Team Oman Air take the Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego Act trophy
Down to the wire: double points decider sees Team Oman Air take the Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego Act trophy
Tight, tense racing thrilled the Californian crowds that gathered on Harbor Island, as Team Oman Air topped the US Act podium on day four of Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego – thwarting Alinghi in the final races of the day.
Finishing the Act with an impressively consistent score sheet, the Omani squad scuppered the Swiss team’s chances of a fifth Act win this year by implementing carefully calculated match racing techniques as the competition drew to a close.
Despite their hard work to maintain the lead they had held since the start of the San Diego Act, the team onboard Alinghi were unable to defend their advantage over match racing champion Phil Robertson and his crew: Pete Greenhalgh, Nasser Al Mashari, Stewart Dodson and James Wierzbowski.
The Omani-flagged boat had been snapping at the heels of the Swiss throughout the Act, but had failed to overtake Psarofaghis and his team until the grand finale today.
A formidable battle ensued as the end of racing approached. Race 20, the fifth of the day’s six races, saw the two boats line up against each other, forcing one another into unfavourable lanes. As Oman Air approached the top mark, Alinghi dialled them down on starboard, preventing them from tacking into clean air.
Eventually, Oman Air broke free, charging towards the top of the course with Alinghi right behind. Converging at the . . .
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