Virtual race viewing with US SailGP Team
Published on August 3rd, 2020
Go behind-the-scenes as the U.S. SailGP Team gives fans unprecedented access into how strategic decisions and powerful data analysis power winning performances by the team. SailGP presenter Ed Leigh, known for his coverage of action and adventure sports including the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, serves as the main series host, drawing insights out of the athletes and analysts, and conducting fan Q&As.
Tune in this August 5 at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) to experience the in-depth rewatch and analysis of the team’s first race win at the 2019 New York SailGP, alongside live appearances by helmsman Rome Kirby and Data Analyst Phil Crain. Fans will then be able to put their questions to the team in a live Q&A following the discussion.
“While we wish we could be sailing in front of our hometown crowds this year, this experience gives our fans an amazing look under the hood at how we race the F50,” said Kirby. “We’ve been reviewing this data constantly in the off-season and fans who tune-in this week will get to see how we use it firsthand.”
SailGP CMO Tim Godfrey said: “During these unprecedented times, we are looking for ways to bring our athletes and fans closer together, while offering fresh and innovative content. With the help of our global partner Oracle, we are able to provide never-before-shared insight into the data-driven, split-second decisions that are made during the world’s fastest sail racing.”
SailGP is unique in the sporting world as all of the data is delivered in real-time from the Oracle Cloud and is open-source. After each on-water session, the teams pour through terabytes of data – both their own and that of their competitors – to see how to continually improve and gain a competitive edge while racing in boats that all feature the same design and technology.
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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) (CANCELLED)
New York, USA (June 12-13) (CANCELLED)
Cowes, GBR (August 14-15) (CANCELLED)
Copenhagen, DEN (September 11-12) (CANCELLED)
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.