Big breeze for Land Rover BAR Academy on final day in Oman
Muscat delivered breeze of 18-20 knots and a short sharp choppy sea state on the final day of Extreme Sailing Series to bring the first act of the season to a close. Racing was delayed by an hour and boats were prepped with a small jib and a reef in their mainsail before heading out on the wild race course.
Land Rover BAR Academy were really pushed to their limits on the water and it was Owen Bowerman’s first time helming in such testing conditions. The teams were reaching 20 knots of boat speed upwind and came leaping and bounding at speeds of up to 35 knots downwind with choppy waves really making for some exciting action.
Six races took place with the Land Rover BAR Academy posting 8th, 7th, 5th, 9th, 7th and 4th.
The course was shortened in race 3 to just one lap and the competition really heated up, Land Rover BAR Academy pulled together as a team and put on an impressive show of foiling action to place 5th. The course returned to its two lap course for the remaining 3 races but it was in the last race, when double points were up for grab, that the Land Rover BAR Academy put on their best performance of Act 1 placing in 4th position. The team finish the Extreme Sailing Series Act One in 8th overall.
Skipper Rob Bunce commented on the day "It's been a good learning event for us and pushed our boat handing skills which is exactly whats needed. It was fresh out there today and we're happy to still have the rig pointing upwards - our main goal at the start of the day was to get round all six races safely. We got up near the front of the fleet in the last few races so we are really happy. The team have really come together over the course of the week. Owen had really grown into the helm role and we have been working really well as a team and we feel pretty confident going into the rest of the season"
That’s a wrap for Act One of the Extreme Sailing Series in Muscat Oman, SAP Extreme Sailing Team take the win with Alinghi and Oman Air tie breaking on 270 points in second and third place. The next event will take place in Qingdao, China 28th April – 1st May – stay tuned for more action with the Land Rover BAR Academy.
SAP Extreme Sailing, 286 points
Alinghi, 270 points
Oman Air, 270 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 247 points
Team Tilt, 235 points
Team Engie, 199 points
Tawera Racing, 195 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 173 points
NZL Sailing Team, 142 points
The penultimate day of Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 in Muscat once again dawned to sunshine and 8-10 knots of onshore wind. Racing for the fleet was brought forwards by one hour to 1pm local time (+4 hours GMT) to make the most of the thermal winds and ensuring the teams completed as many races as possible.
From the eight races sailed, the unchanged Land Rover BAR Academy crew scored 6th, 6th, 4th, BFD, 8th, 6th, 8th and 5th. This leaves the team eighth overall going into the last day of racing, of which the last race of the regatta is a double-points finale.
Mainsail Trimmer Will Alloway spoke after racing "Today was a tricky day with all the teams pushing hard on the start line meaning there were a lot of general recalls and black flags. If you didn’t get a good start you were in a difficult position and playing catch up. We got eight races in, so it was a physical day but all of the hard work in the gym and on the water paid off and we held together well."
The final day of racing starts tomorrow from 1300 local time (GMT+4) for full updates follow @LandRoverBAR on Facebook and Twitter. The action will be streamed live on Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels from 1330-1700 (GMT+4).
After yesterday’s collision, it was a morning of boat checks for Land Rover BAR Academy in Oman before day two of racing started in the afternoon. As per previous Extreme Sailing Series events, there was also squad rotation with Will Alloway coming in for Elliot Hanson on mainsail trim.
Beautiful conditions of 12-14 knots and sunshine greeted the teams on the race course. This made for exciting and close racing with regular position changes throughout the fleet and seconds separating the teams at the finish line. Five races took place with Land Rover BAR Academy finishing 6th 9th, 7th, 8th and 4th.
At the halfway point through the regatta the team sit in eighth place overall. Skipper Rob Bunce reflected “Today went well with four exciting races before we really pulled together to push to the front end of the fleet and finish fourth in the last race of the day. We made it difficult for ourselves by being OCS a couple of times but bounced back well. There is more breeze forecast for the rest of the regatta and we will be looking to push on and keep learning as much as possible”.
Racing starts again tomorrow at 14:00 local time (GMT+4) for full updates follow @LandRoverBAR on Facebook and Twitter. The action will be streamed live on the Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels from 14:00 to 17:30 local time (UTC+4).
The Extreme Sailing Series 2017 started in Oman today and it turned out to be a learning experience for Land Rover BAR Academy on how to work as a team to deal with setbacks.
The first day of racing was held along the Omani coast with a stunning backdrop of Old Muscat. After a long tow to the race course, the team set about finding their bearings ahead of the season-opening race in a perfect 10-12 knots of wind.
However, on route to the course the team faced technical issues, which is not uncommon in these high-performance boats, and therefore were not able to compete until the fourth race of the day. Land Rover BAR Academy pulled together well to complete in the next three races finishing 7th, 6th and 8th in the world-class fleet.
In the final race of the day, as they approached the start line Land Rover BAR Academy went for the pin end on starboard alongside a cluster of boats. Another team were OCS at the start meaning that they had to re-cross the start line. While trying to thread the needle between the valid starters they collided with the starboard hull of Land Rover BAR Academy. Thanks to quick thinking from the team, the mast was saved from falling but the race and the day was over. Land Rover BAR Academy were found not at fault and awarded a redress (average points) for the race.
“It was a tough opening day for the team, we experienced various setbacks but what we can bring as a positive is that quick thinking and solid team work enabled us to react to a major collision and prevented serious damage. We have checked the whole boat over thoroughly and we are now 100% ready for racing tomorrow”.Commented Helmsman Owen Bowerman
Racing starts again tomorrow at 13:00 local time (GMT+4) for full updates follow @LandRoverBAR on Facebook and Twitter. The action from the final two days of the event will be streamed live on the Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels from 14:00 to 17:30 local time (UTC+4) on Friday 10 March and from 13:30 to 17:00 on Saturday 11 March.