Venue Change Due to Security Concerns

Published on June 28th, 2016

The Extreme Sailing Series™ has moved its sixth event of 2016 to the Portuguese Atlantic islands of Madeira. Still to take place on September 22-25, the change from the original host in Istanbul, Turkey was due to on-going security concerns around the Turkish city.

The sixth Act will take place in the waters off Funchal, the island’s capital, where thousands of tourists and locals will have a perfect view of some the world’s top multihull sailors racing hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans at close quarters.

Wind conditions at Funchal – a city that has thrived on its links with the sea over centuries – should be in the order of 8-12 knots of breeze, perfect for competitive racing for some of the world’s lightest and fastest sailing machines.

2016 Schedule
March 16-19 – Muscat, Oman
April 29-May 2 – Qingdao, China
June 23-26 – Cardiff, UK
July 28-31 – Hamburg, Germany
September 1-4 – St Petersburg, Russia
September 22-25 – Madeira Islands, Portugal
October 6-9 – Lisbon, Portugal
December 8-11 – Australia (location TBD)

Background: The Extreme Sailing Series is in its tenth season, with this year’s eight event tour travelling through Asia, Europe, and Australia. The platform used is the one design foiling GC32 catamaran, with the format highlighting ‘stadium’ short-course racing in front of the public. ESS website: http://www.extremesailingseries.com

Source: Extreme Sailing Series

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