After two full-on physical days of racing at the Sydney Harbor, the next-to-the-last day was all about the points at Extreme Sailing Series Act 8, Sydney, Australia, presented by Land Rover. It was the final stop on the global tour this year.
With their end game in vision, Leigh McMillan, The Wave, Muscat and British helm, sailed today in defensive way. Very careful not to occupy with the other participants on the racetrack, time and again the fast watched as McMillan crossed the start line tactically, split from the fleet and made his own scopes to sail through the pack, to grab 6 podium finishes in 8 races.
The Wave, Muscat’s persistent but appropriated tactics puts the squad at the top of leader-board going into the last day on hundred and forty seven points – and a foot closer for McMillan to make history as the only captain to win 3 Extreme Sailing Series awards.
While Leigh played it safe and well, the fight heated up for the 2nd and 3rd, in both Sydney as well as on the overall Series leaderboard, as Denmark’s SAP Extreme Sailing Team and Austria’s Red Bull Sailing Team gunned for glory.
Snatching four podium finishes to their score, the Danes ended the day in 2nd spot with a 4 point gap to bridge to the top position. But the performance of the day went to the Red Bull team as they were the fastest team on the water as well as quickest off the start line.