Los Cabos is a dreamed destination to delight yourself, walk along pristine beaches, plunge into clear waters and explore a unique spot where you will be able to do numerous attractions including whale watching, hang-gliding, snorkeling, scuba diving, golf fishing and sailing.
Have you ever heard about Extreme Sailing Series?
It is designed for spectators, delivering high-performance action close to shore, so guests can join in on the excitement.
For the very first time it heads to Los Cabos for the grand finale of the 2017 season. The teams will battle for the final time and, with double-points for the Act up for grabs, everything is still to play for.
1.- What does Extreme Sailing means?
Established in 2007, the Extreme Sailing Series is the original Stadium Racing sailing circuit designed for spectators, delivering high-performance action close to shore and putting guests at the heart of the battle.
Attracting some of the world’s top sailors, racing the hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans on short courses, the global circuit spans the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The Extreme Sailing Series also delivers a unique and bespoke VIP experience, giving guests the opportunity to race on board the high-speed boats in the Guest Sailor spot.
2.- What can you expect to see on the water?
The start is one of the most exciting parts of any sailing race, and with such short races, each lasting around 10-15 minutes, a good start is a vital part of winning tactics. Each race is started with a four-minute countdown. If any boat jumps the line before the start gun, they will receive a substantial penalty!
Depending on the number of boats and wind conditions, Race Management may decide to run racing over different shaped courses around a number of large, inflatable colored buoys. Races can vary from full fleet and group racing to match racing, and can take place in the ‘stadium’ or out in the open water.
During the racing:
Teams use all of their tactical prowess to out-maneuver each other, particularly during mark roundings, and can call a protest on the water if they think another boat has infringed the rules. Umpires are on the water and, like football referees, they can give out penalties, which are normally a penalty turn. If the umpire thinks no foul has been committed they blow a whistle and raise a green and white flag. If there is a really bad foul the umpires can show a black flag resulting in instant disqualification.
First past the post wins – it’s as simple as that. The winner of each race will get 12 points, second place is 11, and so on. The last race of each Act counts for double points, putting the pressure on for a great finale!
3.- What are the on-board positions?
Helmsman: The sailor at the helm calls the shots. They have to be ready to make split-second decisions as they steer the boat around tight stadium racecourses at speeds of up to 45 mph.
Tactician: They are right-hand man to the helmsman and responsible for finding the best positioning and strategy around the racecourse.
Headsail Trimmer: He works alongside the mainsail trimmer to achieve the optimum sail set-up.
Foil trimmer: He uses a pulley system to adjust the foils to get the boat out of the water.
Bowman: He fills the gaps between the other roles to ensure the entire operation runs smoothly and no job is left undone.
Guest sailor: They take their seat in amongst the action and watch the crew set to work around them.
Stay in the heart of the action of this stunning event.
November 30 – December 3, 2017.
Book your trip now and join to the race!