Qingdao to host China's first Flying Phantom event
Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
OC Sport has announced the creation of a new event that will see the international Flying Phantom fleet compete in Qingdao, China from September 30-October 3 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
(Photo: OC Sport - GC32 fleet)
For the first time, 12 of the two-man foiling catamarans representing six nations will descend upon Chinese waters for a four-day festival of foiling at the Qingdao Mazarin Cup powered by Extreme Sailing Series.
(Team France Jeune)
Stars from the 2018 Flying Phantom Series, including winners Antoine Rucard and Solune Robert from Team France Jeune, will compete in this tournament, foiling around the Olympic waters of Fushan Bay at speeds of up to 31 knots.
OC Sport has long been committed to sailing development in China, as emphasised by Qingdao's longevity – through hosting the event every year from 2011-2017 – as an Extreme Sailing Series host venue, and through OC Sport's management of the Chinese flagged entry and Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 winner, Dongfeng Race Team.
“This will be the very first time that we've taken the international fleet of Flying Phantoms to the Far East," OC Sport Sailing Executive Director Andy Tourell said. “OC Sport has an impressive history in Qingdao, and this is the eighth consecutive year that the city will host one of our events.
“We are delighted to announce this extension to our partnership with the Qingdao Administration Centre of Sailing Sport, to continue supporting the city's reputation as the home of Chinese sailing and the development of sailing in China.”
JI Gaoshang, president of the Qingdao Sports Bureau and Secretary in General of Qingdao International Sailing Events (Festivals) Organising Committee also commented: “The Extreme Sailing Series has been hosted in Qingdao for seven years. As owner of the Extreme Sailing Series and the world's premier sailing event organiser, our partnership with OC Sport is important to the growth and development of sailing in Qingdao as the 'City of Sail' in China. We look forward to the excitement of this event which will be brought to the public, once again, over the upcoming national holiday.”