I remember the days when I used to spend all my time in, on, or near the water. Now it’s a special event when I get to the coast since I live out in the mountainous boondocks about 25 miles away. This past weekend, though, was the Extreme Sailing Series in the San Diego Harbor. It was a 4-day event featuring GC32 foiling sailboats. They look like this:
When they are going fast, it looks like they are out of the water because all you can see or those little foil thingies.
Along with the GC32 foil sailboat racing, they had foil kiteboard racing, which was won by Johnny Heineken. What a name! All he would have to do is provide Heineken to all the other contestants and get them drunk!
According to the program,
The extreme Sailing Series is the ultimate Stadium Racing championship, visiting eight iconic cities across three continents each season. The global series pits teams of the world’s best sailors against each other on hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans. The world-class crews compete on stadium-style racecourses set just metres from the shores of the free entry Race Villages, putting spectators at the heart of the sailing action like never before.
San Diego is the second-to-the-last stop on the 2017 tour. Previous stops were Muscat, Oman; Qingdao, China; Madeira Islands, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Hamburg, Germany; and Cardiff, United Kingdom. The final stop is November 30-December 3 in Los Cabos, Mexico.