Wanted: Females for U.S. SailGP Team
Published on February 11th, 2021
In an initiative by SailGP to support the advancement of gender equity, the global championship in F50 catamarans requires at least one female athlete to be trained and immersed within each team as they pursue the $1 million season prize.
As SailGP Season 2 prepares to open in Bermuda on April 24-25, the United States SailGP Team have launched a nationwide, open application process for American female athletes as part of its ongoing roster selection process.
“This open process is about reaching out to the entire country to identify individuals with the right skills, attitude, and work ethic necessary to join the team,” said helm Jimmy Spithill. “We will look to help further their skills this season and put in the time required to build a strong foundation for their future success.”
In addition to the open application, the team will be announcing more programming next month for aspiring American athletes.
For interested female athletes to complete their application, click here. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm ET on February 25, 2021.
SAILGP SEASON 2 SCHEDULE*
April 24-25, 2021 – Bermuda Grand Prix
June 5-6, 2021 – Italy Grand Prix – Taranto
July 17-18, 2021 – Great Britain Grand Prix – Plymouth
August 20-21, 2021 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Grand Prix – Aarhus
September 11-12, 2021 – France Grand Prix – Saint-Tropez
October 9-10, 2021 – Spain Grand Prix – Andalusia
January 29-30, 2022 – New Zealand Grand Prix – Christchurch
March 26-27, 2022 – United States Grand Prix – San Francisco (Season 2 Grand Final)
*Subject to change
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, Jimmy Spithill
* Xammar will helm with Season 1 skipper Phil Robertson (NZL) serving in an interim capacity. Details.
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.