Leigh McMillan and his crew on The Wave, Muscat took Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff. The victory, their second in the series after a win in Muscat earlier this year, reduces Alinghi’s overall lead in the series to just two points with three Acts in 2014 remaining including the next Act in Istanbul.
It was also a signifcant day for Ben Ainslie and his J.P Morgan BAR team who took their first podium finish of the season. The team took a third place overall away from a down-to-the-wire finish that could have seen any one of three boats take the win.
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Act 5 was settled at the first mark of that final race, when all three boats were involved in penalty incidents and as a result, ended up collectively tailing the fleet home. It worked to The Wave, Muscat’s advantage and they took the overall win with 210 points, Alinghi finished in second with 205 points, and then J.P. Morgan Bar with 203 points.
Ainslie was understandably pleased with the result. “It has been a big improvement to see us on the podium. It has been great to challenge for the win today with the top teams – Alinghi and The Wave, Muscat. It has been a big step forwards and hopefully we can continue this for the rest of the series.”
There was a bonus for the J.P. Morgan BAR shore team, who won the Land Rover “Above and Beyond Award” which recognises “outstanding determination, skill, teamwork and composure reflecting inspirational behaviour in the world of sailing”.
It was awarded to J.P. Morgan BAR and the Oman Sail shore crew for the support they provided to Emirates Team New Zealand when they lost their rudder on day two, after SAP Extreme Sailing team ran into the back of them. Jono Macbeth, Richy O’Farrell and Ian Mccabe accepted the award on behalf of the J.P. Morgan BAR team.
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 in Cardiff
1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 210 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 205 points.
3rd J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 203 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 186 points.
5th Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 82 points.
6th Oman Air (OMA) 175 points.
7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 174 points.
8th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 154 points.
9th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 154 points.
10th GAC Pindar (AUS) 153 points.
11th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 151 points
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2014 overall standings
1st Alinghi (SUI) 47 points.
2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 45 points.
3rd Realteam by Realstone (SUI) 34 points.
4th Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) 33 points.
5th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 25 points.
6th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 22 points.
7th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 20 points.
8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 18 points.
9th Oman Air (OMA) 16 points.
10th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 15 points.
11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 5 points.
25 August 2014 21:46 GMT