Trapani in Sicily, Italy will play host to Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series, supported by Telecom Italia, for the second consecutive year and expectations are high after an action packed edition in 2010.
"The beautiful thing about Trapani is the spectacular scenery and is one of the most beautiful places I've ever sailed in. And above all the people are very welcoming and warm and we expect a good reception there,"
said Luna Rossa
skipper, Max Sirena. "I think it will be a very windy event, having seen how it was last year and that is what we expect this year. We hope to arrive there in good shape to sail well."
And the Italian team will be eager to pull off a second Act win of the season. At the halfway stage, each Act has been won by a different team, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
came out on top at Act 1 in Muscat, Sirena's Luna Rossa
claimed the Act 2 honours in Qingdao, at Act 3 in Istanbul Artemis Racing
walked away victors, Emirates Team New Zealand
won Act 4 in Boston and at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week in Great Britain The Wave, Muscat
The Italian public will have not one but two Italian teams to cheer for. Alberto Barovier, skipper of team Niceforyou
said, "First of all we are at home because we are in Italy. I have America's Cup experience, and Trapani is a place that gives you a tremendous welcome and the crowd is always close to the action. We as Italians can't wait to get to Trapani."
The Extreme 40 fleet will start racing at 15:00 CET every day from the 14-18 September, with the fleet racing inside the harbour in 'stadium racing' mode from the 16. Team Extreme will be racing under the colours of 'Sailing Seacily' during Act 6 and will skippered by Sebbe Godefroid in place of Roland Gaebler.
Joining the Extreme 40 fleet for the next three Acts is Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, Ben Ainslie, as he takes over as skipper of Oman Air
and the British public and media will be watching closely to see how he takes to two hulls.
To date the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series has delivered plenty of adrenalin-fuelled action to the spectators lining the 'stadium' foreshore. The Chinese round witnessed four capsizes in one day in difficult, gusty conditions; in Istanbul similar conditions resulted in Alinghi
crashing into Team Extreme
causing race-ending damage; and in Cowes, wild-card entry Aberdeen Asset Management
took a nose-dive, after more than demonstrating their competitiveness on the race course, whilst Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
smashed into Artemis Racing
, ending their event. What can happen in Trapani, nobody knows but in 2010 the conditions were testing and the spectators can expect another spectacular showcase of stadium racing this year.
Extreme Sailing Series 2011
Overall standings after 5 Acts
Position / Team / Points
1. Emirates Team New Zealand
2. Luna Rossa
3. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild
4. Artemis Racing
5. The Wave, Muscat
6. Red Bull Extreme Sailin
g 36 points
8. Oman Air
9. Team GAC Pindar
11. Team Extreme