Strong winds halt start of SailGP Cowes
Published on August 9th, 2019
Cowes, England (August 9, 2019) – With a formidable forecast for the penultimate event of the inaugural SailGP circuit on August 10 and 11, the decision was made to cancel racing for the first day of the competition.
In a statement issued from SailGP:
Due to forecasted severe adverse weather, and in order to ensure the safety of all athletes, staff, spectators and guests, Cowes SailGP will not proceed with racing on Saturday, August 10.
Experts are calling for winds reaching gale force, and the national weather service has issued a yellow weather warning.
We look forward to showcasing SailGP’s European debut on Sunday, with racing starting at 3 p.m. local. We are currently exploring options to further maximize Sunday’s program and fan experience. Additional details will follow.
This is the first cancellation for SailGP, as the previous three events had sufficient conditions for the schedule. Ticket refunds were being issued per the Cowes SailGP Ticket Refund Policy.
Season Leaderboard (after three events)
1. Japan, 2-2-1, 140 pts
2. Australia, 1-1-2, 139 pts
3. Great Britain, 3-3-6, 106 pts
4. United States, 6-4-3, 105 pts
5. China, 4-6-4, 93 pts
5. France, 4-5-6, 93 pts
Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP seeks to be an annual, global sports league featuring fan-centric, inshore racing in some of the iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States battle it out in identical wing-powered, foiling F50 catamarans, engineered to exceed 50 knots.
Sydney, Australia (February 15-16)
San Francisco, USA (May 4-5)
New York, USA (June 21-22)
Cowes, UK (August 10-11)
Marseille, France (September 20-22)
Source: SailGP, Scuttlebutt