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Oman Air take first Extreme Sailing Act win of 2017

Phil Robertson's Omani-flagged team scored their first Extreme Sailing Act win of 2017 following a nail-biting finale to Act 4 in Barcelona.

Oman Air sealed a fourth-round victory in style, sailing a flawless race to cross the line with a mammoth lead of more than two minutes over closest rivals SAP Extreme Sailing Team.

The crowds lining the shore could hear the cheers coming from Oman Air’s GC32 as the team, last year’s runners up, celebrated topping the podium for the first time this season following a trio of thirds in the previous Acts.

Three wins in six races saw Austria's Red Bull Sailing Team claim second podium spot, finishing just six points behind Oman Air, while second in the final race was enough to secure third for the Danish crew of SAP Extreme Sailing Team.

Alinghi's hopes of a podium finish were quashed when they finished seventh in the final race, forcing the Swiss syndicate to settle for fourth place.

NZ Extreme Sailing Team finished fifth ahead of Land Rover BAR Academy in sixth. Wildcard crews FNOB Impulse and Team Extreme took seventh and eighth.

Crucially the results see SAP Extreme Sailing Team move to the top of the overall leaderboard at the halfway mark of the Extreme Sailing Series, tied on 43 points with Alinghi, while Oman Air in third reduce the gap to the leaders to just one point.

Barcelona’s debut in the Extreme Sailing Series proved an overriding success, with 22 thrilling races held on the azure waters off the city’s Barceloneta beach in near-perfect conditions.

In the Flying Phantom Series, which was held prior to GC32 racing, the Austrian crew of Red Bull Sailing Team saw off French teams Cup Legend and Solidaires en Peloton to take the regatta win.

The battle for the Extreme Sailing Series top spot will recommence in Hamburg, Germany, from August 10 to 13, before the global Stadium Racing tour heads to Cardiff, UK, from August 25 to 28.

GC32 Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017 overall standings

1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 43 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 43 points.
3rd Oman Air (OMA) 42 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 37 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 32 points.
6th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 31 points.

Flying Phantom Series 2017 overall standings

1st Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 40 points.
2nd Cup Legend (FRA) 36 points.
3rd Culture Foil (FRA) 36 points.
4th Solidaires en Peloton (FRA) 32 points.
5th Oman Sail (OMA) 31 points.
6th Lupe Tortilla (USA) 30 points.
7th UON (POR) 27 points.
8th EVO Visian ICL (GER) 26 points.
9th Masterlan (CZE) 22 points.
10th Back to Basics (FRA) 21 points.
11th Red Bill II (FRA) 18 points.
12th ZEPHIR by Idrewa (FRA) 18 points.
13th Flying Frogs (FRA) 11 points.

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