Two-time Olympic Gold Medalists Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher of Austria are shaking things up for Red Bull Sailing’s ninth season in the Extreme Sailing Series. They’ll foil into the 2018 opener of the stadium racing calendar with Chris Draper (GBR) at the helm. The foiling action gets underway in Muscat, Oman on 14-17 March 2018.
SALZBURG (Austria) – The Extreme Sailing Series is one of the sport’s fastest, most intense circuits and draws the best sailing talent from all disciplines – World Champions and Round the World sailing greats as well as America’s Cup winners and Olympic heroes.
“Roman is still the skipper for Red Bull Sailing” says Steinacher, who is suffering from a shoulder injury and hopes to be back on the GC32 at the second Act of the season in Italy. “We are really looking forward to see Chris Draper racing in Oman. We feel he has the right mix of expertise for these boats and this format.”
In eight stops across three continents, the racing brings the action right to the public. With the five-sailor GC32s capable of reaching almost 40 knots (74 kph, 46 mph) as they lift off the water and “fly,” the spectacle is breathtaking.
In May the excitement ramps up fast, as Italy sees the Extreme Sailing Series and the GC32 Racing Tour fleets combine for the first-ever World Championship since the GC32s became a World Sailing-recognized class last year. Next up, a return to beautiful Barcelona, Spain in June, followed in July by a regatta on the sunny shores of Portugal.
Dramatic St. Petersburg, Russia sets the stage for the second half of the season with Act 5 in August, and before the month is out, a stop in Cardiff will mark 2018’s last European regatta amid Welsh “Year of the Sea” celebrations. Then it all comes down to North America: First, an October faceoff in San Diego, USA, the California destination that went wild for the stadium format in 2017. And as November turns to December, fans at the grand finale in Los Cabos, Mexico will see champions crowned again.
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About Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher
Roman Hagara and Hans Peter Steinacher are Austria’s most successful summer sport athletes, having won two Olympic gold medals (Sydney, Athens) and numerous world championships. They are the only Austrians to have competed on the America’s Cup World Series. Determined to see sailing progress to the next level, they groom the next generation of sailors by leading the Red Bull Sailing Team in the Extreme Sailing Series and by serving as sports directors for Red Bull Foiling Generation and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in 2013 and 2017.
About the Extreme Sailing Series 2018
In eight events spanning three continents, the Extreme Sailing Series brings the action right to the public, with stadium sailing on foiling catamarans in the heart of vibrant global cities. Schedule 2018:
14-17 March: Muscat, Oman
24-27 May: GC32 World Championship, Lake Garda, Italy
14-17 June: Barcelona, Spain
05-08 July: Portugal
09-12 August: St. Petersburg, Russia
24-27 August: Cardiff, UK
18-21 October: San Diego, USA
29 November-2 December: Los Cabos, Mexico