Leaders after the opening day Groupe Edmond de Rothschild seemed to struggle in the stronger conditions and The Wave, Muscat took full advantage, continuing their winning form adding two wins to their bullet in the final race on day one to take over the lead. It was the Omani team that took three wins, with Guichard posting just one first on the leaderboard in the third race. Paul Campbell-James and his team on The Wave, Muscat thrived in the strong conditions. Their strong tactical control of the race course saw them regularly lead the rest of the fleet around the triangle course designed to bring the fleet close to the public at the top mark. After Oman Sail Masirah's close call, the adrenaline seemed to be flowing for Peyron and he drove his team to take their first win of the event in the final race, drawing cheers from the crowds.
It was a baptism of fire for Trapani the Sailing Seacily, skippered by America's Cup strategist and local Sicilian sailor Gabriele Bruni. Struggling in the conditions at the back of the fleet, Bruni was injured in the final race of the day, with the team unable to finish.
Loïck Peyron, Masirah said "It was a great day, with lots of wind and interesting courses - a day for men!During the last races when it was really blowing, it was important to optimise trajectories, which we did not always manage… and we very nearly capsized. It never happened to me, and I would like it to stay that way. But we got maximum points on the artistic criteria!"
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).
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