(MENAFN – Muscat Daily) With only two podium finishes in the eight races on the opening day of the Fifth Act of the Extreme Sailing Series of 2018, Oman Air struggled to keep up with the leaders and had to settle for fifth place between seven international teams in Cardiff Bay, United Kingdom, on Friday.
Despite the heavy rain and gray skies, SAP Extreme Sailing Team appeared on the water and won five of the eight races of the day to lead one day with 90 points. First postponement due to rain squalls evolved to high octane racing on Welsh waters. SAP was followed by INEOS Rebels UK in second place with 82 and Red Bull Sailing Team was third with 73.
Last year champion Alinghi was fourth with 72 while Phil Robertson-led Oman Air had 69 points.
"We have had good starts, but we have struggled in different stages, so we will look forward to the three days and strive to climb the table." Said Pete Greenhalgh, the experienced crew member of Oman Air.
The archer of Oman Air, Nasser al Mashari, said: "I have played in many places around the world, but today was a challenge – so cold – not like all the conditions you would find in Oman even in winter. . & # 39;
& # 39; With three more days to go, there will be opportunities to climb on stage, & # 39; he added.
Cardiff rating [after day one]: 1 SAP Extreme Sailing Team (90 points), 2 INEOS Rebels UK (82), 3 Red Bull Sailing Team (73), 4 Alinghi (72), 5 Oman Air (69), 6 Team México (62), 7 Team Wales (56).