Extreme Sailing Series – SAP take lead on day 2
SAP Extreme Sailing Team sailed a near faultless day on day two of the Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore, clearly relishing the inner city stadium racecourse, and striding ahead into first place – a day topped off by winning the Aberdeen Challenge Trophy. The Danish team were the stand out performers of the day, clocking up more points than any other.
Red Bull Sailing Team were also on fire and threatening the lead all day, with two race wins for the formidable duo of Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher and the team with the distinct charging bull on their sail from Austria boosting them up the leaderboard at the end of play.
As a two-times champion looking for a hat-trick of titles on what is an eight-regatta circuit in 2015, McMillan and the team on The Wave, Muscat had an unrewarding day, with a yo-yo performance by their exacting standards, that saw them relinquish their day one lead to finish the day in third – but just one point behind the Austrians.
In a programme of six races plus the Aberdeen Challenge knock-out trophy, racing was made unpredictable by the city’s ring of tall buildings that saw inconsistent performances from the majority of the fleet in the light conditions. But ultimately, the experienced hands got the measure of the track, with four returning skippers claiming the top positions including Igor Lisovenko and Gazprom Team Russia under helmsman Phil Robertson.
The light conditions also played in favour of British 49er sailor Stevie Morrison and the team on Oman Air who took their first race win of the season to upgrade their overnight position from seventh to fifth, and are now tied on points with Lino Sonego Team Italia, with Beko Team Turx another eight points back.
The local entry Team Aberdeen under skipper and round the world sailing legend Nick Moloney with Aussie Adam Beashel in the driving seat also had a better day, breaking into the top half of the fleet and adding 40 points to their tally.
The locals are tied on points with the Aussies on GAC Pindar, who will be left feeling frustrated tonight, after they struck the sea wall in the pre-start of the second race of the day, breaking their bowsprit and knocking them out of the following four races.
Saturday the fleet head into the business end of the regatta, with just two days racing left at the opening Act of the season as all the teams look to establish a hold on the leaderboard as a sign of intent for the season ahead.
Extreme Sailing Series – Act 1 Singapore standings after Day 2, 15 races (06.02.15)
1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, 111 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, 104 points.
3rd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan, 103 points.
4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Igor Lisovenko, 97 points.
5th Oman Air (OMA) Stevie Morrison, 89 points.
6th Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA) Lorenzo Bressani, 89 points.
7th Beko Team Turx (TUR) Mitch Booth, 81 points.
8th GAC Pindar (GBR) Seve Jarvin, 64 points.
9th Team Aberdeen (SIN) Nick Moloney, 64 points.