocean Racing Club 8 points
8 Team GAC Pindar* 3 points

* Team GAC Pindar was unable to attend the Kiel event but are back competing in Trapani (Sicily) and Almeria (Andalucia).

For more information visit: www.extremesailingseries.com

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