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Act 6, Madeira Islands, Portugal

22 September - 25 September 2016

Race Village opens: 22 September

Where is it happening?

Set in Marina Funchal, on the south coast of the island, the generally light to moderate winds will present a real challenge to the sailors, who will sail in the warm waters just off the coast of the island’s capital.

Where is the best place to watch?

Following a recent 300 million Euro regeneration project, Funchal will host the sixth Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™. Marina Funchal, located close to a host of museums, a theatre, a casino and a range of restaurants, will provide the stadium in which the fleet of hydro-foiling GC32s will battle it out.

Photo credit: © Hugo Reis

Where to watch

​1 - VIP Parking
2 - Bar & food stalls
3 - Kids zone
4 - Live music stage
5 - Outdoor screen
6 - Media centre
7 - Extreme club
8 - GC32 pontoons
9 - Technical area
10 - Race area
11 - Bar
12 - Viewing area & grandstands

Event Schedule

Thursday 22 September

  • 11:00
    Race Village opens
  • 11:30 - 13:30
    Live Music
  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Stadium Racing
  • 17:30 - 19:30
    Live Music
  • 20:00
    Race Village closes

Friday 23 September

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Optimist and J/22 sailing
  • 11:00
    Race Village opens
  • 11:30 - 13:30
    Live Music
  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Stadium Racing
  • 18:00
    Madeira Regional Sailing Season Prize Giving
  • 19:00 - 21:30
    Live Music
  • 22:00
    Race Village closes

Saturday 24 September

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Optimist and J/22 sailing
  • 11:00
    Race Village opens
  • 11:30 - 13:30
    Live Music
  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Stadium Racing
  • 17:30 - 21:30
    Live Music
  • 22:00
    Race Village closes

Sunday 25 September

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Optimist and J/22 sailing
  • 11:00
    Race Village opens
  • 11:30 - 13:30
    Live Music
  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Stadium Racing
  • 17:45
    Prize giving ceremony
  • 19:00 - 21:30
    Live Music
  • 22:00
    Race Village closes

VIP Tickets

The Extreme Sailing Series offers a range of VIP packages to suit all requirements so, whether you just want to soak up the atmosphere while mingling with the world-class sailors in the Extreme Club or go for the ride of your life on board a flying GC32 during Stadium Racing, there is a package available for you.

Find out More

How to follow the racing

If you can’t make it down to the water’s edge but want to keep up to date with all the action, the Extreme Sailing Series™ website ‘LIVE’ page will serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for live video, live streaming of the SAP Sailing Analytics and dynamic leaderboards. Fans can also follow the event twitter handle @extremesailing for all the updates from the water as it happens. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #extremesailing.

‘Stadium Racing’ will be streamed live to the website with expert commentary and analytics from technical partner SAP.

You can also join the chat on the official social media channels:

How to get there

The island of Madeira, located in the Atlantic Ocean, boasts an abundance of dramatic scenery and botanical wonders. Take a stroll along the beautiful levadas, the quiet water channels that run through rural areas and vineyards, or visit the protected subtropical rainforest on the island’s northern slopes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Funchal, the capital city that will host the sixth Act, is evidence of the island’s volcanic activity (which stopped around 6500 years ago!) as it sits in the amphitheatre of a large volcanic crater.

Photo credit: © FranciscoCorreia