Podium Place in Cardiff

Strong team effort sees SAP Extreme Sailing Team finish 3rd

The atmosphere was electric this afternoon as the eight towering masts of the Extreme 40 fleet made their way out into Cardiff Bay for the very last time, bringing Act 6 to its conclusion. With the top of the table separated by just 2 points, it was going to be an afternoon for clear thinking, premium boat handling and finesse.

With the breeze due to die off during the second half of the 8 races it was clear that the teams would need to dominate from the start. The SAP Extreme Sailing Team started as they meant to finish with a 1st across the line win in race 1 and continued to drive hard all afternoon in the dying breeze.

“We had everything to play for today and we spent a lot of time ahead of racing considering how we could get advantages and watch out for pitfalls. Our boat handling today was exceptional and we were hungry for a podium finish. It was a real battle out there.”

Nicolai Sehested, Bowman

Headsail trimmer Mikkel Røssberg added, “It was crucial today to get pace over the start and not get buried mid-­‐fleet especially with the lack of wind. During this in Cardiff we have had our strongest performance in the Extreme Sailing Series and although we are gutted about missing out on 2nd place we are all delighted with 3rd place – we are still contenders going into Nice.”

British team member, mainsail trimmer Pete Cumming has been instrumental in working to get the SAP  Extreme  Sailing  Team  immersed  in  the  circuit  having  been  recruited  early  on  for  his  former  experience as skipper of the winning Oman Sail’s Masirah.

“Cardiff  has  been  challenging  at  times  but  we  have  been  clear  and  decisive  and  made  some  great  tactical moves, especially off the start. When the breeze fell away it was agonizing out there but we held our nerve even despite the tricky conditions. ”

Final Standings:

1. The Wave Muscat, 239 points
2. Alinghi, 225 points
3. SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 223 points
4. Red Bull Sailing Team, 212 points
5. Realteam, 180 points
6. ChinaSpirit, 162 points
7. GAC Pindar, 135 points
8. Team Wales Land Rover, 125 points