Team Australia joins the Extremes

In just three days' time, from 8-11 December, a year of high-octane foiling action in the Extreme Sailing Series™ will culminate in the final showdown on the waters of the iconic Sydney Harbour in Australia. 

Seven teams of the world's finest sailors, including an Australian wildcard team, will fight to the finish to become the first foiling champion of the Extreme Sailing Series in its 10th season.

Going into the final Act of a thrilling 2016 campaign the state of play at the top of the leaderboard sees current leaders Oman Air just two points ahead of Alinghi, setting the scene for a nail-biting winner takes all double-points final.

With Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson gunning for his second Series trophy - his first came as co-skipper of now rival team Alinghi in 2014 - he has gone to extra lengths to ensure his team can stay ahead of their Swiss opponents.

"Alinghi have been sailing the boat better than us full-stop," commented Larson. "But we've been studying their technique, trim and teamwork and I'm confident we have learned some tricks from them."

The Californian skipper added: "Alinghi are in the driver's seat at this point and it will take something special to beat them. We will do everything within our power to push them to the finish." 

Alinghi skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis, whose team has already secured four Act victories to Oman Air's three, is unfazed by the task ahead. "We welcome the pressure," said Psarofaghis. "It will help us to try to raise our game even higher and gives us something to aim for."

"We are confident, but we take nothing for granted; firstly, because our opponents are tough, talented competitors; secondly because, as all sailors know, anything can happen. But we believe in ourselves and will be giving it everything we have," he added.

Meanwhile Red Bull Sailing Team, who have demonstrated great consistency throughout the year, being the only team to finish on the podium at every Act so far, currently sit just six points behind Oman Air and are also in contention for overall victory.

"2016 has been a successful year for us from a sporting perspective. Looking back to Act 1, Muscat, we have improved a lot in boat handling and team work," said Roman Hagara, skipper of Red Bull Sailing Team. "But the task is not finished yet, our goal is to win the event in Sydney."

The rest of the fleet have all displayed moments of excellence throughout the season, with SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Land Rover BAR Academy, for example, both with a podium spot to their name. However, while dreams of finishing in the top-three overall are a thing of the past for these crews, they are still jostling for success in the second half of the leaderboard.

The Sydney finale marks the swansong for Phil Lawrence as Race Director of the Extreme Sailing Series™, a position he has held for the past six years. Commenting on his final regatta before he hands over to John Craig, who will take charge next year, Lawrence said: "Sydney Harbour is a fantastic venue to host the first foiling final in the Series' history. Hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, who are kindly lending their terrific facilities, the event promises to throw a mix of weather conditions at the teams and put on a great show for the crowds of spectators watching from the shore."

Joining the regulars on the startline will be an Australian-flagged wildcard team, Team Australia, made up of some of Australia's best 18 foot skiff sailors and match racers. You can find out more about the team here.

Act 8 starts on Thursday 8 December, with a mix of Stadium Racing and open water racing. Shoreside spectators will be able to watch the on-water battles from the public vantage points at Kurraba Point Reserve and Cremorne Point.

Fans online can watch the racing live on the official website and YouTube channel from 15:30 – 17:00 local time (GMT+11) on 10 and 11 December. For more information about what is going on and how you can follow the action, click here.

 

Team Australia (AUS)
Skipper/Helm: Sean Langman (AUS)
Mainsail Trimmer: Seve Jarvin (AUS)
Headsail Trimmer: Marcus Ashley-Jones (AUS)
Bowman: Gerard Smith (AUS)
Floater: Rhys Mara (AUS)

Alinghi (SUI)
Skipper/Helm: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)
Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA)
Headsail Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI)
Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI)
Floater: Timothé Lapauw (FRA)

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
Skipper/Bowman: Neil Hunter (GBR)
Helm: Chris Taylor(GBR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Will Alloway (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Sam Batten (GBR)/Adam Kay (GBR)/Oli Greber (GBR)
Floater: Rob Bunce (GBR)

Oman Air (OMA)
Skipper/Helm: Morgan Larson (USA)
Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ed Smyth (NZL/AUS)
Bowmen: Nasser Al Mashari (OMA) & James Wierzbowski (AUS)

Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
Skipper/Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT)
Tactician: Hans Peter Steinacher (AUT)
Mainsail Trimmer: Stewart Dodson (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Adam Piggott (GBR)
Bowman: Brad Farrand (NZL)

SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN)
Mainsail Trimmer: Mads Emil Stephensen (DEN)
Headsail Trimmer: Pierluigi De Felice (ITA)
Bowman: Renato Conde (POR)

Visit Madeira (POR)
Skipper/Helm: Diogo Cayolla (POR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Frederico Mello (POR)
Headsail Trimmer: Luís Brito (POR)
Bowman: Tom Buggy (GBR)
Floater: Gilberto Conde (POR)
 

 

RSYS 2016 One Design Championships

RSYS hosted the 2016 Yngling National Championship as well as the 2016 Dragon NSW Championship from 2 to 4 December. Nine races were completed in both championships, allowing for significant improvements from teams over the three days as well as rewarding teams who performed consistently. Six Dragons competed in the NSW Championship and 14 in the Ynglings. Included in the Yngling fleet were two visiting teams: Ariane and Declan Ritchie from Queensland and past International Yngling World Champion Maarten Jarmin from the Netherlands.

The conditions over the three days were generally very suitable for racing on the Harbour. A slight delay on the Friday for racing was a bad as it got, as steady breeze filled in for the rest of the weekend along with nice warm temperatures. The long weekend of racing was a great success and a credit to all those who were involved in the execution and organisation of the two events. Congratulations to all competitors and the winners!

 

Overall Results

 

Yngling

Scratch

  1. Miss Pibb (YAUS60) – Hamish Jarrett / Max Hayman – 14 pts
  2. Soria (NED355) – Maarten Jamin – 14 pts
  3. Evie (AUS59) – Karyn Gojnich – 20 pts

PHS

  1. Pourquoi (YAUS8) – Ariane Ritchie – 30 pts
  2. Street Hassle (AUS25) –Elyse Guevara-Rattray – 40 pts
  3. Wyandot (AUS4) – Bryan Riddell – 47 pts

 

Dragon

Scratch and PHS

  1. Whimsical (DAUS217) – Gordon Ingate
  2. Liquidity (DAUS216) – Richard Franklin
  3. Ascalon (DAUS209) – Jim Hawkins and Andrew Howe

                     

View full results here

By Angus Olding

Saturday 3 December Results

A packed day of racing with race 13 of the Spring series and the second day of the Yngling Australian Championship and the Dragon NSW Championship. The wind conditions on the day were quite steady with approximately 10 knots from the SE which slowly shifted further East later in the day.

The results for the Ynglings and Dragons will be published separately after the completion of their final day of racing on 4 December.

 

Podium Results- 3 December

Division 1

  1. Jackie Clare – Geoff Davidson
  2. Much Ado V – John & Michael Stephen  
  3. Hell Razer – Ian MacDiarmid   

Division 2

  1. Agent 88 – Stephen Ellis
  2. Ambitious – David Matthews
  3. Jessica Rabbit – Bruce Millar

Division 3

  1. Kirsten II – Ken Chase / John Bowman
  2. Casamajor – Charles Moore
  3. Norn – Robert Albert

Etchells

  1. QRS – Simon Bird & Alistair Stone
  2. Umami – Christian Brook / Ant Elliott
  3. Plan A – Andrew Patterson

 

View full results here 

By Angus Olding

Foiling finale next week

The stage is set in Sydney for a grand foiling finale.

In just one week’s time, a year of high-octane foiling action will culminate in the final showdown on the waters off the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Seven international teams of the world’s finest sailors, including an Australian wildcard team to be announced soon, will fight to the finish to become the first foiling champion of the Extreme Sailing Series™.

Going into the final Act of the 2016 season the thrillingly close leaderboard sees current leaders Oman Air just a meager two points ahead of Alinghi, setting the scene for a nail-biting double points final Act.

With Oman Air skipper Morgan Larson gunning for his second Series trophy, his first being as co-skipper of now rival team Alinghi in 2014, he has gone to extra lengths to ensure his team can hold back their Swiss rivals. Both skippers explain what this first foiling year has been like for them and their teams:

Morgan Larson (USA), skipper of Oman Air, said: “First of all, I think we should congratulate Extreme Sailing Series Event Director Andy Tourell and OC Sport for going out on a limb and taking the chance with the GC32s. Foiling has fit nicely into the Extreme Sailing Series format and I think it is safe to say it has been a huge success for the sailors, fans, media and the Extreme Sailing Series team. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I am quite happy with how the competition has adapted to the boats”.

Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI), skipper of Alinghi, said: “The year has gone very well indeed. It’s hard to measure whether it has been what we expected. On the one hand, our aim is always to win and so to be in with a shot of that at the season-end is very satisfying. On the other hand, the racing in the Extreme Sailing Series is so intense and challenging, and our competitors so good, that you really can’t expect anything; you just have to take it as it comes and try to do your best”.

 

Don't miss the action! Racing will take place as follows:

 

Thursday 8 December

1400 - 1500: Open water racing

1530 - 1800: Stadium racing (ie in front of RSYS)

 

Friday 9 December

1300 - 1600: Stadium racing

1600: Open water racing 

 

Saturday 10 December

1400 - 1700: Stadium racing

 

Sunday 11 December

1400 - 1700: Stadium racing

 

Tuesday Twilights 29 November

It was a delightful evening, sporting a decent breeze from the south that brought the fleet home in a tight cluster - just five minutes separated the first and the last boat in the Ladies' Division. 

Fleet: 29 in all (our biggest turnout yet!), Ladies Division - 16, Ynglings/Elliotts - 9, Open - 4. This compares to just 20 in the fourth race last season.   

The presentations were made by Muffi Barbour of Well Inclined. 
Winners: Ladies Division - Incorrigible (again!); Open - Mercier (again!) as well as taking Best Start. Shining Star won for the Ynglings/Elliotts. Elyse Guevara-Rattray and Kat Wotherspoon, pictured above, are competing in the Yngling National Championship here at the Squadron on Friday. Good luck girls!

View full results here

More photos on Facebook

 

Important reminder
Please keep a look out for ferries - we all need to be mindful that there is a ferry leaving and returning to Kirribilli Wharf every 15 minutes. The ferries are quiet and do seem to appear out of nowhere. It is a skipper's responsibility to keep a look out for all other vessels on the water, especially in our congested starting area. Boats MUST NOT obstruct the normal path of the ferry either from Kirribilli Wharf to North Sydney wharf, or from Kurraba Point Wharf back to Kirribilli Wharf.

Roads & Maritime Services are running a campaign 'You're the skipper, you're responsible' and we encourage you to visit their website and read this useful flyer.

Safe sailing everyone and see you next week!