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Extreme 40 World Championship Day 2
The stunning coastline of Slovenia was showcased on day two of the Extreme 40 World Championship with two coastal races. In a break from traditional short and fast courses, the six high octane Extreme 40 catamarans raced from their base at Portoroz 15 kilometres along the coast to the bustling port city of Koper and back again. The longer double-point coastal races highlighted the versatility of the class, gave crews an on-water tour of their host country and dazzled spectators with intense action taking place close to the shore.
After an exciting day's racing yesterday, the second day of the first ever Extreme 40 World Championship, hosted by The Ocean Racing Club at the Kempinski Palace Hotel in Portoroz, was to be no let down. Racing started in building 6-8 knot breeze, with the first upset came when Shirley Robertson's Team Kempinski/Great Britain, who had led the fleet for the majority of the first race, were reigned in by home side The Ocean Racing Club skippered by Mitch Booth. The Ocean Racing Club made use of crewmember and Portoroz resident Tomaz Copi's local knowledge passing Team Kempinski/Great Britain in the latter part of the race. Booth, co-creator of the Extreme 40 class, eventually steered The Ocean Racing Club to victory, crossing the finish line in one hour and ten minutes.
Andreas Hagara's Team Petras/France also sneaked by Team Kempinski/Great Britain to snatch second place with Robertson having to settle for third. Roman Hagara's Red Bull Extreme Sailing crossed the line in fourth, followed by Team Nokia/Hungary and Team IWC/Holland.
Racing will return to the Olympic-style windward/leeward courses tomorrow with four races scheduled. See all the action at www.youtube.com/extreme40worlds
Results after day 2:
1. Team Petras/France: 2-2-2-2-2, 35 points
2. Red Bull Extreme Sailing: 1-1-3-4-1, 34
3. The Ocean Racing Club: 3-4-1-1-4, 31
4. Team Kempinski/Great Britain: 4-3-4-3-5, 22
5. Team IWC/Holland: 5-5-5-6-3, 16
6. Team Nokia/Hungary: 6-6-6-5-6, 9
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