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24 May 2007, 11:08 am
All Systems Go For The iShares Cup, Munich
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iShares Cup Sailing Series 2007
Munich, Germany

Starting Friday 25 May, the first event of the iShares Cup Extreme 40 sailing season will kick-off in Munich on Lake Starnberg for three days of high-octane racing. With just over 24 hours to go until the starting gun of the first of 15 planned races, there are six boats assembled and out on the water tuning and putting in some last minute training sessions.
This event will be the only one where teams will start with a clean slate; where there is no leader, there is no follower only the hope of finishing ahead and taking an early lead in the series. Some of the teams will be competing for the first time, whilst other teams are back to prove they are still on the pace and have what it takes to finish at the top. Each team's objective is to win the iShares Cup - the overall prize of the 2007 season - over the four scoring events.

The Extreme 40s excel in all weather conditions and can reach speeds in excess of 35 knots (40mph/60kmh) and even 'fly a hull' in as little as 8 knots of breeze. Lights winds have been predicted for the event, yet this news has done little to dampen the spirits of event Race Manger Alan HILLMAN. 'We are expecting light winds over the next few days but the Extreme 40s are unique in that they are still able to race in light conditions and today we've seen a good number of flying hulls from the teams who have been out training. The weather is very localized here on Lake Starnberg and so far we have seen the wind build through the afternoon and if this trend continues we'll certainly have some competitive scoring races in the afternoon.'

Jonathon FARRAR (USA), tactician on Tommy Hilifiger, will make his return to the Extreme 40 sailing circuit after the team clenched the class title last season. 'It's just great to be back racing the Extreme 40s and to take part in this competitive circuit with a good group of sailors. This will be a really exciting first event and we're looking forward to going racing. Basilica will set the pace at this event, but we won't be far behind.'

Jennifer GRANCIO, Head of Distribution, Europe iShares explained, 'Germany is a key market for iShares and it is fitting that the first leg of this exciting series is being held on Lake Starnberg. Sailing continually pushes the boundaries of technology and innovation and we are delighted to be supporting a sport whose characteristics mirror our approach to investing.'

Myrrh Walker (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Extreme 40 action on the River Thames:© Vincent Curutchet/DPPI/OC Events
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