Sailing in for Fun at Rate of Knots

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), June 19, 2015 | Go to article overview

Sailing in for Fun at Rate of Knots


Byline: Philip Dewey Reporter philip.dewey@walesonline.co.uk

THE high-speed nautical thrills of extreme sailing have arrived in Cardiff Bay as some of the sport's top competitors battle it out.

Described as the Formula 1 of the sailing world, the Extreme Sailing Series will see some of the biggest and fastest boats in the sport being raced by top-rate sailors.

Constructed of carbon fibre, the crews have to battle choppy water to stop the Extreme 40 catamarans from flipping over. Cardiff is the latest stop on the 11-month tour. Other locations include China, Singapore, Russia and Australia.

Eight of the world's top sailing teams, including Olympic heroes, America's Cup winners and Round the World sailing legends, will show off their skills at the event which started yesterday . Now in its ninth year, this year's event runs until Sunday.

Extreme Sailing Series event director Andy Tourell said: "2015 marks the first year of a new fouryear contract with Cardiff to host the Extreme Sailing Series. We hope that, as it has been the case in previous years, the stadium of Cardiff Bay will, once again, challenge the teams in 'champagne sailing' conditions.

"We would like to invite the public from Cardiff, Wales, Britain and overseas to join the event and experience this exciting racing."

Fans had a first-class views of the first day of racing as eight teams battled it out.

Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton is representing Oman-based sailing team The Wave.

She said: "Last year was my first year competing in Cardiff and it's one of the most challenging venues the series takes in.

"There's not that much space and depending on the way the wind is blowing it makes it quite shifty.

"It's a nice venue. Last year there were lots of people watching and it's really nice to be here with friendly people supporting us, so we always enjoy sailing in Cardiff."

In 2013 Cardiff attracted the biggest crowds the series had ever seen, with 120,000 turning out over the four-day period. …

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