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LANGE TO HELM ARTEMIS RACING IN THE ESS - COWES
POSTED ON 28 JULY 2011
For the fifth consecutive year, the Solent will once again play host to the only UK stop on the global nine-event Extreme Sailing Series™. Twelve Extreme 40 catamarans, with world-renowned sailors from 15 nationalities, will line up on 6 August for seven days of high-octane ‘stadium sailing’ action the circuit has become renowned for.
The fleet of 48 top professional sailors have amongst them competed at 30 Olympic Games. In addition there are 82 World Championship titles amongst the fleet, 57 Records Broken or Held making it the strongest ever line-up seen in the five year history of the circuit.
Artemis Racing and Emirates Team New Zealand will be present despite also racing in the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais next week. Artemis Racing will bring back their skipper from Act 2 in Qingdao, double Olympic bronze medalist, Santiago Lange from Argentina. No-one expects these teams to be any less competitive than in Boston and Istanbul where it came down to the final race.
French entry Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, currently lying third, will be looking to regain their top spot on the overall podium having lost it following a disappointing 5th place at the last event in Boston.
Home crowds in Cowes will have plenty of Brits to support. Britain’s Team GAC Pindar, will be hoping to continue improving and skipper Ian Williams is fresh from a second World Match Racing Tour victory in Sweden.
With twelve teams on the starting grid, the race courses will feel smaller than ever as the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2011 reaches the half way point of the 2011 global circuit.