2018 Extreme Sailing Series: Foiling fleets to fly into Cardiff
Monday, August 20, 2018 5:04 PM
From 24-27 August, the Extreme Sailing Series™ super-speed, hydro-foiling GC32 and double-handed Flying Phantom fleets will foil into Cardiff Bay as the headline act of Cardiff Harbour Festival.
Making the most of Cardiff’s perfect Stadium Racing setting, the teams will fly around the tricky and tactical course over the August bank holiday weekend, giving their all in front of the crowds of supporters lining the shore.
Racing on an amphitheatre style, inland course with fickle and fluctuating winds, the crews are sure to be challenged.
Top dogs Alinghi will be looking for another podium finish in Wales. The Swiss team currently leads the fleet, having taken three out of four wins so far this year. A force to be reckoned with, this elite team will be taking no prisoners on their quest for the coveted Cardiff trophy.
The event’s free-to-enter Fan Zone is located next to Britannia Park and the Norwegian Church at Cardiff Bay. Offering a live music stage, food and drink stalls, walkabout characters, an Eco Lounge containing furniture cleverly upcycled from debris collected in the bay, and much more, the Fan Zone caters for all, ensuring visitors enjoy their Extreme Sailing Series experience to the full.
Following four prior Acts in Muscat (Oman), Quiberon (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Cascais (Portugal), the eight-strong international fleet of double-handed foiling Flying Phantom catamarans will race in Cardiff Bay each day in a bid to be crowned overall champions