Extreme Sailing Series – Qingdao

China’s ‘City of Sailing’ prepares to welcome Extreme 40 fleet

Gloves are off as the fleet heads to Qingdao “Last year I entered into Act 2 in Qingdao too conservatively. This year, it will be different.” Pierre Pennec, skipper Groupe Edmond de Rothschild • Watch the multi-camera race coverage online • Win an official Extreme Sailing Series™ jacket, exclusively designed by Marinepool – one for the ladies and one for the gents • Watch the official Qingdao preview video Act 2 of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series™ is rapidly approaching with less than one week until the iconic city of Qingdao plays host to the nine competing international teams, from the 17 – 20 April.Oman Air and The Wave, Muscat are top of the leaderboard but Groupe Edmond de Rothschild skipper Pierre Pennec has them in his sights. “Last year I entered into Act 2 in Qingdao too conservatively. This year, it will be different. To be ahead of the game we will need to take some risks.”

Qingdao holds some very vivid memories for many of the sailors, not only for those who represented their nations at the 2008 Olympic Games, but for the teams who competed in the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series. During an unprecedented day that has become one of the most memorable in the history of the Series, four teams capsized in one day, including Ian Williams and the British GAC Pindar. “Qingdao threw everything at us last year. This year we will be much better prepared for whatever comes our way.”

The public is expected to be out in force during the public days (18-20 April) supporting Chinese sailors Kit Cheng and Xiaqun Song onboard local boat China Team. 2008 Olympian in the Yngling class, Xiaqun is one of only two women competing – the other is Britain’s Rachel Williamson on The Wave, Muscat.

There will be a few new faces on the start line in Qingdao as four of the teams announce crew changes, including Alinghi, Team Trifork, ZouLou and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. For full crew lists click here.

Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Act 1, Muscat © Lloyd Images

Watch the race coverage online Fans can watch the race coverage from Qingdao online and enjoy all the action from the multi-camera coverage, via the official website from Wednesday 18 April. Times to be confirmed.

Win an exclusive Marinepool jacket! Extreme 40 fans have the chance to win an official Extreme Sailing Series™ jacket, exclusively designed by Marinepool. Enter the competition online now!

Extreme Sailing Series 2012 overall standings Position / Team / Points 1st Oman Air (OMA) 10 points 2nd The Wave, Muscat (OMA) 9 points
 3rd Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) 8 points
 4th Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) 7 points 
5th GAC Pindar (GBR) 6 points 
6th ZouLou (FRA) 5 points
 7th Alinghi (SUI), 4 points 
8th Team Trifork (DEN) 3 points

About Robert Richardson

Sailing is a passion and I have been on the water since I was five. Sunfish, Enterprise, Laser, Flying Junior, Hobie Cat, Prindle and Windsurfer were great fun. Here on the West Coast larger boats come into play with Race Committees.