sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Will the Extreme Sailing Series survive the America's Cup onslaught?

Will the Extreme Sailing Series survive the America's Cup onslaught?

'Several America’s Cup team compete in the Extreme 40’s Cowes, Isle of Wight, August 2011'    Ben Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Extreme Sailing Series is in its fifth season but fears overs its future grew when America's Cup rolled out plans for a similar circuit in a similar boat all funded by the world's fifth richest man. Can the Extremes survive?

Mark Turner is almost certain that had he taken the job with the America's Cup, his five year old Extreme Sailing Series would now be defunct.

Last year, he was offered the position as Regatta Director of the 34th America's Cup. He was tempted but with a young family and some timely and interesting challenges with the development of Extreme 40 racing, he turned it down.

'It was flattering and it would have been nice to do things without worrying about where the money was coming from but I have no regrets. I would not have lasted long.

'The Extreme Sailing Series event would have died I'm sure. The America's Cup World Series would be the only circuit to exist and I would be running that.'

As it is, Turner is growing the Extremes and despite a sluggish and complicated sponsorship market, insists the business is sound with income streams from tourist boards bidding up to a million euros a time to host a regatta, hospitality and merchandising earners and increased entry fees from a loyal band of competitors.

From five venues in 2010, it extended to nine this year from Boston to Istanbul, Cowes to Muscat, Qingdao in China to Trapani in Italy with Almeria and Singapore next on the list. This will reduce to eight in 2012 with Boston dropping off the list due to the US slump.

All venues were chosen for delivering Turner?s unique concept of sailing, a form of 'stadium sailing' that falls into the category of 'sportainment'.

Extreme 40’s Cowes, Isle of Wight, August 2011 -  Ben Gladwell?nid=89182   Click Here to view large photo

It features bang on performance catamarans that are almost impossible to sail well by novices but in the hands of the world's best sailors are capable of breathtaking speeds and electrifying competition. Given a bit of wind and some inexperience among a crew, the action can quickly become spectacular with capsizes, crashes and some unholy messes.

It was this potential for sporting drama that turned the America's Cup on its head as defenders BMW Oracle seized the opportunity of dipping into owner Larry Ellison's unbounded pockets to upgrade the image of the Cup from 'Flintstone' to 'Facebook'.

Out went the monohulls and in came bang on performance catamarans capable of breathtaking speeds and electrifying competition. At first, Turner was worried especially when he heard a new America's Cup World Series would be introduced along the same lines as his ESS circuit and a smaller 45 foot version of the Cup boat the AC72, would be rolled out as a taster for the big bash in San Francisco in 2013.

These developments were seen by some as wanton ambush but Turner took a long hard look at both to assess whether he was in danger of being rolled by the AC juggernaut.

'I think the two quite genuinely are complementary,' he concluded.

'The two events operate on very different financial levels, both team and event wise. Teams pay between 600,000 to 800,000 eus for a complete season in Extreme 40s but in ACWS, they pay 400,000 eus for one event.

For the rest of this story click here?nid=89182




by Kate Laven, The Telegraph (UK)

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89182

7:33 PM Sun 2 Oct 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2013 America's Cup
2011 Extreme Sailing Series

Related News Stories:

27 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle Team USA under stress
23 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ designers reveal AC72 secrets
22 May 2014  America's Cup: Artemis death verdict 'result of an human act'
10 May 2014  A year after the Artemis incident, the sailors tell of the pain
01 May 2014  America's Cup: Oracle and Team NZ tech insights - Free lecture tonight
16 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced
14 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess
12 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report
10 Apr 2014  America's Cup: Two Kiwis escape hometown action in AC45 rules ruckus
03 Apr 2014  34th America's Cup: A Match of three weeks - Part 3 - Under the Pump
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World









The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI


















Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,


























Kempe thrilled to invite himself to Gold Cup party
2014 420 World Championships - Singapore wins Day 2 race
Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals
Etchells Invitational Cup - Girls on top in Cowes
National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4   
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event   
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014   
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston   
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Polishing the silverware   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   


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