Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Extreme Sailing Series update, Leigh McMillan on the new season and new team on the Wave/Muscat

From the following press release/interview with Leigh McMillan of the Wave Muscat team

As the opening Act of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series™ draws near in the vibrant city of Singapore, defending champions The Wave, Muscat from Oman, have taken the opportunity to embark on some pre-season training at the Host Venue - which is set to come alive on 20 February when the fleet begin battle. Skipper Leigh McMillan will inevitably be the man in the spotlight, as he prepares for what he says will be his toughest title fight yet, and the British Olympian has ‘a lot on’ if he wants to secure the Series hatrick in 2014.

We spoke to Leigh ahead of Act 1, Singapore as the 12-boat fleet prepare to enter the stadium in just over one weeks’ time.

Singapore was the only venue you didn’t finish on the podium in 2013, finishing fifth place. Does Singapore concern you more than the other venues?
"No, throughout the season there are some venues that are likely to be more difficult or challenging than others and you have to lower your expectations at these. Singapore is one of these, so we go into the event trying to be as consistent as possible and hoping to be in the fight for a podium finish."

How has the training been in Singapore? How is the dynamic with the new team line-up?
"The training was really good in Singapore. The NSC were hugely hospitable and helpful to our team. We had excellent conditions with a full range of wind strengths. We are really lucky to be able to make the changes and recruit such talented sailors. As a result we have trained hard and gelled very nicely together. I am certain we will have fun racing together again this season."

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