After 29 races, it, once again, came down to the very last run in this Extreme Sailing Series' Act in Cardiff to decide the podium places. With just a single point separating Alinghi and SAP ahead of the deciding race, the Swiss needed, first, to finish ahead of their rivals, but also to keep a keen eye on Oman Air, who, if they'd managed to put three boats between them and the team, could have taken the Act win too. As the fleet crossed the start-line that scenario wasn't too far-fetched. Arnaud Psarofaghis, helmsman, said: "Seeing SAP make an early start on the last race was pretty good for us. Then they came back into the game, but we did not give up and finished right in front of them, to finally win in Cardiff...for the very first time in six visits here! "There are still two Acts to go this season. With our team being only two points ahead of the Danes and the last Act counting for double, we will stay focused until the end and apply the same rigorous method that has got us this far." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician, said: "It was a complex event with four windy days, incessant changes in position and a difficult start for us following Nils's groin injury during the first run. Our reserve teammate, Bryan Mettraux, joined us on the second day and, little by little, we worked hard to recover the deficit we'd accumulated after the first day. Once again, it proves that nothing is ever finished, even after what seems a bad run of luck." Bryan Mettraux, headsail trimmer, said: "Having been seven points down this morning on SAP, we had to take risks and with four wins on the first runs this afternoon that's where we made the difference." Pierre-Yves Jorand, team director, said: "I'm proud of the team's work this week. Cardiff is a demanding nautical stadium due to its small racing area and shifty wind, especially when it blows four days in a row. In fact, anything can happen at any moment!" While it was a good result for the team - and one that sees them gain a point on their Championship rivals, SAP - everything suggests it could come down to the wire in this 2018 Series. In the meantime, the team is already looking forward to this weekend's D35 racing on the Lake hosted by the Yacht Club de Genève from August 31st to September 2nd. Click here for the general ranking of Act 5 after 29 races. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about Alinghi's team or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Photos credit: Vincent Curutchet / Lloyd Images
It is back to business for the Alinghi team after the summer break. On the programme for this second half of the season are three Acts in the Extreme Sailing Series (Cardiff (UK) from August 24 to 27 // San Diego (USA) from October 18 to 21 // Los Cabos (Mexico) from November 29 to December 2nd) and three D35 Trophy events (Yacht Club Open (YCG) from August 31st to September 2nd // Alinghi Grand Prix (CN Crans) from September 7th to 9th // Realstone Grand Prix presented by the Musée du Léman (SN Nyon) from 21 to 23 September). Currently leading the two championships, the team is open in its desire to continue its momentum and is delighted to again doing battle on Welsh waters in the coming days. Click here for the mid-season provisional general classification of the D35 Trophy and here for the Extreme Sailing Series. Follow the action in Cardiff Here is how to follow the races that will be held from Friday 24 to Monday 27 August from 14h to 17h local time (UTC + 1, 1h less than in Switzerland): Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D Friday and Saturday, then live video on Sunday and Monday) > via our Twitter account @teamalinghi (results published after each race with some photos and short video moments) On demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for news and replays of the races Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the race in general, you can find the event recap here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images, Loris Von Sieventhal, Eric Gachet
Confidence returned to the team in Cardiff with Alinghi very much in the running, neck-and-neck with SAP until the last race. The Danes win this time but the Swiss remain convinced that they can have the last word ... SAP and Alinghi were the main players all afternoon and made the suspense last. Tim Lapauw, foil trimmer, said: "At the start of the first round we were four points behind SAP. We first lost one on them, then gained two, then lost three." Fortunately the wind held and allowed racing to continue. The day's fourth race arrived: Alinghi wins, SAP finishes next-to-last. The gap between the two boats is just one point. Tim continues: "After the fifth race of the day, we managed to be at the top of the provisional ranking, tied with SAP! The President of the race committee announced that the next race would be the last. Oman Air, 3rd, is nine points behind and therefore posing little menace." And so, again, the winner of the Act would be decided in the last of the four day's faces, a shoot-out to decide who finishes in front of the other. Nils Frei, headsail trimmer: "In this last race, the situation on the start was badly assessed by us. Due to a big wind shift to the right, we remained stuck windward side of the committee, with SAP escaping. In spite of that, we are happy with the way we sailed. We made some mistakes, but on the whole we were strong, both in speed, in manoeuvers and on starts, so it's very positive. Pierre-Yves Jorand, Team Director: "I found in the team a combative and warlike attitude. We fought for each metre because it is important to stay in touch to place an attack and then to be able to pass a boat. In my opinion, this is our best ESS event since China with a regatta that was competitive until the last run, as so often is the case in the Extreme Sailing Series. " Click here to watch the interviews of Tim, Nils and Pierre-Yves (in French) in their entirety. Fans of the ESS will require patience, because the competition now breaks until October 19 for Act 7, which will take place in San Diego. However, Alinghi will be back on track next weekend for the D35 Trophy’s continuation on Lake Geneva! Click here for the overall standings from Act 6 Click here for the overall standings of the Championship To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need by following this link. Photos credit ©Lloyd Images
While waiting for the wind, we can: Go over the last few days and look at our performance Continue to prepare and improve the fine tuning the boat Hope for the wind to build up Respond to journalists' questions Take a nap - sorry, refocus by closing our eyes Continue to hope that the wind will build up Run exhibition races to entertain thousands of spectators on Cardiff Bay Turn to liquid in a neoprene suit Hand over the tiller to the 6th man (the guest aboard the boat during a race) And welcome, which comes as something of a blessing, the race committee's permission to return to dock because of the lack of wind in which there is simply no possibility of racing. And so, finally and in conclusion, teams actually do almost as much on a day like today as they would do on a day full of races, excepting, of course, the fact that the scoreboard does not vary by one iota at the end of the day! So now we cross our fingers, hoping to be able to return to racing tomorrow at 2pm (local time) for the final day of this Act 6, which you can also follow live (live video and 3D graphics) by clicking here. Click here for the unchanged overall standings after 8 races. To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need by following this link. Photos credit ©Lloyd Images
Six races were run today in Cardiff Bay, with a tricky wind in both strength and direction, but one that made it possible to get up to nice speed and finally, get up on to the foils. What about the ranking? Alinghi won two races, SAP Extreme Sailing Team the same. Alinghi recorded a third place, two fourth places, but then so did SAP! As it stands yet, SAP lies just four small points ahead at the half-way stage in Wales. The difference between the two? Knots in the gennaker sheet around the winch which caused trouble for the Swiss during a tack on race 5, causing them to finish in the last position. At this level, every detail counts. However, two days remain to build upon a good start and close a small points gap. Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "We had some really good races, we had some others when we struggled a little bit more, but we are still in the game and I feel like we are sailing well, the team is working well together, we are happy to sail together in Cardiff so it's a good day. Regarding the big lead in the two races won today, he said: "We had a really good start with a good strategy and then when you are sailing ahead of the other guys, it makes a lot of things easier, but we will have to do even better to come back in the next races." Click here to watch the interview with Nicolas in its entirety. See you tomorrow from 3pm (local time) for the continuation of this competition, which you can also follow live (video & 3D graphics) by clicking here. Click here for overall standings after 8 races. To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need by following this link. Photos credit ©Lloyd Images
Cardiff Bay (Wales) welcomes the fleet of the Extreme Sailing Series for the 6th year in a row. With a rather ordinary windy race area (as was the case during the two days of training), the wind speed didn’t exceed six knots all day and among the four races launched, only two were officially counted. Yves Detrey, Bowman, said: "It went pretty well today. After only two rounds that were validated, it is a bit early to make a balance sheet, but both races were good, with two second finishes. We made a very good start in one of them. In the other one, we made the right moves. As we had a good speed, we were able to get out of a bad position and out of the pack because after the start, we must admit that we were not that great. Now three days remain, with conditions that are expected to be light and difficult." Click here to watch Yves’ interview in its entirety. See you tomorrow at 2pm (local time) for the second day of this Act 6, which you can also follow live with the 3D graphics by clicking here. Click here for overall standings after 2 races. To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing If you want to know more about how to follow the racing, about Alinghi's team, or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need by following this link. Photos credit ©Lloyd Images
Two race victories in the final day in Cardiff amid challenging wind and intermittent rain showers gave the team much to cheer, but, ultimately, SAP's win in the final double-pointer race denied Alinghi a place on the Act 3 podium, with the Danish team securing the bonus points to pip the team to third. Oman Air deservedly took first place, reward for their dominance over the course of the four days of sailing, and a result that leaves them three points clear of Alinghi at the top of the series leaderboard. Act 4 in Hamburg, beginning on the 28th July, gives the team the first of the five remaining opportunities to make up the gap. Allez Alinghi!
It was a mixed bag for Alinghi on day three in Wales, with a race win countered by a last place finish and matched by several bouts of bad luck that sees the team slip to fifth place in the Act standings. The day could be summed up by the first race, which saw the team punished by a penalty having rounded the bottom gate in first position. The penalty stood, but the team bounced back with a great start by the pin in race two, keeping the lead until the finish line. Unfortunately, the rest of the racing was not to prove as successful, with a challenging day summed up in the final race when one of the team’s rudders gave way halfway around the course. Still, repairs will be made and the team moves onto the final day!
Strong winds in Cardiff bay on day two in the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series gave hope for an exciting day of racing and the early promise was more than fulfilled, with the boats reaching speeds of 35 knots and up towards the end of the day. Indeed, such were the conditions that the Committee had to rule in the day's seventh race that gennakers should not be deployed. It made for exciting and close racing, though, and Alinghi got off to a nice start, snatching second place in race 1 on the line from Act leaders, Oman. That and two very nice wins in races seven and eight - both sealed after fantastic starts - meant that the team move up one place into third on the Act leaderboard. Continue that kind of progression over the next two days in Wales and Alinghi are right in it.
Having delivered exciting wind conditions in the past, hopes were high for Act III of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff and day one did not disappoint, with winds of up to twenty knots blowing across the tight course. There were eight races sailed and it was very much Oman Air’s day, with the team scoring five wins to lead the fleet into day two. Alinghi had a mixed day, but will be greatly encouraged by their performance in race six when, having nailed the start, they maintained the lead until the finish line. More of the same tomorrow, please!