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OCTOBER 18 – 21, 2018

With the racing taking place just five metres from the shore of Harbor Island, the man-made peninsula located close to Downtown San Diego, the Series looks set to make a show-stopping return to the Americas for the penultimate Act. Enjoying a very temperate climate, the Californian city of San Diego sees consistent breezes, making it a favorite sailing spot for California and the rest of the west coast.

The eighth-largest city in the US, San Diego is known for its beautiful weather and pristine beaches as well its plethora of entertainment. Take in the ocean views at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, try out the outstanding Mexican food, visit one of the many great surf spots, or take a trip to one of the numerous museums, zoos or theme parks.

*This is a Non-Smoking Event. This event is located in a Port of San Diego Park and therefore smoking is prohibited.

“On behalf of San Diego and our thriving, distinguished sailing community, we welcome with open arms the 2018 Extreme Sailing Seriestm to America’s finest City,”

– The president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, Joseph Terzi

Return to San Diego for the 2nd Year!

October 18 – 21, 2018

Join us for this family-friendly event and witness, for the second time in San Diego, the Extreme Sailing Seriestm!

Whether you’re a hard-core sailing fan or a wide-eyed newbie, the Extreme Sailing Series has something for everyone. The free-to-enter public Race Village puts fans right at the heart of the action; racing their catamarans at full throttle just off the waterfront, the sailors can hear the roar of the fans, who experience the competition up close like never before. Fans around the world can follow online through live video streaming and dynamic SAP Sailing Analytics.

Be a Part of this Unique Experience

What exactly can you expect to see on the water? Here is a quick guide.

The start:
The start is one of the most exciting parts of any sailing race, and with such short races, (each lasts between 10-12 minutes), a good start is a vital part of winning tactics. Each race is started with a four-minute countdown. If any boat jumps the line before the start gun, they will receive a substantial penalty!

The course:
Depending on the number of boats and wind conditions, Race Management may decide to run racing over different shaped courses around a number of large, inflatable coloured marks. Courses can vary from full fleet and group racing to match racing, straight line duels and speed trials.

During the racing:
Teams use all of their tactical prowess to out-maneuver each other, particularly during mark roundings, and can call a protest on the water if they think another boat has infringed the rules. Umpires are on the water are like football referees and can give penalties, which are normally a penalty turn. If the umpire thinks no foul has been committed they blow a whistle and raise a green and white flag. If there is a really bad foul the umpires can show a black flag resulting in instant disqualification!

First past the post wins – it’s as simple as that! The winner of each race will get 12 points, second place is 11, and so on. The last race of each Act counts for double points, putting the pressure on for a great finale!

Meet us at the Race Village

With spectators estimated to be in excess of 20,000, there will be no shortage of footfall enjoying the Extreme Sailing Series atmosphere.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere throughout the day as you watch the high speed foiling catamarans race on the bay., visit the exhibitors, taste from a range of food trucks and make the most of the beer garden!

2018 Extreme Sailing Series

From the drawing board to the water, since 2007 the Extreme Sailing Series has transformed the world of professional inshore sailing.

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