Cowes Loses Extreme Sailing Series To Cardiff...
The Cowes Loses Extreme Sailing Series To Cardiffuaint Isle of Wight town, which is home to the annual regatta each August, has hosted the popular Extreme 40 event for the past five years but unlike other Extreme Sailing host venues has never paid organisers OC ThirdPole a staging fee.
As the circuit has become more professional and successful, organisers put the hosting rights out to tender with Cardiff winning the first UK round.
Racing will take place in Cardiff Bay with the first event set to take place shortly after the Olympic Games in August this year and the contract set to run until 2014.
Cowes Week organisers said they were hoping to continue with some Extreme 40 exhibition racing in August but in the absence of a local authority bid to match the Cardiff offer, were focussing on a return to racing among traditional Cowes fleets.
Cardiff is the last venue to be announced for the Extreme Sailing Series in 2012 after Muscat in Oman, Istanbul, Porto in Portugal, Nice, Trapani, Brazil and Qingdao were unveiled as hosts last year.
The series is one of the most widely supported events by the general public in the sailing calendar due to the spectacular performances of the catamarans, the celebrity sailors and guests and the close proximity of the racing to the shore.
Last year the series attracted almost 300,000 spectators with the numbers set to grow after the America's Cup chose to go the multihull route and with the exploits of the British Olympic sailing squad poised to raise the profile of the sport this year. -- Kate Laven in The Telegraph