Conditions took on a different turn on the penultimate day as a brisk northwesterly was anticipated. However, the wind that blew for the majority of the day was southeasterly, backing into the east as the afternoon wore on. It became patchy during the third race and it turned out to be the final race of the day.
Oman Air had started the day just three points behind Alinghi, the two-time America’s Cup winners, and six ahead of INEOS Rebels UK.
However, Alinghi ended the day with a massive lead of 16 points (37 points after 13 races), after winning the first two races and pulling a rabbit out of the hat to come third in race three.
The next best scoring boat was the ever improving defending champion, Team Tilt on ten, while Oman Air, which finished last in race two, suffered mainly due to the result of picking the wrong side of the wind.
Oman Air had finished third in the opening race and made up for its last-place in the next race to end the day’s final race with a fifth spot and finish with a total of 53 points to tie with INEOS.
Going into the final day Alinghi looks strong to become the new GC32 world champion but the tough fight will be for the remaining podium places, especially with INEOS Rebels UK and Oman Air tied at second spot.