Quick and Confident

Quick and Confident in Cardiff on Day 2

The SAP Extreme Sailing Team turned that key today to take a leap up the leaderboard into second position overall. Gusty conditions meant that co-skippers Rasmus Kostner and Jes Gram-Hansen, known as the ‘Danish double-act’, had to really hold their nerve, intercept on the start and take some brave decisions.

Conditions in Cardiff Bay were far more what the fleet had anticipated and the Extreme 40s were zipping around in breeze reaching up to 18knots with the SAP Team making speeds of up to 14knots (16mph) during Race 4. With spray and hulls flying, spectators in the packed Race Village were given an epic show of clean boat handling and high-octane racing at its absolute best.

Rasmus Kostner is delighted with the teams’ position. ‘This is what we are here for. What a day! We sailed quickly and confidently, nailed the starts and it has paid dividends. The adrenalin was pumping and we knew if we could focus that we were in great shape to consolidate and chip away at the overall rankings. We held our nerve and used all our experience to post consistent results, which can be tricky in a fleet full of sailors all hungry for success.’

“We have learnt and continue to learn a lot every time we race and today was no exception. It was hard-core and we were definitely in it to win after wins in Race 4 & Race 7. The atmosphere was electric, the weather was just perfect and our teamwork was extremely tight. A good day at the office.”

Jes Gram-Hansen, co-skipper

The SAP Extreme Sailing Team go into Day 3 tomorrow in second position and will be working hard to defend their place.

Standings after 13 races:

1. Alinghi, 105 points
2. SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 102 points
3. The Wave Muscat, 100 points
4. Red Bull Sailing Team, 100 points
5. Realteam, 85 points
6. ChinaSpirit, 72 points
7. GAC Pindar, 56 points
8. Team Wales Land Rover, 53 points