Alinghi’s awesome day – when they won six out eight races on Friday – ultimately secured this victory in the Sailing Cup Kiel, the team’s first overall victory on the 2015 Bullitt GC32 circuit. But the team were consistent throughout and secured the win in the final day’s penultimate race, which they took amid the variable winds that had characterised Sunday’s racing and, indeed, which had delayed the start of Sunday’s competition in the first place.
Given the events on the first day, Morgan Larson had every right to be delighted:
“I haven’t forgotten about that practice race on Thursday where we capsized and almost broke the boat on the rocks and somehow escaped it all. I’d say about half way through that capsize, I said a very bad word, and that was because I knew about all the work that went into getting here, and that we probably weren’t going to be in the race. We’re lucky even to have been racing here. To win is a massive bonus.”
This result in Germany has some repercussions for the GC32 tour because, after three events, the team’s performance has seen Alinghi move within just a point of Oman, who lead the overall rankings. With the team full of confidence and breathing down the leader’s neck, who can wait for the next run in Rome, starting on the 27thAugust?
Pictures credit: Sander van der Borch/Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour