Published: Thursday, 08 May 2014

In one of the biggest crashes in the Series' eight-year history Red Bull Team T-boned Alinghi, knocking both boats out of the race. Despite this, Alinghi still won the race, and is first so far in the series. The team, Morgan Larson, Anna Tunnilcliffe, Nils Frei, Pierre-Yves Jorand and Yves Detry, watched the final races from the dock. 

Extreme Sailing Series Crash

Realteam, the model of consistancy over four hard-fought days in Qingdao, took 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.

A change in race format saw the fleet race in groups of six for safety reason with gusts up to 25 knots blasting across the racecourse, in what proved to be a day of mixed fortunes for the 12-boat elite level fleet. 

The young Emirates Team New Zealand have kept in touch with the top of the leaderboard all week, and Peter Burling, who took over from Dean Barker in Qingdao, kept a cool head today to hold off the defending Series champions The Wave, Muscat. Burling said, "We're pretty stoked to get on the podium. I think going into today there was a bit of a battle between three of us to get into second position, and I supposed there's a little disappointment that we couldn't get there. Coming into the start of the week we woud have been pretty happy getting a third, so as the week goes on you seem to up your expectations -- but overall we're really happy to come away with a podium and keep in contact with the top guys on the overall Series rankings."

Over the four days Qingdao has thrown everything at the fleet, and there is not an Act that will be easily forgotten. Next stop for the fleet is Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the season will reach its halfway points, 26-29 June.