After having tasted success in 2014 and 2016, this year's performance confirms that Qingdao's Fushan Bay and its variable conditions appeal to Alinghi's sailors. Could that be, perhaps, because of their schooling on Lake Geneva, where it's an imperative that one is able to adapt to changes in wind speed speed and direction?
Whatever the reason, the team sealed the deal today in China, securing the win having been in the leading position from the first day. With the victory, Alinghi also moved into first place in the Series' standings, with previous leader, SAP Extreme Sailing Team, recording a fourth place this weekend.
Follow this link to the Alinghi facebook page to see comments, hot off the press, from the team, as they discuss the regatta as they return their GC32 to the dock.
A beautiful finish
With a dozen knots of medium wind, which peaked at 18 knots, the sailing window was exploited to the full today. Seven great races were launched, allowing the GC32s to traverse the bat at full speed in front of thousands of spectators who were enjoying the May 1st holiday.
Xièxie (thank you) & zàijiàn (goodbye) Qingdao. The fleet will be in Madeira from the 29th of June until the 2nd of July for the next Act of the Extreme Sailing Series. In the meantime, we will already see you in few days for the start of the D35 annual championship ! Click here to find out more.
Standings after 17 races of Act 2, Qingdao, of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series (12 points awarded for 1st place, 11 for 2nd, 10 for 3rd and so on):
1st - Alinghi (SUI) : 184 points
2nd - Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) : 173 points
3rd - Oman Air (OMA) : 168 points
4th - SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) : 168 points
5th - Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) : 166 points
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Credit for photos
© Xaume Olleros & Alinghi
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 in the recap at the bottom of this news story.