As usual, Red Bull stole the show – photographically if not on the scoreboard – at last week’s Cardiff Extreme Sailing Series event, when Dutch pro kiting legend Ruben Lenten showed up for a little aerial jousting with the Red Bull X 40. The team actually had a nice result when they came back on the last day to get the final podium spot for the event, taking over third for the season. Morgan Larson on Oman Air took the week, with series leader Leigh McMillian board Muscat The Wave taking second. A good ‘how we did it’ race video narrated by Oman tactician Charlie Ogletree is here.
The ESS heads to Nice, France in October – September’s Trapani event was binned last week after local and regional governments failed to deliver cash and guarantees they were required to under their existing agreement. International organizers should pay heed to OC’s hard lesson in this one: Italy is in a LOT of trouble, and if you’re relying on local sponsorship or contributions to run your next event there, especially in the South, get paid in advance or you might not have an event at all!
Title shout to one of the best, and worst car racing movies of all time