Portuguese debut starts tomorrow – follow the action online
- Act 4 Porto starts tomorrow – follow online on the official event website and watch the live video stream from 1745 CEST (1645 local time) daily from the 6th – 8th July.
- Get closer to the teams and the crews with the new Extreme Sailing Series team Social Media chart
- Meet GAC Pindar’s trimmer Mark Bulkeley – we spent two minutes getting to know the former British Olympian and multihull expert. Watch the video here
The countdown is on to the Extreme Sailing Series Act 4, Porto and the teams have spent today making final preparations to their Extreme 40s in the technical area at Douro Marina and putting in some last minute training time on the water before proceedings get underway tomorrow (Thursday 5th July). The official Extreme Sailing Series weather partners WetterWelt are predicting glamour sailing conditions for this Portuguese debut with up to 15 knots of breeze and gusts of up to 22 knots forecast for the first two days.
How to follow the Extreme Sailing Series, Porto ONLINE
Racing takes place over four days from the 5-8 July with open water racing each morning followed by stadium style racing each afternoon as the Douro river providing the playground with the cities of Porto and Gaia providing a historic backdrop. To make the most of the spectacular setting and to showcase the Extreme 40s in Portugal for the first time, the fleet will race in different formats, with fleet racing to match racing, straight line duels and speed trials likely to take place over the four days. You can find out more about Porto and view the full race schedule here.
The Extreme Sailing Series website homepage will go into race mode on day one and will serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for live video, results and news as well as an interactive live blog where fans can leave their comments.
The racing will be streamed live to the website with expert commentary from top sailing journalist Andy Rice. This streaming is also available on all iOS devices (iPad, iPhone) from 1745 CEST (1645 local time) daily from the 6th – 10th July.
You can also follow our live commentary on our CoverItLive blog daily, and tune into the new event radio from 1700 CEST (1600 local time) which will broadcast live from the race village from 6th – 10th July.
Extreme Sailing Series launch team Social Media chart
To coincide with the start of Act 4, the Extreme Sailing Series has launched a new social media rankings chart for the teams. The ranking is based on the cumulative number of Facebook ‘likes’ and Twitter ‘followers’ held by each team as well as their crew members, with the objective of creating a fun and easy to use platform which makes it easy for fans to follow their favourite teams in one place. The ranking will evolve throughout the Series expanding beyond the number of likes to reward teams who engage with their fans.
Ernesto Bertarelli’s Swiss team Alinghi are top of the charts for July with the highest number of followers. To view the social media chart and to ‘like’ or ‘follow’ any of the teams, click here.