Red Bull Sailing Team Wins Opening Act Extreme Sailing Series
Published: Monday, 09 February 2015
Double Olympic gold medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher along with their teammates on Red Bull Sailing Team have won the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore. The team from Austria had the point advantage heading into the final day and held it together despite the onslaught from SAP Extreme Sailing Team in a cutthroat battle that lasted until the final few metres of the last race. SAP Extreme Sailing Team was denied the trophy by just five points.
“We are all thrilled – it’s great,” says Hagara. “The young guys did a great job and I think all of our experience was very helpful. Together as a team we kept everything together and it was perfect for us.” Hagara and Steinacher selected Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailors Jason Waterhouse, Shaun Mason and Stewart Dodson to join them this season.
SAP Extreme Sailing Team were on a mission, making the Austrians earn every point, and took a well-deserved second place – their best ever finish. Leigh McMillan and his team from Oman are famous for their final day comebacks but the Danes and Austrians were not going to be muscled out, leaving the two-time series champions in third place.
Skyscrapers of steel and glass dominated the compact Marina Bay track in Singapore. Thousands of people passed through the gates over the weekend. The final day’s racing had the top nine international teams battling it out in superb conditions of 15 knots with gusts up to 21, giving the spectators the thrill they came for.
Gazprom Team Russia, with three Russian sailors onboard including Skipper Igor Lisovenko, sailed consistently to finish in fourth place, just seven points before The Wave, Muscat.
Act 2 will take place in Muscat, Oman Mar 11-14.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 1 Singapore Standings After Day 4
1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUS), 232 points
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN), 227 points
3rd The Wave Muscat (OMA), 220 points
4th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS), 213 points
5th Oman Air (OMA), 198 points
6th GAC Pindar (GRB), 182 points