Extreme Sailing Series: Oman Air maintains lead
Oman Air, despite finishing third in both the races on Saturday, maintained its lead on the penultimate day of the seventh and final Act of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Closely following Phil Robertson-skippered Oman Air is Swiss team, Alinghi, which won both the races to trail the leader (85 points) by just two points with a day to go for the season to conclude.
Alinghi knocked Austrian-flagged Red Bull Sailing Team down a podium place to third. The teams are now tied on points with 83 each. SAP Extreme Sailing Team is fourth with 71 points.
Unable to start a race until well into the afternoon, the crews had to push themselves to keep their heads in the game; a lack of wind being just as challenging for the sailors as full pelt racing.
Team Oman Air was able to maintain its advantage over the fleet – its sterling sailing making it the only crew with a score sheet of podiums in every single race of the Los Cabos competition so far.
“It was a bit of a nasty little day out there today, waiting for the wind to fill in,” said Robertson.
“Luckily we got in a couple of quick short burners. Two thirds for us which we certainly can’t complain about in this fleet.”
With the Los Cabos Act valid for double points and the last race also valid for double points, the teams at the top can’t let the ball drop as they push through on the final day.
Los Cabos standings [Day three, eight races]: 1 Oman Air (85 points), 2 Alinghi (83), 3 Red Bull Sailing Team (83), 4 SAP Extreme Sailing Team (71), 5 INEOS Rebels UK (69), 6 US Team Extreme (59), 7 Team México (54).