The Swiss team Alinghi in the fourth time became the champion of the Extreme Sailing series, the final of which was held in the waters of Los Cabos (Mexico) from 29 November to 2 December.
“I’m happy, and I actually feel relieved. All this pressure that was growing by the end of the season, it was stress. The team worked perfectly and they were easy to walk. The main task was to remain calm during the stage. To win at the end of the season and win the last stage — a great way to end the year,” says skipper and helmsman , Arnaud Psoriasis (Arnaud Psarofaghis).
Onshore support team of the Swiss also won the award. The award for the best shore team for the first time this season established a logistics partner of the Extreme Sailing Series — WTC Logistics.
Last year’s winners, the Danish SAP Extreme Sailing Team, which before the final stage of the competitions from the first place (Alinghi) was separated by only five points and was second on points for the series. Oman Air, which before Los Cabos was the third, equal with them on points. Both teams have 83 points, while at Alinghi — 92.
At the final stage, the Danes finished fourth, and Oman Air is the third. At the end of the season Oman Air receives the silver, and the SAP Extreme Sailing Team — bronze.
“We are quite disappointed. We had a few chances in this race, and we worked very well as a team. Because of me, we started poorly and this was reflected in the results. We could blame the weak wind, but actually we just weren’t working. Alinghi was accurate, as always. That was the case, like Oman Air. They just left us to crawl to the middle of the fleet,” — said the helmsman SAP Extreme Sailing Team, new Zealander Adam Minoprio (Adam Minoprio).
However, the Danes can boast of having won the prize Zhik Speed Machine Trophy as a team, speeding during a competition in Los Cabos the fastest.
Third place in the overall standings on points occupied by the Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team, who scored in a season with 72 points. On the podium at the end of the series the team place is not enough. But the competition in Mexico, the Austrians were the second.
“We are very happy to take second place in the stage. Alinghi was so calm and cool during last race. They all enjoyed, because I knew that you would win the season. With Oman Air, we had a great fight that we won. And we are very satisfied,” — said trimmer grotto Austrians Hans Peter Steinacher (Hans Peter Steinacher).
No wonder the team is so pleased with the result. Second place at the competition in Mexico is the best it has achieved this year. Throughout the series the Austrians came face to face with the other boats, broke or changed the composition of the crew.