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Team New Zealand have slipped to fifth on the penultimate day of the Extreme 40 Sailing Series’ opening regatta in Singapore as testing conditions ripped through the 12-boat fleet.

The third day saw more intense action with six races as the breeze across the tight course fluctuated from a gentle five knots to sudden gusts of 25.

The day was marked by a serious collision between Groupama and Aberdeen Singapore, as one of the strongest gusts of the day hit.

No-one was hurt, but Groupama’s rig came down as Aberdeen rode over the top of them and the yachts were locked together.

Groupama skipper Franck Cammas described the moment as Aberdeen, approaching the finishing line as the gust hit, struggled to avoid the collision. 

“We had a big gust and as we were finishing a gybe we saw Aberdeen come really fast from behind and that’s the moment they came over us breaking the mast. Three crew members ended up in the water.”  

Other than the mast, damage can be repaired overnight: “The mainsail, the jib and a hole on the trampoline. I think we will be able to race tomorrow with another mast,” Cammas said.

“What is tricky here is that the wind is quite strong and very gusty which is difficult to anticipate. It’s not easy.”

A full starting grid of 12 Extreme 40s is expected for the final day’s racing although it will be a demanding night in the pit lane as the shore crews rally to make the repairs. Four boats are out of the water but the teams are confident they’ll be ready for the last day of the regatta.

It was not a good day for Team New Zealand, slipping to fifth overall, although skipper Dean Barker remained upbeat about their return to action since the America’s Cup.

“We’re sailing well and still in the hunt for a podium finish. We need a good solid day and have a few breaks go our way,” Barker said.

The four teams at the top of the leaderboard competed in the series last year. Alinghi, and The Wave, Muscat are first and second respectively. Realstone, who missed Day Three’s racing, are third, after being awarded average points following yesterday’s collision with Oman Air.

With 117 points, Emirates Team New Zealand are within striking distance of a podium finish. Fourth Red Bull Racing Team are also on 117; Leaders Alinghi have 163, The Wave 132 and Realstone 130.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1, Singapore

Standings after Day 3, 21 races

1st Alinghi (SUI) 163 points. 2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 132 points. 3rd Realstone (SUI) 130 points. 4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 117 points. 5th Emirates Team New Zealand  117 points. 6th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 104 points. 7th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 103 points. 8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 95 points.9th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 89 points. 10th Oman Air (OMA) 88 points.11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 49 points. 12th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) 47 points.



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Sailing: Boat crashes into another at 2014 Extreme Sailing Series

A strong gust of wind sent one boat ploughing into the back of another on day three of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series at Marina Bay.


Team Aberdeen Singapore’s boat crashed into the back of the boat belonging to France’s Groupama sailing team on day three of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series.

SINGAPORE: A strong gust of wind sent one boat ploughing into the back of another on day three of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series at Marina Bay, in what was dubbed one of the most dramatic moments in the eight-year history of the series.

Team Aberdeen Singapore’s boat was caught in a big gust of wind as it approached the finish line, and ended up hitting the back of the boat belonging to France’s Groupama sailing team, causing three crew members to jump off.

The Groupama sailing team said one member suffered superficial injuries from the incident and the damage to their boat was not too serious.

Both crews are working overnight to get their boats back out on the racecourse for the last day of the Extreme Sailing Series.


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NZ slip at Extreme Sailing regatta

Team New Zealand have slipped to a share of fourth place at the Extreme Sailing regatta in Singapore, leaving them with no chance of winning the opening leg of the 2014 series.

Placed second going into the penultimate day of the 12-boat regatta, skipper Dean Barker and his crew struggled in the fluctuating wind that marred Saturday’s six races.

Team NZ and the Red Bull Racing Team of Austria are level on 117 points, with no chance of catching Swiss leaders Alinghi (163).

However, second-placed Oman outfit The Wave (132) and Switzerland’s Realstone (130) are in Barker’s sights on Sunday.

“We’re sailing well and are still in the hunt for a podium finish. We need a good solid day and have a few breaks go our way,” he said.

A series of collisions left four boats needing repairs but a full contingent is expected to line up for the last races.

Team Aberdeen Singapore caught a big gust as they came into the finish line struggling to hold off the pace and smacked into the back of France’s Groupama sailing team.

Crews of five men are contesting the eight-leg series in 40-foot catamarans.

New Zealand’s crew comprises Barker, Glenn Ashby, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Edwin Delaat.

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Serious collision on day 3 of Extreme Sailing Series

Day 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series saw more intense action as the breeze across the race course fluctuated from a gentle five knots to sudden gusts of 25. Six races were sailed on the tight Singapore course.

The day was marked by a serious collision between Groupama and Aberdeen Singapore, as one of the strongest gusts of the day swept through the fleet.

No one was hurt, but Groupama’s rig came down as Aberdeen rode over the top of Groupama and the yachts were locked together.

Groupama’s skipper Franck Cammas described the moment as Aberdeen, approaching the finishing line as the gust hit, struggled to avoid the collision.

“We had a big gust and as we were finishing a gybe we saw Aberdeen come really fast from behind and that’s the moment they came over us breaking the mast. Three crew members ended up in the water.

Other than the mast, damage can be repaired overnight: “The mainsail, the jib and a hole on the trampoline. I think we will be able to race tomorrow with another mast,” Cammas said.

“What is tricky here is that the wind is quite strong and very gusty which is difficult to anticipate. It’s not easy.”

A full starting grid of 12 Extreme 40s is expected for the final day’s racing in Singapore – although it will be a demanding night in pit lane as the shore crews rally to make the repairs. Four boats are out of the water but the teams are confident they’ll be ready for the last day of the regatta.

It was not a good day for Emirates Team New Zealand, slipping to fifth overall, although skipper Dean Barker says, “We’re sailing well and still in the hunt for a podium finish. We need a good solid day and have a few breaks go our way.”

The four teams at the top of the leaderboard competed in the series last year. Alinghi, and The Wave, Muscat are first and second respectively. Realstone, which missed Day 3 racing, is third, after being awarded average points following yesterday’s collision with Oman Air.

With 117 points, Emirates Team New Zealand is within striking distance of a podium finish. Fourth Red Bull Racing Team is also on 117; Leader Alinghi is on 163, The Wave on 132 and Realstone on 130.

Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 1, Singapore

Standings after Day 3, 21 races

1st Alinghi (SUI) 163 points. 2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 132 points. 3rd Realstone (SUI) 130 points. 4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 117 points. 5th Emirates Team New Zealand 117 points. 6th Groupama sailing team (FRA) 104 points. 7th J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR) 103 points. 8th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 95 points.9th Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) 89 points. 10th Oman Air (OMA) 88 points.11th GAC Pindar (AUS) 49 points. 12th Team Aberdeen Singapore (SIN) 47 points.


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