After 29 races, it, once again, came down to the very last run in this Extreme Sailing Series' Act in Cardiff to decide the podium places. With just a single point separating Alinghi and SAP ahead of the deciding race, the Swiss needed, first, to finish ahead of their rivals, but also to keep a keen eye on Oman Air, who, if they'd managed to put three boats between them and the team, could have taken the Act win too. As the fleet crossed the start-line that scenario wasn't too far-fetched. Arnaud Psarofaghis, helmsman, said: "Seeing SAP make an early start on the last race was pretty good for us. Then they came back into the game, but we did not give up and finished right in front of them, to finally win in Cardiff...for the very first time in six visits here! "There are still two Acts to go this season. With our team being only two points ahead of the Danes and the last Act counting for double, we will stay focused until the end and apply the same rigorous method that has got us this far." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician, said: "It was a complex event with four windy days, incessant changes in position and a difficult start for us following Nils's groin injury during the first run. Our reserve teammate, Bryan Mettraux, joined us on the second day and, little by little, we worked hard to recover the deficit we'd accumulated after the first day. Once again, it proves that nothing is ever finished, even after what seems a bad run of luck." Bryan Mettraux, headsail trimmer, said: "Having been seven points down this morning on SAP, we had to take risks and with four wins on the first runs this afternoon that's where we made the difference." Pierre-Yves Jorand, team director, said: "I'm proud of the team's work this week. Cardiff is a demanding nautical stadium due to its small racing area and shifty wind, especially when it blows four days in a row. In fact, anything can happen at any moment!" While it was a good result for the team - and one that sees them gain a point on their Championship rivals, SAP - everything suggests it could come down to the wire in this 2018 Series. In the meantime, the team is already looking forward to this weekend's D35 racing on the Lake hosted by the Yacht Club de Genève from August 31st to September 2nd. Click here for the general ranking of Act 5 after 29 races. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about Alinghi's team or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Photos credit: Vincent Curutchet / Lloyd Images
It is back to business for the Alinghi team after the summer break. On the programme for this second half of the season are three Acts in the Extreme Sailing Series (Cardiff (UK) from August 24 to 27 // San Diego (USA) from October 18 to 21 // Los Cabos (Mexico) from November 29 to December 2nd) and three D35 Trophy events (Yacht Club Open (YCG) from August 31st to September 2nd // Alinghi Grand Prix (CN Crans) from September 7th to 9th // Realstone Grand Prix presented by the Musée du Léman (SN Nyon) from 21 to 23 September). Currently leading the two championships, the team is open in its desire to continue its momentum and is delighted to again doing battle on Welsh waters in the coming days. Click here for the mid-season provisional general classification of the D35 Trophy and here for the Extreme Sailing Series. Follow the action in Cardiff Here is how to follow the races that will be held from Friday 24 to Monday 27 August from 14h to 17h local time (UTC + 1, 1h less than in Switzerland): Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D Friday and Saturday, then live video on Sunday and Monday) > via our Twitter account @teamalinghi (results published after each race with some photos and short video moments) On demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for news and replays of the races Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the race in general, you can find the event recap here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images, Loris Von Sieventhal, Eric Gachet
Rare enough that it deserves to be mentioned...From the first of the 28 races, which was won by Alinghi, right up until the last, the Swiss team held the lead in this fourth Act of the Extreme Sailing Series. With eleven race wins and only six races outside of the top three, the crew were united in their view that the sailing in the waters off Cascais set the bar high. SAP Extreme Sailing Team and INEOS Rebels UK completed the podium. Arnaud Psarofaghis, helmsman, said: "We are really happy with the way we have approached this event and competed throughout these four days. The whole team did a great job, both on the water and on the ground preparing the boat. The racing conditions were good and there was no disrupting factors that affected our performance. In terms of the season's overall standings, and with three Acts to go, Oman Air loses a bit of ground on us here with its 4th place finish here and we have gained a point on SAP." Tim Lapauw, trimmer and foil adjuster, is also our (comic, and 1st-placed) actor: In partnership with Sailors for the Sea, the event's organisers challenged the teams by asking them to create a video supporting environmental protection. Guess who's leaving with 1st place?! Click here to view "#Baaad #Goood" The team looks forwards to seeing you from August 24 to 27 in Cardiff (United Kingdom) for the Act 5 of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series. Click here for the general ranking of Act 4 after 28 races. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about Alinghi's team or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images
By winning Act 3 ahead of Oman Air, with SAP finishing third, Alinghi has taken command of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series championship. For four days, Barcelona offered great sailing conditions to the seven teams competing against one another. After 26 races, including 12 won by the Swiss, Alinghi had the luxury of winning the Act before the last race, even though that race was a double-pointer. Yves Detrey explains the end-game strategy: "We took advantage in the last race, in which we knew our win was secured, to disrupt SAP and ensure Oman Air finished ahead of them with a boat to spare. Achieving that result means that the points from this Act see us leapfrog SAP in the overall championship standings." "Layline"...what does it mean? Our tactician, Nicolas, explains more, click here! The team look forward to seeing you again from July 5 to 8 in Cascais for Act 4 of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series. Click here for the general ranking of Act 3 after 26 races. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about Alinghi's team or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images
From the first run to the last – the 24th of this four-day Act - Alinghi led from the front, and all in various conditions. Indeed, the team started the final day with a lead of ten points. After being closely trailed by Oman Air, SAP Extreme Sailing Team took-up the pursuit, managing to narrow the gap to just two small points going into the double-point-scoring last race. In other words, everything to play for. Arnaud Psarofaghis, helmsman and co-skipper, said after having crossed the finish line: "In seven races today, this is the only time we finished in front of SAP, but it was the right time to do so!" In four days of competition on the water of Muscat, Alinghi won five races, with SAP recording ten. However, Alinghi finished second 11 times and only missed the top-three four times, against eight for the Danes. Yves Detrey, bowman, said: "The key is in the consistency, a mantra we have applied to the end. Today we had some difficult starts and situations, but we fought for absolutely every point and in the end it came down to the last race heat, as is often the case in the Extreme Sailing Series. This is the first time we have won the event in Oman. We are delighted with this start to the season!" Tempted to jump aboard the GC32 on its foils just after crossing the finish line in the last race of the day? Find it here. The team will see you again in two weeks on Lake Geneva to launch the D35! Click here for the general ranking of Oman's Act 1 after 25 races. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about Alinghi's team or just about this regatta in general, you will find all that you need here. Photos credit: Lloyd Images
The Muscat waterway in Oman will again be in the spotlight over the next four days for the opening of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series season. Seven international teams, most of them familiar from the circuit, are preparing to fight hard on their respective GC32s. Given the expected classic wind conditions, let's see if the crew changes made by some teams will pay off or if continuity will bear fruit. In Alinghi’s case, the team has gone with the latter option, putting an emphasis on stability. The technical team finalised the preparation of the boat late February-early March, to allow the sailors to find their machine gleaming and as good as new last Wednesday for the resumption of training after the winter break. Sharp, motivated and full of ideas, the team delivers on video! To discover the final touch made by João, click here. For Tim's physical preparation, click here. And for Nils's Ambitious Objective, click here! As for Nicolas and Arnaud, they will tell you what's new on board. To follow the races, which will be held from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March, from 2 to 5pm local time (UTC + 4, 3h more than in Switzerland), there are the following options: Live > via our website (races modeled in 3D Wednesday and Thursday, then live video on Friday and Saturday) > via our Twitter account @teamalinghi (results published after each race with some photos and short video moments) On demand > On Facebook and Instagram for video interviews and photos > On our website for news and replays of the races The general classification will be updated as the races unfold and will be available here. Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more extremesailingseries.com If you want to know more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the race in general, you can find the event recap here. Photos credit : Alinghi
Extreme Sailing Series circuit - A Recap: What: International Extreme Sailing Series™ with eight events in eight host cities on three continents Who: Seven international teams composed usually of a crew of five (if a female sailor is on board, teams are allowed to go to six) Where: Act 1: Muscat (Oman), Event 2: GC32 World Championship in Riva del Garda (Italy), Act 3: Barcelona (Spain), Act 4: Portugal, Act 5: St Petersburg (Russia), Act 6 : Cardiff (United Kingdom), Act 7: San Diego (USA), Act 8: Los Cabos (Mexico) When: March to December 2018 (click here to view the annual calendar) How: The teams compete in short format races in front of the public, on a 32ft catamaran with foils: The GC32 Following the action There are a number of ways you can follow the team during all of the eight stages, each of which includes four days of competition (up to 10 races each afternoon - Watch out for the time difference depending on the event location!). On the Internet, via the home page of alinghi.com and extremesailingseries.com > Modeled races in 3D from the 1st to the 4th day of the competition > Regattas broadcast live on the 3rd and 4th days (generally from 2pm local time until the end of the races) > Replay available at the end of the races by clicking here On Twitter @teamalinghi > Results published after each race with some photos and short video moments On Facebook @teamalinghi and Instagram @alinghi > Video interviews & photos Alinghi’s GC32 Crew* Helmsman, co-skipper: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Tactician and mainsail trimmer: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) Foil trimmer: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) Technical team: João Cabeçadas (POR) David Nikles (SUI) Coach and Team Director: Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) To find out more: extremesailingseries.com Event hashtags #GoAlinghiGo #Extremesailing Photo credit © Jesús Renedo *Temporary changes to the crew For the 3 last Acts (Cardiff, San Diego & Los Cabos), Nils Frei (groin injury) is replaced by Bryan Mettraux as frontsail trimmer.
As in previous years, Alinghi’s programme for 2018 will include D35 racing on Lake Geneva in the 15th edition of the D35 Trophy, as well as GC32 foiling on courses around the world in an 8th season for the Team on the Extreme Sailing Series. There’s a special bonus too: The first GC32 World Championship. In the D35 Trophy, after having come within a whisker of recording a grand slam in 2017, the team will give its everything to notch a 7th victory in the Championship. The one-design circuit, which combines the ultimate competitiveness on the water with friendship among teams off it, enters its 15th season this year. Also to be watched closely this year is the 80th Bol d’Or Mirabaud, which will start on the 9th of June and will feature some 500 boats. Will the D35 manage to hold its own against the foiling boats? The battle to win this anniversary edition of the classic race promises to be exciting. Regarding the GC32, the team remains convinced that this 32ft one-design catamaran is the ideal vessel upon which it can continue its progress in foiling and that the Extreme Sailing Series offers the toughest test in this type of competition. Alinghi will therefore relish challenging for a title that it has won previously in 2008, 2014 and 2016. This year, the Series will, again, see international teams racing on eight courses across three continents. Finally, just before the end of May, the first GC32 World Championship will take place on Lake Garda, with the class having been officially recognised by World Sailing (the International Sailing Federation). Bringing together the competitors from the GC32 Racing Tour and from the Extreme Sailing Series, about 15 flying boats can be expected on the same start-line. It promises to be adrenaline-filled sailing, with the races around the marks sure to be full of tension. Not long now, then, till the start of the season in Muscat, Oman, mid-March. ABOUT The Team Sailors Helmsman and Skipper: Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) – D35 and GC32 Co-Helm and Co-Skipper (GC32) and mainsail trimmer (D35): Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI) Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA) – D35 and GC32 Headsail trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI) – D35 and GC32 Foil trimmer: Timothé Lapauw (FRA) – GC32 Floater: Coraline Jonet (FRA) – D35 Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI) – D35 and GC32 Technical Team João Cabeçadas (POR) / David Nikles (SUI) / Claudy Dewarrat (SUI) Team Director Pierre-Yves Jorand (SUI) Click here to learn more about the team. Club Société nautique de Genève 2018 sporting calendar Find the dates for each event by clicking here. To find out more d35trophy.com / extremesailingseries.com / gc32worlds.com #GoAlinghiGo #D35Trophy #Extremesailing
To look at the points tally at the end of Act 8 one might think that the last day of racing did not contain any pitfalls for the Swiss team. However, to follow the last race of the event minute-by-minute, or even second-by-second, a different story is told! Before this double-points last one, the overall Championship went to SAP, who managed to put enough of a gap between themselves and Red Bull to secure the season win. Still, aside from a victory in the Act being at stake, second place in the Championship was still in play. Whomever of Alinghi or Oman Air finished in front of the other, would claim the spot. From one tack to the other, the sailors held us in suspense. Halfway through this last race, Oman Air was even positioned to win the Act and to keep their second place overall. They were, however, perhaps not counting on Alinghi reviving its fortunes. The end of race 20 saw real mano-a-mano racing and, when the dust settled, it was Arnaud, Nicolas, Nils, Tim and Yves who won the duel, securing both the Act win - the team's first since Act 2 - and second place in the Championship. Ernesto Bertarelli, skipper, said: "After a difficult phase this summer, Alinghi has raised the bar since Act 6 in Cardiff. Tonight I am very proud of the team and the result they produced in Los Cabos." Pierre-Yves Jorand, coach: "It was an exciting season of ups and downs for the team. We learned much, especially that we must never give up and that we must always fight to the end, because in sailing and with these competition formats, anything can happen." Nicolas Charbonnier, tactician: "What a battle with Oman Air and SAP all throughout this year! I have only one desire for us now: Come back even stronger next year!" Nils Frei, trimmer: "It was a season with fluctuations, one that ebbed and flowed. We started well, then had a slump in Hamburg, before regrouping and beginning again in a positive waystarting. I really enjoyed the way we sailed this Act. We are, naturally, a little disappointed not to win the Championship, but we know that it was not here in Mexico that it was decided. However, it was important for us to finish well and, on this point, we are satisfied with the job we did." For the end-of-the-season video commentary, click here. To relive Act 8 with race replays, click here. The entire Alinghi team congratulates SAP Extreme Sailing Team for their victory in the 2017 Championship, thanks its partners and many fans for their support and looks forward to seeing you on the water in 2018! The standings for Act 8 in Los Cabos after 20 races: 1st - Alinghi: 224 points 2nd - Oman Air: 212 points 3rd - SAP Extreme Sailing Team: 209 points 2017 Championship standings after eight Acts: 1st - SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN): 98 points 2nd - Alinghi (SUI): 96 points 3rd - Oman Air (OMA): 95 points Click here for the results in their entirety. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Photo credit ©Lloyd Images To find out more about the race tracking system, team composition and the event in general, you can find the event recap by clicking here.
In two days and over 11 races, Alinghi won a remarkable nine. The team has consolidated its lead in the Act, but it still lacks a further boat to come between them and SAP, which is necessary in order to clinch the victory in the annual championship. Will salvation come from the Red Bull Sailing Team? Currently they lie in 4th place, 12 points behind SAP. As such, it seems a tough ask, but with five to six races scheduled tomorrow and a final race that counts for double points, anything can happen. On Alinghi's side, the team will, of course, continue to race as we have done until today to confirm our first place in the Act 8, we will try to put pressure on SAP and, maybe, we might consider also giving a boost to the "bull-boat with wings"... Yves Detrey, bowman, said: "The first race of the day was like a cold shower. In fact, we did not see NZ Extreme arrive on starboard, so we had to last minute tack under them and then tack once again to get to the next mark. Obviously that meant we lost ground and position, with no possibility of recovery, finishing last. After this brutal awakening, we returned to our previous form and nailed four consecutive victories! We made pretty decent starts, we sailed on good lines with good speed and our manoeuvres were excellent. After a slump this summer during Act 5, I would say that we have reached again the level of sailing from the end of last season when we won everything." Arnaud Psarofaghis, helm and co-skipper: "The crew did a great job today, manoeuvering the boat and tactically. After a very bad first race we managed to turn the tide to win all the others and position ourselves to have a chance of going for the Championship tomorrow. We will aim to win this event, but also to finish as far above SAP as possible, which is our chance for the title. It's up to us now to get back to the top of the podium." See you tomorrow at 2 pm local time (UTC-7, 8h less than in Switzerland) for the closing of Act 8 and the 2017 season, which you can follow live or replay by clicking here. And for the standings after the 17 races so far, click here. Hashtags for the event #GoAlinghiGo // #Extremesailing To find out more www.extremesailingseries.com Photo credit ©Lloyd Images To find out more about the race tracking system, team composition and the event in general, you can find the event recap by clicking here.