In just one week the Extreme 40s will be heading into the final battle of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series in the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– the same city that will not only be hosting the FIFA World Cup Final in 2014 but the 2016 Olympic Games, making it the destination of choice for sporting fans around the world. Team Brasil will be representing the home nation as a wildcard entry, with renowned sailor and Brazil’s most successful Olympian Torben Grael, leading the team as skipper.
Torben, who boasts an incredible five Olympic medals including two golds, is a fitting leader for a team that is a tribute to Brazil’s Olympic medallists and future stars. He will be joined by his son Marco, the next generation of Graels going for glory at the Olympics as he campaigns his 49er dinghy for Rio 2016. Torben’s brother Lars Grael, himself a holder of two Olympic medals, will be coaching Team Rio and acting as reserve crew, making it a real family affair.
For the eight established Extreme 40 teams, the stakes are high with four teams capable of lifting the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series overall trophy – two Omani, one French and one Austrian. None of them want to go home empty handed and with 15 points up for grabs in the final Act, the podium is wide open.
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One team will head to the final feeling a little more comfortable than the others, safe in the knowledge that they have guaranteed themselves a podium position regardless of the final outcome. Leigh McMillan’s The Wave, Muscat has been sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard since winning Act 2 in Qingdao. However, their leading position is far from guaranteed with three other teams champing at the bit to stop The Wave, Muscat in their tracks.
The action begins on the 6 December in open water in front of Copacabana beach before moving into stadium mode for the final three days where the world famous statue of Christ the Redeemer – one of the New Seven Wonders of the world – will be watching over the Extreme 40s.
Fans in Brazil can watch all the action live as it happens on site or on national broadcaster SporTV-Globosat who will be broadcasting the final races of the 2012 Series live to homes across Brazil from 15:00 local time. International fans can watch the racing live on the official event website from the 15:00 (GMT-2) on the 7, 8 and 9 December.
Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Overall Series Results going into Act 8, Brazil
1. The Wave, Muscat 61.5 points
2. Oman Air 53 points
3. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 51 points
4. Red Bull Sailing Team 48.5 points
5. GAC Pindar 39.5 points
6. SAP Extreme Sailing Team 33 points
7. Alinghi 28 points
8. ZouLou 23.5 points
29 November 2012 17:36 GMT