History of the Class & Extreme Sailing Series

The history of the Extreme 40 may be short, but full of spectacle. Shortly after the first built 40ft carbon fibre catamaran hit the water in 2005, Extreme 40’s debuted in the international racing scene during several stop overs at the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race, in an in-port racing format, called the Grand Prix Racing Series. The interest of public and media for these racing monsters grew fast, as the Extreme 40’s continued to provide spectacle, sailing in-port and close to shore races in the view of the public at the iShares Cup, now known as the Extreme Sailing Series.

TornadoSport developed the 40 foot Extreme 40 catamaran in 2005 with the concept of bringing the sailing to the public and not the other way round. The origins of the Extreme 40 are the Olympic Class Catamaran, the Tornado – essentially the Extreme 40 is a scaled-up version of the Tornado, all of the dimensions are relative to the Tornado, it is just twice as big and incredibly fast.

2005

TornadoSport develop the game-changing 40-foot Extreme 40 catamaran with designer Yves Loday. A new generation of high-performance multihulls are born that will go on to change the face of sailing.

2006

Extreme 40s debut on the international sailing scene during several stopovers of the Volvo Ocean Race, instantly attracting public and media attention, and gaining immediate kudos in the sailing world.

2007

State-of-the-art sailing action packaged for the 21st century
OC Sport makes an agreement with TornadoSport to develop Series and the iShares Cup is born with four European destinations: Amsterdam, (Netherlands), Munich, (Germany), Marseille, (France) and Cowes (UK). From the outset, the Series instantly attracted some of the biggest names in the sport from the America’s Cup, Olympics and offshore ocean racing scene.

2008

International recognition

The Extreme Sailing Series wins the European Sponsorship Award for ‘Best Business to Business Sponsorship’ and is shortlisted for the Sports Industry Associations ‘Best Sponsorship of a Sports Event’ award.



2009

An exhibition Series in Asia

The Series makes its first inroads into Asian market with a Series staged in Hong Kong, Singapore and Oman.

2010

A new direction

OC Sport acquire the rights to the Extreme 40 class from creators TornadoSport allowing them to develop the rules of the event and boats in unison.

2011

Going global

The Extreme Sailing Series confirms a nine Act global tour confirmed for the first time including the first ever event in the USA, in Boston for the 4th July celebrations

2012

Fifth-crew member introduced 

The Extreme Sailing Series, giving a female, under 25 or amateur the chance to compete and the Series ventures to South America for the first time, debuting in Rio de Janeiro.

2013

Series Main Partner confirmed

The iconic British Brand Land Rover is confirmed as one of two Series Main Partners, in a three-year deal, bringing further confirmation that the original Stadium Racing circuit, has global and unique appeal for premium brands and quality Host Venues.

2014

Another ambitious year

The 2014 Series is officially launched at the London Boat show alongside Land Rover including new Host Venues in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Sydney Australia.

2015

The next generation

Series organisers OC Sport announce a shift of racing platform for the 2016 season and beyond.