EX­TREME 40 24

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The car­bon fi­bre cata­ma­ran used in the Ex­treme Sail­ing Series (2007-2015) show­cased the short-course ‘sta­dium’ style of rac­ing. It wasn’t the first class to cap­ture the public imag­i­na­tion – in its 1990s hey­day the Ul­tra 30 class at­tracted main­stream broad­cast tele­vi­sion rights and big cash spon­sor­ship – how­ever, with the Ex­treme 40, or­gan­iser OC Sport took the con­cept of sail­ing as a spec­ta­tor sport and mar­ket­ing ve­hi­cle, and ex­panded it into a global phe­nom­e­non. Nav­i­ga­tor Michael Broughton com­ments: “It seems longer, but when the Ex­treme 40s were be­ing built only ten years ago, the Amer­ica’s Cup was still sailed in 24-tonne mono­hulls with 17 crew. These boats have helped to make the ca­reers of many elite sailors of to­day.”

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