Extreme Sailing Series : foiling catamarans to be used as part of the event
Saturday 20 June 2015 –
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A panel of the world’s top international sailors and sailing experts gathered at Act 4 of the 2015 global tour in Cardiff, Wales, to discuss the initial concept with OC Sport, and ultimately to have their say on what they want from a new design of boat.
“We have always spoken about an evolution of the boat when the time was right, and now with our ten year anniversary looming in 2016 its time to move,”
explained OC Sport Executive Chairman Mark Turner, who pioneered the Series and the now often coined phrase ‘Stadium Racing’ when it was launched as the iShares Cup in 2007.
“We were the first to bring multihulls to professional sailing in the way the Extreme Sailing Series does, and we need to keep moving with new developments in our sport to maintain our position at the top. We have a whole package of changes to be announced in the coming months to the event format – for now we can simply announce that we have started the development of a new class of foiling boat, with the option for sailing in non-foiling mode where the smallest of Stadiums requires it. The core of the Extreme Sailing Series has always and will continue to be Stadium Racing, captivating spectators racing just metres from the shore. Making use of our open water days to foil, or a combination of venues over the whole year that allow for foiling and Stadium Racing are all being considered.”
OC Sport Technical Manager, Neil Graham, is currently leading the design process bringing expertise gained from projects including Ellen MacArthur’s multihull record attempts and numerous Volvo Ocean Race campaigns. Explaining the driver behind the change, Graham commented:
“The sailing world has evolved over the last few years, and developments such as foiling are here to stay. In reality, the list of other things we’d change about the Extreme 40 for a new boat is quite short, but we are considering factors such as performance in light breeze, built in media technology and a better position for the Guest Sailor so they can watch more of the action safely. The build schedule will be announced in the coming months and we are currently in the first design phase. The panel coming together is part of that process and will give us a broad-brush insight into what the sailors want in an ideal world.”
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