Day 4, Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
The final day of racing saw glassy conditions to start, before the wind filled in nicely on Cardiff Bay to allow six races to be sailed.
The day began with tight scores on the leader board with only 26 points separating first and last place. Land Rover BAR Academy were eager to close the gap especially with double points up for grabs in the final race.
Land Rover BAR Academy posted a range of results, – 6th,5th,2nd,7th,6th and 3rd, placing the young team 6th overalls.
Skipper Rob Bunce commented “On a really short and sharp race course we struggled to find consistency in the results. We had upwind starts on some quite biased first legs which meant that the leaders got away and those struggling had a hard time coming back into the race. We nailed a couple of these which was awesome. Overall we are a little bit disappointed with the results but there are some great lessons learnt. We are all really looking forwards to the next Act and we will come out fighting.”
There are still two events left to complete the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series – next stop for Land Rover BAR Academy is San Diego, 19-22 October, where the action will continue. Until then, keep updated by following @landroverbar on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Land Rover BAR Academy are always developing the skills of young sailors and on the search for new recruits. We will be holding an Academy Trial Day on Friday 6th October to help us find the next generation of sailors to join us on the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Read more and apply now.
Day 3, Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Day three of the regatta unfortunately saw a complete lack of wind throughout the whole day. Two 'exhibition' races were run, with only one managing to be completed with Land Rover BAR Academy coming 4th in the non-points scoring race.
Float Adam Kay commented "Today was really frustrating for everyone. There was a tiny bit of wind to start the day but as the day went on, the wind dropped and now we have absolutely no wind at all. We had an hour postponement which we used to stay out of the sun and keep hydrated. With no racing today, tomorrow is even more important and we can move up the leaderboard quite a lot so we will be ready to race tomorrow."
The final day of racing commences tomorrow at 1400 – 1700 BST. Fans can follow the action online via the live blog. Racing will also be streamed live on the official Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels from 13:30 – 17:00 UTC+2 on 28 August.
Day Two, Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Day two of the Act 6 in Cardiff brought a special guest for Land Rover BAR Academy with a visit from Land Rover Ambassador Leigh Halfpenny.
Despite the light winds in the morning, Welsh rugby international Halfpenny jumped on-board the young team’s GC32 during the morning practice sail and got involved in boat handling manouveres. However, Halfpenny’s greatest strength was helming! With the boys giving Leigh the reigns, he showed good potential, flying the hull with ease in the light winds.
This was Leigh’s second visit with the team; he previously joined the senior Land Rover BAR team at the America’s Cup World Series in Toulon last year.
Leigh Halfpenny “It was a great experience getting on-board with Land Rover BAR Academy today, getting to see up close how they work together and communicate on-board is incredible. I got bit wet as we crashed down off the foils during racing this afternoon but it was great to be at the heart of the action. Good luck boys for the rest of the regatta.”
Racing kicked off at 1400 and fortunately, the wind had picked up to 8-10 knots. Halfpenny took up the guest racer spot and watched the tight battle amongst the fleet right in the heart of the action and saw the Land Rover BAR Academy place 4th in race one of the day.
Land Rover BAR Academy continued to put on a good performance on the race course in the rising winds and the home crowd roared as the team crossed the finish line in 4th, 6th, 6th, 1st, 5th, 6th in today’s races.
Float Matt Brushwood commented “First thing this morning there was no wind at all so racing was looking pretty unlikely but the breeze filled in around lunch time and we got six good races in. Today we had upwind starts on a small race course so if you could nail the starts you had a simple race and if you didn’t, the odds were against you. We started well in a few races and not so well in the rest so results were a bit up and down but we will debrief tonight to improve ahead of tomorrow.”
He continued “It was absolutely awesome having Leigh Halfpenny with us today. I am a big rugby fan so I was particularly excited! We managed to have a good catch this morning and he is a really impressive and humble guy. He gave us some tips on our team work and hopefully he had fun with us on the water .”
Racing continues tomorrow at the slightly later time of 1500 – 1800 BST. Fans can follow the action online via the live blog. Racing will also be streamed live on the official Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels from 13:30 – 17:00 UTC+2 on 27 and 28 August.
Day One, Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
The Land Rover BAR Academy sailors were presented with extremely light winds on the first day of racing in Cardiff, which led to a postponement while the race committee waited for the wind to arrive. An hour behind schedule the fleet left the dock and four races followed. Two of these races were non-points scoring races due to the wind being too light and fluky, while the final two races of the day were points scoring.
Land Rover BAR Academy sailed well in tricky conditions, posting resulting of 4th and 6th place. This leaves the team 6th overall going into the second day.
Owen Bowerman commented “Today was a good day and it was great to get back on the helm in the Extreme Sailing Series. It was super light out there but we put in some really decent races, unfortunately our two best races were non-points scoring. We have shown we can live with the pace at the front of the fleet and that is definitely the aim for the rest of the regatta. With three days still to go, there is certainly a lot of racing to come!”
Racing kicks off at 1400 BST and fans can follow the action online via the live blog. Racing will then be streamed live on the official Extreme Sailing Series Facebook and YouTube channels from 13:30 – 17:00 UTC+2 on 27 and 28 August.
The Land Rover BAR Academy sailors have packed their kit bags once again as the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) circuit continues this bank holiday weekend, 25th – 28th August, in the Welsh capital of Cardiff for the 6th Act of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series.
They recently returned from Hamburg, just two weeks ago, after putting on a positive performance on a tricky race course to finished fifth place overall.
Land Rover BAR Sailing Coach, Andrew Walsh said: “Cardiff is a development event for the Land Rover BAR Academy, with only Rob Bunce on-board from our Red Bull Youth America’s Cup winning team. However, we still have a competitive team on the water and will be looking to improve each day especially working on our starts amongst the world class fleet.”
Triallist, Mark Spearman joins the existing Land Rover BAR Academy sailors for this event; this will be a second trial for Mark who also sailed with the team during the Extreme Sailing Series 2016 finale in Sydney. We also see the return of Owen Bowerman on helm, Rob Bunce will be onboard as Skipper - with Oli Greber, Matt Brushwood and Adam Kay completing the line-up.
The Land Rover BAR Academy have developed a long way since racing in Cardiff last year, with one of the crew, Neil Hunter, getting promoted to the Land Rover BAR senior team and more recently they have been crowned champions of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.
Rob Bunce, Skipper commented: "We are looking forward to the next Extreme Sailing Series Act on home waters in Cardiff. It’s will be great to have the support of our home crowd, the racing is so close to the shore we can hear the supporter’s cheers, this really drives us on to work even harder to put on a good performance against the other teams. We have debriefed from Hamburg and we felt we took big strides forward from the event, we are ready to come out firing!”
Interested in joining? Land Rover BAR Academy are always developing the skills of young sailors and on the search for new recruits. We will be holding an Academy Trial Day on Friday 6th October to help us find the next generation of sailors to join us on the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Read more and apply now
Land Rover BAR Academy Crew List:
Rob Bunce, Skipper
Owen Bowerman, Helmsman
Oli Greber, Trimmer
Adam Kay, Trimmer
Matt Brushwood, Float
Mark Spearman, Triallist
Extreme Sailing Series Scoreboard:
Oman Air, 54 points
SAP Extreme Sailing Team, 54 points
Alinghi, 50 points
Red Bull Sailing Team, 47 points
NZ Extreme Sailing Team, 40 points
Land Rover BAR Academy, 40 points