Two wins for Red Bull Sailing in Portugal – Alinghi on top of Leaderboard
CASCAIS (Portugal) – The fourth stop of the Extreme Sailing Series was a new venue for the stadium racing format, but the crowds of knowledgeable local sailing fans gave a warm welcome to skipper Roman Hagara – a two-time Olympic champion who has sailed in Portuguese waters many times before. After finishing in the middle of the pack over the first two days of sailing, where winds neared 30 knots for thrilling foiling, Hagara and his young team – Ed Powys, Neil Hunter, Dan Morris and Rhys Mara – found their stride on Day 3, capturing their first race win, plus three additional podium finishes. On Sunday, the final day of racing, the Red Bull Sailing came out strong again, including a string of three consecutive race podiums that encompassed a win, but their GC32 catamaran sustained damage in a foil lift, making it necessary to miss two races while repairs were made. The team came back for the last three races, managing to salvage a fifth-place finish for the regatta.
Results Extreme Sailing Series Act 4, Cascais, Portugal: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 309 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 294 pts, 3. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 288 pts, 4. Oman Air (OMA) 282 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 250 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 222 pts, 7. Team Portugal (POR) 182 pts
Overall Extreme Sailing Series rankings after four of seven acts: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 45 points, 2. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 44 pts, 3. Oman Air (OMA) 41 pts, 4. INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) 37 pts, 5. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 33 pts, 6. Team Mexico (MEX) 27 pts, 7. NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 7 pts
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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
About the Extreme Sailing Series 2018
In seven events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global destinations.
14-17 March: Muscat, Oman
24-27 May: GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy
14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain
5-8 July: Cascais, Portugal
24-27 August: Cardiff, UK
18-21 October: San Diego, USA
29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico