About the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2018

2018 heralds the 12th year of this award-winning elite level stadium racing circuit that visits seven iconic venues: A world tour spanning three continents. Once again, another full eight-team grid, representing seven nations will line up for the season, ready to do battle. SAP Extreme will be fighting for the ultimate accolade of defending their 2017 title of Extreme Sailing Series Champion.

The Extreme Sailing Series continues to maintain the highest level of sporting integrity, in the same award-winning format, across a mix of iconic cities, established sailing venues, and new markets of strong commercial value to stakeholders.

The competition on the water is always fierce, action-packed and down to the wire, and there’s a reason for that. On the grid – 2018 continues with a competitive line-up in including America’s Cup winners, heroes of multiple Olympic Games, World Champions and round the world sailors who will go head to head on a stadium racecourse that has a reputation as one of the toughest in professional inshore sailing.

2018 Extreme Sailing Series Act Locations

Muscat, Oman: March 14-17, 2018

Proclaimed as one of the sailors’ favourite venues, in a country with a rich maritime heritage, the open waters off the coast of Muscat provide almost guaranteed hot sunny weather, a perfect sea breeze and a great expanse of open water, on which the GC32s can test their speed. The Series returns to the Middle Eastern venue for what will be the seventh consecutive year and the Act will see a mixture of the signature Stadium Racing along with coastal racing set against the stunning and dramatic backdrop of Muscat’s Old Town.

The city, which lies along the Gulf of Oman on the Arabian Sea, has become a high-end holiday scene with a vibrant economy. Notable landmarks include the Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House and the Oman National Museum, as well as the more traditional sights, including the Muttrah Souq, one of the oldest traditional bazaars in the Arab world.

Riva del Garda, Italy: May 24-27, 2018

The GC32 World Championship sees the Extreme Sailing Series™ and GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine and provides the second scoring stage of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series.

What should I see and do while I’m there?
The landscape of Riva del Garda and the surrounding area provides a natural playground with activities for all, from a relaxing swim in the lake, to climbing or canyoning in the mountains for adrenaline-junkies. If you are not afraid of a challenge, take on the steep walk to the Bastione, a chalk-white castle that clings precariously to the cliffs above the town. It’s worth it just for the view. To be blown away by the awesome power of nature, pay a visit to Cascata del Varone, a thundering 100m waterfall. Be sure to take your raincoat!

Barcelona, Spain: June 14-17, 2018

Barcelona hosts the second Act of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series™ as it returns to the city for the second consecutive season following its debut in 2017.

The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia is a major tourist destination and one of the world’s leading cultural and economic centres.

What should I see and do while I’m there?

he curious towering structure of La Sagrada Família, a church designed by world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí, is a must see when in Barcelona. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you will see many examples of Gaudí’s distinctive modernist work dotted throughout the city, including Casa Milà and Park Güell. For a true taste of Catalan culture head to the Gothic Quarter and take a stroll down La Rambla, the city’s most famous street. Here you can see a theatre show, visit one of the many art galleries, grab some tapas or even take a cookery class in La Boqueria, which is hailed as the city’s best food market.

Europe: July 5-8, 2018

Cascais will make its Extreme Sailing Series™ debut this year as it hosts the fourth Act of the 2018 season.

The venue will add to Portugal’s sailing legacy and impressive portfolio of host venues, the country having previously hosted the Series in Porto, Lisbon and the Madeira Islands.

Cardiff, UK: August 24-27, 2018

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Extreme Sailing Series™ visits Cardiff for the seventh year running for the sixth Act of the 2018 season, as part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival. The enclosed bay provides the ideal Stadium Racing venue for spectators to get up-close and personal with the racing from all sides.

What should I see and do while I’m there?

Twice voted European City of Sport, there is plenty to get you in the competitive spirit in the Welsh Capital, not least the GC32 Stadium Racing. With numerous major sports venues hosting rugby union, cricket, football, athletics and ice hockey – including Principality Stadium and Sophia Gardens – pick a sport and show your support. Famed for its sheer number of castles, Cardiff Castle is a prime example. The motte and bailey castle sits proud atop a hill and shows centuries of alterations and additions, encompassing 2000 years of the city’s past.

San Diego, USA: 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 favourite sailing spot for California and the rest of the west coast.

What should I see and do while I’m there?

Balboa Park is far more than just a park and is one of San Diego’s greatest assets. The 1,200 acres is decorated with beautiful buildings and water features and with 17 museums and cultural centres, there is plenty to see and do. For a true taste of the Californian lifestyle head to Mission and Pacific Beaches. Visit one of the many hire shops and join the constant stream of skateboarders, in-line skaters, joggers and cyclists along the boardwalk or pick a spot on the beach and relax to the sound of crashing waves.

Find out more about the event here: sandiegoextremesailing.com

Los Cabos, Mexico: November 29 – December 2 2018

The Series will head to Los Cabos, Mexico for the grand finale of the 2018 season. The teams will battle for the final time and, with double-points for the Act up for grabs, everything is still to play for.

What should I see and do while I’m there?

Take in the sheer beauty of peninsula’s natural wonders with endless activities on offer. Hop on a boat trip to witness the majestic whales that swim just off the coastline or hire a jet-ski for a high-speed sprint to the ‘El Arco’ rock formation. Cabo San Lucas is also renowned for its nightlife, with many Americans travelling to the resort for the Spring Break celebrations.