Alternative Big Bang: the Alinghi Story

4 May

In the world of big-cat racing, what the Extreme Sailing Series has going for it is fleet racing. Here is the official wrapup summary as supplied by the press team in China’s capital of sailing, Qingdao.

– One of the biggest crashes in the Series’ eight-year history sees Red Bull Sailing Team T-Bone Alinghi at nearly 15 knots according to the SAP analytics, knocking both boats out of racing.

– Realteam, the model of consistency over four hard-fought days in Qingdao, take a well deserved second place.

– Emirates Team New Zealand take third, and are now positioned nicely to topple the old order on the overall Series leaderboard.

– The pressure is now on The Wave, Muscat when the fleet head to Saint Petersburg for Act 4, with Alinghi now two points ahead on the overall Series leaderboard.


On the final days racing at the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™, Act 3 Qingdao, the Olympic sailing city lived up to its reputation as a notorious and unpredictable racecourse. Even one of the biggest crashes in the Series’ eight-year history, that saw Red Bull Sailing Team T-bone Alinghi and knock the Swiss out of racing, couldn’t stop Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnicliffe, Nils Frei, Pierre-Yves Jorand and Yves Detrey, who took victory despite watching the final races from the dock, after the international jury awarded the he Swiss boat a redress, to helmsman Larson’s relief. “We were lining up at the start, and approaching the line with ten seconds to go and most of the fleet was on port. Red Bull ducked behind us, the winds were shifty and up and down, there was too much of a puff and they couldn’t get the bear away and T-boned us – it happens. It’s great to have won, we had such a great regatta that it was bittersweet to end that way, but I think we earned it so it feels good. We’re just glad that no one was hurt and that the boat is repairable – it will take a week in a good boat yard, but it will be back and ready to race.”

This article was syndicated from BLUE PLANET TIMES


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