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The Wave triumphs to capture top spot

The Wave triumphs to capture top spot

The result also lifts them to the top of the leaderboard in the Extreme Sailing Series — just one point ahead of SAP Extreme Sailing Team.



Published: Tue 23 Jun 2015, 12:16 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:12 PM

Omani boats sealed impessive results in Cardiff. — Supplied photo

Omani boats sealed impessive results in Cardiff. — Supplied photo

Muscat — After another day of adrenaline-fuelled Extreme 40 racing in winds that topped well over 25kts in the gusts, defending champion Leigh McMillan and his team on The Wave, Muscat put in another solid performance to claim overall victory in Cardiff for the third consecutive year.

The result also lifts them to the top of the leaderboard in the Extreme Sailing Series — just one point ahead of SAP Extreme Sailing Team. McMillan’s team that includes Nasser Al Mashari, Pete Greenhalgh, Double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton, and Ed Smyth sailed consistently well throughout the day to record five straight podium positions. Meanwhile, team mates on Oman Air concluded the day with some equally impressive results including a second and a spectacular last race win to put them in sixth place overall.

With a lead of 15pts over SAP Extreme Sailing Team going into today’s final seven races, McMillan and his all-star crew were under a lot of pressure to keep their rivals at bay. In the opening race they finished second to Red Bull Sailing, and one place ahead of closest rivals SAP. From there on they managed to strengthen their lead in nearly every race and finished the day with an 18pt clear lead over Red Bull Sailing Team who snatched second place overall in the final race.

As he stepped ashore this afternoon, a delighted McMillan commented: “We came out and everything clicked into place. We had a good game plan and we are absolutely thrilled to win in Cardiff for the third year running.  “We had a slightly more relaxed approach going into the event, a more free-style attitude towards the starts and just letting everything happen as it should. I think this makes it less stressful on the boat and everyone performs well to that.”

Chatting about the venue, McMillan added: “It has been a relentless four days of racing. The wind has been really gusty so it has been pretty nerve-wracking at times with plenty of adrenaline pumping through the team. Cardiff is renowned for these conditions and it really keeps you on your toes the whole time, but it is an enjoyable challenge as a result.

Looking ahead, McMillan concluded: “SAP have been very consistent and very hard to beat so from here on we need to keep our focus on them and make sure no one else makes a big jump on us overall.” Nasser Al Mashari, who is in charge of the front end of the boat, said he feels proud to have won Act 4 for Oman and The Wave, Muscat. “Fantastic to have won here in Cardiff for the third time. We had good team work and we are now looking forward to the next one, where we hope to repeat our performance.”

Next act for the Omani boats will be Hamburg, Germany, from July 23 to 26.


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