Alinghi sneaks ahead on light winds opener in Cardiff

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Consistency paid off for Alinghi on the opening day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 6, Cardiff, as light winds prevented a full day of scoring racing. SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Oman Air took a bullet each but paired it with a finish off the podium, allowing the Swiss crew to edge ahead.

Despite the forecast earlier this week showing plenty of breeze, the wind did not materialise and only two races were completed. Alinghi demonstrated its prowess in these conditions as it bagged a brace of seconds, ending the day in the lead by one point.

“It was a really good day for us,” said co-skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis. “We had a really tricky first race, we struggled to start well but then we had a nice first downwind and came back to take second.

“There is still a lot of work to do before the end of the Act. We will just take it easy every race and see how it goes. The boat sailed really well and the guys did a fantastic job, it was really calm and a nice day to sail,” added Psarofaghis.

SAP Extreme Sailing Team follows the Swiss in second, with current season leader Oman Air making up the podium in third.

“We expected these conditions today and we were quite pleasantly surprised that we managed to get two races in,” said Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson. “We’re happy, we won the last race, it’s always nice to finish on a high.”

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 August 2017 )