2016 Extreme Sailing Series : Alinghi win Sydney finale to secure third title
Monday 12 December 2016 –
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In a nail-biting showdown that went right down to the wire, Arnaud Psarofaghis’ men saw off a last-ditch attempt from arch rivals Oman Air to complete their ascendancy to the top of the 2016 rankings.
It’s the third time Alinghi have won the Extreme Sailing Series Extreme Sailing Series #extremesailing following victories in 2008 and 2014 but the first time they’ve done so ’flying’ on the new lightning fast GC32 GC32 #GC32 catamarans.
Morgan Larson’s Oman Air started the eighth and final Act of the season with the upper hand taking a narrow two-point lead overall onto the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour, but Alinghi knew that if they could defeat Larson’s crew they would claim the Series crown for themselves.
Alinghi started the final day in charge with a 19-point buffer on Oman Air and opened their scorecards on trademark form with two seconds as Sydney Harbour delivered champagne sailing under bright blue skies and with winds of 13 to 20 knots.
However, a wobble halfway through the afternoon gave hope to Oman Air and they answered by notching up a podium finish of their own to narrow the gap once more.
Desperate to force Alinghi into making a mistake that could allow them back into contention, Larson pulled out every trick in his book but time and time again the Swiss crew clawed back into the action.
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