Extreme Sailing Series gets new date and commitment + Video

Act 2 Qingdao, China - Extreme Sailing Series 2011
In 2012, Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series will get underway on 30 August and run through to 2 September, which is a week later than previously announced.

The UK round of the 8-venue global circuit will now coincide with the Cardiff Harbour Festival and whilst the Extreme 40 fleet showcase their skills on the water over the three public days, spectators will also be able to take part in the Harbour Festival on shore.

Cardiff Harbour Festival
The city’s annual festival offers many different attractions including a continental market and street performers. Find out more about Cardiff here.

Cardiff Council’s Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure Cllr, Nigel Howells commented: 'Cardiff has proved time and time again that it can play host to a variety of world class sporting events from top class football and rugby to newer events like Extreme Sailing Series.

Since the opening of Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) in 2010 more and more water sport based events are coming to Cardiff, which is helping to attract a new audience to Cardiff and Wales.'




From the Welsh capital to China’s city of sailing, Qingdao… At an official signing ceremony last week hosted by Ms Zang Aimin, Vice President of Qingdao Major International Sailing Events Organizing Committee and Executive Vice President of Olympic Sailing City Development Association, Qingdao signed a new host venue agreement for a further three years from 2012-2014.

Qingdao played host to Act 2 last year for the first time, declaring the event an outstanding media and spectator driven event. In 2012, China’s fourth largest manufacturing port and the sailing venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will again host Act 2 between the 17th to 20th April.

Mark Turner, Executive Chairman, OC ThirdPole with Ms Zang Aimin at the official signing ceremony in Qingdao
© Mr Mi Yang

'The 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao for the Double Star Cup was successfully held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, adding new momentum to the development and popularization of sailing in Qingdao,' said Ms Zang Aimin. 'Its success has greatly enhanced Qingdao’s reputation and influence as an international city. Approved by the Qingdao Municipal Government, we will sign a three-year agreement from 2012 to 2014 with Extreme Sailing Series.

The event will be held every April in Qingdao. We sincerely look forward to the continuous cooperation with Extreme Sailing Series and a more wonderful Qingdao Act.'

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