Alignment to fortify Canadian sailing
Published on November 25th, 2022
Sail Canada, the national governing body for the sport of sailing in Canada, and Canada SailGP Team have formed an official partnership between the two organizations to further promote and develop the sport nationwide, including developing foiling talent across the country.
Since the Canada SailGP Team debuted in Season 3 of SailGP in May 2022, more than 500 youth across the country have had the opportunity to take part in the team’s demo days and learn to foil training camps.
As the Paris 2024 Olympics approach, and include the iQFoil, there will be more opportunities for youth to try foiling, as well as learn about it through online learning tools and through the Canada SailGP Team’s community programs.
Sail Canada and the Canada SailGP Team will also cooperate on the development of certification programs for foiling coaches in Canada, as well as certification for instructors under the Sail Canada guidelines.
“To have a SailGP Team in Canada is an additional amazing opportunity to showcase our sport in the country and we are pleased to announce this natural partnership with the Canada SailGP Team,” said Sail Canada Chief Executive Officer, Don Adams.
“Foiling is one of many ways to enjoy sailing and we are excited to work with the Canada SailGP Team to develop certified instructors, coaches and athletes, as well as to foster interest and participation in competitive sailing through foiling and SailGP.”
Select members of the National Sailing Team also have the opportunity to sail with Canada SailGP Team on the ultra-competitive international circuit, forging a new pathway for the country’s elite athletes.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with Sail Canada. We have a shared vision to grow the sport of sailing in Canada and by working together, I am confident that we will inspire a whole new generation of foiling sailors, coaches and fans,” said Jean-Sébastien Chénier Proteau, CEO of the Canada SailGP Team.
As a partner, the Sail Canada logo will be displayed on the team’s F50 catamaran that is competing in the international league.
Season Three Standings (after seven of 11 events)
1. Australia (Tom Slingsby), 60 points
2. New Zealand (Peter Burling), 51 points
3. France (Quintin Delapierre), 50 points
4. Great Britain (Ben Ainslie), 48 points
5. Denmark (Nicolai Sehested), 42 points
6. Canada (Phil Robertson), 40 points
7. United States (Jimmy Spithill), 39 points
8. Spain (Jordi Xammar), 22 points
9. Switzerland (Sebastien Schneiter), 16 points
• United States penalized 4 season points for incident with France
• Switzerland penalized 2 season points for incident with United States
• New Zealand penalized 2 season points for incident with Switzerland
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 19-20, 2022 – ROCKWOOL Denmark Sail Grand Prix | Copenhagen
September 10-11, 2022 – France Sail Grand Prix | Saint-Tropez
September 24-25, 2022 – Spain Sail Grand Prix | Andalucía – Cádiz
November 12-13, 2022 – Dubai Sail Grand Prix presented by P&O Marinas
January 13-14, 2023 – Singapore Sail Grand Prix
February 17-18, 2023 – Australia Sail Grand Prix | Sydney
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)
Format for 2022-23 SailGP events:
• Teams compete in identical F50 catamarans.
• Each event runs across two days.
• There are three qualifying races each day for all nine teams.*
• The top three teams from qualifying advance to a final race to be crowned event champion and earn the largest share of the $300,000 prize money to be split among the top three teams.
• The season ends with the Grand Final, which includes the Championship Final Race – a winner-takes-all match race for the $1m prize.
* Qualifying schedule increased from five to six races at France SailGP.
For competition documents, click here.
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 for event prize money as the season culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.