Friday, 24 September 2010

Extreme 40: Guichard comes out on top at the end of Day 1 in Trapani

Yann Guichard's Gitana was on top after day one. Image copyright Roberto Foresti/ Canon/ OC Events.

In 30 degrees and 8-10 knots of the breeze the Sicilian town of Trapani provided a stunning backdrop for the opening day of racing on the penultimate stopover in the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2010

Trapani environs. Image copyright Gilles Chiorri/OC Events.

by Emily Caroe

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, skippered by Yann Guichard, fresh from their win in Kiel just three weeks ago, came out of the starting blocks with a bang, taking the first three bullets of the day, but The Wave, Muscat, is hot on the Frenchman’s heels, just one point behind after six races.

The fleet upwind. Image copyright Roberto Foresti/ Canon/ OC Events.

Seven teams are here in the Medieval town of Trapani, the fleet augmented by a local ‘wildcard’ entry from America’s Cup Strategist, Gabriele Bruni, with his team Trapani, the Sailing Seacily. “It was really great! We had three good races, then in the last three we finished last, but that’s part of the game. The most important thing is that we enjoyed ourselves on the water. The other teams are very well prepared, sometimes we were playing with them, but obviously generally a bit behind. It’s also fantastic to sail in Trapani, in front of the islands, with good breeze.”

ECOVER, Masirah and Groupama downwind. Image copyright Roberto Foresti/ Canon/ OC Events.

Mike Golding’s Ecover Sailing Team, has seen some stunning performances over the past four months of racing and once again looks to be in a good position to challenge for the podium, but is threatened by the fastest man around the planet, Franck Cammas, just one point behind.

With six races completed on day one, there were four boats taking the top spot, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild with three wins, but Groupama 40, Red Bull Extreme Sailing each taking a win and The Wave, Muscat finishing the day with a first.

Gabriele Bruni's Trapani, the Sailing Seacily team. Image copyright Roberto Foresti/ Canon/ OC Events.

The Extreme Sailing Series™ Trapani continues tomorrow, Friday 24 September, with the seven teams racing right inside the harbour, in front of the public and VIP spectators, from 2pm. Our weather partner WetterWelt expects 11 to 14 knots of breeze, with potential gusts up to 20 – which given the tight situation on the leaderboard will undoubtedly make for hotly contested races.

Trapani environs. Image copyright Gilles Chiorri/OC Events.

1st Groupe Edmond De Rothschild 1-1-1-3-6-3 33pts
2nd The Wave, Muscat 2-2-3-6-2-1 32pts
3rd Ecover Sailing Team 5-3-2-4-3-4 27pts
4th Groupama 40 4-5-5-1-5-2 26pts
5th Oman Sail Masirah 3-4-7-2-4-5 23pts
6th Red Bull Extreme Sailing 7-7-4-5-1-6 18pts
7th Trapani the Sailing Seacily 6-6-6-7-7-7 9pts

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