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Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 Day 3 - Team GAC Pindar on form + Video



7:24 PM Fri 14 Oct 2011 GMT
'The fleet on the start line in stadium mode - Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 2011' Lloyd Images ?
Act 8 of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series is currently underway in Spain and on day 3 the ISAF World Match Racing Champion, Ian Williams, helmed Team GAC Pindar to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage in Almeria. This is the first time his team has ever led the overall standings in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series global tour.

The third day of the penultimate round in Spain, ahead of the final in Singapore, saw three different teams take the lead throughout the afternoon. Five races were completed today - two in open water and three inside the port of Almeria in stadium mode. Ben Ainslie helming Oman Air went into day three leading but nothing seemed to go their way today, and Emirates Team New Zealand pounced with Adam Beashel's team taking the top spot after the first race held in open water in a reasonable sea breeze.

The Kiwis fended their position, despite not scoring a race win and losing a crew overboard in the second race, whilst Alinghi and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild dominated at the front with two wins for the Swiss team and a victory for the French. But always in the background was Team GAC Pindar sailing strongly - a fourth, fifth, then a second, gaining their momentum until they were on equal points with Emirates Team New Zealand at the top. Tanguy Cariou's team, driven by Yann Guichard, won the second stadium race in light airs and leap-frogged into the lead.

Going into the final stadium race of the day, Alinghi and Team GAC Pindar were on 89 points each and further down the leaderboard the points situation could not have been closer with only one or two points separating the top eight boats in a tactical game of snakes and ladders throughout the afternoon.