In glorious sunshine, against the beautiful and inimitable backdrop of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the last Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ lived up to expectations. Thousands of spectators lined the shore to watch the nine-strong fleet battle it out, just metres from the shoreline of the Royal Botanic Garden in the heart of Sydney Harbour.
Battle for second place
After 28 close-fought races that saw multiple crashes and a spectacular capsize on day two, British skipper Leigh McMillan made history, becoming the only skipper to win three Series titles on the global tour in the nine-year history of the circuit. It wasn’t an easy ride for any team, and once again the racing went down to the wire as the indomitable McMillan and The Wave, Muscat, won the final double-points race in style. Not far behind, the battle for second place was fought out by Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team, with the former needing to finish second in Sydney to take second place overall in the Series. But there was nothing predictable about their fight to the finish.