GC32 World Championship: Oman Air trails Alinghi by just three points

Oman Air in action on the opening day of the GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal, on Thursday

Oman Air's good show continued at the GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal, as it trailed leader Alinghi by just three points at the half way stage on Friday.

Oman Air, which had won the GC32 Villasimius Cup in Sardinia, Italy, last month, the opening event of the season, continued its impressive run on the second day, picking a race win and two podiums in the five races held on Friday. It missed a podium in the first race with a fourth-place and slipped in the next with a seventh-place.

Adam Minoprio-skippered Oman Air, bounced back to win race three after pulling off a superb foiling gybe on to the layline out on the right side of the course. It followed with a second-place and then ended with a third spot in the final race of the day.

The races were held in warm sunshine, flat water and a shifty 12-16 knot northwesterly breeze off Lagos. While four boats were separated by one point as day two dawned, following Friday's races, two teams edged ahead on Friday -  Alinghi leads with 32 points and is followed by second-placed Oman Air (35). INEOS Rebels UK is third with 41.

Ten world class teams are competing at this year’s GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal.

Day two was marred by the capsize of Jason Carroll’s Argo on the last run of the final race after some close racing with Red Bull Sailing Team for which the Austrian team was penalised two points for hard contact, ultimately retiring.

Speaking after opening day's action, Oman Air's project manager Pete Greenhalgh said, “We did a reasonable job but it didn’t feel like a great day as we left a lot of points on the table, but if you come back in and you are leading, it can’t be that bad.”

Greenhalgh, who is also the mainsail trimmer, added, “It’s a very competitive fleet and every little mistake costs you a place or two – it is one of the most competitive fleets we have seen, but it was always going to be the case at a world championships as there are some really solid teams here.”

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