Denmark gets event in SailGP Season 2
Published on February 3rd, 2020
As SailGP continues to finalize its 2020 calendar, the organization has confirmed that a new event will take place in September 11-12 in Copenhagen, Denmark, marking the fifth event in the global championship’s second season.
SailGP Season 2 kicks off on February 28 in Sydney, and will be followed by events in San Francisco, New York, Cowes (UK), and Copenhagen. For the first time, a Danish team will compete against defending champion Australia, along with France, Great Britain, Japan, the United States and fellow new entry Spain, vying for sailing’s largest monetary prize of US$1 million.
The move to Denmark is a change from Season 1 when the schedule had the same first four events but held its fifth and deciding event in Marseille, France.
The Danish event will have a ticketed and free spectator area at the cruise terminal at Oceankaj adjacent to Nordhavn with an on-water option. The racing will take place on the water’s edge, with fans able to be just meters away from the high-flying action.
Notes SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts, “As we continue to evolve our championship, we’re being approached by new locations that not only have an appetite to host the world’s fastest sail racing, but also see SailGP’s potential to help create a positive and lasting legacy for the host city.”
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Billy Besson
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
Spain, Jordi Xammar/ Phil Robertson*
United States, Rome Kirby
* Xammar will helm with Season 1 skipper Phil Robertson (NZL) serving in an interim capacity. Details.
Sydney, AUS(February 28-29)
San Francisco, USA (May 2-3)
New York, USA (June 12-13)
Cowes, GBR (August 14-15)
Copenhagen, DEN (September 11-12)
** A sixth event may be added to the calendar at a later date.
Established in 2018, SailGP seeks to be an annual, global sports league featuring fan-centric inshore racing in some of the iconic harbors around the globe. Rival national teams compete in identical F50 catamarans with the season culminating with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.
Season 1 – 2019 Schedule
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)
SailGP Season 1 Overall Leaderboard
1. Australia, Tom Slingsby, 229
2. Japan, Nathan Outteridge, 223
3. China, Phil Robertson, 171
4. Great Britain, Dylan Fletcher, 169
5. France, Billy Besson, 164
6. United States, Rome Kirby, 163
Note: Total points based on SailGP scoring.