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Extreme Sailing Series - Big breeze day 1

Extreme Sailing Series™: Big breeze gives boats a boost in Barcelona opener.

Austrian challenger, Red Bull Sailing Team, shot straight into the limelight. Charging through the ranks, the crew demonstrated exemplary boat handling, clocking five podium finishes over the course of the day.

The Austrian contingent hopes to improve on last year’s result in Barcelona, where they eventually finished third after a tough battle with Oman Air.

Snapping at the heels of Red Bull Sailing Team, last year’s Barcelona Act winners Oman Air also showed fighting form.

Their GC32 foiled with finesse but a few poor decisions forced extra manoeuvres, wasting time and costing them several places in the rankings.

Current Series frontrunners SAP Extreme Sailing Team sailed true to form once again, finishing the day just behind Red Bull Sailing Team in second.

However, it was all eyes on comeback kids Alinghi in the final races, following issues with their mainsail that caused a retirement from race three, and prevented their participation in race four.

They were pulling no punches upon their return to the racecourse, snatching a win from Red Bull Sailing Team in the fifth race of the day.

The home team closed the day in sixth overall, just behind British-flagged INEOS Rebels UK.

Team Mexico round up the fleet.

Extreme Sailing Series, Barcelona standings after Day 1, 6 races

1st, Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, 62 pts
2nd, SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Rasmus Køstner, 59 pts
3rd, Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, 57 points
4th, Oman Air (OMA) Phil Robertson, 57 pts
5th, INEOS Rebels UK (GBR) Will Alloway, 54 pts
6th, Spanish Impulse (ESP) Diego Botín, 47 pts
7th, Team México (MEX) Erik Brockmann, 42 pts

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