Extreme Sailing Series teams ready for a weekend of thrilling action in Barcelona
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5:08 PM
In one week’s time, the Extreme Sailing Series fleet of seven hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans will descend on Barcelona for the third Act of the 2018 circuit.
Four days of foiling action off the Catalonian coastline is set to thrill the Spanish crowds, as the elite-level international crews battle it out for a Barcelona Act win.
A prestigious venue offering up a mixed bag of conditions, from calm seas, thermal winds and big swells, Barcelona poses a string of challenges for the sailors. “You can get a massive swell, and there is a rock pool which the swell bounces off,” explained Phil Robertson, skipper of Oman Air, winners of last year’s Barcelona Act. “It’s a tricky little spot - it can be light airs but it can also blow dogs off chains, so it’s pretty cool.”
The regulars on the circuit will be joined by local team Spanish Impulse - a crew of Olympic hopefuls and sailors with Extreme Sailing Series experience from past campaigns, who plan to take their home waters by storm. Adding an element of the unknown to the competition, this wildcard team will keep the fleet on its toes as they race around the blue waters of Barcelona under the Spanish sun.
The eight-strong fleet of Flying Phantoms will also race in Barcelona. The third Act of the Flying Phantom Series will see the teams fight to knock Team France Jeune off the top of the podium, following two Act wins in Muscat, Oman and Quiberon Bay, France.
The Flying Phantom fleet is due to begin racing at 10:00 CEST on Thursday 14th June, with the GC32s starting slightly later at 15:00 CEST.