Hampshire Sailing Ready For China
In the Extreme Sailing Series second round a number of elite sailors from Hampshire will participate and will have head to head competition in pursuit of glory. The event will kick off in Qingdao in China.
It is expected that Pete Greenhalgh will take revenge from SAP Extreme Sailing Team of Lymington sailor Richard Mason for defeating his team Oman Air’s in the last-minute. The match between both the team can be seen in the season’s opening regatta, when racing will start.
At the same time the Land Rover BAR Academy crew, which is a Hampshire-based will try to climb the Leaderboard of the event after having a slow start in the season. The team finished eighth and total nine teams participated in the curtain-raiser match of the event that happened last month in Muscat, Oman.
Phil Robertson the skipper of Oman said one of the crew members of team Greenhalgh has good experience of conditions in Fushan Bay. This will prove as the secret weapon for the success of the team in the event.
Greenhalgh has competed in Qingdao with teammate Ed Smyth every year after the debut of Extreme Sailing Series in 2011. About the event Robertson said “In compare to Muscat, Qingdao is a completely different beast, it can throw anytime and anything at you,”
“It is not just me, who is saying this, but the place has this reputation in general and many sailors have a view of it that the place is a tricky and because of this reason, it is always hard to compete here. So, we are expecting anything can to come to us.
“The team is experienced, this is very important when sailing is done at venues like Qingdao.
“Ed and Pete have done much sailing in Qingdao among all those are in their fleet and thus they are a valuable asset for the team”.