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Oman Air sneak early Hamburg lead despite a bump on the nose.
Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today, with the narrow river, passing traffic, high walls, shifty light winds and strong currents challenging the fleet on the opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series™.

The wind gods in Hamburg served up a gripping rather than gruelling light airs challenge with the finely tuned teams of world-class sailors battling for the finest of advantages.

But the light airs didn’t fail to dampen the competitiveness on the water where Oman Air won both of the races – despite sailing into the wall.

“I don’t really now what happened,” explained skipper and Extreme Sailing Series ace Morgan Larson. “We were trying to get the inside position on the start line, and it felt like we were ready to make a nice tack and the boat just didn’t turn and the current got hold of us.

“There is plenty happening, the wind, the tide, it pays to be a bit more conservative. I’m pretty happy to sneak away with two wins.”

In what proved to be a test of tactics and patience, the experienced stadium racers onboard Red Bull Sailing Team and Alinghi managed to keep the gas on and their concentration up to finish the day tied in second place on 19 points.

The double Olympic gold medallist and skipper of Red Bull Sailing Team Roman Hagara summed up a difficult day. “There are lots of factors to contend with here, but the biggest thing is the breeze which changes so much – the strength and the direction. It is pretty hard to set up for the start so we’re pretty happy to take a second place in one of the races.”

SAP Extreme Sailing Team and CHINA One both took a podium each, and are tied on 18 points, while the newly named Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira finish in sixth place – their skipper Diogo Cayolla conscious that with more breeze forecast tomorrow, his crew must avoid getting lulled into a false sense of security by today’s lighter conditions.

“As soon as the breeze fills in on this narrow racecourse, it becomes a totally different story. There’s little space so the manoeuvres will be much faster, our boat handling will need to be much more slick.

“Today, for us wasn’t too bad, as it was our first time racing as an all Portuguese team and it’s good practice for us to get our flow before the wind comes in tomorrow.”

Running a full youth team for the first time, Land Rover BAR Academy continue their steep learning curve, as they get to grips with both a new breed of boat, and the stadium style of racing the Extreme Sailing Series is renowned for.

Racing continues tomorrow at 1400 GMT+2 with a stronger breeze expected.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Hamburg standings after Day 1, 2 races (28.07.16)
Position / Team / Points
1st Oman Air (OMA) Morgan Larson, Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth, Nasser Al Mashari 24 points.
2nd Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Jérémy Bachelin, Adam Piggott, Brad Farrand 19 points.
3rd Alinghi (SUI) Arnaud Psarofaghis, Nicolas Charbonnier, Timothé Lapauw, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 19 points.
4th SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Mads Emil Stephensen, Pierluigi De Felice, Renato Conde 18 points.
5th CHINA One (CHN) Taylor Canfield, Chris Steele, Hayden Goodrick, Dan Morris, Frederik Aurell 18 points.
6th Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR) Diogo Cayolla, Luís Brito, João Matos Rosa, Nuno Barreto, Frederico Mello 16 points.
7th Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) Neil Hunter, Owen Bowerman, Will Alloway, Rob Bunce, Adam Kay 12 points.
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Professional big wave surfer Andrew Cotton risked his whole season to try and surf a giant wave off Ireland. Here the British athlete, who used to be a plumber and a lifeguard, explains how he travelled to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in the winter 2015 looking for the next big swell.

“I've been dreaming about this wave for years, always been watching it from a distance and just wondering until 2013 when [we] missioned out on a very cold January morning,” said Cotton on his Instagram page this Tuesday following the release of the Red Bull TV documentary “Beneath the Surface”.

The American surfer Garrett McNamara currently holds the Guinness World Record for surfing the largest ever wave (78 feet) in 2011 in Portugal, but Cotton believes he’s spotted a beast that can compete off the Irish coast.

“This place is gnarly, it's remote, isolated and extremely dangerous,” he said. “What we saw that morning blew my mind. […] I've been waiting for the right time, right conditions to tackle it but last winter made it one of my main goals to score it. Wanting to build a solid profile of this wave that I've been visualizing for the past four years, understanding what swell, wind and size it breaks best at."

This father of two from North Devon spent the winter monitoring this slab wave, a type of ocean wave formed in the deeper depths of the ocean. With his crew, he took a boat eight miles off the coast of Ireland, mapping the swell and trying to catch one almighty ride.

"It hasn't been an easy mission and you don't always get what you want.”
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It really was Super Sunday for Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR whose second place in the last of Sunday’s three races gave them the overall regatta win at the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth event.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand to present the awards and it was a fitting end to an amazing weekend of action for the British fans in Portsmouth.

“I think it’s been a brilliant weekend,” said Sir Ben Ainslie, the skipper of Land Rover BAR.

“For us to race in Portsmouth, in front of our home crowd with the weather playing its part and two cracking days of racing, as a home team to win in front of our home crowd is the best thing we could do.”

The winds on Sunday presented the teams with perfect conditions for the AC45F boats to foil, wowing the tens of thousands of people along the Portsmouth shoreline who had come out to cheer on their favorite teams. The loudest cheers were for Land Rover BAR and it was the British team who took the early lead in race one.

ORACLE TEAM USA led the chasing pack but the crew on board Land Rover BAR had their feet on the gas and kept building an ever bigger lead, using home water knowledge and the cheers of the crowd to help power them to victory in race one, an ominous sign for the rest of the America’s Cup fleet. Behind them, ORACLE TEAM USA were second, Emirates Team New Zealand third, Softbank Team Japan fourth, Artemis Racing fifth and Groupama Team France sixth.

At the start of race two it was ORACLE TEAM USA who seized the early advantage, leading Softbank Team Japan and Land Rover BAR at the first mark. Jimmy Spithill’s US crew were right on top of their game and increased their lead throughout the race, but behind them Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR and Softbank Team Japan were engaged in an almighty scrap for second with Artemis Racing and Groupama Team France in fifth and sixth respectively. It was Land Rover BAR in second, Softbank Team Japan in third, Emirates Team New Zealand in fourth, Sweden’s Artemis Racing in fifth and Groupama Team France again in sixth.

Victory for ORACLE TEAM USA set up the final race as a nail-biting conclusion to the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth as Land Rover BAR only needed to finish ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA to win the overall regatta honours, and to take top spot in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series standings.

The clock ticked down to the crucial start of race three and it was ORACLE TEAM USA who took the lead off the starting line, just ahead of the British team and the Kiwis on board Emirates Team New Zealand who were watching their series lead disappear ahead of them. The tension was palpable as the British and US teams made their way back down the course, but just after the midway point of the race ORACLE TEAM USA started to edge further away, leaving Ben Ainslie and Land Rover BAR to defend their second place from Emirates Team New Zealand. That second place was all the British team needed to secure overall victory in the regatta and it was never really in doubt, finally winning the regatta by a single point from ORACLE TEAM USA 82 to 81.

Behind the US and Brits was Softbank Team Japan in third, Emirates Team New Zealand in fourth, Groupama Team France in fifth and Artemis Racing sixth.

The win also put the British team into first place on the overall Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series leaderboard, overtaking Emirates Team New Zealand who drop to third with ORACLE TEAM USA in second, Softbank Team Japan in fourth, Artemis Racing fifth and Groupama Team France in sixth.
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Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016: Hamburg here we come.
-One week to go until Act 4, Hamburg, where the fleet race in one of Europe’s busiest ports on the River Elbe
-Watch the Stadium Racing live on the official event website from 30 July, with commentary by Niall Myant and Britain’s “Golden Girl” Sarah Ayton OBE
-Oman Air lead the fleet but Red Bull Sailing Team are snapping at their heels

After three action-packed Acts in Oman, China and Wales, the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ season is now approaching the halfway mark. Today there is just one week to go until the fleet of GC32s takes to the waters of Germany’s “Gateway to the World”, the Port of Hamburg, which will play host to Act 4.

With around 10,000 vessels paying a visit to the Port of Hamburg each year, the fleet of seven hydro-foiling GC32s will race in one of Europe’s busiest ports, from the 28 – 31 July, on the waters of the River Elbe for the second time in the Series’ history.

To accommodate the introduction of the new fleet of boats the race area has been expanded slightly, allowing more room for manoeuvre in the super-fast GC32s. But, with the harbour walls enclosing the course, racing will still be at close quarters.

“The GC32s performed well in the close confines of Cardiff stadium setting last month, but the crews will face the additional challenge of strong tidal currents in Hamburg. I am expecting very close racing, with the mixed conditions throwing up some surprise results,” said Race Director, Phil Lawrence.

One team that knows better than most the impact that the shifty conditions on the River Elbe can have is SAP Extreme Sailing Team. Caught out by a gust midway through a gybe last year, the Danes took the plunge with a dramatic capsize, on a day which saw thunderstorms and winds of up to 30 knots (56 km/h).

“Despite the drama of a capsize and a huge collision we still finished on the podium and there were lots of things about our performance that we will try to repeat this time. We are getting more experienced in the GC32 and look forward to some close racing,” commented co-skipper Rasmus Køstner.

“In Cardiff we proved we could put four days of good performances together and we are getting more and more of the small details right. We will keep pushing and keep improving,” continued Køstner, whose team pocketed their first podium finish in Cardiff last month, and currently sit in fourth on the leaderboard.

As the fleet enters the fourth Act of the eight-Act 2016 season, the teams have found their feet in the GC32s. However two teams dominate the leaderboard.

Oman Air and Red Bull Sailing Team have both secured podium spots at every Act, and heading into Hamburg, Oman Air maintain their lead, but Red Bull Sailing Team, skippered by double Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara, are snapping at their heels.

Due to an injury putting him out of action, Hagara did not compete in the 2015 Hamburg Act, making this his Series debut at the venue, but the Austrian skipper already has plans to dominate the weekend.

“We plan to sail on the limit, constantly progressing and not making any mistakes. Oman Air may be the season favourites but we, along with the rest of the fleet, will put up a fight,” said Hagara, whose team currently sits only three points behind Oman Air.

“Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe but at the same time, for a sailor, it is a very challenging venue. The course itself is very narrow, particularly for the use of high-speed foiling boats, and the shifting wind conditions, caused by the tall buildings along the shore, add to the challenge,” added Hagara.

With this being the second time Hamburg has hosted the Series, the tricky venue is still relatively new to all of the teams, which levels the playing field between stalwarts and newcomers.

“A new or less well-known venue makes it difficult to prepare, to set your strategy and to execute it. You need to put an effort into understanding the racecourse during racing. A good coach, and a set-up where new information can quickly be adapted into the race strategy, really helps,” commented Køstner.

Land Rover BAR Academy once again see a reshuffle in the team roster, as British Academy trialist Elliot Hansen makes his debut, but Neil Hunter, the youngest skipper in the fleet at 21, remains in charge.

The Line-Up – Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4, Hamburg

Alinghi (SUI)
Skipper/Helm: Arnaud Psarofaghis (SUI)
Tactician: Nicolas Charbonnier (FRA)
Headsail Trimmer: Nils Frei (SUI)
Bowman: Yves Detrey (SUI)
Floater: Timothé Lapauw (FRA)

Skipper/Helm: Taylor Canfield (ISV)
Tactician/Bowman: Chris Steele (NZL)
Mainsail Trimmer: Hayden Goodrick (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Garth Ellingham (NZL)
Floater: Shane Diviney (IRL)

Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR)
Skipper/Bowman: Neil Hunter (GBR)
Helm: Owen Bowerman (GBR)/Elliot Hansen (GBR)
Mainsail Trimmer: Will Alloway (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Oliver Greber (GBR)/ Adam Kay (GBR)
Floater: Rob Bunce (GBR)

Oman Air (OMA)
Skipper/Helm: Morgan Larson (USA)
Mainsail Trimmer: Pete Greenhalgh (GBR)
Headsail Trimmer: Ed Smyth (NZL/AUS)
Bowmen: Nasser Al Mashari (OMA) & James Wierzbowski (AUS)

Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT)
Skipper/Helm: Roman Hagara (AUT)
Tactician: Hans-Peter Steinacher (AUT)
Mainsail Trimmer: Stewart Dodson (NZL)
Headsail Trimmer: Adam Piggott (GBR)
Bowman: Brad Farrand (NZL)

Sail Portugal – Visit Madeira (POR)
Skipper/Helm: Diogo Cayolla (POR)
Mainsail Trimmer Trimmer: Javier de la Plaza (ESP)
Headsail Trimmer: Nuno Barreto
Bowman: Luís Brito (POR)
Floater: João Matos Rosa (POR)

SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Helm: Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
Co-Skipper/Tactician: Rasmus Køstner (DEN)
Mainsail Trimmer: Mads Emil Stephensen (DEN)
Headsail Trimmer: Pierluigi De Felice (ITA)
Bowman: Renato Conde (POR)

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2016 overall results
Position / Team / Points

1 Oman Air (OMA) 35 points
2 Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 32 points
3 Alinghi (SUI) 30 points
4 SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) 25 points
5 Land Rover BAR Academy (GBR) 25 points
6 CHINA One (CHN) 21 points
7 Sail Portugal-Visit Madeira (POR) 20 points
8 Team Turx (TUR) 11 points
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Dolderer wins historic 70th Red Bull Air Race in Budapest thriller.
At a landmark Red Bull Air Race in Budapest on Sunday, German pilot Matthias Dolderer tightened his grip on the World Championship lead by winning a turbulent contest cut short by unfavorable weather. Hannes Arch of Austria claimed second, while Australia’s Matt Hall earned third.

Budapest (HUNGARY) – An abbreviated Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday wasn’t short on thrills, as Germany’s Matthias Dolderer confidently delivered the best time in the Round of 8 despite race winds that pilots said were the most turbulent they could remember. Due to weather delays, the safe flight window could not accommodate the full racing program, and when the Final 4 was cancelled, race results were determined by the Round of 8 times. Dolderer’s 58.653 seconds clinched his victory, while Austria’s Hannes Arch was second with 58.942 and Australia’s Matt Hall took third with 59.236.

The rain couldn’t drown out the cheers of the 20,000 spectators as they lined both banks of the Danube and waved from picturesque balconies to celebrate history’s landmark 70th Red Bull Air Race. Even worse conditions had canceled Qualifying on Saturday, and limited experience on the season’s most technical track so far gave the advantage to the more experienced pilots.

In accordance with the rules, a finish based on Round of 8 results awards 75% of the points given in a full race. In earning his second win of the season (and the second of his career, which began in 2009), Dolderer increased his tally in the World Championship points to 41.25, putting him 15.25 points ahead of Arch in second. Nonetheless, after earning no points in the season opener due to a penalty, Arch’s 26 points represent a significant rebound as the season reaches its midpoint. American Kirby Chambliss, who rounded out the Budapest Final 4, now sits just behind in the third position with 25.25 points.

“It was crazy with the rain and wind. After a penalty in my first flight today I thought it was just a bad weekend, but then the second flight went really well,” said Dolderer, who thanked his Matthias Dolderer Racing team for their support on a difficult weekend. “I’m not focusing on the points standings. For me what counts is race by race, and our results are showing that all the hard work over the winter on the aircraft and myself paid off. We really look forward to the next race and will treat it as if we’re starting at zero.”

Dolderer also earned the DHL Fastest Lap Award, a component introduced this season that defines a new standard of speed at the Red Bull Air Race. Each race this season has seen a different awardee, with Dolderer, Arch, Hall and Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic each earning the honor.

Due to the weather conditions, the weekend’s Challenger Cup competition was cancelled. The Challenger Cup is an element of the Red Bull Air Race created in 2014 to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills and experience needed for potential advancement to the Master Class.

Results Master Class Budapest: 1. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 2. Hannes Arch (AUT), 3. Matt Hall (AUS) 4. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 5. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 6. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 8. Juan Velarde (ESP) 9. Pete McLeod (CAN) 10. Michael Goulian (USA) 11. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 12. Peter Podlunsek (SLO) 13. Martin Sonka (CZE) 14. Francois Le Vot (FRA)

World Championship Standings: 1. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 41.25 pts, 2. Hannes Arch (AUT) 26 pts, 3. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 25.25 pts, 4. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 22.50 pts, 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 22 pts, 6. Nigel Lamb (GBR) 19.75 pts, 7. Matt Hall (AUS) 18.75 pts, 8. Martin Šonka (CZE) 14 pts, 9. Pete McLeod (CAN) 12.50 pts, 10. Francois Le Vot (FRA) 10 pts, 11. Juan Velarde (ESP) 9.25 pts, 12. Michael Goulian (USA) 6.75 pts, 13. Peter Podlunšek (SLO) 3 pts, 14. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 2 pts.
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The Gstaad Major 2016 is history. The third stop of this year’s Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series will be remembered as the pre-Olympic summit in the Swiss Alps – and as the epic battle between the superpowers Brazil and the US. After Larissa/Talita took the women’s title against Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, their countrymen Pedro Solberg and Evandro dominated Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser in two sets and claimed the gold medals. Janis Smedins and Aleksandr Samoilovs from Latvia lifted the third set of cow bells.

The closer the season’s climax on the Copacabana beach comes, the better the Brazilians: At the Gstaad Major they again claimed both winner’s cheques like they did last year at the initial Major event in the Swiss Alps. After Larissa/Talita on Saturday, Pedro Solberg and Evandro crowned a stunning streak with their second big title as a team after the Stavanger Major last year. With a 24-22 and 21-16 victory they tied the head-to-head record against Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser who won the first duel earlier this year.

Pedro already lifted his second cow bell after 2008. In his 19th FIVB World Tour event with partner Evandro he helped Brazil to raise the all-time lead against the US to 33-31. It was the 56th time Brazilians took the men’s and women’s title in the same event. “What a great week,” Pedro said. “I am so excited, so happy.” The six aces his giant partner hit during the final certainly were a key to success. “Evandro is the best server in the world,” Pedro explained. “But what we have proved this week is, that we can also win when he does not serve that well.”

“Losing sucks, the second place sucks,” Phil Dalhausser said. “But when Evandro serves like he did today there’s not much you can do. We played tough yesterday and this morning. Unfortunately, we did not have another good match in us. But we still go home with a cow bell and a silver medal.”

The third set of cow bells went to Janis Smedins and partner Aleksandrs Samoilovs. The Latvians showed their exceptional class in a bronze medal thriller beating Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira from Spain 21-14, 34-32. Samoilovs, also known as the Lion King, shook his flowing mane in disbelief after finally having used the 10th match point. “To come fourth is the worst,” Aleksandrs explaining his outstanding efforts. “I did not care about a third set. So I put all my energy in the second. It’s always a hard fight against them. Now I am really happy.”
The semifinals were a doddle for the favorite teams. Dalhausser/Lucena ended the golden dreams of Smedins/Samoilovs 21-18, 21-16 in only 38 minutes. The thumping 21-13, 21-18 victory over Herrera/Gavira took Pedro Solberg/Evandro even a minute less. “Our best performance yet,” said Pedro.

The next stop for the beach volleyball elite – the fourth of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series 2016 and the last before the Olympic tournament on the Copacabana – will be the legendary A1 Major Klagenfurt from July 26th – 31st.

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Co-driving great Timo Rautiainen believes the challenge of matching the pace notes to the blistering speeds of Neste Rally Finland (28 - 31 July) is greater than at any other round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Rautiainen won his home rally seven times in eight years between 2000 and 2007 alongside double world champion Marcus Grönholm to become the most successful co-driver in the event’s 65-year history.

Now retired and a steward with motorsport’s governing body, 51-year-old Rautainen said co-drivers at this week’s eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship faced both logistical and physical difficulties on the roller-coaster gravel roads near Jyväskylä.

“For the co-driver, I would say that reading the pace notes quickly enough in an understandable form is more challenging in Finland than at other events,” he said.

“In Finland, corners are usually hidden behind crests, so it’s very important to note on which side of the road to position the car before the jump. At most other rallies, it’s quite obvious when you approach a crest where the road goes afterwards.

“The famous Ouninpohja special stage is a perfect example of a Finland test where the roads are flowing and corners follow on quickly from each other. It can be like a machine gun sometimes for the co-driver reading the notes back to the driver there.”

Jari-Matti Latvala won the 2015 event at an average speed of 125.44kph, the fastest ever in the WRC, and nine of the 10 quickest rounds in WRC history have been in Finland.

Rautiainen broke a vertebra in his back in 2004 after a heavy landing and he said co-drivers must protect themselves for the constant jumps which see a car airborne on more than 70 separate occasions in the 33km Ouninpohja – regarded as the sport’s ultimate test of bravery.

“If I knew a jump was coming, I braced myself and tensed my legs to try to move my weight upwards a little. That’s OK, but the problem comes when the car jumps unexpectedly at a point you didn’t include in the pace notes during the recce.

“It’s hard because a co-driver is staring down at the notes all the time and that’s when you can jolt your back. A driver can hold onto the steering wheel to brace himself but the co-driver only has his notebook to cling onto!” said Rautiainen.

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The fastest rally of the WRC season, Neste Rally Finland features a total of 333.60 competitive kilometres spread over 24 special stages on firm, almost asphalt-like gravel.
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Hunt comes back to secure cliff diving hat-trick in France.
The Brit performs world’s hardest dive to take third win in a row in French Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series stop.
With today’s victory in front of an enthusiastic 70,000 fans the 32-year-old completed a remarkable comeback at the fourth stop of the 2016 World Series in the historic setting of La Rochelle, France. Trailing in 12th position after two rounds, the Brit turned things around in his adopted home with an almost flawless display of diving from the 27m-platform in the final rounds, including the hardest dive in the world. American Andy Jones made it two 2nd place finishes on the bounce with another consistent performance in the Series’ birthplace. Michal Navratil (CZE), third at the first event of the season in Texas, completed the podium once again at the spot where he finished runner-up back in 2011. Going into a five weeks’ summer break, the overall standings still feature Jonathan Paredes in 2nd place behind Hunt, although the Mexican missed out on a top-three finish for the first time this season.

“It’s a worthy gamble I’m willing to play”, Gary Hunt said in the days ahead of the competition from the daunting Saint Nicolas Tower in the Bay of Biscay. It was only the second time he showed the world’s most difficult dive – a front 3 somersaults with 4 ½ twists free – in competition in front of 70,000 spectators. He mastered it for 9s from the judges, with 10 being the highest possible score, and propelled himself from 12th place after two dives to his third consecutive win.

While the 5-time overall winner is more or less a usual suspect on the podium – with 28 wins in 54 stops – Czech’s Michal Navratil and California-based Andy Jones are rather the surprise improvers of the season. Both have now two podiums in four competitions to their names and are hard on the Brit’s heels.

After three podiums in three competitions, Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes could not live up to his nickname ‘ripping machine’ in this World Series classic and finished only 6th. The 26-year-old still sits in second place overall, but the British champion goes into the 5-weeks’ break with a comfortable lead. In third position after today’s 2nd place is Andy Jones. The American has never been better placed in the overall standings during his 5 years in the World Series.

From the historic setting in La Rochelle, the World Series travels to Italy’s Polignano a Mare, where the 5th stop will host the male and female cliff diving elite on August 28.

Quotes from the Winners
Gary Hunt, GBR
It´s amazing. Not so much the three wins in a row, just winning here. I've been living here for six years and all the people I've been training with over the last few years came to watch. And after that shaky start, I can't believe. The front triple with 4 1/2 twist is a dive I’ve been working on for 2 and a ½ years now. I’ve brainstormed with my friend in Southampton and we came up with the idea and since then I’ve been working on that. I tried it once in Texas. It didn´t go very well and today is the day it went well.

Michael Navratil, CZE
I'm so happy because the competition was very tough, everybody hit their dives in the last round and it was partly due to my experience and also just being calm and just enjoying the competition.

Andy Jones, USA
I feel awesome, I’m super excited, a really good day. I don´t know, sometimes the water is really flat and I hit one. I just find a groove when I really see the water well and I just keep going. So that’s what I felt today. On every dive I had a lot of confidence and saw the water really well and was able to pull them all down.

Results – Stop #4, La Rochelle | FRA
1. Gary Hunt, GBR – 507.40
2. Andy Jones, USA – 484.65
3. Michal Navratil, CZE – 484.25
4. Kris Kolanus (W), POL – 471.75
5. Orlando Duque, COL – 468.00
6. Jonathan Paredes, MEX – 463.10
7. Steven LoBue, USA – 435.50
8. Sergio Guzman, MEX – 368.00
9. David Colturi, USA – 302.50
10. Jucelino Junior (W), BRA– 289.90
11. Viktar Maslouski (W), BLR – 275.40
12. Artem Silchenko, RUS – 247.30
13. Cyrille Oumedjkane (W), FRA – 232.60
14. Blake Aldridge, GBR – 115.00

Standings (after 4 of 9 stops)
1. Gary Hunt, GBR – 710pts.
2. Jonathan Paredes, MEX – 530
3. Andy Jones, USA – 390
4. Orlando Duque, COL – 360
4. Michal Navratil, CZE – 360
6. Kris Kolanus (W), POL – 310
7. David Colturi, USA – 280
8. Blake Aldridge, GBR – 248
9. Steven LoBue, USA – 190
10. Artem Silchenko, RUS – 160
11. Sergio Guzman, MEX – 118
12. Alessandro De Rose (W), ITA – 98
13. Kyle Mitrione (W), USA – 59
14. Alain Kohl (W), LUX – 50
15. Jucelino Junior (W), BRA – 30
16. Viktar Maslouskoi (W), BLR – 20
17. Miguel Garcia (W), COL – 17
18. Todor Spasov (W), BUL – 9
18. Cyrille Oumedjkane (W), FRA – 9

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Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for exhilarating action and dives of ever-growing complexity. The series features elite athletes as well as young up-and-coming talent and a Women’s World Series was introduced in 2014. In 2016 the sport's best athletes will once again leap, twist and somersault from breathtaking heights with no protection, except their concentration, skill and physical control during nine competitions around the world.
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Toronto hosts grand finale of this season!
From September 13 - 18 the world of sport will turn to Toronto where the summer season of the 2016 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour draws to a close as, for the first time, the Tour’s Finals come to town. And the top 10 men’s and women’s teams in the world are set to compete for the Tour finale’s USD $500,000 prize. Polson Pier offers a phenomenal location for the event, which overlooks the skyline on the shore of Lake Ontario.

“We are delighted and proud to come to such a marvelous city like Toronto,” says Hannes Jagerhofer, CEO of the Beach Majors company. “Polson Pier offers one of the best sites of the FIVB World Tour, and will definitely set new standards that will make the Swatch Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals a spectacular and truly memorable event.”

Being on home turf provides extra motivation for local heroes like Sarah Pavan. Together with her partner Heather Bansley, the Canadian duo finished second at the Poreč Major in Croatia and will be among the Finals favorites. “The fact that the biggest tournament of the FIVB season will be held at home is really exciting,” said Pavan.

In the men’s field, Canadian hopes rest on Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk, bronze medalists at the Poreč Major earlier this summer.
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Muddy crown for Jarvis at Romaniacs.
The Extreme Enduro event came to a close in Sibiu with 41-year-old Graham Jarvis winning his fifth Red Bull Romaniacs while Wade Young took the line honors on the final day.

After Friday’s heavy rainfalls, the final offroad racing day of Red Bull Romaniacs greeted the riders with blue skies… and deep mud baths. Pain, cramps and exhaustion made for a tough final, with the resting areas located uphill covered in mud and sheep muck.

In the Gold class, 17 out of 51 riders made it to the start of the last day at 06.30am. Jarvis was the only British rider left in the Top 10, followed by Gomez (2nd, ESP), Young (3rd, ZAF), Roman (4th, ESP), Bouverie (5th, ZAF), Cyprian (6th, CZE), Teasdale (7th, ZAF), Leon (8th, ESP), Curtis (9th, USA) and Kovacs (10th, ROU).

Jarvis started first with an overall lead of 30 minutes, playing it cool and letting Young and Alfredo Gomez pass him to plow the trail ahead of him. In fact, Young was the fastest to take off with the best riding times, closely followed by Gomez. In the gnarly sections before the Service Point, Jarvis decided to move on, rapidly gaining time on his rivals once again. Young eventually passed him, taking the line honors for the day while Jarvis played it safe and rode towards his fifth Red Bull Romaniacs victory.

“It is incredible to get a fifth win,” he said. “The last couple of years I've been a bit unlucky so I'm just happy to get another win, can't believe I can still do it - even at 41! I struggled a bit with concentration being the last day and worrying about things going wrong but I tried to stay positive and focused on the track. Wade was flying, he caught me early and brought Gomez with him so we were riding together for a bit. I managed to get a bit of a gap again on the hard bits but then made mistakes after the service point and Wade got by me. It's good to see the young riders coming up, they're so fast, some of them, but at the Red Bull Romaniacs, experience counts. They will be more Jonny's problem than mine!"

Gomez, who finished the day third, took second overall. The Spaniard delivered a consistent top-performance over the five days.

“The rain last night was impressive and we did not know what to expect from the track today,” he explained. “The first 30km were fast and fluent riding, but the Gold-loop before the service point was probably the hardest one of the race.”

When Gomez met a Red Bull Romaniacs track manager at the Service Point, he was furious: “You can't throw this kind of stuff at us on the fourth day…!” He also commented that this was his toughest Red Bull Romaniacs so far.

Young finished the day ahead of Gomez and snatched the overall third place from Mario Roman. "I got off to a good start and just pushed hard through the day,” he said. “I had a collapsed moose just before the end but I was happy with the day. It was a very tough race but I enjoyed it, it's good to be at the finish line and I'm really happy with my finish today and hopefully will be 3rd overall"

Red Bull Romaniacs rookie Mario Roman delivered an impressive performance for a newcomer, even though his crash took all podium hopes away from him.

“Today was not so good for me, I had a huge crash looking at my GPS and hitting a hole,” he said. “I tried hard after that but it wasn't possible to overtake Wade today. I'm happy with my first Red Bull Romaniacs but a little sad for today's mistakes because I was riding well the other days.”

An elated Kirsten Landman (ZAF) became the first female rider to complete the Red Bull Romaniacs Silver class. Having not finished in 2015, Landman trained all year for this. Despite surviving the toughest day of riding ever for her on Day 3, she showed consistent results throughout all four Offroad days and the prologue.
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Another beautiful Aegean day of sailing, with a second offshore race now allowing a discard in the scores to tighten up the standings going into the final day of racing today.

9th July, Porto Carras, Greece - A brief delay in the scheduled start to today's second offshore race for wind, the wait was worth it as the weak seabreeze built to a fitful but sailable 7-10 knots in the fourth day of racing at the 2016 ORC European Championship. Class A/B raced on a roughly 26-mile windward-leeward course just west of Porto Carras, while Class C did the same on a 23-mile course.

The light conditions seemed acceptable to the series leaders in both Class A/B and Class C who continue to dominate the results. Using time-on-time scoring for the Offshore course model, it was the series leader Duvetica Grey Goose from Italy, Giampiero Vagliano's modified Arya 415, that finally scored their first race win by a convincing 3 minutes over runner-up Extreme Ways, Andrew Holdsworth's XP-38 from the USA. And in third George Andreadis's GS 42R Meliti IV-Musto from Greece helps solidify her overall runner-up position in the standings.

Now that a discard is applicable, it's the final podium position that will become the real battleground tomorrow. The drop of a BFD in Race 2 has vaulted Nicola de Gemmis's GS 39 Morgan IV from Italy into third place, but only three points ahead of a three-way tie between Faedon Kydoniatis's Greek national champion team on his Rodman 42 My Way, Claudio Terrieri's GS 43 BC Blue Sky from Italy, and Extreme Ways.

A penalty from the Jury regarding an equipment infraction on Morgan, however, may complicate the points even further…at press time we are not certain of this outcome.

And in Class C the discards did not affect the list of Italian and Estonian contenders at the top of both the race results and the leaderboard, with Aivar Tuulberg's Arcona 340 from Estonia taking another class win from the dominant series leader Scugnizza, Vincenzo de Blasio's NM 38S from Italy. The pressure is on, however, as a complex measurement check is underway on Scugnizza tonight that will keep the measurers busy. At question is the difference in measurement trim between the boat's 2015 and 2016 certificates. Only the morning will reveal the outcome of this process.

Among the Corinthian division contenders, Class A/B's Giannis Sykaris's ILC 40 Bana Bioletta 3 has in 9th place today kept him safe to remain in the lead, while in Class C Akis Tsalikis's X-35 Oxygonon's 4th place today has moved them into the lead, but by only 2.5 points. So the battle will be on tomorrow too for the Corinthian prizes as well.

More breeze is forecast tomorrow, and with two races possible, there's no easy prediction of the podium finishers just yet - the racing tomorrow will tell all.

Top five standings after seven races:

Class A/B
1. Duvetica Grey Goose (ITA) Arya 415 mod Giampiero Vagliano
2. Meliti IV-Musto (GRE) GS 42R George Andreadis
3. Morgan IV (ITA) GS 39 Nicola de Gemmis
4. My Way (GRE) Rodman 42 Faedon Kydoniatis
5. Extreme Ways (USA) XP-38 Andrew Holdsworth

Class C
1. Scugnizza-Total Lubmarine (ITA)NM 38S Vincenzo de Blasio
2. Katarina II (EST) Arcona 340 Aivar Tuulberg
3. Sugar (EST) Italia 9.98 Ott Kikkas
4. Baximus (GRE) X-35 OD Thanasis Baxevanis
5. Oxygonon (GRE) X-35 OD Akis Tsalikis
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