Guest Information Pack Extreme Sailing Seriesâ„˘ Act 3 Qingdao, China 2 - 4 May 2014 www.extremesailingseries.com
ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE AND ENTERTAINING GLOBAL SPORTING EVENTS The Extreme Sailing Series™ attracts the world’s most elite sailors - Olympians, World Champions, record holders and round the world sailors - who race against each other on identical 40ft high speed catamarans on a global circuit spanning the Middle East, Australasia and Europe. The Extreme Sailing Series™ is the original ‘Stadium Racing’ circuit designed for spectators, delivering high-performance action close to shore, bringing racing right in front of the spectators and our VIP guests. The Series offers a unique hospitality experience to our guests who can actually join a professional race crew to sail in the Guest Sailor spot and experience an adrenalin-fuelled ride of their life, in the heart of the action.
THE VIP EXPERIENCE The Extreme Club is the heart of the Extreme Sailing Series™ village where sailing teams and guests congregate throughout the Act. The lounge and terrace overlook the racecourse giving the best vantage point for our guests to enjoy the ‘Stadium Racing’ just metres away. Much more than a usual day of corporate hospitality, the Extreme Sailing Series™ offers an awardwinning guest experience, with 93% of our guests surveyed saying it was one of the top three events they had ever attended. Guests can sail onboard with the teams during racing, join a chase boat to follow the fleet, go behind the scenes with a ‘pit tour’ of the technical area or simply enjoy the comforts of the Extreme Club where they can directly watch the action from the terrace.
GUEST SAILOR THE BEST SEAT IN SPORT The Guest Sailor spot is a unique hospitality opportunity for your important VIPs to be part of the racing experience, something that amazes even the most pampered corporate guests. Being onboard a carbon racing machine and flying a hull whilst sitting next to some of the world's greatest sailors as they battle it out to win is not something you easily forget, even if you are not a sailor.
QINGDAO - Fushan Bay In May, the fleet returns to China’s ‘Olympic Sailing City’ Qingdao, for the fourth consecutive year. Considered China’s premier sailing destination and surrounded on three sides by the Yellow Sea, Qingdao boasts first class facilities at its International Sailing Centre ensuring the 2008 Beijing Olympic legacy is still very much alive in this sprawling metropolis. Organised in association with the Qingdao Government and the Qingdao Yachting Association, the public Race Village will be located in Fushan Bay, home of the Olympic Village in 2008, giving spectators front row seats to all the action as the Extreme 40 fleet race inside the bay during the Stadium Racing days The wind conditions in the bay vary greatly from very light winds to over 15 knots. The venue is generally quite gusty, and they surrounding skyscrapers can make the wind unpredictable. The Qingdao stadium racecourse is one of the most notorious on the circuit.
EXTREME CLUB ADDRESS Qingdao’s lighthouse - end of the Pier Qingdao Yachting Association 17, Xiang Gang Zhong Road 266071 Qingdao
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT QINGDAO Weather
‣ Temperatures in May are on average between 14 and 20 Degrees Celsius, and there is some fog in Qingdao. Time Difference
‣ Qingdao is UTC +8. Phone Area Code
‣ +86 Currency
‣ China uses the Yuan Renminbi. ‣ 1GBP = CNY 10.24 // 1EUR = CNY 8.43 // 1CHF = CNY 6.91 // 1USD = CNY 6.12 ‣ 1CNY = GBP 0.10 // 1CNY = EUR 0.12 // 1CNY = CHF 0.14 // 1CNY = USD 0.16 Electricity
‣ Chinese plug sockets are Type I, 220V.
QINGDAO - AIRPORT & CITY MAP
Airport Transfers - Qingdao International Airport is approximately 30km from Fushan Bay.
Qingdao Old Town
Taxi: - The journey would take around 40 minutes by car. - There is a taxi rank located outside the domestic arrivals area. - Costs around 100-200CNY (ÂŁ10-20).
QINGDAO - EVENT MAP The Extreme Club and public Race Village are located at the end of Qingdaoâ€™s harbour pier, just by the lighthouse. The racing area will be at the entrance of the harbour making it a fantastic backdrop for our fourth Act of the Series. Car parking is available by the Qingdao Yachting Association on a strictly first come first served basis. Extreme Club Qingdao Yachting Association
GUEST EVENT SCHEDULE 12.00
Guests arrive at the Extreme Club
Buffet Lunch served in the Extreme Club
Prizegiving Ceremony - Sunday only
Extreme Club closes
Stadium Racing, approximately 6 - 8 races per day, each race usually lasts 15 - 20 minutes. This keeps the action fast paced and spectator interest high. Timings subject to change.
ABOUT THE RACING - SAP Sailing Analytics 2014 Live ranking, live tracking and 2D leaderboard are available at all times on the official event website. Go to www.extremesailingseries.com, hover over “Results”, and click on “SAP Sailing Analytics”, or visit directly http://ess40-2014.sapsailing.com . The analytics are interactive, giving in depth insight into the racing and team strategies. If you would like to find out more, ask your host to introduce you to our SAP Experts who will give you a demo on the tools available to follow the racing. There are usually 8 races per day, wind conditions allowing, each race lasting around 15 minutes. The course is laid out right by the Extreme Club so that guests and public can enjoy the racing up close ! The first team to cross the finish line is granted 10 points, the second one 9 points, and so on. The last race of the last day counts for double, and at the end of the Act, the winner is the team with the highest score !
SAFETY ON YOUR DAY ‣ The dress code during your day at the Extreme Sailing Series™ is casual as guests may be sailing; jeans or shorts and ‣
a polo shirt are appropriate. Alternatively, if you wish to wear chinos and a jacket you would not feel out of place. You will be able to leave any small bags in lockers in the changing room during sailing.
Sailing Clothing ‣ Rubber soled shoes (no black soles) e.g. trainers, sailing shoes or boots, must be worn onboard the boat. It is likely you will get wet, so please bring with you a change of clothes and a towel. You will be able to leave any bags with items you do not wish to get wet with the shore team and they will be ready to pick up after your sail. We will provide you with full waterproof clothing and safety gear whilst you are on the water. ‣ Although we will be hoping for some great weather, it is worth noting that it can get cold out on the water, so even on a sunny day please bring warm clothing (e.g. fleece or jumper) with you. It is also worth packing sunglasses and sun cream. Please also bring any medical items you may require i.e. inhalers. During the day, your safety will be the priority of your skipper, crew and shore team. If for any reason conditions are compromising to personal safety, the days schedule will be altered. Guests will be equipped with safety equipment which should be worn at all times whilst on the water.
TRAVEL INFORMATION Important things to note:
â€Ł Immigration requires 6 months left on your passport for entry into China. â€Ł VISAS: The process for visa applications is quite time consuming. We strongly recommend that you start this process as soon as possible. We recommend you get a tourist visa, single or multiple entries. This process does not require a letter of invitation.
- You should apply for your visa through a local visa agency. Each agency will explain exactly what is necessary for each visa application. CIBT is one such UK agency that can help you sort your visa. www.cibt.co.uk. - Every agency will require each person to send the following items for a business visa application: application form, passport, passport photo, letter of invitation from the inviting company in Qingdao.
TRAVEL INFORMATION There is no public transport in Qingdao, so the only way to get around town is renting a car or by taxi.
Taxi companies: Qingdao Yiqing: +86 532 2796473 Qingdao Yinyun: +86 532 2790631
Car Rental Companies: ZUCHE +86 400 6166666 AVIS +86 532 86101907
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre houses a number of nice hotels. Below are three we would recommend: Intercontinental Qingdao 4* Located 7 minutes walk from the Extreme Club, this hotel is perfectly located for the Extreme Sailing Series™. Address: 98 Ao Men Road, 266071 Qingdao Website: www.ihg.com Tel: +86 532 66566666 Crowne Plaza Qingdao 4* Located 20 minutes walking from the Extreme Sailing Series™. Address: 76 Xiang Gang Zhong Road, 266071 Qingdao Website: www.ihg.com Tel: +86 532 85718888 Shangri-La Qingdao 4* Located near by Qingdao Old Town, 15 minutes drive from the Extreme Sailing Series™ venue. Address: 9 Xianggmang Middle Road, 266071 Qingdao Website: www.shangri-la.com Tel: +86 532 83883838
RESTAURANT OPTIONS Qingdao offers a large variety of cafes and restaurants to enjoy. Below are three we would recommend: Ding Tai Feng Offers a lovely local atmosphere, traditional food and the best dumplings in town. Address: 86 Aomen Road, 266071 Qingdao Tel: +86 532 66061309 Haidilao Hot Pot Eat and drink Chinese! From the dipping sauce to the noodle spinning and the broth preparation, enjoy the experience and the delicious flavours. Address: Marina, 266071 Qingdao Tel: +86 532 68678631 Turn Old Village Shandong Fine dining restaurant. Address: 112 MinJiang Road, 266071 Qingdao Tel: +86 532 85721776
CONTACT WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU! CONTACT Susie Walker Commercial Team firstname.lastname@example.org CONTACT Katie Andersson Guest Experience Manager email@example.com