Two venues added to SailGP Season 3
Published on March 16th, 2022
As SailGP Season 2 nears its conclusion on March 26-27 with the Mubadala United States Sail Grand Prix in San Francisco, the third season calendar has expanded with the announcement of two further events.
The ten teams competing in Season 3 – new franchises Canada and Switzerland and returning nations Australia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States – will now be contesting at least nine events with the intention of there ultimately being 11 stages in 2022-23.
SailGP heads to New Zealand on March 18-19, 2023, as part of a major four season partnership with New Zealand Major Events. Through the partnership – spanning Season 3 to Season 6 – Christchurch and Auckland will share hosting duties of SailGP, claiming a permanent fixture on the SailGP season calendar and the first home event for Peter Burling and Blair Tuke’s New Zealand SailGP Team.
The championship will then conclude in San Francisco with the Season 3 Grand Final taking place on May 6-7, 2023, in front of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on one of the best stadium sail racing venues in the world.
These two new 2023 events join the seven already announced for Season 3, with the championship kicking-off in Bermuda on May 14-15, 2022. From there, the ten-nation fleet – comprising the sport’s best athletes – will head to Chicago, Plymouth, Copenhagen, Saint-Tropez, Cádiz and Dubai, making it the biggest SailGP season to date.
Further 2023 dates and locations to complete Season 3 – expected to comprise up to 11 events – will be announced shortly.
Female athletes will once again race throughout the third season onboard the F50s as SailGP’s Pathway Program continues to grow, and SailGP’s community engagement arm SailGP Inspire will once again introduce the sport to young people from diverse backgrounds.
“As we approach our season finale next week in San Francisco, our plans are already in place for Season 3 which features a fantastic line-up of host venues and a growing roster of iconic waterfront cities and teams,” said SailGP CEO Sir Russell Coutts.
“Furthermore, the fact that we will race a third time in San Francisco and have agreed a four-year partnership with New Zealand, shows the confidence we are building in our ever-expanding global championship.
“In fact, we have already launched our bid process for Season 4 and look forward to welcoming applications from host venues around the world that align with our sports, environmental and economic goals and values.”
2022-23 SailGP Season 3 Schedule*
May 14-15, 2022 – Bermuda Sail Grand Prix presented by Hamilton Princess
June 18-19, 2022 – United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
July 30-31, 2022 – Great Britain Sail Grand Prix | Plymouth
August 18-19, 2022 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 9-10, 2022 – France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
September 23-24, 2022 – Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía – Cádiz
November 11-12, 2022 – Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas
March 17-18, 2023 – New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch
May 6-7, 2023 – United States Sail Grand Prix | San Francisco (Season 3 Grand Final)
*Further 2023 dates and locations to complete Season 3 – expected to comprise up to 11 events.
2022-23 Teams, Helm
Australia, Tom Slingsby
Denmark, Nicolai Sehested
France, Quentin Delapierre
Great Britain, Ben Ainslie
Japan, Nathan Outteridge
New Zealand, Peter Burling
Spain, Jordi Xammar/ Phil Robertson
Switzerland, Sébastien Schneiter
United States, Jimmy Spithill
Format for 2021-22 SailGP events:
• Teams compete in identical F50 catamarans.
• 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.
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.