Extreme Sailing Series: Marina Bay world's most difficult course


Extreme Sailing Series: Marina Bay world's most difficult course

12 April, 2013   John Yeong

The Promontory @ Marina Bay will be the venue for The Extreme Series' Act 2 from 12-14 April 2013, with light winds and confined space seen as a real challenge for most of the teams competing (photo by John Yeong/SSC).

Singapore’s Marina Bay is arguably the most difficult course of the entire Extreme Sailing Series 2013 (ESS), says Team Aberdeen Singapore’s Justin Wong. It is a view shared by many of his peers ahead of the series’ second Act taking place in Singapore from 12-14 April 2013.

“The main difference in this course (Marina Bay) from the rest of the series is the wind and the confined space. A lot of the sailors I talked to were not expecting it to be this small,” Justin told

He added, “It would be a real challenge to go around the course and not to infringe the rules by getting too close to each other. Hopefully there will be no crashes.” 

“I expect some races to be a real luck of the draw while others are likely to be determined by the top guys who make the right decisions to finish in front.”

Being part of the first ever team to represent Singapore in the Extreme Sailing Series is understandably a proud moment for the 27 year-old Headsail Trimmer, who hopes his team’s involvement can help sailing to catch the public eye.

“It is a real honour and a great opportunity to promote sailing in Singapore. This is the best way to go about doing it. Having Stadium Sailing and bringing it to the general public.”

“When Singapore Sailing approached me and Scott, both of us jumped at this opportunity because of what the Extreme Sailing Series meant to us.”

Justin and skipper Scott Glen Sydney are 2 Singaporeans representing Team Aberdeen Singapore in this weekend’s event. Their crew is completed by the experience of Robert Greenhalgh, Andrew Walsh and Rick Peacock from Great Briatin.

The Series begins tomorrow at The Promontory@Marina Bay. Spectators can expect lots of thrills and spills with high speed sailing in a Stadium Racing experience with eight international teams with crews that share a total of 28 world championship titles, 20 olympic campaigns and 25 America’s Cups between them. Entry to the event is free.    

Find out more about Extreme Sailing in our behind-the-scenes Singapore Sports 101 video and exclusive interview with Team Aberdeen Singapore's Justin Wong here.

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