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Bootshow Biograd 23.10.2017

 

Biograd Boat Show 19.10.-22.10.2017

Press Release 24.10.2017

Central Europe’s In–water Show Delivers Another Record Show, with Over 320 Registered Exhibitors and Well Over 300 Boats.

After 19 straight record shows, the Biograd Boat Show has firmly established itself as Central Europe’s in-water show, with the most exhibitors and vessels on the Adriatic. Fantastic weather helped boost total attendance to a record 16,265, or more than 3 times the population of Biograd.

The exhibitors cover a broad range of international brands with more than 40 premiere vessels. Many local manufacturers showed their latest products, such as the world premiere of the More 40 sailboat, and the in-water debut of the Pear Sea 56 hardtop.

Unlike any boat show in the world, this 4 day festival of boating has exhibits until sunset, with socializing entertainment until 2:00 am, spilling over into the town center. It takes place in the 800 berth Marina Kornati, set in one of the most beautiful boating areas of the world, as evidenced by the world’s largest concentration of charter yachts. 12 social events in 5 venues at the marina attracted thousands of participants with 5 bands, DJ’s, 5 Jumbo screens and an impressive fireworks display. Multiple regattas attracted more than 600 participants. With such an elaborate program and beautiful setting, it is a magnet for international visitors that gravitate to the Adriatic.

Biograd B2B in its First Year Attracts 393 Business Participants, Paving the Way for the Future Development for the Boat Show

With new exhibitor space in short supply, Ilirija has created Biograd B2B, a Nautical Business Networking Event allowing business visitors to participate in the Biograd Boat Show without an exhibition stand.

Biograd B2B participants register their business and arrange meetings, while networking through social events, and an extensive Congress Program, which included an impressive new Nautical Congress run by the Croatian Chamber of Economy.

Biograd B2B is seen as the future in terms of the shows expansion as there is almost limitless growth potential, during a time where many potential exhibitors were turned away due to lack of exhibition space. International Business Visitors will be targeted, offering them a great platform to learn about the Croatian boating market, with direct access to all exhibitors and B2B participants.

Check out our Facebook page for the most up to date information, and our webpage which includes the best virtual tour (2017 show updated soon) www.bbs.com.hr as well as our Dropbox:

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Clipperrace Race2 23.10.2017

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RACE 2 DAY 19: PSP Logistics Enters the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint
23 OCTOBER 2017

For PSP Logistics, Day 19 of Race 2: The Stormhoek Race to The Cape of Storms marked a significant milestone in the sprint to Cape Town: the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint.

The team, which was delayed significantly behind the fleet after a whale hit its starboard rudder, entered the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint at 04:01:05 UTC. Whilst PSP Logistics will finish twelfth, the Ocean Sprint represents an opportunity to claw back either one, two, or three bonus race points.

Speaking about the final third of the race, Skipper Roy Taylor says: “Back to some champagne sailing with a blue sky, sunshine and 25 knots of breeze.

“It looks like the final third of the voyage might be kinder than the first two thirds (we hope), although there is still a tricky/cheeky little wind hole that may spoil things for us.”

Once PSP Logistics has completed its Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint, the fastest three teams will be formally announced by the Clipper Race Office and will be awarded up to three bonus race points.

Despite being some 1,150 nautical miles away from Cape Town, PSP Logistics was a big winner at last night’s Race 2 Prize Giving, scooping up both the Stormhoek Social Spirit Award and first prize for the Henri Lloyd Photo Competition.

Although disappointed the team could not be there in person, Roy thanked the rest of the fleet during the ceremony held at Cape Town Fish Market, adding: “I have just heard that we have won the Stormhoek Social Spirit Award for this leg. We also just got the news that we have also won the Henri Lloyd photo competition for Race 2, well done to Ben Acland for the great shot!!

“We hope that our shipmates in Cape Town had a great evening and we look forward to catching up with them all soon.”

With a shorter stop in Cape Town than initially anticipated, the focus on board PSP Logistics after the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint is on minimising shore tasks. Roy explains: “Now focusing on crew rest and maintenance tasks (as well as getting to Cape Town). We plan to arrive with a clean boat that is in good shape for the next leg and with a well-rested crew that are ready for a run ashore.”

Stay tuned for all the latest news at sea from Skipper Roy Taylor and the crew, on the PSP Logistics team page, to find out and keep up with its progress on the Race Viewer.

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Extreme San Diego 23.10.2017

SAP Extreme Sailing Team triumphs in San Diego stand-off to extend overall Extreme Sailing Series™ lead

22/10/17

SAP Extreme Sailing Team triumphs in San Diego stand-off to extend overall Extreme Sailing Series™ lead

It was déjà vu for SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi as it went down to the final double-points race to decide the winner of the penultimate Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego, but the Danes held their nerve to walk away the champions.

With tensions running high and teams pushing hard, there were two collisions within the final two races. As SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Alinghi fought for pole position, a simultaneous battle for third raged between Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing Team. But the Omani syndicate fell foul of a penalty and watched Red Bull Sailing Team sail its way onto the podium.

„We’re stoked. It was great to finish the double-points race with an impressive win and it sealed the week for us,“ said SAP Extreme Sailing Team helm Adam Minoprio, who sailed alongside Rasmus Køstner, Pierluigi de Felice, Mads Emil Stephensen and Richard Mason, with Jes Gram-Hansen as coach.

„The last three days we’ve sailed well. Today we had a few hiccups. We put a bit of pressure on ourselves but an eight-point lead going into the final race is a good lead and it all ended well,“ added Minoprio, whose team has a five-point lead overall heading into the final Act.

Although the chance of defending its 2016 Series title is now slimmer, Swiss-flagged Alinghi – currently in third in the overall standings – has made gains on Oman Air for second and is now only one point behind.

„Unfortunately, we couldn’t catch up with SAP Extreme Sailing Team but we had a great battle with them on the water, so congratulations to them. We are really looking forward to Los Cabos; it’s going to be even trickier there but we still have a hand on the trophy so it’s going to be a fun one,“ said co-skipper and helm of the Swiss syndicate Arnaud Psarofaghis.

Red Bull Sailing Team chipped away at Oman Air from the off, finishing ahead in the opening four races and going into the final double-points race tied on points. The Austrian squad took its chance as Oman Air was delivered a penalty and left Phil Robertson and his men for dust. Red Bull Sailing Team remains in fourth in the overall standings.

„We’re obviously a little bit disappointed to slip off the podium but it’s yacht racing,“ said Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson, whose team was awarded the Zhik Speed Machine Trophy for hitting the top speed of the Act at 29.3 knots, an insight provided by SAP.

„We didn’t sail very well, and probably haven’t throughout the Act to be honest, so we’ve got some big steps to make for Los Cabos. It’s a double-points event so anything can happen,“ he added.

NZ Extreme Sailing Team helm Josh Junior showed moments of brilliance, twice leading in a race before being overtaken within the final few legs. The Kiwi squad finished the Act in fifth and remains in fifth in the Series overall.

An unfortunate issue with the boat meant that Land Rover BAR Academy was unable to compete in the opening two races. Re-joining the fleet in race 22, the British syndicate – which was helmed by four-time Olympic gold-medallist Sir Ben Ainslie – failed to find its form of the opening day. It finished the Act in sixth and remains in sixth in the season standings.

The two US-flagged wildcards, Team Extreme San Diego and Lupe Tortilla Demetrio, took seventh and eighth on the Act leaderboard respectively. Texan entry Lupe Tortilla Demetrio will return to compete in the final stage of the season in less than six weeks‘ time.

„It was so much fun sailing with this group of people in this fantastic venue all week. We made some efforts and some small strides and we started to get better but I guess we reached our peak, or at least I did personally,“ said Morgan Larson, skipper of Team Extreme San Diego and a former Series champion.

„All in all, it’s always a fun experience sailing on the Extreme Sailing Series, it’s a great competition. Hats off to SAP Extreme Sailing Team, they were three steps ahead of everybody and I think it will be hard work for anyone to catch them for sure,“ he added.

French kiteboarder Axel Mazella stormed to victory in the inaugural Extreme San Diego Kiteboarding Invitational, with nine wins from 13 races. The first runner up was Britain’s Oliver Bridge. USA’s Johnny Heineken rounded off the podium.

The international fleet will reconvene in Los Cabos, from 30 November – 3 December, for the double-points final Act of the 2017 season, presented by SAP. Racing will take place in front of the Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort. Visit the official website for more information.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego, standings after day 4, 25 races (22.10.17)
Position / Team / Points
1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason 273 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 263 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 239 points.
4th Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 233 points.
5th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) Graeme Sutherland, Josh Junior, Harry Hull, Andy Maloney, Josh Salthouse 212 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Ben Ainslie, Oli Greber, Adam Kay, Will Alloway 201 points.
7th Team Extreme San Diego (USA) Morgan Larson, Andrew Campbell, Matt Cassidy, Mike Kuschner, Cooper Dressler 198 points.
8th Lupe Tortilla Demetrio (USA) John Tomko, Jonathan Atwood, Matthew Whitehead, Tripp Burd, Trevor Burd 152 points.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series™ overall standings
Position / Team / Points
1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 78 points.
2nd Oman Air (OMA) 73 points.
3rd Alinghi (SUI) 72 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 66 points.
5th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 56 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54 points.

Extreme San Diego Kiteboarding Invitational, standings after day 4, 13 races (21.10.17)
Position / Athlete / Points
1st Axel Mazella (FRA) 15 points.
2nd Oliver Bridge (GBR) 32 points.
3rd Johnny Heineken (USA) 42 points.
4th Joey Pasquali (USA) 49 points.
5th Riley Gibbs 49.3 points.
6th Nico Landaur (URU) 61 points.
7th Julien Kernuer (FRA) 67 points.
8th Toni Vodisek (SLO) 75 point.
9th Florian Gruber (GER) 77 points.
10th Will Cyr (USA) 100 points.
11th Kai Calder (USA) 104 points.
12th Daniela Moroz (USA) 109 points.
13th Bryan Lake (USA) 125 points.
14th Ty Reed (USA) 150 points.
15th Stefaans Viljoen (RSA) 176 points.

RORC Transatlantic Race

213.10.2017

Atlantic Double

Start Leg 1 – RORC Transatlantic Race
Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada

A record entry is expected for the fourth edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race, starting at Marina Lanzarote, Canary Islands, on 25th November, 2017. Close to 25 teams are expected, racing a huge variety of ocean going yachts. Nine different nations will be taking the challenge, racing 3,000 miles to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada, West Indies.

The 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race makes up one half of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta (AAR). The second race, organised by the RORC and Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (NRV), starts from Bermuda on 7th July 2018 and finishes in Hamburg, the home port of the NRV, celebrating its 150th anniversary.

West and eastbound across the Atlantic
For the RORC Transatlantic Race, two of the favourites for the overall win under IRC will also be racing from Bermuda to Hamburg. Jens Kellinghusen’s German Ker 56 Varuna, representing the NRV, and Eric de Turckheim’s French Nivelt-Muratet 54, Teasing Machine. Both owners are members of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Whilst both of the yachts are new to the racing circuit and relatively the same size, there is a huge difference between them, as Laurent Pages, Teasing Machine’s tactician and winner of the Volvo Ocean Race, explains:

„Varuna has a canting keel and a powerful hull shape,“ commented Laurent. „We have just completed 10 days testing with the new Teasing Machine which is fixed keel. We are happy with the performance over a broad range of conditions. I have no doubt that Varuna will be quicker in strong reaching conditions, but racing across the Atlantic is not a straight forward sprint; there are local effects and you need to always be looking forward to get your strategy right. Varuna should be ahead of us for the race. However, after time correction, Teasing Machine has the ability to change that. Personally, to race across the Atlantic twice in the same year is fantastic. It is a rare opportunity.“

Young sailors gain skills
Two corinthian entries for the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta are keeping up a tradition that dates back over 100 years. Andrews 56, Broader View Hamburg and JV 52 Haspa Hamburg belong to the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt (HVS). Established in 1903, the HVS encourages young sailors to go to sea, to develop teamwork, fairness, and leadership.

During a long and illustrious history, HVS has organised close to 60 transatlantic crossings and two circumnavigations. Haspa Hamburg has just returned from Australia, having sailed back after last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. Both yachts will sail from Germany to Lanzarote to compete in the RORC Transatlantic Race, giving delivery crews the opportunity to sail thousands of sea miles before the race crews arrive.

„The Atlantic Anniversary Regatta is very important to the HVS, it offers us the challenge to compete in two races; perfect for our cause,“ commented Bjorn Woge, Skipper of Broader View Hamburg. „The youngsters practice many skills, including hands-on knowledge of racing rules, tactics, sail setting and trimming, navigation, electronics, weather and pilotage. On a personal note, I made a promise to my son Benedikt
that when he finished school, I would cross the Atlantic with him, and he has reminded me of that! For the RORC Transatlantic Race, Broader View Hamburg will have five crew under 21, including my son, and the other half of the crew are experienced offshore sailors.“

Full social calendar before the start
Marina Lanzarote will be a hive of activity in the run-up to the start of the 4th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race. Competitors will also enjoy social occasions organised for crews to mingle, plus the opportunity to race with the world class RC44 fleet, competing for the RC44 Calero Marinas Cup.

„The guests sit in the back of the boat just behind the driver. This is a fantastic position because they are about 30cm from the superstar skippers and listen to all the tactics that he is giving to the crew. For the guest, it is as if you were sitting behind Sebastian Vettel in a Formula 1 car,“ RC44 Event Coordinator, Hubert Detrey explains.

RORC Transatlantic Race Programme Highlights:
Monday 20th November – RORC Welcome Reception held at the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife
Tuesday 21st November – Crew Rum Party at Marina Lanzarote
Wednesday 22nd November – RC44 Championship Tour Event Village opens at Marina Lanzarote. Thursday 23rd November – RORC Gala Dinner at the Amura Restaurante, Puerto Calero
Friday 24th November – RC44 Hospitality programme for RORC Transatlantic Race competitors
Saturday 25th November – Start of the 2017 RORC Transatlantic Race 1200 (UTC +1)

The entry list is still open for competitors interested in taking part in the RORC Transatlantic Race, run in association with the International Maxi Association, and is the first leg of the commemorative Atlantic Anniversary Regatta starting on 25th November 2017 from Lanzarote to Grenada.

Entry list: The latest list of entries can be found at: https://rorctransatlantic.rorc.org/entries/entries-expressions-of-interest.html

For entries and further information please contact the RORC Race Team: Tel: +44 (0) 1983 295 144
Email: racing@rorc.org

Follow the RORC Transatlantic Race and Atlantic Anniversary Regatta:
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https://anniversary-regatta.com

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Clipperrace 22.10.2017

 

RACE 2 DAY 18: And then there was one
22 OCTOBER 2017

Unicef crossed the finish line yesterday at 21:19:27 UTC, arriving into Cape Town after sailing over 3500nm. For PSP Logistics, this moment, celebrations and cold beers still awaits.

Currently making good progress at 10.2 knots directly to Cape Town, with less than 1400nm to go, the team’s priority is to make it into port with time to rest, recuperate and make any necessary repairs ahead of the start of the Southern Ocean Leg.

Skipper, Roy Taylor, reports: “We have been moving along quite nicely for the past couple of days and yesterday was lovely and sunny – a welcome opportunity for drying some kit after the excitement of the previous day.

“The team are tired but keep plodding on without complaint – helm, log, bilges, heads clean etc. They are a good bunch and I would love to be able to give them all a day off, but we must keep the wee boaty moving, keep her pointing towards Cape Town, keep the routines running, knock off the miles one by one.”

Thoughts today on board PSP Logistics are currently with the rest of the fleet, who will have their Prize Giving ceremony this evening. Skipper Roy Taylor and the PSP Logistics crew passed on their hearty congratulations to Greenings and Skipper Andy Woodruff on its second win, to Skipper Dale Smyth and Dare To Lead on securing second place and doubling its race points and to Skipper Gaëtan Thomas and his ‘pirates’ on board Garmin for securing third and their first podium finish.

Importantly PSP Logistics continues to demonstrate the true spirit of the Clipper Race in congratulating all those who have taken on this challenge: “Most of all congratulations to all the crews on all the boats – men, women, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, grandparents, grandchildren, housewives, doctors, used car salesmen and all the diverse cultures and occupations, within the Clipper Race fleet, who have safely navigated the South Atlantic Ocean and made landfall safely.

“Well done to you all, be proud of what you have achieved and enjoy your evening!”

Up ahead for PSP Logistics Simon Rowell, Clipper Race Meteorologist, reports that: “the next front should be over the team around now, and the strongest bit of it is further south, so I expect the team will be seeing 40 knots gusts instead of 50. After that the next low rolling down the front from South America will bring some tactical problems and quite quickly changing weather down the line, but it doesn’t look as if it’s going to be particularly strong.”

Will the weather ahead mean that the team can continue to make good speed towards Cape Town and possibly grab some bonus points from the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint?

Stay tuned for all the latest news at sea from Skipper Roy Taylor and the crew, on the PSP Logistics team page, to find out and keep up with its progress on the Race Viewer.

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Extreme San Diego 21.10.2017

 

21/10/17

Day three thriller sees SAP Extreme Sailing Team go top in San Diego

SAP Extreme Sailing Team dominated and unseated Alinghi from the top spot on another crowd-pleasing day in San Diego at Act 7 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series™.

With seven races in big breeze, helm Adam Minoprio and the rest of the crew on board the Danish-flagged syndicate delivered a masterclass, taking home four wins and two seconds.

„As a team, we excel in the heavy air. We showed everyone up today with how these boats should be sailed, we had clean manoeuvres and were faster on the track. When you do a foiling gybe with the code zero sail up downwind it’s a ten boat-length gain, and we managed to nail a few of them today,“ said Minoprio.

„It’s huge for us to be gaining points on Alinghi and Oman Air in this event. We’ve got five days of the Extreme Sailing Series left, one more here in San Diego, and we must make sure that we push hard tomorrow to extend the overall championship lead,“ added the Kiwi, whose team currently tops the season leader board.

A mixed bag for the Swiss, which included only one win and two more podiums, left them with their work cut out for the final day tomorrow.

„It was an interesting day. It wasn’t our best and we have quite a lot to work on for tomorrow, but the win is still on the table and we are looking forward to going out there and catching up on some points,“ said co-skipper and helm Arnaud Psarofaghis.

With SAP Extreme Sailing Team comfortably leading, the real battle in the final race was between Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing Team for third, with the two separated by only three points. A fifth for Oman Air and a sixth for Red Bull Sailing Team handed the last spot on the podium to Phil Robertson and the Omani squad – who hit the top speed of the Act so far with 29.25 knots, an insight provided by SAP Sailing Analytics.

Land Rover BAR Academy – helmed by Sir Ben Ainslie – finished in fifth, followed by NZ Extreme Sailing Team in sixth. Although chances of a podium finish look slim for the Kiwi squad, helm Josh Junior celebrated a personal victory today with his first win since taking over the helm in Act 6, Cardiff.

„It was awesome to win our first race of the Act. I think as a team we’ve been getting better every day and it feels like we’ve been a little bit unlucky not getting a win until now, but we finally got one and everyone is happy. It’s a great way to finish the day,“ commented Junior, a former cyclor for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 35th America’s Cup.

Team Extreme San Diego showed moments of promise throughout the day but only managed two podiums and finished seventh, leaving Lupe Tortilla Demetrio to round off the table in eighth. For both US-flagged wildcards this week is their first sailing together as a crew, and for many of the sailors their first time on the GC32 boat.

French kiteboarder Axel Mazella continued his commanding performance in the Extreme San Diego Kiteboarding Invitational, bringing his tally of race wins to eight from 11 races. Brit Oliver Bridge climbed to second and Riley Gibbs dropped to third. Three-time world-champion Johnny Heineken currently sits in fourth.

Racing resumes tomorrow with the Extreme San Diego Kiteboarding Invitational from 12:00 UTC-7 followed at 14:00 by GC32 Stadium Racing, which includes the final double-points race. Fans can follow the action via the live stream on the official Facebook and YouTube and racing will be broadcast live on TV channels across the globe from 15:30 – 17:00 UTC-7.

The free-to-enter public Race Village – which features a variety of activities and refreshment stalls – is located at Harbor Island Park and is open from 10:00 local time. Find out more on the official website.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego, standings after day 3, 19 races (21.10.17)
Position / Team / Points
1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason 204 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 190 points.
3rd Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 173 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 169 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Ben Ainslie, Oli Greber, Elliot Hanson, Will Alloway 158 points.
6th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) Graeme Sutherland, Josh Junior, Harry Hull, Andy Maloney, Josh Salthouse 148 points.
7th Team Extreme San Diego (USA) Morgan Larson, Andrew Campbell, Matt Cassidy, Mike Kuschner, Cooper Dressler 145 points.
8th Lupe Tortilla Demetrio (USA) John Tomko, Jonathan Atwood, Matthew Whitehead, Tripp Burd, Trevor Burd 108 points.

Extreme San Diego Kiteboarding Invitational, standings after day 3, 11 races (21.10.17)
Position / Athlete / Points
1st Axel Mazella (FRA) 10 points.
2nd Oliver Bridge (GBR) 24 points.
3rd Riley Gibbs 33.3 points.
4th Johnny Heineken (USA) 39 points.
5th Joey Pasquali (USA) 41 points.
6th Julien Kernuer (FRA) 53 points.
7th Nico Landaur (URU) 55 points.
8th Florian Gruber (GER) 59 points.
9th Toni Vodisek (SLO) 63 point.
10th Will Cyr (USA) 81 points.
11th Kai Calder (USA) 86 points.
12th Bryan Lake (USA) 97 points.
13th Daniela Moroz (USA) 101 points.
14th Ty Reed (USA) 122 points.
15th Stefaans Viljoen (RSA) 144 points.

 

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Extreme San Diego 16.10.2017

16/10/17

Californian Morgan Larson to make Extreme Sailing Series™ return in San Diego

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego will see the return of former Series champion Morgan Larson.

The Californian will skipper Team Extreme San Diego, the second US wildcard to be announced following the entry of Lupe Tortilla Demetrio, in the penultimate stage of the season from 19 – 22 October.

Larson, who narrowly missed out on 2016 victory as skipper and helm of Oman Air, has a history of success in the ultimate Stadium Racing championship. The Santa Cruz born sailor helmed Alinghi to victory in 2014, and he is looking forward to giving it another shot.

„After a year away from the Extreme Sailing Series I am excited to cut my teeth again on the flying GC32. The format of the racing, the competition and the speed of the foiling cats is infectious and I’m confident San Diego will deliver as a great venue for the Series,“ said Larson, who comes fresh from competing on board Argo in the GC32 Racing Tour in Calvi.

„I’m looking forward to representing my state and country; competing on your home court is always great,“ he added.

Larson’s stellar all-American crew line-up includes three of Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup sailors: Andrew Campbell, Cooper Dressler and Matt Cassidy who will take the positions of mainsail trimmer, floater and headsail trimmer respectively.

Trimming the foils is Mike Kuschner, who was part of Argo’s winning crew in the GC32 Racing Tour’s Villasimius Cup in Sardinia earlier this year.

„We have a complete Californian squad from our shore team to our sailing team; three of us are San Diego natives. We may be a late entry this season but the calibre of guys on our team is second to none,“ commented Larson.

Team Extreme San Diego, which is supported by the Port of San Diego, the San Diego Tourism Authority and its Marketing District, will go up against fellow US wildcard squad Lupe Tortilla Demetrio. With two fully American crews, US sailors will make up the majority of the line-up when the fleet hits the waters of San Diego Bay in three days‘ time. Find out more about Lupe Tortilla Demetrio here.

The eight-strong fleet of GC32s, representing seven nations, will race just metres from the shore of San Diego’s Harbor Island from 19 – 22 October. The free-to-enter public Race Village, which offers a prime viewing spot for the sailing, along with plenty of free on-shore entertainment, will be open from 10:00 local time (UTC-7) daily and is located at Harbor Island Park.

For those looking for a more unique experience, the Extreme Sailing Series offers a range of VIP packages, which include the opportunity to race on board a GC32 catamaran. More information on this, and about the event, can be found on the official website.

Find out about the rest of the teams competing in Act 7 here.

Team Extreme San Diego (USA) crew line-up for Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, San Diego
Skipper/helmsman: Morgan Larson (USA)
Mainsail trimmer: Andrew Campbell (USA)
Headsail trimmer: Matt Cassidy (USA)
Foil trimmer: Mike Kuschner (USA)
Floater: Cooper Dressler (USA)
Reserve: Riley Gibbs (USA)
Shore crew: Brian Janney (USA)