Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Barcelona is now behind us. A tough day on the water saw us slide down the leaderboard and finish third overall. Well done to Alinghi and Oman Air who took first and second respectively. Our result in Barcelona once again ties us with Alinghi at the top 2018 leaderboard. Still, less than half way through the season, there remains lot to be fought.
Skipper / tactician Rasmus Køstner, although disappointed with today’s racing, was enthusiastic about the event, and optimistic for the rest of the season.
“Reflecting on Act 3, we’re quite proud that we could still lock in a podium finish even though we changed key person. Morgan came in to the team with not a lot of preparation, but did a really good job of adapting to a new team around him, showing that he is a world-class sailor. We actually went into this event with our usual high-expectations, and had our sights set on a podium finish…
…Today we weren’t sailing at our best, and Oman Air and Alinghi took every opportunity that came to them. We made it a bit difficult for ourselves with a couple of untidy starts, and some decisions around the course that lost us some key points. As always, there are some things we can takeaway and learn from, but overall we’re confident that we have a strong team, and I think what we’ve achieved here is something we can be proud of.”
Helmsman Morgan Larson added,
“ For me it was an honour to be invited to sail with SAP Extreme. I felt a little bit of pressure - they’re a talented bunch of guys - but I really felt that our chemistry came together quickly. We only had one practice day, and never having sailed with this crew, we had to work hard to build the roles, and learn to trust. There’s an amazing amount of depth to the team and I think they really made it easy for me to come in and be competitive. The things that take a whole season to tweak, were the little things that we were learning under fire. Overall I couldn’t be happier - although it’s always disappointing to finish an event on a tough note, I think if we’d said at the start of the event ‘would we be happy if that gave us a third?’, I think we’d all have said ‘sure’.
Act 4 will take place in Cascais, Portugal from July 5 to 8, where Adam Minoprio will return to the helm.