Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend in August – the World Extreme Series paid a visit to Cardiff as part of the worldwide tour.
Now in its 7th year, the award-winning and adrenaline-fueled global series has given the sport of sailing a healthy dusting-off. Bringing the action to the public with Stadium Sailing, putting guests at the heart of the battle and dramatically increasing the pace on the water, the creators of the Extreme Sailing Series™ have set new standards, both in terms of high level competition and sporting entertainment.
Taking in 8 venues across the globe, the Extreme Sailing Series returned to Cardiff for a second year as ‘Act 6’ and the centerpiece to the Cardiff Harbour Festival – where the eight ‘Extreme 40’ vessels raced on Europe’s largest waterfront development in the circuit’s action packed ‘stadium sailing’ format offering excellent spectators views of the race from the waterfront, barrage and public race village.
ITV weatherman James Wright was spotted presenting the latest wind update whilst Cardiff Blues players Sam Warburton and Alex Cuthbert also joined Team Wales later in the day.
The weather on the opening day was a bit nothing really – it was slightly overcast with no sunshine and definately NO wind. But this didn’t prevent the vessels having their first race at 14:30 – well they attempted it but everyone had to wait until the wind ‘picked up’ – we were promised that even the smallest wind would make a big difference. Cue the wind!
Within an hour a light breeze appeared and they were off for their first race. At this time it did rain quite heavy and so it was time to sample some of the delights from the vast food and drink stalls that had been set up. (Opted for some Swedish cider – twas amazing – and some fiery meatballs – think they were Greek!)
There wasn’t too many spectators or people milling about and this wasn’t helped by the weather conditions and the wait for the race to begin – also it didn’t really seem that extreme or exciting! The official video from Day 2 appears to be a bit more adrenaline fuelled!