The first Act of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ is just under a week away.
The international teams are already training hard out in Oman, whilst the final details are being put in place to ensure that the 8-event global circuit is accessible to fans on and off site.
Whilst most of Europe has been gripped in an icy winter, the Extreme 40 sailors have been enjoying the warmth of the Omani climate training out of Mussanah. There is no doubting the caliber of the sailors involved but with plenty of new faces, it will take time for some teams to find their true form. On paper the favourites would have to be the French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild – runners-up for the last 2 years, will this be third time lucky for the all-French team? View all the team line-ups here.
The circuit is now entering its sixth season and the ‘stadium racing’ concept that sits at the heart of the Extreme Sailing Series is beating stronger than ever.
The Act 1 team line-ups have been confirmed, revealing a stellar cast of top professional sailors including 21 Olympians, 36 AC campaigns, 7 circumnavigations and 47 World Championship wins. Following the final event of 2011 in Singapore last December, the team managers and skippers have spent the last two months securing the best crews possible to help take them to overall victory in 2012.
Once again, the team rosters include world-renowned sailors from a multitude of backgrounds representing nine different nationalities.
More about the teams here
Extreme Sailing Series website