SailGP: Weather disrupts season opener
Published on April 22nd, 2021
The countdown to SailGP’s long awaited Season 2 has begun, with eight international teams set to let loose their F50 foiling catamarans on the Great Sound in Bermuda. And just as the sports league announced their new partnership with AccuWeather as the official weather provider of SailGP, the weather won out.
With racing originally planned for April 24 and 25, SailGP called an audible when the weather on April 24 was forecast to be extremely light and unlikely racing could take place. So instead of a scheduled practice on April 23, the first official racing will occur that day.
With April 24 now as lay day, action on the Great Sound will resume on April 25 as the final race day.
Due to SailGP’s global broadcast agreements, racing on April 23 will be pre-recorded and broadcast at SailGP’s allotted broadcast time on April 24 and distributed to all of its global broadcast partners, comprising 175 territories worldwide.
And to maintain the suspense, SailGP will not be publishing any race results or race content from April 23 across its channels.
Here’s the plan for each of the eight SailGP events on the season two calendar:
• Each event runs across two days.
• There are three races on each day, totaling six races at each event.
• The opening five fleet races involve every team.
• The final match race pits the three highest ranking teams against each other to be crowned event champion.
• The season ends with the Grand Final, which includes the Championship Final Race – a winner-takes-all match race for the $1m prize.
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
*Season 1 skipper Phil Robertson (NZL) will helm in an interim capacity while Jordi Xammar prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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.