Throughout a rollercoaster regatta, helmsman Roman Hagara and the Red Bull Sailing Team stayed close to the leaders, and then they delivered when it counted most – on the final day of Act 5 in the Extreme Sailing Series.
On the rough waters of the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia, the Austrian sailors battled to three third-place finishes in the four races of the day’s storm-shortened schedule. The result boosted Red Bull Sailing past SAP Extreme Sailing by three points – enough to earn third for the regatta overall.
The Red Bull Sailing Team, which also includes Hagara’s partner in two Olympic gold medals – tactician Hans Peter Steinacher – as well as Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott and Jeremy Bachelin, now heads into the sixth of eight acts in the Extreme Sailing Series in third place overall with 52 points, just behind Alinghi at 53 points and overall leader Oman Air with 58.
The Extreme Sailing Series action resumes on the Portuguese islands of Madeira from September 22 to 25.
Extreme Sailing Series, St Petersburg: 1. Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 255, 2. Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 249, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Jérémy Bachelin 226, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 223, 5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Neil Hunter, Chris Taylor, Will Alloway, Sam Batten, Adam Kay 209, 6. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) Phil Robertson, Will Tiller, Shane Diviney, Alexsey Kulakov, Victor Serezhkin 207, 7. Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Frederico Melo, Nuno Barreto, Antonio Fontes, João Matos Rosa 206
Extreme Sailing Series 2016: 1. Oman Air (OMA) 58, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 53, 3. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 52, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 43, 5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 39, 6. Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR) 33, 7. CHINA One (CHN) 29, 8. Team Turx (TUR) 11, 9. Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 7