Consistency key for SAP Extreme Sailing Team
On a day characterised by erratic weather and shifty winds, the SAP Extreme Sailing Team surged to the top of the leaderboard of the Extreme Sailing Series Singapore.
Despite not winning any of the first six races yesterday, the Danish-flagged team topped the nine-boat standings before the last two races for the Aberdeen Challenge Trophy.
Co-skipper Rasmus Kostner and his team ended the day at the Marina Bay area on a high, winning their heats and then the gold race to clinch the trophy.
Kostner said: "It's important to be consistent...
"When you get an opportunity to win a race, it's also nice.
"But, in these conditions in this circuit, it's a lot more important to be consistent.
"We have been pulling off quite a good series and we are quite happy with the finishing."
The Marina Bay has been well-known in the series in recent years for its unpredictable winds, which has resulted in delays in starting races and constant changes in the leaderboard.
SAP have 111 points at the halfway mark of the Singapore leg, which kicks off the eight-stop global series.
Red Bull Sailing Team are second with 104 points, while overnight leader The Wave, Muscat are a point adrift in third place.
"It wasn't a great day for us, we found it hard to get into our rhythm and it was a bit difficult getting used to the conditions, how the winds were shifting," said The Wave, Muscat skipper Leigh McMillan.
"It was quite a tough day for us... but we are still here to win the series."
DAY 2 LEADERBOARD:
1. SAP Extreme Sailing Team: 111 pts
2. Red Bull Sailing Team: 104 pts
3. The Wave, Muscat: 103 pts
4. Gazprom Team Russia: 97 pts
5. Oman Air: 89 pts
5. Lino Sonego Team Italia: 89 pts
7. Beko Team Turx: 81 pts
8. GAC Pindar: 64 pts
8. Team Aberdeen: 64 pts