2018 Extreme Sailing Series releases Notice of Race
Published: Friday, 01 September 2017
OC Sport, founder and organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series, is officially inviting team entries for the 2018 season, with the release of the provisional Notice of Race.
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The 12 Series will visit eight iconic venues across three continents. The calendar and venues will allow the teams increased access to boats and facilitate larger racing areas, whilst remaining true to the core Stadium Racing format for which the Series is famous.
Event Director Andy Tourell said: "We will be adapting the Series logistics in 2018. To enable greater access to boats for the teams and deliver direct engagement with more markets over a 24-month period for our commercial partners.”
“2018 represents the first phase of this strategy, engaging with new markets in line with the interests of our sponsors and teams, while we will also return to a number of key territories that we have hit in the 2017 season."
The Series will continue to build on the trend of the past four years that has seen the average size of racecourses grow, while maintaining the proximity of the foiling action to the shore.
Race Director John Craig explained: "With the GC32s being as quick as they are we need to give them a little bit more room to stretch, but we won't lose the stadium feel. We will continue to bring the boats close to the spectators by positioning part of the racecourse close to shore."
The diverse racing format will include open water racing in some venues to maximise the potential of the high-speed foiling GC32s. The Series will continue to deliver a busy menu of racing unrivalled by other events, which can see up to 32 races at every Act. This means more racing for the sailors and a better entertainment schedule for public spectators, VIP guests and media.
The standard of racing and unique corporate sponsorship platform offered by the Series, which is one of the six World Sailing Special Events, is expected to attract both returning and new teams made up of some of the world's best sailors.