Entries Open For 2017 Extreme Sailing Series
Published: Wednesday, 07 September 2016
Extreme Sailing Series organiser OC Sports is officially inviting entries for the 2017 season with the release of the provisional Notice of Race.
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OC Sport has also confirmed an eight-Act global tour to include two new venues and a return to the Americas alongside events in Europe, China and the Middle East, for what will be the 11th year of competition for the ‘World Sailing Special Event’.
“2017 will be our seventh year as a global series and I am particularly excited to be returning to the Americas for the first time in five years,” says Event Director Andy Tourell. “When speaking to teams, their sponsors and our Series partners, this was identified as a key market, and while the actual locations will be announced in the coming months, part of the appeal of the Series is that we are able to provide commercial solutions and react to the needs of our stakeholders.”
The Series will continue to build on its already successful format, developed and fine-tuned over the last 10 years: Stadium Racing, in iconic city-centre locations around the globe.
“In 2017 we have a calendar of great sailing venues with less physical confines offering the opportunity to diversify the sporting format, while maintaining proximity to the spectators,” comments newly appointed Race Director John Craig. “We want to maximise the full potential of the GC32s, ensuring intense competition on the water for the world’s best sailors and teams.”
Sailors from all over the world are expected to challenge for the Series title with a mix of existing teams and new blood drawn to the high standard of racing and expert event organisation.
“On average over each four-day Act, we have between 24-30 races,” comments Tourell. “The Extreme Sailing Series is the only one of its kind to offer such a high volume of races during each event. This gives the sailors the time they want on the water racing at a top level as well as providing a huge amount of entertainment for the public who come to watch, or the VIP guests who race onboard in the award-winning Guest Sailor position.”
The Series will continue its focus on providing outstanding elite level sporting competition, while also delivering a commercially sound product for the teams, host venues and sponsors, which include Land Rover and SAP.
Each Act will take place over four days, including a dedicated media day. Further information, including venues and the team line up will be publicly revealed in the coming months.