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Extreme Sailing Takes Over Boston Harbor July 4th Weekend

BOSTON (CBS) - The Extreme Sailing Series is at Fan Pier all weekend as part of Boston Harborfest.

It marks the first time this fast-paced, highly competitive stadium sailing act comes to the US.

"Boston is proud to be the first U.S. city to host the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series to our waterfront for the city's July 4th celebration – one of the largest in the nation," said Mayor Menino.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports


Each sailboat in the Extreme 40 fleet is 40 feet in length, weighs 2,645lbs and carries a 62-foot mast.

Watch Carl Stevens' Journal

Spectators can go and watch close-combat racing on high-tech, high-speed catamarans. The races last up to fifteen minutes and take place as many as eight times a day.

Extreme Sailing goes through Thursday.

For information and schedules visit Extreme Sailing on Facebook.


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