Alinghi pull off incredible comeback to take Act 6 in Madeira
Alinghi comes back from a dismasting to win Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series
SHOWS: MADEIRA, PORTUGAL (SEPTEMBER 25, 2016) (SUNSET AND VINE – ACCESS ALL)
1. BOATS IN DOCK
2. PORTUGUESE FLAG
3. START OF RACE
4. CLOSE UP OF ALINGHI
5. BOATS RACING
6. CREW MEMBERS
7. VARIOUS OF ALINGHI WINNING RACE
8. ALINGHI CREW
9. VARIOUS OF BOATS AFTER RACE
10. ALINGHI CREW RECEIVE TROPHY (MUTE)
11. ALINGHI TEAM
STORY: Swiss team Alinghi came back from a dismasting to win Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series on Sunday (September 25) in extraordinary circumstances on the waters of Portugal’s Madeira Islands.
A high-speed collision with Red Bull Sailing Team on Saturday resulted in the 16.5-metre mast of Alinghi’s GC32 catamaran falling down. The damage, in the third race of the day, forced the veteran crew to retire from the remaining four races and threatened to keep them off the water for the final day of Act 6.
But thanks to the heroics of their shore team Alinghi were back in action when racing resumed. The sailors then repaid their land-based teammates by sealing the Act 6 victory with wins in both races, which were held in light winds.
Red Bull Sailing Team claimed the runners up spot for the third time in six Acts as Madeira made its debut in the Extreme Sailing Series, with overall Series leaders Oman Air completing the podium.
The result sees Alinghi narrow the gap in the overall rankings to Oman Air to just three points with just two more Acts left of the 2016 season – Lisbon in less than two weeks and Sydney in December.
Standings after Day 4, 14 races
1st Alinghi (SUI)
Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 166 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Stewart Dodson, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 153 points.
3rd Oman Air (OMA)
Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 150 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 141 points.
5th Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR)
Diogo Cayolla, Frederico Melo, Nuno Barreto, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa 127 points.
6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
Neil Hunter, Chris Taylor, Will Alloway, Sam Batten, Rob Bunce 122 points.
7th Vega Racing (USA)
Brad Funk, Tom Buggy, Nick Thompson, Zé Costa, Mac Agnese 111 points.
Extreme Sailing Series 2016 overall standings
1st Oman Air (OMA) 68 points.
2nd Alinghi (SUI) 65 points.
3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 63 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 52 points.
5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 46 points.
6th Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR) 42 points.
7th CHINA One (CHN) 29 points.
8th Team Turx (TUR) 11 points.