SailGP returns to Australia in 2020
Published on September 11th, 2019
Sydney, Australia (September 12, 2019) – Following the completion of the inaugural SailGP season in 2019, the 2020 season opener for SailGP returns to Sydney’s iconic Australian harbor on February 28 and 29 for the first event of SailGP Season 2.
“Sydney was a spectacular venue to launch SailGP earlier this year on every level – the iconic harbor backdrop, the competition, the fans – and we can’t wait to return,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts. “The teams will be spending the offseason in New Zealand testing new wing sails, and other exciting upgrades on the F50s.
“The boats are getting faster and the teams more competitive, and we expect Sydney will once again be a great natural amphitheater to showcase these incredible athletes and boats.”
More than 22,000 people representing 25 nations turned out to watch the opening event on Sydney Harbour in February 2019. Overall, the landmark event reached 96 million people worldwide.
Recognizing the benefit of the event – which saw US$21 million spent in relation to Sydney SailGP and a total economic impact of US$18 million – Tourism Australia is supporting SailGP for 2020.
The SailGP Season 1 Grand Final will take place September 20-22 in Marseille, France, culminating with the season’s top two teams going head to head for the SailGP Championship trophy and a winner-takes-all US$1 million prize.
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