Victory for The Wave, Muscat in China

Victory for The Wave, Muscat in China to win the Double Star Cup

20th April 2012

- Leigh McMillan never relinquished his lead from yesterday to secure victory here in Qingdao - Red Bull Sailing Team take 2nd overall – the Austrian team’s first podium position since Muscat 2011 - French team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, had to fight hard for the 3rd spot, as the British team GAC Pindar podium hopes dashed - The ‘fifth-crew’, meet Rachel Williamson from The Wave, Muscat – young, female and talented HERE - Watch the RACE OF THE DAY including action from onboard with Leigh McMillan - Act 2 in brief – all the highlights in one place HEREAn ecstatic Leigh McMillan and his crew on board The Wave, Muscat won Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series with a race to spare, a feat rarely achieved on the circuit, and move into the lead for the overall Series. But, after 29 races watched by over 55,000 spectators, it came down to the final double points decider to determine who would stand next to the Omani team on the podium.

The Wave, Muscat came out fighting and made their intentions clear from the first start gun – winning the opening race of the day. Going into the final double points race, and to his surprise, McMillan had an untouchable lead. “We are thrilled to have won here in Qingdao and to have a second and a first place for the first two events is very good stuff for us. We weren’t necessarily expecting to win here.”

Everybody’s eyes were on the four teams who were in contention for second place going into the final race, with only 6 points separating them. Hagara’s men held their nerve, and position, to finish second, despite a hard day on the water who at one stage looked like they had lost hope of finishing on the podium as they slipped to fifth place.

A fourth for Groupe Edmond de Rothschild in the final race also secured their place on the podium, but it wasn’t all celebrations today and a frustrated Ian Williams on board GAC Pindar was narrowly denied a podium finish, which has so far eluded the British sailor.

Co-organised by the Qindgao Yachting Association, China’s ‘City of Sailing’ has once again demonstrated how they became such a successful Olympic sailing venue. Staging a flawless event with a spectacular opening ceremony, an inclusive social programme for schools and public, and a grand closing ceremony that even the rain could not dampen.

The Wave, Muscat celebrates their overall victory of Act 2, Qingdao © Lloyd Images

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Next step of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series, Act 3 Istanbul 7th-10th June.

Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 2, Qingdao, China overall standings after Day 4, 29 races (20.4.12) Position / Team / Points 1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) Leigh McMillan / Ed Smyth / Pete Greenhalgh / Hashim Al Rashdi / Rachel Williamson 189 points 2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara / Hans Peter Steinacher / Matthew Adams / Graeme Spence, Pierre Le Clainche 174 points 3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) Pierre Pennec / Jean-Christophe Mourniac / Hervé Cunningham / Bernard Labro / Romain Petit 171 points 4th GAC Pindar (GBR) Ian Williams / Mark Ivey / Mark Bulkeley / Adam Piggot / Andrew Walsh 164 points 5th Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson / Will Howden / Charlie Ogletree / Nasser Al Mashari / Max Bulger 162 points 6th ZouLou (FRA) Loick Peyron / Philippe Mourniac / Jean-Sébastien Ponce / Bruno Jeanjean / Patrick Aucour 158 points 7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen / Rasmus Kostner / Pete Cumming / Christian Kamp / Jonas Hviid 130 points 8th Alinghi (SUI), Pierre-Yves Jorand / Tanguy Cariou / Nils Frei / Yves Detrey / Charles Favre 129 points 9th China Team (CHN) Phil Robertson / Garth Ellingham / Kit Cheng / Nick Catley / Xiaqun Song 74 points

Extreme Sailing Series 2012, Series standings after 2 Acts 1st The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 19 points 2nd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) 16 points 3rd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 16 points 4th Oman Air (OMA) 16 points 5th GAC Pindar (GBR) 13 points 6th ZouLou (FRA) 10 points 7th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 7 points 8th Alinghi (SUI), 7 points

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About Robert Richardson

Sailing is a passion and I have been on the water since I was five. Sunfish, Enterprise, Laser, Flying Junior, Hobie Cat, Prindle and Windsurfer were great fun. Here on the West Coast larger boats come into play with Race Committees.