Oman Air in top gear in Barcelona

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Mus­cat – A ram­pant Oman Air dis­played top form to climb to the top of rank­ings on the penul­ti­mate day of Act 4 of the Ex­treme Sail­ing Series in Barcelona, Spain, on Satur­day.

Af­ter ten spec­tac­u­lar races, Oman Air, skip­pered by Phil Robert­son, was lead­ing with 164 points fol­lowed by Red Bull Sail­ing Team (158) and SAP Ex­treme Sail­ing Team (154).

On Satur­day, the key to suc­cess was nail­ing the reach­ing starts and Oman Air came up with three wins, three sec­onds and three thirds to jump from Fri­day's third into pole po­si­tion.

Robert­son, who joined Oman Air at the start of 2017, said, “We kept it pretty sim­ple but our start­ing was on point and that was the key with reach­ing starts - if you can get to mark one in good shape then you’re do­ing well.”

Robert­son praised his crew of Pete Green­halgh, Nasser al Mashari, Ed Smyth and James Wierzbowski for ex­e­cut­ing the per­fect starts.

“We had our trig­ger pulls locked in and our speed on the reaches were re­ally nice, so that gave us a good po­si­tion to take the race from there.

“To­mor­row is an­other day though - we have to come in fresh and hope to find the same form we had to­day.”

In the Fly­ing Phan­tom series French team Cup Leg­end jumped from third to first with two race wins that leave it tied on 133 points with Aus­trian ri­vals Red Bull Sail­ing Team.

Oman Sail is placed sixth with 105 but trails fourth-placed team, Lupe Tor­tilla by just one point.

Stand­ings [af­ter 16 races]: 1 Oman Air (164 points), 2 Red Bull Sail­ing Team (158), 3 SAP Ex­treme Sail­ing Team (154), 4 Alinghi (151), 5 NZ Ex­treme Sail­ing Team (129), 6 Land Rover BAR Academy (129), 7 FNOB Im­pulse (113), 8 Team Ex­treme (90).

Fly­ing Phan­tom Series: [af­ter seven races]: 1 Cup Leg­end (133), 2 Red Bull Sail­ing Team (133), 3 Sol­idaires en Pelo­ton (121), 4 Lupe Tor­tilla 106), 5 Cul­ture Foil (106), 6 Oman Sail (105), 7 EVO Visian ICL (100), 8 UON (100), 9 Master­lan (95), 10 Fly­ing Frogs (80), 11 Back to Ba­sics (70), 12 Red Bill II (66).

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