Friday, 17 June 2011

Extreme 40 : Extreme 40s, 49ers, SkyDivers... Boston, Here We Come!

Extreme 40 action in Istanbul. Image copyright Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images/OC ThirdPole.

by Carolyn Lashmar

After the epic Act in Istanbul, the Extreme Sailing Series™ now heads to new shores for Act 4 – Boston in the USA – the first time the circuit has staged an official event in the United States.“Boston is proud to be the first U.S. city to host the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series to our waterfront for the city’s July 4th celebration – one of the largest in the nation,” said Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston. Watch the Boston promo video:

The Boston event will be staged at Fan Pier as part of the Boston Harborfest celebrations and it is lining up to be a very special event... visit the Fan Pier Facebook page here. Taking place from Thursday, 30th June to Monday, 4th July, every day is open to the public and there will be plenty of attractions. The 11-boat Extreme 40 fleet will showcase their close combat ‘stadium’ style of racing in front of the spectators at Fan Pier, a 21-acre site on Boston’s waterfront spanning nine city blocks, owned by the Fallon Company, the official host venue partner to the Boston Act.

Fan Pier, Boston sailing venue. Image copyright Fan Pier Boston.

The Extreme 40s will be supported by 49er racing, Laser and J22s racing for the official charity Courageous Sailing, fireworks, live music and street performers, and aerial demos from the Red Bull Air Force skydivers. Media partner Boston’s Fox25 TV will be capturing all the action as part of their scheduled live programming from Fan Pier.

Artemis Racing and Red Bull in Muscat. Image copyright Carlo Borlenghi/

“As part of our ongoing evolvement to bring more and more to the spectators both on and off the water, we are really delighted with the Boston line-up and especially that the Olympic 49er Class can join us for the first time this year,” said Gilles Chiorri, Events Director, OC ThirdPole. Some of the USA’s and Canada’s finest 49er sailors will be showcasing their skills to the crowds ahead of the Extreme 40 racing.

The public will have plenty to enjoy but for the Extreme 40 sailors, their focus is purely on one thing – winning Act 4. After three events in Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China) and Istanbul (Turkey), three different teams have so far claimed victories – Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Muscat), Luna Rossa (Qingdao) and Artemis Racing (Istanbul) skippered by American Terry Hutchinson. Can another team claim victory in Boston?

Artemis Racing, Istanbul winners. Image copyright Mark Lloyd/Lloyd Images/OC ThirdPole.

Dean Barker’s Emirates Team New Zealand came so close in Istanbul and is desperate for a win. Red Bull Extreme Sailing, on the podium in Muscat, but an outright event win still eludes them – a victory in Boston would be a mighty celebration as the US round is supported by local event partner, Red Bull. And despite their crash in Istanbul, Alinghi, helmed by 2010 runner-up Yann Guichard, is raising their game with a podium finish within their sights. And now The Wave, Muscat has a new skipper in the form of Britain’s Leigh McMillan, who helped steer Ecover into third place overall in 2010, taking over the reigns from Torvar Mirsky.

A total of 43 races were staged in Istanbul – the most ever at one event in the circuit’s history – and this could be replicated, or even exceeded, in Boston if the weather plays ball. The short 15-minute races are mentally and physically demanding. Find out what a ‘day in the Extreme 40’ office is like for Red Bull Extreme Sailing bowman, Craig Monk in the video below this article.

Nice for You and Red Bull Extreme Sailing in Muscat. Image copyright Carlo Borlenghi/

Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 4 at Fan Pier, Boston Programme**
All times are local (GMT -5hrs)

Daily, 30th June to 4th July
1100-2300 Race Village opening times
1100-1300 Courageous Sailing (official venue charity) including Lasers and J22s
1100-1300 49er Sailing
1400-1700 Extreme 40s racing in Boston Harbor at Fan Pier
1730 Prizegiving
1600-1900 Street performers
1900-2300 Live music entertainment in Race Village

Thursday 30th June (media day)
1100-1200 Press Conference
1330-1400 Red Bull Air Force skydivers in Race Village
1830-1900 Red Bull Air Force skydivers in Race Village
1800, 2200 & 2300 FOX 25 live broadcast from the Race Village
1900 Opening Ceremony
2115 Fireworks at Boston Harbor at Fan Pier

Friday 1st July
0600-1000 FOX 25 Morning news live broadcast
0700 Red Bull Air Force live jump on FOX 25
1330-1400 Red Bull Air Force skydivers in Race Village
**please note that times/activities might vary

49er Sailors Provisional Entry List Boston
Trevor Parekh/Matt Dubreucq – CAN
Zach Brown/ Thomas Barrows – USA
Rob Frost/Tom Arbuckle – CAN
Mike Brodeur/Tom Carlton – CAN
Jon Goldsberry/Charlie Smythe – USA
Max Fraser/Dan Morris – USA

Emirates Team New Zealand in Muscat. Image copyright Carlo Borlenghi/

About Fan Pier
Fan Pier is a 21-acre site on Boston’s waterfront spanning nine city blocks with over three million square feet of planned mixed-use development. Currently, the luxury waterfront property is home to the internationally acclaimed Institute of Contemporary Art, famed Boston retailer LOUIS, Salon Mario Russo and restaurants including Sam’s and Strega Waterfront. Fan Pier’s first office building at ONEMarina Park is already occupied, and the destination includes a new public park, a Harbor Walk, and a state-of-the-art marina. When complete, Fan Pier will have a five-star hotel, luxury condominiums, additional offices, retail and restaurants. The Fallon Company is owner and developer.

Fan Pier, Boston sailing venue. Image copyright Fan Pier Boston.

About Boston Harborfest:
Boston Harborfest 2011 is a six-day long Fourth of July festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. Now in its 30th year, Boston Harborfest is considered to be the largest patriotic celebration in the nation with visitors enjoying more than 200 activities during the festival.

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