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Land Rover BAR Academy finish fourth in Oman

The Extreme Sailing Series 2018. Act1. Muscat. Oman Photo by Lloyd Images
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Day 4, Act 1 Extreme Sailing Series 2018, Oman

Land Rover BAR Academy marked the start of their sailing season with a positive fourth-place finish at Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series 2018 in Oman. The result included three race wins and podium finishes in half of the events 24 races.

The final day of racing saw sea breeze of 8-12 knots fill in for the start of racing with the British team entering the day in fourth place overall and looking to push for a podium finish.

Seven races were sailed with non-traditional Extreme Sailing Series upwind starts coming in to play, the young squad posted consistent results of 4th, 4th, 5th and 5th in the first four races of the day. These results meant that with three races to go the race for third place on the podium overall had been won by their nearest rival Oman Air. However, the team’s commitment did not falter and they focused on maximising performance in the final three races of the Act.

This steely focus paid off with Land Rover BAR Academy going on to complete a fine run of form finishing 3rd and 1st before another bullet in the final double points race. This was a brilliant finish to the regatta which left the team comfortably in 4th place overall.

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Land Rover BAR Academy Skipper, Will Alloway commented “The lads did a great job today. I just saw 2 race wins to finish the day off. We struggled a little bit this morning just getting into the right mode but we made some good big adjustments and focused on the shifts. We managed to get into a good mode and our results improved throughout the day. From an event perspective we are pretty happy with our overall position with Leigh jumping on as helm and a relatively new crew position, our main focus was to make sure our boat handling was up to speed and we were confident that we were out-jibing the other boats. This has given us a good stable platform for the next couple of weeks training in the UK and then heading to Lake Garda. We are all really excited to get back out on the water and racing.”

Land Rover BAR Academy Helm, Leigh McMillan followed,“It was a really solid effort by all the guys on the Land Rover BAR Academy team to come away with fourth place here in the first event. As a new team, gelling and working through all the little teething issues, it has been a steep learning curve and the guys have done a fantastic job at getting it all up and running in such a quick time. To win the last two races was a great finish to the event and just shows what we’ve got in front of us moving forward and to win three races over the course of the four days was a great performance by all the guys in the team.”

Results:

Alinghi, 277 points
SAP Extreme Sailing, 271 points
Oman Air, 253 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 244 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 215 points
NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 210 points
Team Mexico, 177 points


 

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Day 3, Act 1 Extreme Sailing Series 2018, Oman

Day three saw a strong sea breeze of 12-15 knots fill in over the Muscat race course just before racing began in Oman. This brought out the best of the hydrofoiling GC32 fleet and meant a huge physical effort was required by all of the teams over the eight exciting races completed.

Land Rover BAR Academy have worked hard throughout the winter to improve their fitness levels so headed out for racing full of confidence in the big breeze. They young squad posted results of 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 4th, 2nd, 5th, 3rd and 3rd, leaving them 4th overall with one more day of racing to go in Act 1.

Mainsail trimmer Mark Spearman commented “It was a hard day on the water with big breeze, small courses and lots of boat handling. We put in some good results and the team is happy but we still want to push harder at the front of the fleet. Everyone was pushing hard which made for super close and competitive racing.”

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Float, Adam Kay also enthused “That was great day on the water, the whole fleet were ripping around the race course which was incredible. The racing was pretty tactical and it was great to have an experienced head in Leigh (MacMillan) at the back of the boat making good calls so that we could focus on the boat handling. We are going into the last day of racing still in with a shot of the podium and this is our aim.”

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Results:

  1. Alinghi 142
  2. Oman Air 129
  3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team 126
  4. Land Rover BAR Academy 116
  5. Rd Bull Sailing Team 112
  6. NZ Extreme Sailing Team 109
  7. Team Mexico 85

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Racing continues tomorrow. Follow the action  and on @LandRoverBAR


 

Day 2 

The Extreme Sailing Series 2018. Pictures of day1 of racing close to the shore and city of Muscat. Oman Photo by Lloyd Images - Muscat - Oman
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Day two of Act 1 of the Extreme Sailing Series brought 8 knots to the sunny Omani coast. Before the fleet hit the water for racing the Race Director, John Craig, briefed the teams to expect upwind starts all day. Six races were sailed with the Land Rover BAR Academy team unchanged and looking to progress. The young team posted results of 4th, 6th, 5th, 1st, 3rd, 3rd to conclude the day in 4th overall. They particularly excelled in the final three races of the day where clean starts, good tactical decisions and speed on the first upwind leg paid dividends with results of 1st, 3rdand 3rd.

Commenting on the day, Bowman Oli Greber said “Today started off being pretty tricky with a small start line meaning mistakes were punished. Then we really got our act together and won a few starts. As soon as you win these starts it makes our lives so much better as we can make our own tactical decisions on the small course rather than being dictated by other boats and trying to find clear breeze.”

Helm, Leigh McMillan followed “It was a really good end to the day and puts us right in the mix at the halfway stage of the regatta. This is where we need to be so the team is happy. Its looking likely that we will have more light winds for the rest of the Act so it’s really important we learn from the last two days of racing to improve for the second half of the regatta.”

Racing continues tomorrow. Follow the action  and on @LandRoverBAR


Day 1

The first day of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series kicked off today in Muscat, Oman. Seven teams lined up in light winds of 5-8 knots and four close races followed. The Land Rover BAR Academy squad made up of Leigh McMillan, Will Alloway, Mark Spearman, Adam Kay and Oli Greber posted results of 7th, 6th, 2nd, 4th to finish the day in 4th overall.

With upwind starts the order of the day, rather than normal reaching starts, getting a clean lane off the start line was essential on a short course. Getting a bad start meant that tactical choices with manoeuvres in the light winds proving to be extremely costly. Land Rover BAR Academy often adopted the port-tack start, positioning themselves on the right hand side of the course to pick up the extra breeze offshore and having starboard rights coming into the windward gate. In the four points scoring races, nearly every race had a close finish with the fleet compressing into the finish line with split second decisions the difference between top results and mid-fleet.

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Skipper and Headsail Trimmer, Will Alloway comment “Today was a good start to the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series. We had light and shift breeze which put a lot of pressure on starts and decision making. Our processes gelled really well throughout the day which was very positive. At this stage we are just trying to build a series, being consistent and put ourselves at the business end of the fleet come the end of the regatta.”

Float, Adam Kay followed “There was a good feeling on board today, the team have really come together and that showed on the racecourse today. The decision making process was really clear and that reaped rewards in some tough conditions. Its looking to be a light wind regatta but hopefully we get some good breeze for the rest of the week as we all can’t wait to get back on the water already.”

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