Extreme Sailing Series fleet race in front of spectators during day four of Final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2015 at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia on December 13th 2015. Photographer Credit Xaume Olleros/Red Bull Content Pool
SYDNEY (AUS) – The Wave Muscat have ended a dominant season in the Extreme Sailing Series by taking out the year’s final act in Sydney – their fifth event win in succession and sixth of the eight races that make up the elite global series. As had been the case throughout 2015, The Wave Muscat was consistent throughout the four days of racing in Sydney, amassing 213 points to SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s 198 and Red Bull Sailing’s 196.Coming into the Sydney event The Wave Muscat had all but sewn up the series title but skipper Leigh McMillan, who had previously won the Extreme Sailing Series in 2012 and 2013, ensured the Omani outfit wrote their names into the history books.
The Wave won seven races during the Sydney event, including the double points 28th and final race and finished worse than fifth just once all week. The weekend performance of Red Bull Sailing was almost as impressive, with the team, led by Austrian double Olympic Gold Medallists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher, taking out seven of the last 15 races over the event’s final two days. Red Bull Sailing had been hampered in the first two days of action in front of Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge by an injury to bowman Lionel Vaucher, an accident caused by Gazprom Team Russia and some questionable umpiring decisions went against them.The battle for second place for the week and in the overall standings came down to the final race of the day with Red Bull Sailing needing to beat SAP Extreme Sailing Team by two places or more to snare the runner-up finish.SAP got the jump at the start and had Red Bull Sailing in trouble early but as the Austrian team fought back, SAP were involved in a collision with another boat, forcing them out of the race.
Race officials then adjudged that SAP would be awarded 14 points because the accident was not their fault and that was enough to seal second spot, a mere two points clear of Hagara/Steinacher.That second placing ensured SAP Extreme Sailing Team held on to second place in the overall standings on 74 points, four ahead of Red Bull Sailing Team. The Wave Muscat amassed 87 points.For the last nine seasons, the Extreme Sailing Series has brought the sizzling action right to the public, with stadium sailing on catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities that enables spectators to view the drama of world-class competition up close. The Extreme Sailing Series returns in March with the season opener in Oman followed by seven other stops around the globe including the season finale in Sydney. The teams will move from the Extreme 40 to the dynamic foiling GC32’s and will again feature some of the best sailors on the planet.