For the fourth day in a row, two-time America’s Cup winners Alinghi of Switzerland controlled the field at the Extreme Sailing Series stop in Lisbon, Portugal, on Sunday, winning the regatta with Norauto of France in second place. Delivering a make-or-break victory in Sunday’s final double-points race, two-time Olympic champion Roman Hagara of Austria skippered Red Bull Sailing to third on the Lisbon podium.
In front of large crowds at the tight stadium on the River Tagus, the Extreme Sailing Series’ seventh act – which also included the series’ first all-woman team, Thalassa Magenta Racing of Canada – was one of the most action-packed of the season. By knocking series leader Oman Air off the podium in the Portuguese capital, Red Bull Sailing deepened the body blow dealt by Alinghi’s win.
Skipper Morgan Larson’s team from Oman is now just two points ahead of the Swiss in the championship standings with only one act to go: December’s season finale in Sydney, Australia. Red Bull Sailing has a solid hold on third with 73 points and will be aiming to advance, while Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing is at fourth overall with 61.
It all comes down to the season finale in spectacular Sydney, Australia on 8–11 December 2016.
Final results in Lisbon after 23 races: 1. Alinghi (SUI) 252 points, 2. Norauto (FRA) 242, 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 223, 4. Oman Air (Oman) 212, 5. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 192, 6. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 175, 7. Vega Racing (USA) 155, 8. Sail Portugal-Visit Madeira (POR) 153, 9. Thalassa Magenta Racing (CAN) 130
Overall ranking after seven of eight acts: 1. Oman Air (OMA) 79 points, 2. Alinghi (SUI) 77, 3. Red Bull Sailing (AUT) 73, 4. SAP Extreme Sailing (DEN) 61, 5. Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 54, 6. Sail Portugal-Visit Madeira (POR) 49, 7. China One (CHN) 29, 8. Team Turx (TUR) 11