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    The announcement by the Extreme 40 Series this morning was a intriguing inasmuch the the current champion, Alinghi was absent in the line up.
    We contacted the skipper Morgan Larson to get the skinny...

    "We knew this was coming" Morgan stated "Ernesto was leaning towards the next level and was hoping the Extreme 40 class would move up to a foiling platform.
    But the class is doing extremely well as it, so why change it?"

    Morgan is enjoying some down time with his family after an exhausting two years with the Extreme 40 Circuit where Team Alinghi won the overall series
    2 years in row. He mentions he will be involved in the TP52' Grand Prix circuit this summer aboard Ran and will more than likely be doing the Melges 20 Worlds in San Francisco
    later this onto the press release!

    Alinghi announces it will not be racing in the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series

    Having emerged victorious from a uniquely thrilling and compelling 2014 Extreme Sailing Series, Alinghi today announces that it has decided not to sail in this year’s follow-up. Instead, the team will be taking some time to assess other racing opportunities, learning about the latest sailing technology, as well as focusing its efforts on defending its Vulcain Trophy title.

    Alinghi first participated in the Extreme Sailing Series in 2008, winning the title as part of its preparation for the defense of its DoG Match in the team’s third America’s Cup. In 2011, Alinghi returned to the Series and sailed the circuit consecutively in 2011, 2012, 2013 (finishing second) and in 2014, when the team triumphed, picking up five Act victories along the way. Alinghi’s team for the 2014 Series was Morgan Larson at the Helm, Pierre-Yves Jorand at the Mainsail, Nils Frei as Trimmer and Yves Detrey at the Bow, with Stuart Pollard and Anna Tunnicliffe as alternative tacticians.

    Throughout its time sailing the Extreme Sailing Series, the racing has been electrifying, the venues iconic, the crowds huge and appreciative, the organisation is superb, and the sport, most of all, exciting, competitive and a joy to be a part of. Alinghi would like to offer its warm thanks and congratulations to Mark Turner, who created the circuit, to OC Sport who have run the Series so magnificently and to Land Rover who sponsored the series since 2013.

    As Alinghi’s team now takes the time to decide which challenges are next, it would like to wish a fantastic season to OC Sport and to all of those teams racing in the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series. Every year the championship has built upon its impressive foundations to deliver an ever-more exhilarating contest and this year will certainly be no different.

    2015 heralds the ninth year of this award-winning elite level Stadium Racing circuit that visits eight iconic venues, including a return to Germany for the first time since 2010: a world tour spanning three continents. Once again, another full eight-team grid, representing seven nations will line up in a few weeks time like gladiators in an amphitheatre, ready to do battle for the ultimate accolade of becoming the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™ Champions.

    20 January, 2015 – Düsseldorf Boat Show, Germany: The Extreme 40 skippers and sailors presented today to the media and public at the Düsseldorf Boat Show confirm once again the very high calibre of competitors for the season ahead. The commercial and competitive appeal of the original stadium sailing circuit shows no sign of abating: “The Series is now firmly established in the arena of world class professional sailing, and we have built that reputation by continually attracting some of the very best sailors in the world, supported by global brands, in iconic and attractive venues – competing annually and on a global scale,” commented Mark Turner, Executive Chairman of OC Sport, the organisation behind the Series. “And whilst the event has never changed its core DNA – racing in a stadium environment where exciting sailing is brought right to the audience – there remains a great deal to do. We must continue to innovate, to break new ground, change people’s perceptions of our sport, find new ways to share it and engage with new audiences around the world. That’s our ongoing challenge.”

    The award-winning and ‘ISAF Special Event’ world tour is only made possible by the continued support of its partners, host venues and teams. Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director commented: “Racing in the Extreme Sailing Series is fast and furious and watching some of the best sailors in the world battling it out in such challenging environments makes for a fantastic spectacle. The boats are quick and tough, just like our vehicles and must perform whatever the conditions. We look forward to watching the inevitable high octane thrills and spills of the 2015 Series with great anticipation.”

    Eight Teams Representing Seven Nations
    The competition on the water is always fierce, action-packed and down to the wire, and there’s a reason for that. The fleet is made up of many of the world’s leading sailors – Olympic Champions, World Champions and America’s Cup veterans – these sailors are at the top of their game. The 2015 season will see some new blood coming in, and be more open than ever before as Alinghi – reigning champions and two-time winners – step back after five seasons from the circuit to pursue other interests, offering up the tantalizing prospect of existing and new teams making their way on to the podium for the first time. For Alinghi’s part, they leave on a positive note: “Throughout our time sailing the Extreme Sailing Series, the racing has been electrifying, the venues iconic, the crowds huge and appreciative, the organisation superb, and the sport, most of all, exciting, competitive and a joy to be a part of,” said Alinghi team principal, Ernesto Bertarelli.

    Britain’s match race supremo Ian Williams will return to GAC Pindar sharing skipper duties with Seve Jarvin, while double Olympic champion Roman Hagara will remain at the helm of Red Bull Sailing Team – his goal is quite simple: “Our objective is to win the Series!”

    SAP Extreme Sailing Team headed up by Jes Gram-Hansen and Rasmus Kostner from Denmark will be looking forward to their fourth season with the ambition of improving their performance in the overall standings this year: “Both myself and Jes Gram-Hansen return after a tough year in 2014 knowing we can perform better,” commented Køstner. “We have high expectations to become a podium team, that focus hasn’t changed. We are coming back with an energised crew and an intense training schedule to prime us to fight for every point.” The Series will see an Italian entry: Lino Sonego Team Italia, fronted by multiple world champion Lorenzo Bressani; Gazprom Team Russia will return for a second season led by Igor Lisovenko and Oman Air will be back, at the helm Stevie Morrison from the UK. From the same stable, two-time overall Series champions and 2014 runners-up, The Wave Muscat, with Leigh McMillan once again at the helm. Having ‘tested the water’ at the Istanbul Act in 2014, Team Turx skippered by Edhem Dirvana will be on the starting line for 2015: “We are finally achieving this great honour of being the first Turkish sailing team to compete at this level,” said Dirvana. “The Extreme Sailing Series has been developing every year and it is one of the most difficult races to win. Over the years this circuit has pushed sailing to be real high performance sport. To become a part of it is every sailor’s dream.”

    For Act 1 in Singapore supported by Aberdeen Asset Management, Team Aberdeen will be racing for their country as the ‘home’ team skippered by Nick Moloney, who first competed on this circuit in its inaugural year in 2007.

    An 11-Month World Tour
    For the third successive year, Singapore supported by venue partner, Aberdeen Asset Management, will host the opening Act starting on 5 February. It will be the fourth time the Extreme 40s have raced in Singapore, racing within the confines of the ultimate city-centre stadium on the world-famous Marina Bay. Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, will host Act 2 and China’s ‘Olympic Sailing City’ Qingdao, Act 3 – both these venues have been long-term supporters of the circuit, hosting an Extreme 40 Act since 2011. The UK Act will, once again, be staged in Cardiff moving to an earlier calendar slot in June before the fleet head to 2015’s new venue: Hamburg, Germany. It has been five years since the Extreme 40s have raced in Germany – and the first time in Hamburg – but with a nation of sailing lovers, the event will prove popular. From Germany, it’s on to St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital for the second successive season, then Turkey before the final Act in Australia in December.

    Land Rover Above and Beyond Award
    Hannah White, Land Rover’s Global Brand Ambassador, presented the overall winner of the 2014 Above and Beyond Award at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. The Award, presented to the team or individual who has demonstrated the finest examples of skill, sportsmanship and strength of mind at each of the Series Acts, was hotly contested throughout the 2014 season, but the team who won or was cited in 5 of the 6 Awards was from Oman Sail. As Chairman of the Above and Beyond Committee, Hannah White commented, “As a syndicate of two teams, their commitment to the event, the sport and their performance throughout the entire season both on and off the water is unprecedented. They set a fine example to the world of sport for their professionalism, performance and camaraderie. We look forward to continuing the Above and Beyond Award in 2015.”

    Read full story here.

    Extreme Sailing Series ™ 2015 Host Venues:

    Act 1: Singapore, 5-8 February
    Act 2: Muscat, Oman 11-14 March
    Act 3: Qingdao, China 1-4 May
    Act 4: Cardiff, UK 18-21 June
    Act 5: Hamburg, Germany 23-26 July
    Act 6: Saint Petersburg, Russia 20-23 August
    Act 7: Istanbul, Turkey 1-4 October
    Act 8: Australia 10-13 December

    Extreme Sailing Series™ 2015 Teams and skippers:
    Team / Skipper
    GAC Pindar (AUS/GBR) – Seve Jarvin (AUS) / Ian Williams (GBR)
    Gazprom Team Russia (RUS) – Igor Lisovenko (RUS)
    Lino Sonego Team Italia (ITA)- Lorenzo Bressani (ITA)
    Oman Air (OMA) – Stevie Morrison (GBR)
    Red Bull Sailing Team (AUT) – Roman Hagara (AUT)

    SAP Extreme Sailing Team (DEN) – Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) /Rasmus Kostner (DEN)

    Team Turx (TUR) – Edhem Dirvana (TUR)
    The Wave, Muscat (OMA) – Leigh McMillan (GBR)

    Act 1 home team: Team Aberdeen (SIN) – Nick Moloney (AUS)
    Last edited by Photoboy; 01-20-2015, 02:49 PM.
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    If they hosted more events in the US, other than a no wind venue like Boston Harbor, I bet they would sell more Land Rovers.