Extreme Sailing Series returns to U.S. making West Coast debut in San Diego

World-class sailors race foiling catamarans inshore on Harbor Island, Oct. 19-22.

SAN DIEGO ― The Extreme Sailing Series returns to the United States and makes its West Coast debut in San Diego, Oct. 19-22. Top sailors from around the world will race high-speed foiling catamarans for four days on Harbor Island.

The first US Team for Extreme Sailing will be in the series with a crew of five sailors.

“The all-star American syndicate – which is sponsored by Texan restaurant chain Lupe Tortilla and Demetrio Tequila – will make its debut on the GC32 as the Series hits the waters of San Diego Bay,” a press release states.

The series has been taking place in various locations internationally for the past six years.

“We are thrilled to be heading back to the United States for the first time after a long absence,” Extreme Sailing Series Event Director Andy Tourell said at a San Diego news conference, Sept. 20. “I have no doubt that San Diego, which has a long sailing tradition, will quickly establish itself as one of the classic venues on our circuit, along with the likes of Barcelona, Spain; Hamburg, Germany and Cardiff, U.K.”

Sailors will be racing matching GC32 hydro-foiling catamarans in the San Diego Bay quite close to shore – a little more than 5 yards from the waterfront – giving spectators an opportunity to view the entire sailing competition up close.

“Our bay’s natural stadium style setting will offer an outstanding competitive environment and an unforgettable spectator experience,” San Diego Board of Port Commissioners Chair Robert Valderrama stated. “This event was an important investment for the Port because it is a great activity that will draw people to the waterfront and offer an experience that is truly unique to San Diego.”

The event is free to the public. Harbor Island’s waterfront will be transformed into a race village. The village will consist of family-friendly activities, a kid’s zone, live music, vendors, food and beer gardens.

A VIP experience is an option for spectators wanting to get even closer to the action by getting out on the water aboard GC32s during the actual racing.

“As a lifelong sailor, I am pleased that the great fans in our community and sailing enthusiasts from around the country will have the privilege to experience the action and thrills of competitive stadium sailing up close.” Matt Reynolds, CEO of Extreme San Diego, said.

The Extreme Sailing Series began 10 years ago as a way for spectators to enjoy viewing competitive racing in a stadium-like setting. Sailors race in identical hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans on short courses. Top speed for these light-weight GC32s is up to 39 knots.

Additional details about the history of the Extreme Sailing Series and on the upcoming events held for the first time in San Diego are available online at

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