Check out Act 2 of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series from April 17 to 20 in Qingdao. This is the second year for the event to be held in China’s Sailing City. Last year’s competition was marked by genuinely extreme racing, with many catamarans capsizing and crashing in crazy fashion (photos and description here). Watch live action and replay video of the 2012 Extreme Sailing in Qingdao.
More info on Extreme Sailing in Qingdao from China Daily:
On the first day, sailors will compete around the breakwater overlooking Fushan Bay and in the following three days they will race in the waters of Fushan Bay where spectators can have a full view.
Nine teams from seven countries, including the UK, France, Switzerland, will take part in the Qingdao Act, with the China Team competing for the first time. The teams will be racing for glory to win the Doublestar Cup in Qingdao.
New for the America’s Cup World Series, the China Team will be flying the flag as a wildcard entry and Kiwi Phil Robertson from New Zealand will lead them. As the youngest competing clipper, the 25-year-old Robertson is confident they could match against eight other top teams.
The other four sailors of the China Team are Garth Ellingham and Nick Catley from New Zealand, Kit Cheng and Song Xiaqun from China. As a Qingdao resident, Song Xiaqun won 8th place in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the Yingling class. This year, the competing crews include 47 world champions, four Olympic gold medalists, and 11 world-record holders.
The Extreme Sailing Series gathers the best professional sailing teams to compete on identical Extreme 40 catamarans. Racing courses are challenging and require tactical skills. All routes are close to shore to provide a spectacular, stadium-style entertainment for the public.
Extreme Sailing in Qingdao 2011