SailGP moves to new UK venue
Published on September 4th, 2020
Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, has been selected to host SailGP’s Season 2 European debut when the global league’s events restart in 2021. Following the season opener in San Francisco (April 17-18) and then New York (June 4-5), the championship will return to UK shores July 17-18 for the third event in Season 2.
Located in the historic county of Devon, on the southwest coast of England, the F50 racing between competing nations will take place on Plymouth Sound. The UK event in SailGP Season 1 was held in Cowes.
Plymouth SailGP will also form part of the city’s Mayflower 400 commemorations, marking the anniversary of the signature voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to America. Plymouth was selected following a competitive six-month-long bid process involving five other UK cities.
Following the UK leg, SailGP plans to remain in Europe for grand prix events in the other team markets: Denmark, France and Spain. Further dates and venues will be announced in the coming months.
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Billy Besson
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand, Peter Burling
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.
Following the postponement of Season 2 due to COVID-19, here’s what has been confirmed thus for for the restart:
San Francisco, USA (April 17-18, 2021)
New York, USA (June 4-5, 2021)
Plymouth, GBR (July 17-18)
Copenhagen, DEN (dates TBA)
France (dates TBA)
Spain (dates TBA)
Australia/New Zealand (dates TBA)
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.