Extreme E’s ship St. Helena embarks for worldwide racing tour

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It took two years to customize the St. Helena as the floating headquarters of the Extreme E Series, and it is now time for it to embark from Liverpool, England for one of the most unique racing experiences of 2021.

The Extreme E series will race five X Prixs in specially designed electric SUVs and has already drawn legendary owners such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and Chip Ganassi.

On Thursday, CEO and founder of the Extreme E Series, Alejandro Agag, sprayed a bottle of champagne from the bow of the St. Helena in preparation of its journey to five locations dotted around the globe that are most immediately threatened by climate change – a journey he likens to the explorations of another environmental icon.

“Today I feel extremely proud. The departure of the St. Helena marks the start of her new voyage,” Agag said in a release. “Extreme E’s first season is now officially underway.

“I have always had a love for the ocean, which was inspired by documentaries featuring the French biologist, Jacques Cousteau. He made me dream because he had a boat, he had the Calypso, and my dream is that the St. Helena becomes the new Calypso of the 21st century.”

Over the past two years, the ex-Royal Mail ship that once served as a lifeline for the island of St. Helena has been transformed into part headquarters and part laboratory under the watchful gaze of Extreme E. In its new role, it will help deliver a message about the need for renewable energy sources and how they can be used to power a competitive racing series.

“This has been a massive project and she really is unrecognizable from when we purchased her back in 2018,” Agag continued. “She is unmistakably part of Extreme E with the exterior branding, and the internal refit looks incredible. One of my favorite features of the ship is the creation of a science laboratory, which replaces the original swimming pool, and I’m delighted that from Saudi Arabia we will have a variety of scientists onboard conducting oceanic research projects.”

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Odyssey 21 Electric SUVs have been loaded onto the St. Helena in preparation for the Extreme E inaugural season. – Extreme E

Over the past week the ship has been loaded with the fleet of cars and equipment needed for the series to compete.

Innovations on the ship include a hydrogen fuel system specially designed for Extreme E. As part of the dedication to being environmentally friendly, there are also three machines from 3devo that will turn plastic waste into race trophies.

To support the Odyssey 21 electric SUVs, there are Air Shelta tents that will form the team garages, the podium, the start gantry, TV and broadcast equipment, plus two custom BRIG Eagle 8 carbon black support boats.

The retrofit itself was designed to have as low an environmental footprint possible and included upcycling existing parts instead of scraping them. The ship utilizes low-energy LED lights, low-water consumption bathroom fittings and even chairs made from recycled plastic bottles collected from the Mediterranean.

A crew of 50 people will live and work on board the St. Helena over the course of her voyage, but there are 62 cabins that can sleep up to 175 people.

Extreme E reached out to Enel Foundation, the championship’s Founding Scientific Partner, to extend invitations to scientists who wanted to apply for space on the ship. They will conduct research connected to advancing climate science in the St. Helena’s laboratory during the voyage. Seven projects managed by 14 scientists have been selected to join the voyage.

Upon departing the UK, the St. Helena will sail through the Mediterranean to Saudi Arabia, where it is expected to arrive within 20 days – well before the inaugural Desert X Prix on April 3-4.

After Saudi Arabia, she will go back through the Mediterranean to Senegal for the Ocean X Prix, cross over to Greenland for the Arctic X Prix, down to South America for the Amazon X Prix and then further south to the final destination of the season in Tierra del Fuego, Argentine Patagonia for the Glacier X Prix in December.

To minimize local impact, Extreme E races will not be open to spectators, with fans instead invited to follow the action through live TV broadcast, and on social media. In order to facilitate that, joining Extreme E will be their Impact Correspondent Izabela Rekiel, who is an environmental activist, Climate Reality Leader and Project Zero Ambassador.

Rekiel will document life on the St. Helena through regular posts on her social media channels found at @izyofficial.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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