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Alinghi crowned 2016 Extreme Sailing Series champions

Swiss team Alinghi were crowned 2016 Extreme Sailing Series champions after an epic final-day shoot-out at the season finale in Sydney.

It was a nail-biting showdown that went right down to the wire.

Arnaud Psarofaghis’ men saw off a last-ditch attempt from arch rivals Oman Air to complete their ascendancy to the top of the 2016 rankings.

It’s the third time Alinghi have won the Extreme Sailing Series following victories in 2008 and 2014 but the first time they’ve done so ‘flying’ on the new lightning fast GC32 catamarans.

Despite giving it everything Oman Air had to settle for third place in Act 8 behind Danish team SAP Extreme Sailing Team, and second on the overall standings.

Land Rover BAR Academy recovered from a spectacular capsize on day one and a broken mainsail Saturday to score three podium finishes from eight races today, finishing fifth both in Act 8 and overall.

Neil Hunter, Land Rover BAR Academy:

“Obviously at the start of the year we had a couple of senior team members onboard, we put in some pretty decent results.

Then we went to the full Academy team in Cardiff and obviously we had a lot on, being the youngest team in the fleet.

I think this event has been outstanding for us and we’re really showing that we’re developing well as a team and we’re putting in some decent results.”

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 overall standings

1st Alinghi (SUI) 101 points.
2nd Oman Air (OMA) 99 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 91 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 83 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 70 points.
6th Visit Madeira (POR) 63 points.
7th CHINA One (CHN) 29 points.
8th Team Turx (TUR) 11 points.

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