From the following press release on the Extreme Sailing Series website:
- Start line collision between Oman Air and GAC Pindar see the Omani
team knocked out before racing even begun and with a long night of repairs in
the pitlane ahead.
- Team Extreme Qingdao has best ever start for a home
nation invitational team, challenging the more experienced crews to finish day
one in third place.
- Alinghi dominate in the testing conditions, staking an
early 14-point lead over second placed The Wave, Muscat.
- Series Main
Partner Land Rover strengthens its commitment to the Extreme Sailing Series™
with the new Above and Beyond Award. Read more here.
Racing began in China’s Olympic sailing city today at the Land Rover, Extreme
Sailing Series™ Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup, where five
different race winners emerged from the eight races sailed, in a day that saw
the fleet struggle for consistency and the leaderboard reshuffle after every
race. On the open water racecourse, the Swiss team Alinghi dominated in testing
light winds and strong tide, to edge ahead on the leaderboard at the end of day.
But it was the local boat, Team Extreme Qingdao, who will be grabbing the
headlines tonight after an outstanding debut performance sees the team in third
place at the end of day one - the best ever performance by a home nation
Unfortunately for Oman Air, their day was over before it had a chance to
begin, after a collision with GAC Pindar in the start line tussle of the first
race left the team with severe damage to their port hull, forcing them back to
the pit lane. Rob Greenhalgh, skipper of Oman Air - who has welcomed the talents
of America’s Cup winner Kyle Langford to the team this week - explained what
happened: “Just after the start of the first race, GAC Pindar tacked onto
port and misjudged the dip on us and T-boned us pretty hard – we have a pretty
big hole in the side of the boat. These things happen unfortunately. The shore
guys will work hard tonight and get the boat ready for racing tomorrow. We will
lick our wounds and be back. It’s a disappointment – we were pumped to race.”
The team will be given a redress and will likely be awarded average points
from their races over the next two days by the international jury.
read more here