The Extreme Sailing Series 2014
With the America’s Cup teams waiting to hear about the next Protocol and location most of the professional teams are looking to keep their sailors and design teams busy. In this post I’ll take a look at each of the Aussie’s competing in arguably the highest profile Professional sailing series of 2014, the Extreme Sailing Series 2014.
If there is a bloke who knows how to make Multi-hulls go fast is it is Ashby. Having just secured his 8th A-Class World Title in New Zealand Ashby will be on mainsail trim and giving plenty of advice to new team mate Pete Burling as he takes the reigns from Dean Barker later in the series. This will be one of the strongest teams in the series.
Adam Beashal – Team Aberdeen Singapore
Beashel doesn’t need much introduction. A stalwart of America’s Cup campaigns with ETNZ, he’s won Farr 40 World Championships, A silver medal at the 49er Worlds – he’s done it all. While he has adopted New Zealand as his new home he’ll be calling the tactics for another Aussie on board Nick Moloney.
If a lack of multi-hull experience will be one of the limitations for Aussie sailors it hasn’t stopped Nathan Outteridge or Tom Slinsby from competing at the top level. Steeing doesn’t come much more cut throat than in the JJ Giltinan Shield for 18 footers and to win 7 titles means that you’ve got some skills. it seems like Seve has been around for a lot longer than his 27 years. Experience on the team will come from Ed Smyth who has won the event twice with “The Wave” and competed in several America’s Cup campaigns as well as Orcale Team USA’s Sam Newton.
After sailing in one leg of the 2013 series on Team Korea with Team NZ’s Pete Burling. Tom has landed a full time gig on the Oman Air sponsored team. The Western Australian will be sailing with some of the most experienced sailing in this team that came 2nd in 2012. Skipper Rob Greenhalgh has won the Extreme Series before so expectations for Oman Air will be high.
Nick Moloney – Team Aberdeen Singapore
An unsung Aussie skipper who seems to fly under the radar in the Aussie sailing press. He has been around the world solo, sailed in America’s Cup campaigns and done the Volvo Ocean Race. He’ll have plenty on his plate in Singapore as Aberdeen Singapore are the Local title sponsor of the event. This seasoned campaigner shouldn’t let the distractions of a home event get the better of him.
Sam Newton – GAC Pindar
After competing in the “comeback of the century” in the 34th America’s Cup, Sam Newton flew back to Sydney to start the defence on the JJ Giltinan shield with Seve Jarmin on board Gotta Love it 7. The two have been sailing together since they were 17. This type of team work will be invaluable as the series progresses. Look for GAC Pindar to excel when the Extreme series finishes on Sydney Harbour in December.
Haylee Outteridge – Red Bull Sailing
Haylee is an Australian Sailing Team member looking to represent Australia in the 49erFX class. A successful career in the 29er class has resulted in the step up. A recent 2nd at the Sail Melbourne and a very strong 5th in the ultra competitive International 5o5 National Titles has given the 22 year old a lot of apparent wind sailing experience.
Stuart Pollard – Alinghi
After securing 2nd position on the Extreme Sailing Series in 2013 2 time America’s Cup winner Team Alinghi is lining up again. Stuart Pollard is a full time member of the team and has previously won a Melges 23 World title. This will be the 2nd season in the Extreme series for the CYCA Junior.
one of Australia’s most successful Laser Radial sailor, Alex comes from a strong Australian skiff sailing pedigree. Currently Skippering an 18 footer on Sydney Harbour, Alex has a an accomplished record in the Laser Radial. Alex will be on the bow with Oracel team USA America’s Cup winner Sam Newton for the GAC Pindar Campaign.
Troy Tindill – GAC Pindar
As boat manager for Wild Oats XI and a member of the America’s Cup race management team – Tindill is a both an accomplished campaign manager and sailor, having competed in the AC World Series for Team Korea and work with the Artemis AC campaign. Well connected in sailing circles the former Kiwi – now-Australian will bring a raft of practical and management skills to the Hamilton Island Yacht club backed team. he’s a regular crew for Seve Jarvin on the 18 footer Gotta Love it 7.