Land Rover BAR Academy finish in 2nd place overall in China, their best ever result in an Extreme Sailing Series Act.
The last day of Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China brought good winds of 10 – 14 knots. With one previous day lost to light winds, as many races as possible were planned within today's scheduled time.
In total seven races were sailed today with Land Rover BAR Academy posting results of 4th, 6th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd in the first four and then in race six disaster struck. Land Rover BAR Academy were sailing upwind to the windward gate on starboard and NZ Extreme Team, on port. Both teams tried to avoid a collision, however, NZ Extreme Team crashed into the back of Land Rover BAR Academy.
This crashed caused a large hole in Land Rover BAR Academy and the end of their days racing. The boat was rushed back to shore to avoid the boat sinking. However, as the collision was not Land Rover BAR Academy’s fault, the team are awarded average points for the last two races. This left Land Rover BAR Academy in 2nd place overall, their best ever finish in an Extreme Sailing Series Act.
Skipper Rob Bunce commented “we are all ecstatic! Although there was the crash which meant we couldn’t do the last two races, we are really proud of our performance here in Qingdao. We sailed brilliantly in some challenging conditions and we have come away with our best result ever. This puts us in really good stead going into our focus event which is the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup”.
Float Adam Kay followed “China has been brilliant to us. Everything fell in place for this event and everyone in the team pulled together. We are all really happy and this gives us the belief that we belong at the front of the fleet for the rest of the Extreme Sailing Series”.
Alinghi - 184 points
Land Rover BAR Academy - 173 points
Oman Air - 168 points
SAP Extreme Sailing Team - 168 points
Red Bull Sailing Team - 166 points
NZ Extreme Team - 164 points
Team Extreme - 121 points
Day three of Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 began with glass-like conditions. This lack of wind had become a trend of Act 2 so far with racing not possible at all yesterday.
However, at 3.30pm the wind slowly began to build from the East. In light, yet building, winds Land Rover BAR Academy and the rest of the fleet took to the race course.
Land Rover BAR Academy stole the show and shone during the day’s seven races posting results of 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 4th to shoot up the leaderboard from 7th to 2nd overall with one more day of racing.
Skipper Rob Bunce said “Today was absolutely brilliant. We were switched on before race one after a long delay and our game plan was perfect. Everything came together today and whole team sailed really well to win the day. The light winds were tricky to start the day but by the last race there was plenty of wind and we got foiling.”
Trimmer Sam Batten followed “that was our best day racing by far and this is a key regatta for us in the lead up to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup. So to be in this type of form is exactly where we want to be. However, we still have got a job to do tomorrow to try and do as well as we can in this regatta.”
Racing postoned due to light winds
Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2017 began today in Qingdao, China. The day dawned with very light winds as the sea breeze and the gradient wind fought each other. This battle continued until 3.15pm when the gradient wind won, filling in for a nice 8-12 knots from the west. However, this did make the winds gusty and shifty with the interference from the high-rise buildings around the edge of the course. Three quick races were sailed with the Land Rover BAR crew scoring 5th, 5th and 7th, leaving them 7th overall after the first of four days.
Chris Taylor reflected on the day; “We have come into this event in good spirits and with some key areas that we are working on. This event is really about putting the learning in place before the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup so we are trying some new things. Today was quite tough as we had no wind to start with so we did a few exhibition (non-point scoring) races, then we had to switch modes very quickly and the whole fleet was foiling in the last race which was good fun.”