The Extreme Sailing Series is the most looked forward to event by teams as well as supporters. The Act 5 of the racing has taken off at St. Petersburg in style and it is a high octane clash. The Russian leg of the world tour has just picked up from where it was left over in Hamburg.
This is the third time that St. Petersburg is getting to host the Extreme Sailing Series. It all started with a debut in 2014 and it has continued in 2016 also. The flying boats and the picturesque location, add more fun and merriment to the race.
The GC32 catamarans were in fine form and the winds in the range of 9 to 12 knots did not have any effect on the boats. The water of the Neva River was flat and it laid the foundation for a very quick race. The SAP team from Denmark is determined to show their prowess on the Russian waters and is looking to make amends for the poor showing that they had here last year.
The SAP team got the better of the Gazprom Russian team in the first race to clinch victory. The team members did not stop there. They went on to claim two more race victories and one third place spot in the seven extreme sailing races that took place on Neva River.
The SAP team faced their toughest challenge for the Alinghi Swiss team, who are backed by Yacht Rental Croatia. They too won three races out of the seven. The SAP team is in the first position in the overall board by just one point. It looks like day 2 will be even more entertaining and exciting looking at the kind of races that took place on the first day.
SAP Team’s co-skipper, Gram Hansen, is happy with the team’s performance and expected more comebacks like they had today in the future races as well.