Following the announcement earlier this week that the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series™ will be contested in super-light, highly competitive foiling GC32 catamarans, organisers OC Sport and Series Main Partner Land Rover are officially inviting entries for the 2016 season with the release of the Notice of Race.
2016 will be the tenth year of competition on the international sailing calendar for the Extreme Sailing Series, and this ISAF Special Event is already being billed as the most exciting to date as the Series ushers in a new era for the global Stadium Racing tour that will see the GC32s flying at city-centre locations around the world.
Sailors from all over the world will once again challenge for the Series title and a full grid is expected – a mix of existing teams and new blood drawn to the incredibly high standard of racing and expert event organisation.
The Series will continue its journey as a global circuit with an eight Act tour planned, focused on providing outstanding elite level sporting competition, but also delivering a commercially sound product for the Teams, Host Venues and Sponsors, that includes Series Main Partner Land Rover and Official Technology Partner SAP.
The Series will continue to build on its already successful format, developed and fine-tuned over the last nine years; Stadium Racing, in iconic city-centre locations around the globe, in a format that is challenging for the best sailors in the world. Each Act will be contested over four days, including a dedicated media day, with on average eight races a day and over 30 races an Act. The change in class has also brought about the opportunity to reinvigorate the format with the introduction of Pro-Am racing and open water racing at some venues to allow the foiling GC32 catamarans to demonstrate their full potential.
Venue announcements will be made publicly over the coming months. Teams interested in competing in the 2016 season should email firstname.lastname@example.org for the provisional Notice of Race.
The entry period is open now and closes 1 November 2015.