Swiss side Alinghi takes opening leg of Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore

TEAM ALINGHI continued its dominance at Singapore leg of the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS), cruising to victory at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on Sunday afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
TEAM ALINGHI continued its dominance at Singapore leg of the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS), cruising to victory at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on Sunday afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

TEAM ALINGHI continued its dominance at Singapore leg of the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS), cruising to victory at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Swiss outfit Alinghi, which also won the Singapore leg last year, were uncatchable in the opening stop of the Series after four days of racing, with 217 points from 29 races.

The California's team had reigned supreme atop the 12-team standings since the second day and won the leg with one race to spare.

Last year's Series winner The Wave, Muscat, were 24 points behind, while Realstone, another Swiss team, were third with 178 points.

While a lack of wind in the Marina Bay area last year meant that some races failed to be held, there were no such issues this year, with winds going up to 25 knots at one point on Sunday.

The unpredictability of wind conditions was something that put the sailors, some of the world's best in the sport, in hairy situations. Team Aberdeen Singapore, for instance, crashed into the back of the Groupama side near the finish line in one of the races on Saturday.

Aberdeen, the local invitational side finished 11th, a creditable tally that included a runner-up position in the last race of the leg. The team had finished last out of eight teams last year.

Led by offshore legend Australian Nick Moloney, who has circumnavigated the world thrice, the team also included local sailors Scott Glen Sydney and Justin Wong.

The circuit will next take place next month in Muscat, Oman.

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