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Act 3, Madeira Islands, Portugal

29 June - 2 July 2017

After a successful debut Act in 2016, Marina Funchal, on the south coast of Madeira Island’s capital, Funchal, will see a return visit from the flying fleet of GC32s. With a variety of wind conditions, including some extremely testing lighter days, the teams are pushed to their tactical limits in this venue.

For the first time in the Series’ history the Flying Phantom Series will take flight as part of the on water line-up, promising a festival foiling that is not to be missed. At each of the European venues the Flying Phantom Series will undertake each stage of its 2017 championship, culminating in Cardiff in August. Madeira Islands marks the start of the season. Keep an eye on the official social media channels for updates on the timings of the Flying Phantom Series each day.

The free entry public Race Village is located at Cais (Pier) 8, Marina Funchal, on the South side of the island. There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day and guests can get the best view of the Stadium Racing. Take a seat in the free stands to get front row seats of the action, buy some official kit from the Zhik shop, visit the kids interactive area, enjoy the live music and public race commentary, take a look at the high-tech boats when they are moored up at the GC32 pontoon, and enjoy the many local food and drink stalls. Take a look at the Race Village map and schedule below for more information.

Marina Funchal is considered to be one of the most spectacular harbour destinations in the world and has been a popular cruise liner destination for over 100 years, with up to 75 liners visiting per month. Bursting with culture, history and interesting architecture, there is plenty to see and do in Funchal, providing the perfect exploring ground for visitors.

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Where to watch

The free entry Race Village is located at Pier 8, Marina Funchal.

Event Schedule

Thursday 29 June

  • 10:00 (UTC+1)
    Race Village opens
  • 10:00 - 14:00 (UTC +1)
    Flying Phantom Series*
  • 14:00 - 17:00 (UTC +1)
    GC32 Stadium Racing
  • 17:00 - 20:00 (UTC+1)
    Live music
  • 20:00 (UTC+1)
    Race Village closes

Friday 30 June

  • 10:00 (UTC +1)
    Race Village opens
  • 10:00 - 14:00 (UTC +1)
    Flying Phantom Series*
  • 10:00 - 11:30 (UTC +1)
    Local sailors dinghy sailing
  • 12:00 - 18:00 (UTC +1)
    Live street art located at the Zhik shop
  • 14:00 - 17:00 (UTC +1)
    GC32 Stadium Racing
  • 17:00 - 18:00 (UTC +1)
    Foil kiteboarding display*
  • 17:00 - 22:00 (UTC +1)
    Live music
  • 22:00 (UTC +1)
    Race Village closes

Saturday 1 July

  • 10:00 (UTC +1)
    Race Village opens
  • 10:00 - 14.00 (UTC +1)
    Flying Phantom Series*
  • 10:00 - 11:30 (UTC +1)
    Local sailors dinghy sailing
  • 14:00 - 17:00 (UTC +1)
    GC32 Stadium Racing - streamed live on Facebook and YouTube
  • 17:00 - 18:00 (UTC +1)
    Foil kiteboarding display*
  • 17:00 - 22:00 (UTC +1)
    Live music
  • 22:00 (UTC +1)
    Race Village closes

Sunday 2 July

  • 10:00 (UTC +1)
    Race Village opens
  • 10:00 - 11:30 (UTC +1)
    Local sailors dinghy sailing
  • 10.00 - 14.00 (UTC +1)
    Flying Phantom Series*
  • 14.00 - 17.00 (UTC +1)
    GC32 Stadium Racing - streamed live on Facebook and YouTube
  • 15.30 - 17.00 (UTC +1)
    GC32 Stadium Racing broadcast live on TV
  • 17:00 - 22:00 (UTC +1)
    Live music
  • 17:30 (UTC +1)
    Flying Phantom Series prize giving on stage in Race Village
  • 17.45 (UTC +1)
    Act 3, Madeira Islands prize giving on stage in Race Village
  • 22:00 (UTC +1)
    Race Village closes
  • *
    Timings subject to change - please keep an eye on the official social media accounts for updates

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.

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How to follow the racing

Racing will take place from 14:00 - 17:00 UTC+1 daily.

On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June, fans can follow the racing online via the LIVE blog.

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July, fans can watch the LIVE stream of the racing on the official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

On Sunday 2 July racing will be broadcast LIVE from 15:30 - 17:00 UTC+1 on TV channels across the globe, so keep an eye on your local TV listings.

For information on all the other ways to stay up to date take a look at our ‘how to follow’ page.

How to get there

For more information about getting around the island take a look at the Visit Madeira website.

There are plenty of places to lock up your bike right next to the Race Village so why not take the green option and cycle?