Proceedings in Istanbul will get underway tomorrow, (Thursday 7 June) for Act 3 of the Extreme Sailing Series and excitement is building for the return of Extreme 40 style stadium racing on Turkish waters.
- Extreme 40s to tackle one of the worlds narrowest straits in Istanbul
- Leigh McMillan gunning for third consecutive podium finish for The Wave, Muscat
- Follow online or join the action in the race village
In a first for the Extreme Sailing Series, on Saturday morning the eight Extreme 40 catamarans will also face the challenge of racing in one of the world’s narrowest straits, on the notorious Bosphorus.
At just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point, the Bosphorus is a crucial shipping channel, with heavy traffic crossing between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. The shores of the straight are heavily populated, but the residents are more accustomed to seeing ferries and tankers as opposed to the racing catamarans. Race Director Phil Lawrence spoke of the challenges the teams will face.
“The Bosphorus is an iconic piece of water that presents enormous challenges with the volume of shipping and ferries, coupled together with a four knot current. It will be a huge challenge for the skippers. We have light winds forecast for the first two days but big breeze for the weekend.”
The Extreme 40s last met in Qingdao, China seven weeks ago and over the last two days, the teams have been making the most of the time to fine tune their boats and put in some practice on the water. British Olympian Leigh McMillan, skipper of The Wave Muscat, is top of the leaderboard after a win in Act 2, and is eyeing the podium for a third consecutive event.
“We had a really good start this year, we were straight out of the blocks with two podium finishes and we are hoping to maintain this with another podium finish in Istanbul.”
How to follow the Extreme Sailing Series, Istanbul
The Extreme Sailing Series is putting fans right at the heart of the action, whether in Istanbul or following from home.
Racing takes place over four days from the 7-10 June, with one day of open water racing followed by three days of stadium style racing when the event opens to the public. Adding to the action on the water will be the NeilPryde Racing Series, from the 9-10 June, including a special LED night race scheduled for Saturday night.
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