Extreme 40 class to hold their first World Championship

Mark Lloyd / Oman Sail
Cat guru Mitch Booth tells of a new more conventional race to be held out of Portoroz this summer
Based in Spain and sailing for the Netherlands, Australian Mitch Booth, aka Mr Catamaran, is set to have a busy 2010 in Europe. After ducking out of the Extreme 40 Sailing Series, which he originally created with Herbert Dercksen, he returned last year, taking over the helm of BT when Darren Bundock was injured and then moved back to his old position as helmsman on the Holmatro Extreme 40. This year Booth returns to the Extreme Sailing Series with a new team this time from Slovenia, which like Oman Sail may feature two boats – the second, if it happens, featuring an all-women’s crew. More about this project is to be announced in the near future, however another interesting development that he can expand on and that also heralds from Slovenia and the Ocean Racing Club - from where his campaign originates - is the prospect of the first ever Extreme 40 World Championship. At the ISAF Annual meeting in November the Extreme 40 received official blessing and is now an ISAF-sanctioned ‘international class’ with all the trimmings, including the prospect of holding said Championship. “I think it is about time,” says the Tornado Olympic veteran. “The class has 20 boats now and there are people that can afford the boats that don’t want to come to the Extreme Sailing Series, but they just like the boat because it is a fast day racer. So I think it is the right time to start to have a World Championship.” This getting the final green light is just around the corner says Booth, but significantly the format for this event - which is to take place over 13-18 July in Portoroz in Slovenia (where we visited the RC44s last year) - will be along the lines of a more typical regatta, rather than the ultra-short