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06-15-2015, 11:18 AM
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Despite rain showers and slightly lighter conditions, Team US One continued to dominate the M32 Scandinavia series racing in Gothenburg on day three of the regatta. Posting three wins and two second places, Team US One and her crew, led by US Virgin Islander Taylor Canfield, were the stand-out performer of the day. The team seems able to eek out better boat speed, better boat handling and better starts than the rest of the fleet.

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“Everything seems to be falling into place and we are very happy with the way we sail our boat,” said Canfield. “The conditions today suited us well and we managed to make good manoeuvres and keep good boat speed.”

Hans Wallén continues to improve every day. With four podium places Wallén Racing ended up firmly in the runner-up position today. With a couple of good starts and more aggressive sailing, Wallén, the 1996 Star Olympic silver medallist, is building momentum. For the last event of the M32 Scandinavia series in Oslo, the Wallén Racing M32 catamaran was brand new and the crew experienced some problems with her trim. Now everything seems to be working better for them.

For young Nicklas Dackhammar today was a story of ups and downs. “We started out pretty badly with a sixth place in the first race,” he explained. “But we got things together and managed to get a couple of second places and a win.”

Tomorrow, the final day of racing in Gothenburg, the forecast indicates that it will be sunny and with the wind around 16-20 knots. It will be exciting to see how the skippers and crews can handle these high velocity racing catamaran in such conditions on such a tight race area.




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06-21-2015, 01:47 PM
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Another relentless day at the Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Cardiff presented by Land Rover saw the Extreme 40 fleet complete eight fast paced races on a course that varied from 10-23knots over the short 550m track. With no runaway leader of the day, there was a real mixed bag of results for the teams, as they struggled with the gusty conditions, starting penalties and gear failure.

In a change from yesterdays winning form, current Act leaders The Wave, Muscat had an unusually low scoring day. Their string of race wins were replaced with a string of fourth place finishes adding a conservative (by their standard) 57 points to their total; a respectable result on a day where most teams struggled. Having won in Cardiff for the past two years, McMillan and his experienced crew, including Double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton, go into the final day with a 15-point cushion. Chasing hard in second place, SAP Extreme Sailing Team on 195 points could easily bridge the gap.

Red Bull Sailing Team were the team of the day, with an impressive three race wins on the tricky, gusty course moving them up to third overall on 183 points, with GAC Pindar seven points behind in forth.


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