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Sailing: 2014 Extreme Sailing Series returns to Singapore

With more boats competing in this year’s edition, the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series got off to a challenging start within the extreme confines of Marina Bay on Thursday.

SINGAPORE: The Formula One of Sailing has returned to Singapore's shores.

With more boats competing in this year’s edition, the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series got off to a challenging start on Thursday within the extreme confines of Marina Bay.

And the two Singaporean sailors on board the Team Aberdeen Singapore yacht are raring to go.

Crew members Justin Wong and Scott Glen Sydney are competing in this event for the second straight year.

For 23-year old Sydney, the Extreme Sailing stint is timely for his 2016 Olympic campaign.

"The lessons I learn here and the people I sail against here can help in giving me experience and… better perspectives on sailing and racing. I can definitely bring that back to my own campaign and use that to help me improve," he said.

The race organisers have brought forward the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series from April to February this year to ensure the wind conditions were just right for the competition.

Phil Lawrence, race director of Extreme Sailing Series, said: "We are here earlier in the season so we still got the monsoon winds. It has been very good. Last year, (the wind) was quite light… so we deliberately came here in February to catch the strong wind."

Four-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie is among the sailors competing in Singapore this year to give the series a big boost.

The event is open to the public from February 21 and the action will continue over the weekend.

In 2013, some 15,000 spectators watched this event.

With a stellar cast of sailor competing this year and more on-shore activities to engage people of all ages, organisers are hoping more people will turn up this year.
 

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