Saturday, June 19, 2010

Extreme Sailing Series - Sète 2010 - Round Up of the Event

From YachtPals

The racing tour that shows spectators the wild side of wind-power kicked off last week of May, as the first of this year's five event Extreme Sailing Series took place in Sète France.

Those teams which didn't compete in the Asia Series over the winter got a chance to dust off the cobwebs, and get back to the close-quartered, crowd-pleasing antics that this series is known for.
With super sailing conditions on the south-eastern coast of France, the consensus was that the first event of the Extreme Sailing Series Europe delivered just what fans have come to expect: big names, big competition, and big action.

Among the big names were Mike Golding, Loick Peyron, and the fastest skipper around, Franck Cammas, who traded his record breaking Groupama 3 trimaran for a catamaran, to compete in this crash-bang contest where the difference between glory and defeat can be a split second, and the only way to win is to ride the razor's edge of disaster.

Combine ridiculously tight courses, incredibly speedy boats, and some of the top sailing talent around, and it's little wonder why the Extreme Sailing Series has become so popular.

Extreme 40 Catamaran

Length (LOA): 40ft (12.19m)
Beam: 26ft (7.92m)
Hull Material: carbon fiber
Displacement: 1250kg
Mast height: 62ft (18.89m)
Mainsail: 75msq (upwind and downwind sailing)
Jib: 25msq (upwind sailing)
Gennaker: 78msq (downwind sailing)
Top speed: 35 knots
Designer: Yves Loday, in collaboration with TornadoSport
Builders: TornadoSport

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