China America's Cup Team 美洲杯帆船赛中国之队

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China commits to Extreme Sailing Series in new 3 year deal, and new dates for Cardiff Act 5

• Qingdao make new 3 year commitment at official signing ceremony

  • Change of dates for UK round in Cardiff

  • Extreme Sailing Series featured on iTunes Podcasts home page for the first time prompting new downloads!

• Happy Fans... competition winners walk off with an iPad2 and a fab VIP guest sailing experience.
• Live race coverage from Act 1, Muscat – if you missed it, and want to see how Extreme 40 newbie Morgan Larson helmed Oman Air to victory in his debut, you can watch replays of the best races here :

Act 5 of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series has been moved to the 30th August to 2nd September, a week later than previously announced. The UK round of the 8-venue global circuit will now coincide with the Cardiff Harbour Festival and whilst 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 on shore. The city’s annual festival offers many different attractions including a continental market and street performers. Find out more here : highlights/search-products/cardiff-harbour-festival-p93351

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.”

Watch the new and updated 2012 Venue video here:

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 Act 2 last year for the first time, declaring the event an outstanding media and spectator driven event. In 2012, China’s

fourth largest manufacturing port and the sailing venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will again host Act 2 between the 17th to 20th 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.”

Happy fans find reward in entering the season’s first competitions... Winners Kelly Martin won an iPad2 and Nicolas Gastaud is the winner of a fab VIP guest sailing experience. More exciting competitions to come. Read the full story here ( the-start-of-the-season) Keep following the circuit and tune into the new Live Race Console for live coverage of all the Acts.

Extreme Sailing SeriesTM video podcasts are now being featured on the home page of iTunes Podcasts and app for the first time prompting 100s of downloads! The Extreme 40 video podcasts are featured alongside the latest from the world of entertainment, sport and culture. Go to iTunes Store > Podcasts.

‘World on Water’ weekly news programme includes a report from Act 1, Muscat. Available on 176 boating websites in 26 countries from Friday, 9th March 1000GMT.

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