Barcelona in four-year hosting deal with Extreme Sailing Series
Barcelona in Spain has been announced as the host of the fourth act of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series, the global inshore racing circuit, and will stage an annual event until at least 2020.
Under the deal between the OC Sport-owned series and Fundación Navegación Oceánica de Barcelona, the city’s oceanic authority, the Catalan city will welcome the boats for racing on 20 to 23 July.
It will be the first time the series visits Barcelona, and the first event in Spain since 2011.
Andy Tourell, event director of the Extreme Sailing Series, commented: "We are thrilled to return to Spain, and for the first time to Barcelona. The iconic Olympic city ticks many of the boxes we look for in our host cities, including excellent racing conditions, commercial interest and the ability to race close to the shore.
"It is the perfect addition to our already exciting line-up of European venues and I have no doubt that over the next four years it will deliver some of the signature exhilarating racing the Series is famed for," added Tourell.
The 2017 Extreme Sailing Series season got under way in Muscat, Oman in March and will finish with the ninth act in Los Cabos, Mexico in December.