sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : A look back at the extraordinary 2012 Extreme Sailing Series
A look back at the extraordinary 2012 Extreme Sailing Series

'The fleet raced on the mighty Bosphorus in Istanbul - a first for the Extreme 40s'    Lloyd Images ©    Click Here to view large photo

The sixth year on the international sailing calendar for the Extreme Sailing Series global circuit has seen eight world-class teams – plus three ‘wildcard’ home teams in Cardiff, Qingdao and Rio - compete in seven Acts, spanning three continents in what has been another extraordinary year of competition.

Vital for the sponsors of the event and teams, without whom there would be no event, the estimated media value for 2012 is forecast to be just shy of €30m, as predicted by independent media evaluation company Havas Sponsorship Insights, with the live TV output increasing its share with coverage by host broadcasters Qingdao TV, TRT3 (Istanbul), RTP2 (Porto) and SportTV (Brazil) - three out of the eight venues going live on national TV.

The distribution of the 6 x 26 minute TV documentary series continues to grow in quality and reach with over 40 broadcasters now showing the series across five continents. And global brand SAP announced a three-year partnership as Official Technical Partner, which will greatly enhance the viewing experience in the future. Two more supporting sponsor announcements are due in the comings weeks.

The Series attracts international media attention -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Bringing sailing to the public through its pioneering stadium sailing format, the new venues of Porto (Portugal), Cardiff (UK) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) were added to the global mix attracting new fans along the way. Over one million spectators have now seen the Extreme 40s in action first hand and the public get to see more than just a racing event with aerial displays, musicians, dancers and the NeilPryde Racing Series attracting many top wind surfers at each location. The number of Facebook fans has tripled since the start of the season and the Extreme Sailing Series YouTube channel has had over one million views in the past two years.

Starting in the Sultanate of Oman in February, new and old faces representing the best in the sport competed against each other for the first time and it was American ace sailor Morgan Larson, fresh to the circuit, who stepped up to the mark winning the opening Act in his Extreme 40 debut with his team Oman Air – a feat never achieved before by a new skipper.

Oman Air won victory on home waters at Act 1 Muscat -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Next, it was back to China’s Olympic sailing city, Qingdao and this time it was another Omani team, The Wave, Muscat, making the headlines. British Olympian Leigh McMillan led his team to their first victory of the year and with it, put them top of the 2012 Series podium – a position McMillan quickly became comfortable with. Double Olympic gold medallist Roman Hagara’s Red Bull Sailing Team took second – the Austrian team’s first podium result since Muscat 2011.

Local fans out to cheer on the home team and wildcard entry, China Team -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Istanbul, Turkey, the gateway between Europe and Asia, hosted an unforgettable Act 3. From racing on the stunning waters of the Bosphorus to stadium racing against the backdrop of Istanbul’s old town and the famous Blue Mosque, it was again Leigh McMillan who led his team The Wave, Muscat to their second Act victory, with the French Groupe Edmond de Rothschild snatching second place from Red Bull Sailing Team in the dying minutes of the final race.

Next to Porto, Portugal - a new host venue in 2012 where the biggest ever spectators numbers came to see just what would happen when the eight Extreme 40s competed on the most compact race course in the history of the circuit on the Douro River. There were plenty of bumps and scrapes - a big collision between SAP Extreme Sailing Team and GAC Pindar stopped these teams in their tracks and the French team found themselves on the rocks. But McMillan excelled in the tight stadium racing, storming to his third consecutive Act win and extending the overall Series lead for his Omani team.

Crowds gather in the public race village to watch the action in Porto -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Cardiff UK welcomed the Extreme 40s as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival and there was plenty for the fans to cheer on with high-adrenalin racing in gusty conditions, wing walkers and parachutists. Wildcard entry Team Wales had London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Hannah Mills as part of their crew and ex-England cricket captain and Strictly Come Dancing star Michael Vaughan tried his hand at racing at the sharp end. Oman Air set the pace early on and Morgan Larson’s team clinched victory in the final race denying The Wave, Muscat their fourth straight win.

The fleet took on an a tight stadium race in Cardiff Bay in gusty winds making for an action packed racing. -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Getting into the business end of the Series, the penultimate Act took the fleet to the French Riviera in Nice, racing off the Promenade de Anglais. Described by skippers as ‘extreme’ and ‘on the edge’, Nice delivered the best conditions of the year which suited Pierre Pennec’s Groupe Edmond de Rothschild.

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild soared to victory at the penultimate Act in Nice -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

The Swiss team Alinghi slammed into The Wave, Muscat putting a dent not only in their hull but in their stride for victory. And so it was a win on home waters for the French team putting them back in contention for a Series podium place.

In 2016 Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympic Games and leading up to that the designated Olympic waters will host the Extreme Sailing Series for another three years after the stunning debut two weeks ago. Four teams (Red Bull Sailing Team, Oman Air, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild and The Wave, Muscat) were gunning for the Series podium places, including the team that led the charge for so much of 2012, The Wave, Muscat.

Rio de Janeiro provided a stunning backdrop for the final Act of 2012 -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

Inevitably there were winners and losers, and in the closest finish ever in the Extreme Sailing Series history, McMillan clinched both the Rio de Janeiro Act and the Overall 2012 Series Trophy. Olympic sailing legend Torben Grael skippered the home boat ‘ Team Brasil’ in his Extreme 40 debut, but the closest Grael came to the ‘silverware’ was when he handed it over to McMillan. Perhaps next year….

It all starts again on March 5th in Muscat Oman for the seventh year of the effective World Championship of Stadium Sailing!



Extreme Sailing Series website


by Extreme Sailing Series

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=104849

3:37 PM Wed 19 Dec 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

16 Dec 2012  Edmond de Rothschild Group third in 2012 Extreme Sailing Series
10 Dec 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Exhilarating double win for The Wave, Muscat
09 Dec 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Podium places up for grabs + Video
08 Dec 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Battle royale underway in Rio
30 Nov 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Rio prepares to welcome the Extreme 40s
25 Nov 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Rio showdown on the horizon
02 Nov 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Four teams prepare to charge for podium
22 Oct 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Victory for Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
21 Oct 2012  Extreme Sailing Series - Stakes ramp up on the French Riviera
20 Oct 2012  Extreme Sailing Series Day 2 - Damages, man overboard, action aplenty
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

























America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle












Rolex China Sea Race – Fleet off to a clean start
America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL WAS US