Hamburg, Germany (August 12, 2017) – Oman Air maintained its lead while Red Bull Sailing Team climbed from bottom of the table to second after seven nail-biting races on the penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg, presented by Land Rover.
Four second places and three fifths were enough to keep Oman Air ahead by a comfortable margin while the rest of the fleet took part in a game of snakes and ladders, resulting in a leaderboard reshuffle.
But with only four points separating second and sixth place and a full day of racing ahead, including the final double-points race, there is everything still to play for.
“We have a nice little lead, and that’s good to have going into the last day, but it’s still not enough, you need so much more,” said Oman Air skipper Phil Robertson.
“In this fleet it’s so easy to lose that lead, eight points go in a heartbeat. We’ve just got to keep focussing on one race at a time and do what we do best.”
Austrian-flagged Red Bull Sailing Team notched up two race wins and a second on a grey day on Hamburg’s River Elbe, and finished tied on points with SAP Extreme Sailing Team.
“Today was good for us. It was really tricky but the boys did a great job, worked really hard and were fighting for every point,” said skipper Roman Hagara.
“It’s really tight in this fleet. We’re just trying to catch up on the leaders, and then it’s down to the double-points final race. If we are in reaching distance of the leading boat at that stage, then that’s perfect.”
Current season leader SAP Extreme Sailing Team makes up the podium. “It felt like it was really up and down for us today, it was very tough racing,” said Adam Minoprio, who helmed the Danish squad to one win, and nearly bagged another until disaster struck. Thinking they had finished the race, but not realising they had one lap of the course left to sail, they watched their mammoth lead disintegrate, only managing a fourth-place…