Extreme Sailing Series: Act 5–Cowes

Big finish to the week

A week of big winds and high adrenalin action, Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week delivered some of the closest and intense ‘Stadium Racing’ the circuit has ever seen – in front of the biggest crowds ever recorded for the event. The ultimate winner was The Wave, Muscat, skippered by local Isle of Wight born Leigh McMillan, Britain’s Olympic Tornado representative in Beijing 2008. For last year’s overall winners, this was the Omani team’s first Act win this year.

A drama-filled six days of racing saw a major collision between Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild on the second day, sadly ending racing in Act 5 for the Swedish team; Olympic 49er sailor John Pink’s Aberdeen Asset Management cart-wheeled spectacularly on the third day in testing conditions; 49er action from ‘Team EC’ Benji Borg and Seb Ripard from Malta and Britain’s Simon Marks and Nick Murray; plus Extreme 40 head to heads against champion windsurfer, Guy Cribb; and, for the first time in the circuit’s five year history, a day of racing was cancelled entirely due to excessive wind and sea conditions on day four.

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