Act 4 - Istanbul, Turkey
Postponed. Dates TBC
Update regarding Act 4, Istanbul: After consultation with our partners in Istanbul, the decision has been taken to postpone Act 4, Istanbul, to give best support to Istanbul’s Olympic bid. The IOC will confirm the 2020 Olympic venue, Istanbul being one of the shortlisted cities, in September. Re-scheduled dates to follow.
The waters separating Asia and Europe will host Act 4 in the magnificent and cultural city of Istanbul, Turkey where the Extreme 40 fleet will race from the banks of Istanbul’s old town with the famous Blue Mosque providing an iconic backdrop.
The racing area is located at the intersection of the Mamara Sea and the Bosphorous – a busy shipping channel that in 2012 saw the Extreme Sailing Series stop traffic and race their carbon fibre speed machines on its magnificent waters.
Istanbul has consistent steady winds that in previous years has ensured some truly spectacular racing making this a firm favourite on the calendar amongst the Extreme 40 sailors.
Extreme 40s racing with Istanbul's stunning architecture in the background © Lloyd Images
About Istanbul, Turkey:
Istanbul is the city where East meets West, set on the border between Europe and Asia, Istanbul has a unique historic cultural heritage providing an iconic backdrop for the Extreme 40 fleet. Situated on the Bosphorous coast, this has ensured a long history in sea trading and was previously the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
Dating back to the 7th millennium BC, Istanbul has a wealth of historical sites to explore, including the spectacular Blue Mosque. The city’s Bazaars are a treat for visitors, from the touristy Sultanahmet district to the more local ones, without the crowds, which can be found down hidden alleyways throughout the city. Visitors are left in awe by the stunning Imperial Ottoman architecture that can be found across the city.
fleet competing in 2012 © Lloyd Image