The final and ninth Act of the global 2011 Extreme Sailing Series will be played by 10 Extreme 40 teams out on the waters of Marina Bay in Singapore between the 7th – 11th December (the 9th-11th constituting the public days of the event). The iconic Singapore Flyer will be providing a stunning backdrop to what will be a dramatic end of season match to claim the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Overall
Extreme 40, the new generation of mid size sports catamarans, are sure to set the standard for exciting inshore sailing. The creators of the Extreme 40 took the biggest, fastest sailing boat in the Olympics — then made it twice as big and even faster. And no, brakes do not come as standard…
200 square metres of sail, 20 metres high, 13 metres long and speeds of up to 75 km/h.
Those are the key facts when it comes to the 40-foot catamaran from Red Bull Extreme Sailing.
Over the course of their sailing career, Red Bull athletes Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher have won pretty much everything there is to win on the world's oceans: back-to-back Olympic gold and a host of world and European championship titles. On top of that, they have twice been named Sports Team of the Year at the Austrian Sports Awards.
"A crew of four professional sailors is actually a little small for a boat that is extremely hard to handle and four times as fast as a RC44," explains skipper Roman Hagara. “Multihull racing is the future of sailing,” explains Hans Peter Steinacher, the tactician on board Red Bull Extreme Sailing. “The teams love it, and the fans can barely believe how fast and manoeuvrable the boats are.The biggest challenge is and was the boat's huge dimensions. After all, we aren't competing in long-distance regattas, but instead coming into towns and sailing in very tight spaces near to the banks in front of the spectators."
Spectators can expect a whole host of activities at the race village, located at the Singapore Flyer. Be treated to a spectacular display of on-water activities such as moth sailing and wind surfing as well as the Extreme 40s. On land, you can be entertained with Zorb Ball Bowling, Nintendo Wii stations just to name a few.
The event is open to the public from 9th-11th December between 12 noon and 8 pm, admission is free. Extreme Sailing race times are between 2pm and 5pm on these days.