Venue drip feed
Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily, will be one of the new venues for the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series Europe, announce organisers, OC Events.
The event will take place in the very heart of the port of Trapani, right in front of the public and VIPs and just metres from the shops, bars and restaurants of the town. Readers will remember that Acts were held here prior to the 32nd America's Cup.
"To confirm Trapani as a new destination for the Extreme Sailing Series circuit, is another great development," said Gilles Chiorri, Race Director of OC Events. "Trapani became well known to the sailing world when it hosted Acts 8 and 9 of the Louis Vuitton Cup series in 2005 and left a lasting impression as the city opened its arms to the sailing world with thousands of public supporting the event. We are looking forward to bringing the Extreme Sailing Series to this location and hope that we will be welcomed with the same enthusiasm and support that was clearly demonstrated in 2005."
The Extreme Sailing Series Trapani event will be the penultimate event to the 2010 circuit over 23-26 September ahead of the final event that will, once again, be hosted in Almeria, Spain, over 9-12 October.
The Provincia Regionale di Trapani has committed to an initial two-year agreement and will provide financial, logistical and operational support as Host Venue Partner.
President of Provincia Regionale di Trapani, Girolamo Turano commented: "2010 will be a great year for Trapani as we host top nautical events including the Garibaldi Tall Ships regatta in April and the Extreme Sailing Series in September. We have followed the success of the Extreme Sailing circuit over the past three years and are delighted to be hosting the penultimate round in 2010 - the beautiful waters and strong winds will no doubt provide an excellent situation for the top international teams, racing right in the heart of our harbour: perfect for spectators."
Included in the logistical and operational support package are technical area and moorings for the Extreme 40 fleet, a race village with public attractions, Media Centre and VIP Lounge by the Piazza Garibaldi, race management and media boats, discounted accommodation for the teams, marketing and promotional support and personnel.
Trapani is the capital of the Province of Trapani and attracts thousands of tourists to marvel at the medieval architecture of the old town. The city is still an important fishing port and the Extreme Sailing Series Trapani event will be based in the harbour, with the Extreme 40s racing just metres off the harbour wall.
Following on from the inaugural Extreme Sailing Series Asia circuit, the Extreme Sailing Series Europe circuit will take in five venues across the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy with ongoing discussions in the final stages for a possible sixth event.