It was a thrilling finale to a rollercoaster regatta as the Danish team won their first ever Act in the Extreme Sailing Series amid shifting winds and powerful gusts. The next Act of the world’s best-staffed sailing series is in Wales in June.
Red Bull Sailing Team leads a race during day 3 Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series at Qingdao International Sailing Centre in Qingdao, China on May 3rd, 2015
- Photographer Credit Xaume Olleros/Red Bull Content Pool
QINGDAO (CHINA) – The third Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 went down to the wire with a thrilling final day of sailing and a quartet of teams capable of winning in the Olympic waters off Quingdao, China.
But it was Denmark’s SAP Sailing who managed to weather the conditions best. An almost flawless performance and three race wins on Saturday had put Jes Gram-Hansen and his team in the driving seat for the final day of competition – and they delivered in style.
Third spot on the final race of the regatta offering double points sealed their first win in the world’s best-staffed sailing series ahead of the Wave Muscat and Gaprom Russia.
The Danes also took over the lead in the overall standings after three of eight Acts, edging ahead of Oman’s The Wave Muscat to move up to 28 points.
Red Bull Sailing Team finished fourth in China and were unhappy over jury decisions on the final day, including being pulled from a race that the Austrians say scuppered their chances of a podium spot on Sunday. The Austrians, however, are still in third place overall this season.
Next stop for the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 is Cardiff (Wales) on 18-21 June.
Final standings, China (after 22 races): 1. SAP Sailing 178 points, 2. The Wave Muscat, 3. GAZPROM Russia 162, 4. Red Bull Sailing 156, 5. Team Turx 137, 6. Oman Air 115, 7. GAC Pindar 109, 8. Team Extreme Qingdao 104, 9. Lino Sonego Italy 104
Overall standings after four of eight Acts: 1. SAP Sailing Team 28 points, 2. The Wave Muscat 27 points, 3. Red Bull Sailing