Friday, 25 April 2014

Extreme Sailing Series heads to Qingdao for Act 3 in the racing series

From the following press release on the Extreme Sailing Series Website:

- Significant crew changes on GAC Pindar and Emirates Team New Zealand, as David Gilmour and Peter Burling take the reigns.
- China’s sailing capital gears up to welcome the 60 elite level sailors – watch the promo video here.
- Visa, a global payments technology company, returns as Official Payment Service Partner to the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3 Qingdao for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup.
- What are the physical demands on an elite-level Extreme 40 bowman? Find out with SAP Extreme Sailing Team’s bowman Peter Wibroe, here.

In one week the fleet of 12 Extreme 40s, including home nation entry ‘Team Extreme Qingdao’ will line up on one of the most notorious stadium racecourses on the global tour, at the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3 Qingdao, for the ‘Double Star Mingren’ Cup, 1-4 May. Fans in China can follow all the action on the newly launched Chinese website and watch the racing live on leading sports portals and, as well as on regional broadcaster Qingdao TV. International fans will be able to watch the Stadium Racing action on the official event website,

China’s host city for the 2008 Olympic sailing regatta’s holds plenty of proud memories for the fleet, with Brits Paul Goodison, Pippa Wilson, Sarah Ayton and Ben Ainslie, and American Anna Tunnicliffe, all taking gold in their respective classes. For Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, the Act in Qingdao will be the first time he has raced on the Olympic waters since winning the Finn gold in 2008. The J.P. Morgan BAR skipper commented: “We are all really looking forward to China. For Paul, Pippa and I who spent a lot of time there before and during Beijing 2008 it’s a special place for us. But we know that it is another difficult venue and there’s a lot of tide there so that could be challenging and tough but we certainly want to work on our performance as a team.”

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