Sights on Cardiff…
The Series is back in Europe and SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s helmsman and Co-Skipper, Jes Gram-Hansen, shares his preview of the Cardiff event – Act 3.
“We did not quite get the points on the table that we had hoped for after the first two acts of the year. Although there have been some very good indications we are on the right track for another good series, we haven’t been able to achieve the required level of consistency”.
“China, notorious for testing the teams to the limits with strong and gusty winds, turned out to be a light wind Act. According to SAP Sailing Analytics, we were the best performing team off the starting line and around the first race mark. However we often lost out on the final approach to the first downwind gate where gybing angles of over 120 degrees in 3 knots of breeze made it very difficult to protect the leading position – something we have addressed after China and will improve on going forward”.
“Cardiff’s geographic position means that we should have stable westerly breeze and probably plenty of it. We have been on the podium in Cardiff twice before and we are determined to make it a third time. What we have to do is continue to get off the start line in good shape, keep our strategy simple and rely on our boat speed. This may sound easy, but it is no simple feat on the very tight race course on Cardiff Bay”.
Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series will kick-off on June 23 with live video coverage available from June 24. Live 3D graphics and insights from SAP will be available throughout on www.sapsailing.com