Act 3, Madeira Islands, Portugal

After coming to Madeira for the first time in 2016, the Extreme Sailing Series once again venture the island’s waters.

For the second year in a row, the bay of Funchal once again serves as the stage for another act of the Extreme Sailing Series. Between June 29th and July 2nd, some of the world’s best sailors will be showing off their skills. A total 22 vessels will be vying for the top in Funchal, including a Portuguese team with two athletes.

The event’s official webpage points to the Marina of Funchal as the site where the Race Village will be and as one of the best spots from which to watch the competition’s third act. The organisers refer to Funchal as a city ‘bursting with culture and history, with interesting architecture and plenty of things to do’.

The Extreme Sailing Series is a world-class sailing competition that gathers some of the world’s best sailors and has them compete against each other in identical GC32s catamarans. This year, for the first time, there will also be a fleet of hydrofoiling Flying Phantoms. Each edition lasts ten months and travels three continents, comprising a total of eight acts.

The event’s 11th edition started on March 8th in Muscat (Oman) and stopped at Quingdao (China) before arriving in Madeira. After the act set in the waters of the Portuguese archipelago, the competition will travel through three more European cities with Hamburg (Germany) and Cardiff (United Kingdom) confirmed as of the writing of this article. This year’s edition is set to finish in the American continent with an act in San Diego (United States of America) and another one in Los Cabos (Mexico).