A world-class lineup
The competition on the water is always fierce, action-packed and down to the wire, and there’s a reason for that. The fleet is made up of many of the world’s leading sailors – Olympic Champions, World Champions and America’s Cup veterans – these sailors are at the top of their game. The 2015 season will see some new blood coming in, and be more open than ever before as Alinghi –reigning champions and two-time winners– step back after five seasons from the circuit to pursue other interests, offering up the tantalizing prospect of existing and new teams making their way on to the podium for the first time. For Alinghi’s part, they leave on a positive note: “Throughout our time sailing the Extreme Sailing Series, the racing has been electrifying, the venues iconic, the crowds huge and appreciative, the organisation superb, and the sport, most of all, exciting, competitive and a joy to be a part of,” said Alinghi team principal, Ernesto Bertarelli.
2014 helm Seve Jarvin of Australia and Britain’s Ian Williams will share driving duties on GAC Pindar and Roman Hagara will compete in his sixth Extreme Sailing Series at the helm of Red Bull Sailing Team – his goal is quite simple: “Our objective is to win the Series!”
SAP Extreme Sailing Team headed up by Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Kostner from Denmark will be looking forward to their fourth season with the ambition of improving their performance in the overall standings this year: “Both myself and Jes Gram-Hansen return after a tough year in 2014 knowing we can perform better,” commented Rasmus Kostner. “We have high expectations to become a podium team, that focus hasn’t changed. We are coming back with an energised crew and an intense training schedule to prime us to fight for every point.” The Series will see an Italian entry: Lino Sonego Team Italia, fronted by multiple world champion Lorenzo Bressani; Gazprom Team Russia will return for a second season led by Igor Lisovenko and Oman Air will be back, at the helm Stevie Morrison from the UK. From the same stable, two-time overall Series champions and 2014 runners-up, The Wave Muscat, with Leigh McMillan once again at the helm. Having ‘tested the water’ at the Istanbul Act in 2014, Team Turx skippered by Edhem Dirvana will be on the starting line for 2015: “We are finally achieving this great honour of being the first Turkish sailing team to compete at this level,” said Dirvana. “The Extreme Sailing Series has been developing every year and it is one of the most difficult races to win. Over the years this circuit has pushed sailing to be real high performance sport. To become a part of it is every sailor’s dream.”
For Act 1 in Singapore supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, Team Aberdeen will be racing for their country as the ‘home’ team skippered by Nick Moloney, who first competed on this circuit in its inaugural year in 2007.
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 Teams and skippers:
Team / Skipper
GAC Pindar (GBR) – Seve Jarvin (AUS) / Ian Williams (GBR)
Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) - Igor Lisovenko (RUS)
Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA)- Lorenzo Bressani (ITA)
Oman Air (OMA) – Stevie Morrison (GBR)
Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) – Roman Hagara (AUT)
SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) – Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) /Rasmus Kostner (DEN)
Team Turx (TUR) - Edhem Dirvana (TUR)/Mitch Booth (AUS)
The Wave, Muscat (OMA) – Leigh McMillan (GBR)
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