Day Four, Act 4 Barcelona
Day four saw much of the same conditions as the previous two days with a light sea breeze. Six races were sailed in Barcelona with the Land Rover BAR Academy changing crew with Matt Brushwood making his racing debut coming on as float and Sam Batten returning to trimmer. In the six races Land Rover BAR Academy posted 4th, 6th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd and 5th in the double points race after a close battle with NZ Sailing Team. This meant that the team finish 6th overall, only losing 5th place on the last leg of the last race.
Debutant Matt Brushwood said "It was awesome to get out on the boat racing with Land Rover BAR Academy for the first time. It was an awesome experience and is the start of a brilliant opportunity. Today was tough but we put in a really good, consistent performance but tinged with disappointment to lose fifth place in the last race of the regatta."
Main Trimmer Will Alloway commented "We sailed really well today in very tough conditions to put a good scorecard in from the day. After debriefing the last few days we put our plans into action and we saw the improvements. We are all really looking forward to the next event in Hamburg."
Oman Air, 233 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 227 points
SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 221 points
Alinghi, 214 points
NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 191 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 190 points
FNOB Impulse, 159 points
Team Extreme, 129 points
Day Three, Act 4 Barcelona
Day three brought a fresh sea breeze and nine races in Barcelona as the race committee were keen to catch up with lost races from the abandoned day on Thursday. In the 7-10 knots the Land Rover BAR Academy placed 7th, 5th, 4th, 6th, 5th, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 5th and 7th. This leaves the team sitting in 6th going into the final day of the Act.
Helmsman Chris Taylor commented "We got plenty of races in which was great. The courses were really short and if you got a good start you were off into the distance as the rest of the fleet didn't have time to catch up. We had some brilliant starts and some not so great so we will go away tonight, debrief and improve for tomorrow."
Skipper Rob Bunce continued "Starts were crucial in the quick races and we had mixed fortunes from our starts today. We fought at the front end of the fleet for most of the day which is essentially where we want to be and I am sure we will be there tomorrow to fight throughout the last day."
Oman Air, 164 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 158 points
SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 154 points
Alinghi, 151 points
NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 129 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 129 points
FNOB Impulse, 113 points
Team Extreme, 90 points
Day Two, Act 4 Barcelona
Day two and the first day of racing in Barcelona Spain began with a good sea breeze of 7-10 knots which slowly dropped throughout the racing window. With the first day of racing lost to too much wind and big waves the race officials removed the designated racing window to allow more racing, with the last race finishing at 7pm with the sun setting. Seven races were sailed in the day with the Land Rover BAR Academy team made up of Chris Taylor, Oli Greber, Sam Batten, Adam Kay and Rob Bunce posting results of 4th, 2nd, 4th, 4th, 5th and 6th to sit 5th overall.
Skipper Rob Bunce commented "Today was a tough day with a lot of waves left over from yesterday's wind. This meant that there was not much wind and big waves which made racing hard and unforgiving. If you made one small mistake you lost all of your speed immediately. We haven't sailed in those conditions for a long time so we all learnt a lot and will move forwards into the rest of the regatta with this knowledge in hand."
Main Trimmer Oli Greber followed "This is one of the hardest race courses we have seen in the Extreme Sailing Series as generally the courses are flat water meaning that mistakes can be recovered. The wind is often shifty but with flat water making accelerating easier after a mistake. This sea state makes changing gear and moding the boat top priorities to keep boat speed. We put in a good performance today and will come into the rest of the weekend in high spirits to push on in the regatta."
Alinghi, 64 points
NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 58 points
Oman Air, 56 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 53 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 53 points
SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 51 points
Team Extreme, 37 points
FNOB Impulse, 36 points
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Day One, Act 4 Barcelona
Racing cancelled due to unsafe conditions.
New Recruit for Land Rover BAR Academy in Barcelona
The Land Rover BAR Academy head to Spain for the first time since competing in the Extreme Sailing Series with Act 4 taking place in Barcelona from 20th – 23rd July.
Matt Brushwood, 23, will officially join the Land Rover BAR Academy as Bowman / Float after his successful trial at Act 3 Extreme Sailing Series in Madeira. His role is primarily managing all the manoeuvres onboard the GC32 and making sure the timing of different tasks are completed at the right time on the water.
“It’s very exciting to be joining the Land Rover BAR Academy as I have been working hard over the last 5 months in the gym to reach my fitness targets. I have also been through on-water observations in the GC32 at the last Extreme Sailing Series event in Madeira.
“My background is big boat sailing with high level teams and I am currently sailing on the Fast 40 Invictus, Ker 40+ where we have won many national championships. I hope that the skills I have learnt from working with a bigger team, such as good communications onboard, will be transferable on the GC32.”
The Land Rover BAR Academy was set up to find and support talented young British sailors to find a pathway into the America’s Cup back in January 2016 and has seen many sailors through the programme. The biggest success being Neil Hunter who was promoted to the Land Rover BAR senior team for the 35th America’s Cup Qualifiers and Semi Final races in Bermuda.
The squad will see the return of Chris Taylor on helm and Sam Batten as Jib Trimmer, both of whom were part of the winning Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team in Bermuda. Rob Bunce and Adam Kay, who were also on the RBYAC squad will be joined by Oli Greber and Will Alloway who all competed in Madeira last month.
Rob Andrews, Land Rover BAR Project Lead commented “We enter Barcelona with the same squad that achieved second place in the Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao China ESS, plus a new addition in Matt Brushwood. Building on the Land Rover BAR Academy win in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, we would hope to repeat in Barcelona the sort of performance we had in China; winning races and challenging for the podium.”
Barcelona, the 1992 Olympic venue, fans can follow the racing remotely via the live blog from 15:00 – 18:00 UTC+2 on 20 and 21 July, and watch live on the official Facebook and YouTube channels from 15:00 – 18:00 UTC+2 on Saturday 22 and from 14:00 – 17:00 UTC+2 on Sunday 23 July.
For full details of timings and more information about the event, visit the official website.
Land Rover BAR Academy Crew:
Land Rover BAR Academy Support:
Extreme Sailing Series Leader board:
Alinghi, 34 points
SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 33 points
Oman Air, 30 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 26 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 25 points
NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 23 points
FNOB Impulse, Wildcard for Barcelona