2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ - Act 2

2012 Extreme Sailing Series - Oman AirThe 2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ circuit comes to Qingdao, China’s Sailing City, for a second year from April 17th – 20th.  Lots of high octane racing action will be held in Fushan Bay, home of the Qingdao International Marina & Olympic Sailing Center.

The global circuit, spanning Europe, Arabia, Asia, and South America which consists of 8 events (Acts), started in the Sultanate Oman on February 28th.

This year’s teams include: (1) ZouLou  (2) The Wave, Muscat  (3) Team Trifork (4) Red Bull Sailing Team  (5) Oman Air  (6) Groupe Edmond De Rothschild  (7) GAC Pindar  (8) Alinghi.  The team rosters are composed of world-renowned sailors from a diverse field of competition representing 9 different nationalities.

“French sailing superstar Loick Peyron, Britain’s three-times ISAF World Match Racing Champion Ian Williams, Austria’s double-Olympic Gold medalist Roman Hagara return to the circuit, whilst American double-Olympic Gold medalist Charlie Ogletree and five-times America’s Cup sailor, Bernard Labro from France are two new faces gracing the roll-call. The teams boast an array of Olympic, America’s Cup, match racing and round the world credentials, as well as a sprinkling of ocean racing record setters. The two key cornerstones for success in this highly competitive circuit are experience and consistency and to this end 2011 runners-up Groupe Edmond de Rothschild from France and the Swiss team of Alinghi are keeping their crew changes to a minimum, whilst the two Oman Sail teams are sporting a near new line-up with only Leigh McMillan and Nasser Al Mashari retaining their places.  And there are plenty of new team combinations for this season to spice up the competition!”

This year’s extreme sailing events in Qingdao will also include Olympic 49er class racing, Moth demo sailing, the NeilPryde Windsurfing Series, as well as youth Optimists racing.  The Qingdao International Marina & Olympic Sailing Center will provide family-orientated entertainment from youth activities, dance, music, to opportunities for guest sailing experience onboard the Extreme 40s.

2012 Extreme Sailing Series  Schedule:
Act 1 – Muscat, Oman (28th February - 2nd March, 2012)
Act 2 – Qingdao, China (17th-20th April, 2012)
Act 3 – Istanbul, Turkey (7th - 10th June, 2012)
Act 4 – Porto, Portugal (5th - 8th July, 2012)
Act 5 – Cardiff, UK (30th August - 2nd September, 2012)
Act 6 – Trapani, Italy (13th - 16th September, 2012)
Act 7 – Nice, France (18th - 21st October, 2012)
Act 8 – Brazil (29th November - 2nd December, 2012)
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