Penultimate Day in Cardiff

SAP Extreme Sailing Team go into final day in 3rd position.

The  competition  is  wide  open  in  Cardiff  after  the  penultimate  day  of  Act  6  and  the  SAP  Extreme  Sailing Team is poised to capitalize on it’s overall 3rd position on the leaderboard. The day was not without  mishap  for  all  the  teams  with  patchy  breeze  proving  troublesome  in  the  first  half  of  the  afternoon and it was only after it filled in from Race 4 onwards, that the fleet was able to perform.

The  SAP  Extreme  Sailing  Team  once  again  rose  the  occasion  sailing  cleanly,  pinching  space  where  there  looked  like  there  was  none  and  as  the  intensity  rose  they  held  their  nerve  and  took  control. Tipped by many as the ‘ones to watch’ co-­‐skippers Rasmus Kostner and Jes Gram-­‐Hansen are never shy of big decisions and today was no exception.

Rasmus Kostner was pleased with the end result today.

“Another extremely tricky day with the breeze here in Cardiff. It was like hide and seek at one point with it disappearing between the buildings and then gusting in through the gaps. We sought to be clean and efficient and once it filled in we were up and running. Everyone has upped their game today so to score two firsts and two seconds is outstanding.”

Rasmus Kostner, co-skipper

Jes Gram-­‐Hansen added, “It was a game changing afternoon with near misses, the hunt for clean air and time and distance off the start were fundamental. The series won’t be over until the final minutes of the final race tomorrow and we’re ready.”

The fighting spirit of the Danish double act will be back on the water at 1400hrs on Monday for the grand finale with everything to play for. The team has already made their mark amongst this revered fleet and will be aiming to underline this tomorrow!

Standings after 21 races:

1. Alinghi, 166 points
2. The Wave Muscat, 166 points
3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 164 points
4. Red Bull Sailing Team, 157 points
5. Realteam, 130 points
6. ChinaSpirit, 115 points
7. GAC Pindar, 98 points
8. Team Wales Land Rover, 89 points