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.
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.
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.
Independent media evaluation agency Repucom, has confirmed a record media value for the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™, which saw a 13% increase year-on-year.
- One week to go until Act 2, Qingdao, where the teams are likely to face relentlessly tough conditions in the 2008 Olympic Sailing city - Watch the Stadium Racing live on the official event website from Sunday 1 May, with commentary by Kiwi sailing legend Peter Lester - Local sailor, Liu Xue (aka Black), will be joining the first ever full Series entry representing China, which will be formally launched next week.
While sailors in other teams come and go, one of the strengths of Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi crew is its longevity, writes Editor of thedailysail.com, James Boyd. Personally Bertarelli has raced multihulls on his native Lake Geneva for more than two decades, winning Switzerland’s premier race, the Bol d’Or Mirabaud for the first of six times in 1997. Four years later when he first challenged for sailing’s top prize, the America’s Cup, one of Bertarelli’s recruits was accomplished sailor, Pierre-Yves Jorand, also a former European champion in speed skiing, the first skier to go faster than 200kph, and who also represented Switzerland at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Morgan Larson stormed home to an extraordinary win in the opening Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ in Muscat on Oman Air, alongside the team, which includes Pete Greenhalgh, James Wierzbowski, Ed Smyth and Omani national Nasser Al Mashari. Together the team won over 50% of the races sailed, more than any other team in Series history, as the Extreme Sailing Series officially completes the biggest transition of the last ten years. The flying GC32s have well and truly arrived.
Dramatic change is afoot for the Extreme Sailing Series as we celebrate our 10th season with the introduction of the flying GC32 and an influx of fresh talent. Meet the teams gunning in 2016 for glory here.
The eight Extreme Sailing Series™ teams took to the water in Oman for the penultimate day of racing today, in what proved to be a light airs test of tactics and patience as the fleet continued their steep learning curve on the GC32 catamarans.
Check out some of the highlights from day 2 in Muscat, Oman as the magnificent men on their GC32 flying machines charge around the racetrack