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Extreme Sailing Series

The programme for the series in 2011 looks a full one. The venues and teams will be announced next Monday, 13 December, just prior to the World Yacht Race Forum in Estoril, POR.

The NoR sets out 9 events between February and December with 5 days of racing at each. The 49ers have announced they will be getting in on the act using their newly developed stadium-style racing format in the mornings prior to the Extreme40s racing in the afternoons.

With 10 teams it will be a busy time for the umpires. We plan on having 3 umpire boats following the same ratio used in the Olympic classes Medal Race format. The key difference is that, rather than trying to chase the fast cats around the course, after the first lap the umpire boats will move to cover certain areas of the course, the so called “zone system”.

Still, we’ll need fast RIBs even if it’s just for the first lap!

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