Not for the faint-hearted
Well, this racing is not for people with delicate nerves or weak hearts. SAP Extreme Sailing Team looked to be on a roll after a solid Day 2, and with a bullet in race 18 – topping the leaderboard – the team looked destined to finally put some solid footing on the podium after Day 3’s racing.
At the same time, previously dominant, Oman Air had been left in dust, and points were gained and their armour seemed to have eroded. A fierce competitor down at the knees?
Race 19; Early start… and then marginal errors just crept along and when Race 22 was over the last 4 races was at the bottom end of the fleet. Oman Air, the opposite and showing master class with 3 bullets and a second taking over the lead at the scoreboard again. Not just leading, but solidly ahead of the rest of the fleet.
The team is still second, see the scoreboard, but with no buffer at all since the next 4 teams on the scoreboard are separated by only 5 points which is essentially nothing in this game. Never a dull moment in camp SAP Extreme Sailing Team.
So Day 4 is all about keeping up the good spirit and leaving out the small errors and put on that game face and getting ready, for what again will be a last medal race for the final podium positions. It looks like business as usual and that is definitely not for the faint-hearted.