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Extreme Sailing Series: New dates for Cardiff

And China is on for repeat business

Friday March 9th 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

The Cardiff round of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series has been moved to 30 August to 2 September, a week later than previously announced. As a result it will now coincide with the Cardiff Harbour Festival and while the Extreme 40 fleet showcase their skills on the water over the three public days, spectators will also be able to take part in the Harbour Festival onshore. The city’s annual festival offers many different attractions including a continental market and street performers.

Cardiff Council’s Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Leisure Cllr, Nigel Howells commented: “Cardiff has proved time and time again that it can play host to a variety of world class sporting events from top class football and rugby to newer events like Extreme Sailing Series. Since the opening of Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) in 2010 more and more water sport based events are coming to Cardiff, which is helping to attract a new audience to Cardiff and Wales.”

From the Welsh capital to China’s city of sailing, Qingdao… At an official signing ceremony last week hosted by Ms Zang Aimin, Vice President of Qingdao Major International Sailing Events Organizing Committee & Executive Vice President of Olympic Sailing City Development Association, Qingdao signed a new host venue agreement for a further 3 years from 2012-2014. Qingdao played host to the second event last year for the first time.

In 2012, China’s fourth largest manufacturing port and the sailing venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will again host the Extreme Sailing Series over 17-20 April.

“The 2011 Extreme Sailing Series Qingdao for the Double Star Cup was successfully held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, adding new momentum to the development and popularization of sailing in Qingdao,” said Ms Zang Aimin. “Its success has greatly enhanced Qingdao’s reputation and influence as an international city. Approved by the Qingdao Municipal Government, we will sign a three-year agreement from 2012 to 2014 with Extreme Sailing Series. The event will be held every April in Qingdao. We sincerely look forward to the continuous cooperation with Extreme Sailing Series and a more wonderful Qingdao Act.”

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