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Young guns firing in tricky penultimate day of Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2

Extreme Sailing Series™ young guns Land Rover BAR Academy stole the show on the penultimate day of Act 2 in Qingdao, China, jumping from last place to second with a masterclass of consistency.

NZ Extreme Sailing Team draft in legendary coach Rod Davis as campaign steps up a gear

They might be the rookies in the Extreme Sailing Series™ this season but NZ Extreme Sailing Team have made their intentions for 2017 clear – by signing up America's Cup and Olympic hero Rod Davis as their coach.

Still all to play for in Act 2 as light airs curtail racing in Qingdao

The Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet will go into the second half of Act 2 in Qingdao split by just 12 points after super-light winds prevented racing on day two.

Guess who’s Black: top Chinese sailor aims to inspire in hometown of Qingdao

Liu Xue is a man on a mission. The 24-year-old, better known by his nickname Black, is back in his home city of Qingdao as the Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to China's Olympic Sailing City for an incredible seventh time.

Qingdao mette subito alla prova gli equipaggi delle Extreme Sailing Series™

Il secondo Act della stagione delle Extreme Sailing Series™ ha preso il via oggi con la “Mazarin” Cup a Qingdao, in Cina, sorprendendo tutti con il vento che è passato in pochi minuti dalla quasi assenza a ben 15 nodi di intensità e ha permesso lo svolgimento di tre prove ricche di azione.

Le plan d’eau délicat de Qingdao éprouve la flotte des Extreme Sailing Series™

En quelques minutes, Qingdao est passé d’un temps calme à un temps plus traditionnel aujourd'hui pour le lancement de l’Act 2 des Extreme Sailing Series™ Qingdao, ” Mazarin” Cup.

Arranca el Acto 2 de Extreme Sailing Series™ “Mazarin” Cup en Qingdao, China

El segundo Acto de la temporada 2017 de Extreme Sailing Series comenzó en la ciudad olímpica china de Qingdao con calma total durante las dos primeras horas de competición y en cuestión de minutos la calma se transformó en 15 nudos de viento que la flota internacional de GC32 supo aprovechar. Qingdao es conocida por sus condiciones cambiantes que pueden pillar a las 7 tripulaciones internacionales desprevenidas con cambios imprevistos y esta primera jornada fue un ejemplo de libro.

Alinghi in Führung nach Tag 1 von Act 2 in Qingdao, dem “Mazarin“ Cup

Bei sehr wechselhaften Bedingungen hat am Freitag Act 2 der Extreme Sailing Series™ in Qingdao begonnen. Die chinesische Olympia-Stadt ist für ihr anspruchsvolles Revier bekannt, auf dem die Segler immer wieder von plötzlichen Wetteränderungen überrascht werden. Der Eröffnungstag von Act 2 Qingdao, der "Mazarin" Cup, bestätigte diese Regel. Als sich das Feld aus den sieben Booten mit internationalen Mannschaften formierte, schlief der Wind praktisch ein, der erste Start verzögerte sich um fast zwei Stunden.

Challenging Qingdao tests Extreme Sailing Series™ fleet in Act 2 Qingdao “Mazarin” Cup opener

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.

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 2 press conference – what they said

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.

Qingdao gives a taste of what to expect during practice racing

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.

2017 Form Guide

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