52 Super SeriesThe first stop of the five-week-long TP52 race is D-Marin Mandalina, a certified superyacht marina in Šibenik, Croatia. Fast, light, high-performance monohulls from up to 13 teams are to compete in ten real-time windward-leeward races and coastal courses from May to September. The series is developed by Quantum Racing, Azzurra and Rán Racing in 2012 with strict rules that define characteristics of vessels, and it quickly became the world’s leading grand Prix racing circuit. Check the 52 Super Series official website.
Barcolana Regatta, ItalyOne of the largest and the most visited world regattas takes place in the Mediterranean every year in the Gulf of Trieste, Italy in October since 1969. It gathers around 2,000 boats (for which it is dubbed as the most crowded regatta), 25,000 sailors and 250,000 spectators. Sailors compete for the Barcolana Trophy, and many others, in a 15-mile four-sided fixed mark course. What is special about this regatta is that it offers young helmsman aged eight to 15 to compete as well. Kite and windsurfers also compete in the highest jumps and tricks, and reaching top speeds categories. On land, one can enjoy food, drinks and different kinds of art. More about the Barcolana Regatta can be found here.
Extreme Sailing SeriesHeld annually since 2007, it is a global environmentally-friendly stadium racing series of catamarans. It is specifically aimed at spectators, and the event attracts world regattas' enthusiasts. The races are short-lasting, around 10-15 minutes, which makes the start the most exciting part of a race. The course depends on the number of boats and wind conditions. It is important for teams to tactically out-manoeuvre each other, but they can also receive penalties during a race. The last race of the series counts for double points making the whole event dramatic until the last minute. All about the Extreme Sailing series is here. [caption id="attachment_7402" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The Extreme Sailing Series 2018. Photo by Lloyd Images[/caption]
Kieler Woche (Kiel Week), GermanyAs its name says, this largest sailing event in the world attracts around 5,000 sailors, 2,000 ships and three million people every year. It takes place in Kiel, Germany in the last week of June. This ship racing championship has Olympic, International and Offshore classes. The centre of sporting activities is the Olympic Harbor of Schilksee. You can enjoy the tallest-ships convention in Germany, free music from popular bands, and finish everything with fireworks at 11 pm on Sunday fired from a pontoon or the quays. Check out more on the Kieler Woche here.
Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s CupEver since the first race in 1983, it became part of the selection series to win the right to become the challenger for America’s Cup. This is where only two yachts compete, one being the challenger and one being the defender that represents the club that currently holds the cup. Both cups are connected with high-profile entrepreneurs and sponsors, so the cups do not serve for showing boat skills per se, but also as fundraising and management events. Discover more about America’s Cup here. [caption id="attachment_7404" align="alignnone" width="865"] 10/06/17 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup
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