The Extreme 40 fleet took to the sky blue waters of Nice, on the French Riviera in admiration of local onlookers today for one final shakedown before battle commences tomorrow (3rd October) from 14.00 CEST. With less then 24 hours to go on the EDOX countdown clock until the eight-boat fleet take to the starting blocks, every minute trialling the Nice racecourse has been crucial.
Today’s practice races played out in light winds that built as the day progressed, giving the crews a taster of what the French Riviera has in store over the next four days.
The penultimate Act of the 2013 Series presented by Land Rover is set to provide a testing forecast to the convoy of elite sailors, ranging from rolling seas and gusts up to 30 knots, to light and fickle breeze perhaps more associated with Nice. SAP Extreme Sailing Team co-skipper Jes Gram-Hansen evaluated; “The weather forecast is showing that we can expect everything this weekend, so we should see some varied conditions! It’s not only the wind conditions we need to watch, but also the movement of the waves, which is due to set a challenge“.
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|Extreme 40's racing in Nice, photo courtesy Extreme Sailing Series|