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June 30,2014(ISN) – St Petersburg (RUSSIA) – In a four-day regatta marred by extremely light winds and shifting currents off the Russian metropolis, the world’s best-staffed sailing teams initially struggled to hit top speeds on the river Neva that flows into the Baltic sea and had to wait until day 3 to show off their flying hulls as the catamarans took off.
“My team did everything absolutely right and I can only bow to their performances as a team. If we continue competing like that, our rivals will have a very hard time beating us,” said Alinghi’s Morgan Larson.
Despite a below par finish on the last two races on the final day, Alinghi did not require a dramatic finale to hang on to first place finishing 12 points ahead of the Wave Muscat, with the Oman-flagged team leaving it late to breath a sigh of relief as skipper Leigh McMillan secured the runners-up spot in the final races of the last day.
Emirates Team New Zealand narrowly missed out on second place, ending up a mere two points behind The Wave Muscat in third place on 146.
Final standings Extreme Sailing Series, St. Petersburg, Russia: 1. Alinghi, 2. The Wave Muscat, 3. ETNZ, 4. JP Morgan BAR, 5. Realteam, 6. SAP, 7. Gazprom, 8. Oman Air, 9. Red Bull Sailing, 10. GAC Pindar, 11. Groupama, 12. Russian First