Streamed live online: Sunday 28 April 14:00 (UTC+8) & Monday 1 May 14:00 (UTC+8) *Please note there will be no SAP 3D Analytics today but there will be SAP Sailing Analytics
Qingdao went from calm to classic in a matter of minutes today as Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series™ got off to an exciting start. China's Olympic Sailing City is renowned for its tricky weather conditions that can catch sailors off guard with sudden changes – and the opening day of Act 2 Qingdao “Mazarin Cup” was a prime example.
In front of a packed audience of members of China's press, the skippers of the seven international teams that will compete for glory on the waters of Qingdao gave their thoughts on what promises to be four days of thrills, spills and high-octane action.
The fleet of seven teams representing seven nations headed out into the open water outside Qingdao’s Fushan Bay today for practice racing ahead of the start of Act 2 tomorrow.
The 2017 team line-up includes many familiar faces, who bring valuable Stadium Racing experience to the table, but also features plenty of fresh talent looking to make its mark, which may throw up a challenge to the well-established crews. As the crews ready themselves for round two in Qingdao in a few days’ time, take a look at the 2017 Form Guide for a reminder of who’s who. Who is your money on? by Extreme Sailing Series™ reporter Will Carson
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