Oman Air on top ahead of fi­nal day in Ham­burg

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Oman Air With four run­ner-up fin­ishes out of the seven races held on the penul­ti­mate day of Act Five in the 2017 Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries (ESS), Oman Air was in pole po­si­tion ahead of fi­nal day's ac­tion at Elbe river in Ham­burg, Ger­many

De­spite not win­ning any race on Satur­day, Oman Air led the stand­ings go­ing into the fi­nal day with 92 points followed by Red Bull Sail­ing Team (84) and SAP Ex­treme Sail­ing Team (84). Alinghi is not far be­hind with 82, the same as NZ Ex­treme Sail­ing Team.

A to­tal of five dif­fer­ent win­ners emerged on Satur­day with Oman Air skip­per Phil Robert­son and his crew dis­play­ing con­sis­tency to push them­selves ahead. Hav­ing seized two out of two wins on Fri­day, Oman Air crew of Robert­son, Pete Green­halgh, Nasser al Mashari, James Wierzbowski and Ed Smyth will look to carry on their good show on Sun­day.

“We started re­ally well then strug­gled a bit at the end when the cur­rent changed,” said Robert­son. “We also showed that you don’t have to win a race to win the day, or an event – con­sis­tency is ev­ery­thing and we man­aged to stay near the top for most races.

“It’s nice to have a buf­fer now, but it is so easy to lose eight points in this fleet, in one or two races it can be all gone. But it’s nice to have had two good days in a row.”

Mashari said, “It is a good po­si­tion to be in. Any­thing can hap­pen on the fi­nal day but it would be great to build on our suc­cess in Barcelona and take win in Ham­burg.”

In the Fly­ing Phan­tom Se­ries, Oman Sail ended its sec­ond day of rac­ing in fifth place over­all af­ter a to­tal of eight races. The ro­tat­ing crew of Thomas Nor­mand, Ahmed al Hasani and An­toine Jou­bert added a sec­ond place fin­ish to its ros­ter of re­sults among the 12-strong fleet of two-man foil­ing cata­ma­rans.

Act 5 stand­ings af­ter day three: 1 Oman Air (92), 2 Red Bull Sail­ing Team (84), 3 SAP Ex­treme Sail­ing Team (84), 4 Alinghi (82), 5 NZ Ex­treme Sail­ing Team (82), 6 Land Rover BAR Academy (80), 7 Team Ex­treme (63).

crew in ac­tion in Ham­burg, Ger­many, on Satur­day

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