Rio Rising: Extreme Sailing Series

A look at the sights and sounds of the final act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Seasoned Extreme 40 sailor Leigh McMillan and The Wave, Muscat team won the final act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by the slimmest of margins: 0.2 points. Compiled with their wins in three previous acts this year, the Wave nabbed the series championship for the year. McMillan's team included tactician Ed Smyth (NZL), mainsail trimmer Pete Greenhalgh (GBR), headsail trimmer Hannah Mills (GBR--silver medalist in the Women's 470 at the London Olympics) and bowman Hashim Al Rashdi (OMA). Racing was held at the site of the 2016 Olympics: the Rio de Janeiro Stadium Sailing venue. Check out some of the highlights of the racing:

**Final Results:
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Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Act 8, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil standings after Day 4, 30 races
Position / Team / Points
1. The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Leigh McMillan, Ed Smyth, Pete Greenhalgh, Hannah Mills, Hashim Al Rashdi 192.2 points
2. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec, Arnaud Psarofaghis, Hervé Cunningham, Romain Petit, Bernard Labro 192 points
3. Oman Air (OMA), Morgan Larson, Will Howden, Charlie Ogletree, Andy Maloney, Nasser Al Mashari 181 points
4. Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT), Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher, Matthew Adams, Pierre Le Clainche, Graeme Spence 179 points
5. SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN), Jes Gram-Hansen, Rasmus Køstner, Pete Cumming, Mikkel Røssberg, Jonas Hviid 166 points
6. Alinghi (SUI), Pierre-Yves Jorand, Jean-Christophe Mourniac, Bruno Barbarin, Nils Frei, Yves Detrey 152 points
7. GAC Pindar (GBR), Andrew Walsh, Anna Tunnicliffe, Mark Bulkeley, Adam Piggot, Richard Peacock 129.6 points
8. ZouLou (FRA), Erik Maris, Philip Mourniac, Jean-Sébastien Ponce, Patrick Aucour, Bruno Jeanjean 119 points
9. Team Brasil (BRA), Torben Grael, Alex Welter, Diogo Cayolla, André Mirsky, Marco Grael 92 points

Extreme Sailing Series 2012 Overall Series Results after Act 8, Rio
Position / Team / Points
1. The Wave, Muscat 76.5 points
2. Oman Air 65 points
3. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild 64.5 points
4. Red Bull Sailing Team 59 points
5. GAC Pindar 45.5 points
6. SAP Extreme Sailing Team 42 points
7. Alinghi 35.5 points
8. ZouLou 28 points