Aug 26,2014(ISN) – CARDIFF (Wales) – Shifting 20-knot winds and fierce competition set the stage for a thrilling final day of Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing World Series with The Wave Muscat (OMAN) snatching victory ahead of two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi in the final race of the day.
The Wave Muscat, who have narrowed the gap in the overall Series standings to leaders Alinghi to just two points, needed a last-gasp win in the final race with double points on offer to sail past the two-time America’s Cup winners.
Four-time Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie celebrated his first podium spot but missed out on overall victory when he turned ahead of the Swiss and made contact with their hull.
Local favourite Sir Ben Ainslie won his first podium spot in front of a home crowd, largely thanks to a good start while Red Bull Sailing Team completed the four-day regatta at Europe’s largest waterfront development in spectacular fashion but paid the price for a very bad first day, to finish in fourth place.
„We had two very good days, an average one and then a brutally bad one,” said Red Bull skipper Roman Hagara. “At the end of the day it is our own fault that we did not make the podium.”
Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series takes place in Istanbul (TUR) on Sept 12-14.
Final standings, Act 5, Cardiff, Wales: 1. The Wave Muscat 210 points, 2. Alinghi 205, 3. J.P.Morgan 203, 4. Red Bull Sailing 186, 5. Realteam 182, 6. Oman Air 175, 7. SAP 174, 8. Gazprom 154, 9. Groupama 154, 10. GAC Pindar 153, 11. Emirates Team New Zealand 151
Standings in the Series after five of eight Acts: 1. Alinghi 47, 2. The Wave Muscat 45, 3. Realteam 34, 4. ETNZ 33, 5. J.P.Morgan 25, 6. Gazprom 22, 7. Red Bull Sailing Team 20