sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Extreme Sailing Series - Top female sailors on board
Extreme Sailing Series - Top female sailors on board


'Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson, Yngling. Pre-Olympic Test Event 2007'    © Skandia Team GBR

The Extreme Sailing Series will for the eighth consecutive year bring a wealth of sailing talent from America’s Cup superstars, Olympic medallists and offshore legends to the shores of eight iconic venues around the globe – and amongst them are some of the world’s most talented female sailors.

The ‘fifth sailor’ rule, introduced by Series organisers OC Sport in 2012, stipulates that one member of the crew must either be female, under 23, or classified as an amateur by ISAF. As a result, year on year the number of female sailors competing in the Series has grown, and has historically included the likes of double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson, the only woman to skipper a boat for a full season in 2008 with J.P. Morgan Asset Management -­‐ and the only female skipper to win an Act in Lake Lugano, Switzerland. 2014 will see the biggest influx of ‘girl power’ since the Series began – find out more about the women taking on the challenge below.

Sarah Ayton (GBR)
Team : The Wave, Muscat
Role: Tactician
Top three sailing achievements :
-­‐ Olympic gold medal – Beijing 2008 – Yngling with Pippa Wilson and Sarah Webb
-­‐ Olympic gold medal – Athens 2004 – Yngling with Shirley Robertson and Sarah Webb
-­‐ Yngling World Champion in 2008 and 2007

Sarah Ayton - Extreme Sailing Series 2014 -  Bob McCaffrey  
Britain’s double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton will be making a welcome return to top level competitive sailing after a three-­‐year break, joining the defending champions The Wave, Muscat. And she is more than ready for the challenge of what she describes as the ‘most high-­‐performance’ sailing she has ever done. 'I'm honoured to be sailing with The Wave, Muscat and I am really looking forward to getting started. I'm sure the boys will agree with me that going into 2014 as defending champions doesn't add to the pressure, we'll be focusing on our own performance and taking one race at a time.'

As a novice to the Extreme 40, Sarah is currently in Singapore, Host Venue for Act one, where she will be putting in the training hours with the team in preparation for the elite level Stadium Racing that begins on the 20th February. 'My biggest challenge will be learning the in-­‐boat routines and the different set plays around the course as well as learning what's possible in terms of boat on boat positioning and overall tactics.'

Sarah is best know as one of the worlds most formidable Yngling sailors, after first securing gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and then defending the title in 2008 winning her second gold in Beijing alongside J.P Morgan BAR’s Pippa Wilson. So, will there be any on-­‐water rivalry between the two? Sarah says not. 'I'm really looking forward to it, it's been a while since Pippa and I have been on the same racecourse, thankfully now in something a bit faster than a Yngling!'

Pippa Wilson (GBR)
Team : J.P.Morgan BAR
Role : Trimmer
Top three sailing achievements :
-­‐ Olympic gold medal – Beijing 2008 – Yngling with Sarah Ayton and Sarah Webb
-­‐Fifth -­‐ 470 Worlds 2006 (Helm)
-­‐ Gold – 29er Youth Worlds 2001 (Helm)

Sophie De Turckheim(FR) -  Yvan Zedda ©  
Olympic champion Pippa Wilson will join J.P.Morgan BAR for the 2014 Series -­‐ a team that comes brimming with Olympic pedigree, with three gold medallists on board, including Pippa. But the Extreme Sailing Series presents a whole new challenge for the 27 year old. 'The Extreme Sailing Series is something I have watched many of my friends compete in over the last few years, so to be a part of it this year is very exciting for me.' She continued, 'I am completely new to the Extreme 40 and relatively new to catamaran sailing, but hopefully my background so far in the Nacra 17 and the other boats I’ve sailed will offer me some relevant insights into the extreme racing!'

After a short hiatus from competitive sailing, where Pippa took the opportunity to focus on other interests including a Sports Science degree at Chichester University, she’s now back on the water and has launched her next Olympic campaign for Rio 2016 in the Nacra 17 class. Talking about how the two campaigns will work together, Pippa explained: 'Fortunately the racing dates fit in very well with the Extreme circuit so hopefully we will be able to draw on some of the parallels between the two classes.'

In terms of the competition, Pippa has come against some of the other female stars before, including Nacra 17 sailor and Groupama Team France tactician, Sophie de Turckheim. 'I have no doubt that all of the competitors on the racecourse are going to be fierce competition. We are surrounded by the best of the best in terms of experience and talent, Sophie included, so it is an honour to race against and learn from such great sailors.'

Sophie de Turckheim (FRA)
Team: Groupama Team France
Role : Tactician on board
Top three sailing achievements :
-­‐ Silver -­‐ Laser Radial Worlds -­‐ 2005, 2006, 2009
-­‐ Silver -­‐ Laser Radial Europeans -­‐ 2008
-­‐ Gold -­‐ Laser Radial Worlds – 2002

Extreme Sailing Series


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=118969

3:55 PM Mon 3 Feb 2014GMT


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

Click for further information on
2014 Extreme Sailing Series

Related News Stories:

31 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series - SAP Extreme Sailing Team reveal Act 1 line up
28 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series 2014 - Gold medallist Ayton to join The Wave
25 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series - The Russians are coming
22 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series - Emirates Team NZ confirmed as 10th team
21 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ get back into action + Video
15 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series - Oman Air ready to return to action
09 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series - 9 teams, 3 continents, lots of action + Video
09 Jan 2014  Extreme Sailing Series - J.P. Morgan BAR to take part
28 Nov 2013  Extreme Sailing Series World Tour returns to Singapore in 2014






News - USA and the World



















2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















































America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win   
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature   
Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral keeps fleet shoreside   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup rescued by wave of local support   
ISAF Sailing World Championship, Santander - Opening ceremony images   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica geared up for Leg Zero   
J/70 World Championship 2014 - Healy surfs into lead   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Gripping first day on the Bay   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 images by Erik Simonson   


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.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT