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Mixed fortunes for The Wave, Muscat
Times News Service
August 26, 2013 , 11 : 50 am GST
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Tight spot: The Wave, Muscat crew in action during the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff. Photo – Supplied
Day two in Cardiff presented very different conditions; the breeze improved significantly from yesterday and at 10-15 knots, provided perfect sailing conditions for the Extreme 40's. With only three races completed yesterday, the teams faced a long day on the water with 10 races scheduled.
For The Wave, Muscat, it was a frustrating day and while racing started well and they posted three wins in the first six races, but a lack of consistency led to several mid-fleet finishes handing some valuable points to the competition.
A second and third place finish in the final races of the day will keep The Wave, Muscat in contention as they were joint third on the leaderboard with Red Bull on 100 points. SAP (Extreme Sailing Team) posted the biggest improvement of the day jumping from sixth to second on the leaderboard after yesterday's racing. The Danish crew delivered top three finishes all day, once again proving that consistency is a key factor.
The Wave, Muscat's main series rivals Alinghi initially struggled but four wins over the course of the day pushed them back up the leaderboard to stay five points ahead of the Omanis in the second place. The rivalry between the two teams remains strong and the Cardiff event title saw a fight to the very final race in Cardiff last year.
"It's good to have that sporting rivalry (with Alinghi) as it keeps you sharp and progressing. They say they are learning from us but we are learning from them at the same time," said skipper Leigh McMillan.
The location of the race-course in Cardiff is proving to be as challenging as last year. The start line is tricky as the wind funnels off the buildings around the dock and the compact nature of this venue means space is at a premium, racing is very close and it is very tight to get around and sail cleanly. Any mistake is punished as The Wave, Muscat found out in race six, a tactical call to sail on the right side of the race course saw them move from first to fifth in just one leg. While staying in front is hard, trying to pass four boats is even harder.
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