Published: Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Extreme Sailing Series, the world’s leading Stadium Racing series, will return to the Americas for the first time in six years in 2017 in what promises to be another action-packed season. The 2017 Extreme Sailing Series will start in Muscat, Oman Mar 3-11, a country with a rich maritime heritage. Then, from Apr 28-May 1, it will return to the Chinese Olympic sailing city of Qingdao which will be followed by Madeira Islands June 29-July 2, following a successful debut this year.

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(Photos: Extreme Sailing Series / Lloyd Images - Event Director Andy Tourell and Race Director John Craig, pictured alongside Los Cabos Local Promoter Cristóbal González-Aller Pita and Extreme San Diego CEO Matt Reynolds)

After a successful transition to foiling catamarans in 2016 – with the introduction of the fast and exciting GC32s – the Extreme Sailing Series is now adding two new venues to its roster for its 11th season.

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(2016 Act 2 Qingdao)

Alongside the existing host venues of Muscat, Qingdao, Madeira, Hamburg and Cardiff, the Series is now set to visit San Diego in California and Los Cabos in Mexico.

“We are thrilled to be heading back to the United States and to Mexico for the first time after a long absence from the Americas,” says Extreme Sailing Series Event Director Andy Tourell, who confirmed the new venues at a press conference hosted by the Pestana Hotel Group in Lisbon. “I have no doubt that both San Diego, which has a long sailing tradition, and Los Cabos – which is a great sailing destination in its own right – will quickly establish themselves as among the classic venues on our circuit. I am sure the locals in both venues will love the action-packed racing that makes the Extreme Sailing Series unique.”

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(2017 Act 8 Los Cabos, Mexico)

In San Diego, the Race Village and all the other elements of the Extreme Sailing Series set-up – including the VIP area and the pontoons – will be based at Harbour Island, and the racing action will take place just five metres from the shore.

“On behalf of San Diego, and our thriving, distinguished sailing community, we welcome with open arms the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series to America’s Finest City,” San Diego Tourism Authority President & CEO Joseph Terzi says. “We would like to acknowledge the key collaboration between San Diego Tourism Authority, SEA San Diego, San Diego Tourism Marketing District, San Diego Sports Alliance, and Port of San Diego, in capitalizing on the opportunity granted from OC Sport to host part of next year’s Extreme Sailing Series.”

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(2017 Act 7 San Diego, California)

“We look forward to having the highest level of sailing take place on the world-class San Diego Bay. Our bay’s natural stadium style setting will offer enhanced competition and an unforgettable spectator experience,” adds Terzi. “Our region boasts not only a near-perfect year-round climate, great facilities, world-class beaches and attractions, but also sensational dining and premier hotels. We are confident that San Diego will provide a top-notch experience for everyone involved in the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series.”

For the first time, the Series will head to Mexico and Los Cabos for the grand finale of the 2017 season. Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the venue is known as ‘Land’s End’.

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(2016 Act 3 Cardiff)

“We are very excited to welcome the Extreme Sailing Series for the first time in Los Cabos next year. This world-renowned series will be the perfect complement to our offer of events and it will benefit the positioning of our venue as a world-class tourist destination,” says Los Cabos Trust Tourism General Director Rodrigo Esponda. “Los Cabos is the perfect place to enjoy our fantastic hospitality, hotel and gastronomic offerings, adventure tours and wonderful natural spaces.”

The addition of new venues comes as the Extreme Sailing Series continues to evolve its racing format with increasing emphasis in 2017 on both the proven Stadium Racing concept combined with larger racecourses that show off the power and speed of the GC32s to best effect.

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(2016 Act 1 Muscat)

“A combination of new destinations alongside some of the proven venues will allow us to introduce a more diverse racing format and also expand the number of boats,” explains Race Director John Craig, who is anticipating between eight and 10 team entries for 2017.

Next is a European venue that is still to be announced, before the thrills of racing on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany Aug 10-13. Cardiff in Wales returns to the UK Bank Holiday weekend Aug 25-28 before two brand new venues. San Diego will make its debut Oct 19-22 with the season finale being staged at Los Cabos Nov 30-Dec 3.

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(2016 training in Dubai)

The 2017 season will again feature a full grid of professional and brand-backed sponsored teams racing a fleet of foiling GC32 catamarans, “flying” in front of thousands of spectators at venues all over the world.

2017 Extreme Sailing Series calendar

Mar 8-11 – Muscat, Oman

Apr 28-May 1 – Qingdao, China 

June 28-July 2 – Madeira Islands, Portugal

July 20-23 – Europe

Aug 10-13 – Hamburg, Germany 

Aug 25-28 – Cardiff, UK

Oct 19-22 – San Diego, USA

Nov 30-Dec 3 – Los Cabos, Mexico