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Extreme Sailing - Oman Air take second Act victory

Oman Air took its second Act victory in a row in a thrilling Hamburg finale, despite last minute pressure from SAP Extreme Sailing Team.

The triumph sees the Omani syndicate move into pole position in the overall rankings. Red Bull Sailing Team rounds off the podium.

The battle for glory between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Oman Air went down to the wire.

However even a win in the final double-points race wasn’t enough for the Danes, who needed to put at least two boats between them and their rival to finish ahead.

“It was super close out there. We started off strong but Oman Air sailed really cleanly and we just couldn’t catch them.” said Adam Minoprio, helm of SAP Extreme Sailing Team.

SAP finished just three points shy of the Act champion having started the day with an eight-point deficit.

Red Bull Sailing Team finished third and was awarded the Zhik Speed Machine Trophy for reaching the top speed of the regatta at 23.9 knots. The team remains fourth overall.

The international fleet of GC32s will reconvene in Cardiff in less than two weeks for the sixth Act of the eight-Act season, headlining the Cardiff Harbour Festival.

The UK stage will also see the champion of the 2017 Flying Phantom Series decided.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 5, Hamburg

1st Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 177 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, Adam Minoprio, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi de Felice, Richard Mason 174 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Will Tiller 158 points.
4th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) Chris Steele, Josh Junior, Harry Hull, Shane Diviney, Josh Salthouse 149 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Rob Bunce, Chris Taylor, Oli Greber, Sam Batten, Matt Brushwood 149 points.
6th Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 147 points.
7th Team Extreme (GBR) Stevie Morrison, Luís Brito, Frederico Melo, Tom Buggy, Linov Scheel 117 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017 overall standings

1st Oman Air (OMA) 54 points.
2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 54 points.
3rd Alinghi (SUI) 50 points.
4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 47 points.
5th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 40 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 40 points.

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