In 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ team of Switzerland’s Alinghi was crowned as champions.
This happened after final-day shootout that was epic.
The entire championship was very challenging and it was like a nail-biting situation, however, Alinghi handled things efficiently and came out as winner. It is not like Alinghi is winning this match for the first time. But, he is the third time winner of Extreme Sailing Series. The first time he won a series in year 2008, second time in 2014 and now 2016. Though, this is the third victory of Alinghi, but in this victory, he has done something for the first time. Team of Alinghi flied on his new fast and light GC32 catamarans.
Oman Air started racing taking the lead of narrow two-point onto Sydney Harbor’s iconic waters, however Alinghi was aware that if they manage to defeat the crew of Larson then they would be able to claim the crown of the series.
The final day of Alinghi started with 19-point buffer on Oman Air. They opened the day well; on the other hand Oman Air too has some good time with some favorable condition giving hope of narrowing the gap. Oman Air was trying all their tricks learnt to force Alinghi to commit some mistake. But, each time Alinghi clawed back and come out as winner.
Helmsman and Co-skipper Psaroudakis said “The game was intense; we started well but end up with some bad moments. At one point of time we got in a game with Oman Air and that was really the worst time. We did not want to play that way, but at the end game is a game. At one point of time Oman Air was almost coming back into the game, but then we started our natural race. That time we were really fast and that made us to win the race.”