Extreme 40's statistics are; they are 40 feet long, have a 23 foot beam, displace 1350 kilograms of water (approx the weight of a Mini Cooper), have a mast height of 62 feet. The mainsail is 75 square metres and the jib is 25 square metres. The Gennaker used for downwind sailing is 110 square metres. Sails and hulls are fully branded, and looked at crudely; the boats are simply large, very visible, advertising billboards.
Sailed with a racing crew of four, a non-participating fifth man is added for allocated races during the series. The fleet is deliberately kept small because of the high speeds and restricted waters close to shore. Boats also take part in non- Extreme 40 events, like the Round the Island Race, the UK's largest participant sporting event, here more crew can be added.
There are opportunities to sail on the boat during training and for specially created days can be organised for customers and staff. Professional hospitality (seats) and evening entertainment is organised at the race village(s).
The current Extreme Sailing Series Circuit consists of five European events and last year an Asian series was launched; 2009/10 consisting of three events; Hong Kong Singapore and Oman. Sailing has been growing in aspirational markets in the Middle and Far East. Sailing is catching on fast in Asia, with Team China entered in last year's series. In 1989 Simon was invited as a guest sailor to Japan and has visited China. Only a small fleet attended this first Hong Kong Harbour event, however this video gives you a feeling for this fabulous venue:
Next year the plan is to amalgamate the European and Asian series into one 'global' circuit.
Current European events in 2010 are:
Event 1 Sète (France) 27th-30th May
Event 2 Cowes (UK) 31st July-5th August
Event 3 Kiel (Germany) 26th-29th August
Event 4 Trapani (Italy) 23rd-26th September
Event 5 Almeria (Spain) 9th-12th October
The Extreme Sailing Series kicked off in France at the end of May at the start of the 2010 five-round European circuit, the next stop is Cowes Week with nine top class teams starting.
Organisers, OC Events, are looking ahead to the 2011 season – the events will not be announced till late August. It is known that venues in China and the USA are under consideration as venues to add to high profile European fixtures.