With the eight teams, made up of elite-level sailors from 16 different nations, ready to begin racing on Friday 29 April, here is your guide to following the non-stop action in Qingdao, both on site and online.
“It’s going to be exciting, that’s for sure”. That’s One skipper Taylor Canfield’s prediction for Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ as he prepares to face the notorious weather conditions that Qingdao famously has to offer. With racing set to start tomorrow the eight teams have been getting their first taste of what the waters of Fushan Bay can deliver.
On the eve of Act 2 of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series ™, our expert commentator Mark ‘Corky’ Rhodes looks back on a thrilling season opener in Muscat and forward to what Qingdao has in store.
Find out more about the second Act of the season in Qingdao, China.
See how the teams rank following Act 1, Muscat, as they enter the second Act of the season in Qingdao on board the super-fast hydrofoiling GC32 catamarans.
Find out more about the sailors who will be battling it out on the water in Fushan Bay for the title of Act 2 Champion.
He might only be 23 years old but Chinese sailor Liu Xue has already accomplished more than most. His impressive CV boasts a lap of the planet with Volvo Ocean Race fan favourites Dongfeng Race Team, America's Cup experience with China Team and numerous victories at yachting regattas in his home country.
Qingdao today lived up to its reputation as one of the trickiest venues on the Extreme Sailing Series™ as light winds limited action to just one race on the opening day of Act 2. The Chinese city, hosting the Extreme Sailing Series for the sixth time, is well known for its ability to catch sailors off guard with a fickle breeze that can go from next to nothing to gale force in a matter of minutes.
Before heading out on the water for the start of Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series™, the eight skippers were presented at a packed press conference in Qingdao. Here's what they had to say...
“It's going to be exciting, that's for sure”. That's One skipper Taylor Canfield's prediction for Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ as he prepares to face the notorious weather conditions that Qingdao famously has to offer.
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