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Extreme Sailing Series - Alinghi take control

A dramatic Extreme Sailing Series Act 4 curtain-raiser in Barcelona as Alinghi took control of the scoreboard.

Series leaders Alinghi proved dominant as they notched up three wins, a second and a third in six light wind races off Barcelona’s Barceloneta beach.

The Swiss outfit’s strong starts proved vital as they soared to the top of the leaderboard going into the penultimate day of racing.

Compelling wins in the last two races of the day saw Chris Steele’s NZ Extreme Sailing Team return to the dock in second place, two points ahead of Phil Robertson’s Oman Air.

Red Bull Sailing Team rocketed out of the blocks to comfortably win the opening race, followed by three podium finishes.

But the Austrian team’s scorecard also includes two last places, one of which was the result of the boat getting stuck on a racing mark and then the committee boat.

Land Rover BAR Academy finish the day in fifth place, two points ahead of Act 3 winners SAP Extreme Sailing Team, who were denied their first victory when the race they were leading was abandoned due to light winds.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Barcelona standings after Day 2, 6 races

1st Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 64 points.

2nd NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) Chris Steele, Graeme Sutherland, Harry Hull, Mike Bullot, Josh Salthouse 58 points.

3rd Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 56 points.

4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 53 points.

5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Chris Taylor, Oli Greber, Sam Batten, Adam Kay 53 points.

6th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason 51 points.

7th Team Extreme (ESP) Mitch Booth, Alberto Torné, Jordi Sánchez, Jordi Booth, Tom Buggy 37 points.

8th FNOB Impulse (ESP) Jordi Xammar, Joan Cardona, Luis Bugallo, Kevin Cabrera, Florian Trittel 36 points.