Extreme Sailing Series™ organisers, OC Sport, has confirmed details of its 2016 series, seeing the event stop at eight locations worldwide, one of which is Cardiff Bay.
The announcement was made at the Dubai International Marine Club to mark the launch of the 10th Extreme Sailing season with new boats, teams and venues.
This is the fifth year that Cardiff Bay will host the event with funding from the Welsh Government.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said: “In previous years, the event has provided Cardiff with a global position alongside other premium venues such as Singapore, Istanbul, Nice and Boston and has given us the opportunity to promote Cardiff Bay internationally as a world class sailing and water sports venue, which continues to stand us in good stead in attracting other international water sports events.”
This year, the series will stop at Muscat in Oman, Qingdao in China, Hamburg in Germany, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Istanbul in Turkey, Lisbon in Portugal as well as stops in Australia and Wales.
Extreme Sailing Series event director, Andy Tourell, said: “2016 marks the 10th year of competition for the Extreme Sailing Series and it is going to be a milestone year for us in more ways than one, not least the change of racing platform to the GC32, which brings with it a whole new dimension to the racing and public experience.
“We have a chance to diversify our format, combining tradition-breaking and award-winning Stadium Racing with the incorporation of match racing, plus the chance to open up the racecourse in some venues, allowing these boats to really stretch their legs – starting with a 20km coastal race to start the season in Muscat, Oman.”