iShares Cup schedule announced

Kiel first confirmed venue for 2009 Extreme 40 circuit

Wednesday February 11th 2009, Author: Emily Caroe, Location: United Kingdom
Now into its third season, the 2009 calendar for the iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series is now confirmed. This will comprise five rounds, plus a possible sixth and final event, and will be staged across Europe with the leaders in the sport of sailing vying for the overall iShares Cup.

At each venue the emphasis has been placed on public accessibility and a grandstand view of the racing - spectators are guaranteed a close-up view of the short-course, action-packed racing alongside the iShares Cup Race Village.

The calendar:

Round 1 : Italy - 15-17 May 2009
Round 2 : France - 3-5 July 2009
Round 3 : United Kingdom - 1-3 August 2009
Round 4 : Germany, Kiel - 28-30 August 2009
Round 5 : The Netherlands - 25-27 September 2009
Round 6 : tbc - 10-12 October 2009

Racing will be staged over three days Friday to Sunday with a Media Day held the day before each regatta.

The venues will be announced over the coming weeks (snore....) starting this week with the confirmation that the German city of Kiel will, once again, host a round of the iShares Cup.

After the huge success of the inaugural iShares Cup 2008 regatta in Kiel, which saw over 80,000 spectators cheering on the Extreme 40s which prompted Alinghi skipper, Ed Baird, to comment: "I think we've probably sailed in front of this many in a television situation but not in person, this is fantastic." - the city of Kiel will host Round 4 of the iShares Cup in August directly in front of the Kiellinie.

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