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Land Rover BAR Academy finish 6th in Madeira

The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. The GC32's racing on day 3 of the event.
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The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. The GC32's racing on day 3 of the event. Credit - Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images - Funchal - Portugal
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Day 4  - Final day of racing

The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. The GC32's racing on day 3 of the event. Credit - Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images - Funchal - Portugal
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The fourth and final day of racing for Extreme Sailing Series 2017 Act 3, Madeira Islands saw light tricky winds of 6-7 knots with big holes on the bottom of the race course.

The racing came down to the final nail-biting double-points race, which went the way of Danish-flagged SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Swiss-flagged Alinghi finished second and Oman Air made up the podium in third.

It has been a great learning experience for the young Land Rover BAR Academy team with a new sailor trialist at the event and current squad members trying out new positions on the race boat. The final day saw Land Rover AR Academy post two podium finishes in the days six races showing great race management to hold their place on the race course in tricky conditions (Day 4 results: 5,3,7,6,3,6).  

Coach Andrew Walsh commented “We had some really good results throughout the event, we were trailing Matt Brushwood for his first race experience with the team and we also took the strategy of switching some of the current team into new positions onboard the race boat, so to be able to claim podiums gives us a real positive from the event”.

Next up is Act 4 in Barcelona, where the fleet will race from 20 – 23 July. The action can be followed through the @landroverbar social media channels and www.extremesailingseries.com

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Madeira Islands standings

1st SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 228 points.

2nd Alinghi (SUI) 225 points.

3rd Oman Air (OMA) 220 points.

4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 199 points.

5th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 195 points.

6th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 169 points.

7th Team Extreme (POR) 150 points.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2017 overall standings

1st Alinghi (SUI) 34 points.

2nd SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 33 points.

3rd Oman Air (OMA) 30 points.

4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 26 points.

5th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 25 points.

6th NZ Extreme Sailing Team (NZL) 23 points.

Land Rover BAR Academy Crew:
Skipper, Rob Bunce
Mainsail Trimmer, Will Alloway
Jib Trimmer, Oli Greber
Jib Trimmer, Adam Kay
Helm, Owen Bowerman
Bowman, Matt Brushwood

Day 3 

Big wind shifts in Maderia

The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. Racing close to shore in Funchal today Credit - Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images - Funchal - Portugal
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Day 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Madeira saw just one race sailed amongst the GC32 fleet due to largely unpredictable wind shifts ranging from 3 – 20 knots gusts.
 
The planned crew rotation saw Oli Greber jump onboard the foiling catamaran as Main Trimmer and trialist Matt Brushwood staye in his float role whilst Will Alloway spectated the racing from the support RIB.

In the one race sailed the fleet saw a 180 degree wind shift half way through which made it tough to make quick decisions on the race course. The Land Rover BAR Academy placed 5th in this race and stand 6th overall in Act 3 with one day left.
 
Oli Greber, Main Trimmer commented on the day “It was a long day on the water for the team, we spent 3 hours doing expedition races against the other teams waiting for the wind to make it’s mind up. We were experiencing very unpredictable wind shifts gusting anything up to 20 knots which is why we saw Red Bull Extreme Sailing team capsize.”
 
Racing continues tomorrow and will be streamed live on YouTube from 14:00 UTC +1 


 

Day 2

A learning day for the Land Rover BAR Academy

The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. Racing close to shore in Funchal today Credit - Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images - Funchal - Portugal
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The breeze arrive for day 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Madeira with puffy wind conditions of 7-14 knots. As planned the crew rotated from day 1 with trialist Matt Brushwood jumping onboard the GC32 in the float role for his first race day.
 
Matt Brushwood commented on the day “I was thrown in at the deep end today. The light conditions with puffy 15 knot breeze meant the conditions were difficult for a float with lots of gear and set up change. For me its all about learning as fast as possible in the new role, so having the experience of some of the other Land Rover BAR Academy sailors around to help me out is really beneficial.Today wasn’t as good in terms of results as we had hoped but the crew work was really good and definitely improving all the time.“

 
The team placed 6th, 6th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 7th, 5th, 6th in the days 8 races ending the day in 6th overall with 106 points.

The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. Racing close to shore in Funchal today Credit - Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images - Funchal - Portugal
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Adam Kay commented “It’s been a positive day with some big lessons learnt for the whole team. We had a few problems with boat speed at the start of the day but this improved for the last few We will go back and debrief tonight and focus on improving boat speed and getting off the start line in the next few days.”
 
Tomorrow we are expecting similar conditions to today and we will see another crew rotation with Oli Greber swapping in for Will Alloway as main trimmer.  
 
Follow the racing action on our twitter @LandRoverBAR . Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July will be streamed live on YouTube or for a more detailed insight into the racing follow on SAP Sailing Analytics 


 

Day 1

Highs and lows in Madeira for the Land Rover BAR Academy

 

The Extreme Sailing Series. Act 3. Madeira, Portugal. Racing close to the shore and the city of Funchal Credit - Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images - Funchal - Portugal
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, Madeira Islands began today for the new look Land Rover BAR Academy team.

The day was a mixed bag for the team with tricky conditions on the race course, the breeze was anything from 3 – 12 knots throughout the day, meaning it was ‘eyes out of the boat’ sailing day for the crew.

Six races were sailed and the Land Rover BAR Academy crew started strongly with two podium places in the first two races of the day. The new crew gelled well, making smart decisions and picking the rights side of the course in the search for steady breeze.

 

In race 3 & 4 the Land Rover BAR Academy were too keen on the start line receiving OCS penalties (over the line before the start gun) in both races. However, huge positives were taken as the young team managed to fight from the back of the fleet to finish 5th in both races and display great skills against older more experience teams.

Land Rover BAR Academy end day in 7th position overall, after scoring 2, 3, 5, 5, 7 & 6 in the 6 races, with all to play for on a very tight leaderboard.

Big breeze is expected to come in tomorrow and it will be an exciting day for trialist Matt Brushwood who will compete in his first race for the Land Rover BAR Academy swapping places with Oli Greber.

Follow the racing action on our twitter @LandRoverBAR . Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July will be streamed live on YouTube or for a more detailed insight into the racing follow on SAP Sailing Analytics 

Land Rover BAR Academy Crew:
Skipper, Rob Bunce
Mainsail Trimmer, Will Alloway
Jib Trimmer, Oli Greber
Jib Trimmer, Adam Kay
Helm, Owen Bowerman
Bowman, Matt Brushwood

 

Preview 

Land Rover BAR Academy fly high on their foils during Act 2, Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao China
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The Land Rover BAR Academy head to Madeira for Act 3 of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series this weekend, 29th June – 2nd July, on a high after their recent Red Bull Youth America’s Cup win in Bermuda. Racing will take place in Marina Funchal, to the south side of the Madeira Island and will provide challenging conditions for the Land Rover BAR Academy sailors due to unpredictable winds.

It’s a quick turnaround for Skipper Rob Bunce and Jib Trimmer Adam Kay who were both out in Bermuda whilst the rest of the team will see the other Land Rover BAR Academy sailors jump on-board the GC32. Owen Bowerman, who won the UK rounds of the Red Bull Foiling Generation, will be on helm and we will see the return of Oli Greber as Jib Trimmer, who has been making big improvements in his fitness tests and Will Alloway as main trimmer, who returns from Bermuda after stepping in for Neil Hunter during training whilst he sailed in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers.

Jib Trimmer Oli Greber comments “It was a great boost for the whole team watching the guys pull off the regatta win in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup last week. In regards to our expectations in Madeira, we have to be realistic that we a racing against a lot of very experienced professional teams so our main focus will be to stay amongst the fleet and be in the mix of the racing. We are a continually evolving team so it’s great to keep welcoming new guys into the team such as our trialist this week Matt Brushwood.

“Going off last year conditions it could be quite light wind particularly as we are racing tucked under the south side of the Madeira Island. However, there has been good breeze the last few days so we’re hopeful that the breeze will stay for the racing.”

Land Rover BAR Academy sail in Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao China
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New to the crew for this act is Matt Brushwood, he will be joining the team as a trialist after being intensely trained and monitored by Strength and Conditioning Coach Charlie Quigley over the past 6 months (find out more). The Land Rover BAR Academy was set up in January 2016 and looks to find and support young British sailors aged between 19-24 years old and create a pathway into the America’s Cup.

Trial sailor, Matt Brushwood, “To sail with the Land Rover BAR Academy is a great opportunity which I have been looking forward to for some time now and I hope to show the team what I can give. It’s going to be a big learning curve after a short few days training at the beginning of this year. Ultimately I'm looking forward to the challenge and learning as much as possible.

"With a lot of my sailing background being in performance yachts such as Invictus in the Fast 40+ circuit, I think I can bring good communication to the team as well as being hard working and focusing on the overall goals“

Rob Andrews, Land Rover BAR Academy Project ManagerThe Land Rover BAR Academy has always been about creating opportunities for talented young sailors and the Extreme Sailing Series in Madeira will give us another chance to put these values in place.

Matt Brushwood, who is a trial sailor for this event, has been given the opportunity to sail with the Land Rover BAR Academy and based on his performance during the highly competitive environment of the Extreme Sailing Series may be offered a contract with the team. Matt has recently been sailing fast 40’s in the Solent and we look forward to seeing his performance in Madeira.

With this blend of opportunity and experience we again hope to be competitive at the front of the fleet and surprise some of the experienced sailors on the ESS while giving the chance of a lifetime to some of the young and upcoming British sailors.

You can follow the racing action on our twitter @LandRoverBAR . Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July will be streamed live on YouTube or for a more detailed insight into the racing follow on SAP Sailing Analytics 

Land Rover BAR Academy sail in Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao China
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Land Rover BAR Academy Crew:
Skipper, Rob Bunce
Mainsail Trimmer, Will Alloway
Jib Trimmer, Oli Greber
Jib Trimmer, Adam Kay
Helm, Owen Bowerman
Bowman, Matt Brushwood