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Howth Yacht Club’s Shane Diviney Races ‘Marine Formula 1’ In China This Weekend

30th April 2017
Sails against the Qingdao skyline in the Mazarin Cup, the second stage of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series Sails against the Qingdao skyline in the Mazarin Cup, the second stage of the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series Photo: Extreme Sailing Series

#ExtremeSailing - ‘Marine Formula 1’ is how the high-performance vessels of the Extreme Sailing Series are being described in Qingdao, China, where the fleet has amassed this weekend for the Mazarin Cup.

It marks the second stage of the 2017 edition of the series that since 2007 has brought together round-the-world yachtsman, America’s Cup veterans, Olympic medallists, world record holders and other elite sailors to race speedy and nimble foiling GC32 catamarans within a stadium environment.

Among them is Howth Yacht Club’s own Shane Diviney, who crews skipper/helm Chris Steele’s NZ Extreme team as headsail trimmer.

No stranger to the series, Diviney spoke to Afloat.ie last September about his experience with Steele’s previous team CHINA One and the wildcard Gazprom Team Russia.

“The Extreme Sailing Series is the most challenging racing for the crews I have done,” he said.

You can follow Diviney and the rest of the fleet in action with live streams on the official YouTube channel.

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The Club employs up to 31 staff during the summer and is the largest employer in Howth village and has a turnover of €2.2m.

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