British skipper Leigh McMillan falls short in Extreme Sailing Series trophy finale

In an absorbing final day, the top of the leaderboard had three different
names to it with McMillan finally emerging as joint leader after Race 26 and
holding the lead until Larson and Oman Air crossed the finish line of Race
29 ahead of them.

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, winners of the 2011 Muscat trophy, were also in
contention but on a day marked by a constantly light and shifting breeze,
struggled to stay in the top three on the race track and finished in third
place overall.

For the American Larson, competing in his first Extreme 40 event, the closing
stages of racing proved nerve-wracking.

“That last race was very tense. There was plenty of time to mess up down to
the first mark but the guys’ tactics and boat handling were superb and we
just hung in there. The wind was dying which made us more nervous.

“It feels great to have won our first event. It was our week – if you knocked
off a bunch of top three results you were going to get out there. For
whatever reason, someone was smiling on us this week. But we will be taking
it one event at a time.”

GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams finished in fifth place which was a marked
improvement from the same event last year when he finished last.

Loick Peyron on Zoulou was sixth and Ernesto Bertarelli started the final day
strongly with four podium places then tailed off as the wind died to finish
his first Extreme 40 event in seventh place.


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